This year I'm focusing on gentleness. I'm not a very gentle person, it goes against everything I know, been trained in, and so on. I'm blunt, mostly tactless, and my filter is pretty flawed.
Needless to say this is a challenge.
Why did I choose gentility for this year? Well, I honestly want to change, not only for myself but for my stepdaughter who behaves more like me than her biological mother (I have raised her going on 13 years of her 15 years). Also for my husband who deserves a less abrasive wife.
My go to response for years has been a very blunt answer for many issues. Again, lack of a filter. I've figured if you don't want an honest answer to your question don't ask me. Sadly, that's not exactly Christ-like. The bible says a soft answer turns away wrath. My answers have been seldom soft. For this, the Holy Spirit has been doing a lot of convicting.
Gentleness is something I haven't known much in my life. My own mother did not model it at all, quite the opposite. My "adoptive" mom, also my cousin...she and her daughter modeled gentleness. I needed that softness in my world where softness sorely lacked. As I got older and into church, a dear friend showed me gentleness on display in a home setting with children and all the duties of a wife and mom. She is still a dear friend and still displays gentleness that I can only dream of having.
I'm finding the more I pray for help in giving a kind and soft answer, the easier it is becoming . Don't get me wrong....I used to be able to make grown men cry with my words and tone, so this is something that is taking a lot of prayer and practice . With God's guidance, I can become a gentle and softer woman.
Do you struggle with harsh answers or words? If so, I would be glad to pray along with you. With God all things are possible . 😊
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