My flesh would rather watch television or read a book.
My flesh would rather take a walk alone or enjoy the sunshine in peace.
My flesh cries for “Me time” while my kids cry for “Mommy time.”
Galatians 5: 16 says, “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh.”
So often I battle my flesh. I don’t want to build Legos or play doll house with my kids. I don’t want to build a fort or make-believe with them. I don’t want to keep pace with a 2-year-old on a walk or try to answer the many questions of a curious 4-year-old boy.
Too often I succumb to my flesh. I indulge in my selfish desires and neglect my kids. “My time” has become more of a priority than the “Mommy time” my kids desperately need.
But God has called me to walk by the Spirit not by the flesh. So while I battle my flesh daily, I strive to walk in the Spirit.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…” (Galatians 5:22-23)
My prayer today is that I would die to my flesh and live by the Spirit as I parent my children. That I would love them as Christ loved me; sacrificing what I want, to give them what they need (just as Jesus did for me). That I would find joy in their presence and walk in peace with them throughout the day. That kindness and goodness and gentleness would be on my tongue as I speak with them and answer their many questions. That I would have self-control in choosing my activities; making time with my children a priority over my desire for “me time”.
Playing with my kids, reading with my kids and enjoying my kids aren’t always the first items on my list of things I want to accomplish each day. But God has called me to love them, to serve them and to live out the fruit of His Spirit within me in front of my kids each and every day. So today I am going to pray that the Spirit of God rules and reigns in my life and that my flesh is put to death.
How about you? Do you struggle like me?
I wrote a follow up post to this one. You can read it here.
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