Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Adventures of babysitting

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. - Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)

Recently God has made me well-aware of my need for patience in my life. This morning as I was walking and pushing my nephew in the stroller, I had a great opportunity to pray for patience throughout the day.

It turned out to be just a completely beautiful spring day so there was a lot of playing, mainly outside! My nephew is 17 months so he needs constant watching and entertaining it seems like. However, after praying this prayer, I truly saw God at work. We had a great time! He even took his plate, looked at me, and then proceeded to dump all of his food on the carpet. This was a test of patience for me ... and, I laughed! Then when he went to sleep, I vacuumed it up. Really, he is a small child, he doesn't know.

It was also a blessing he went to sleep so fast for his nap even though he was crying at first. We went to the park this afternoon and it was so much fun! It made me remember the many days my neighbors and I would ride our bikes to the park and just play for as long as we could.

Now, I really do love spending time with little kids and I am pretty good with them so don't think I am one of these people that loose their temper easily and often because that is totally not like me at all. But, I do need patience in my life ... in many areas. And, I do pray, but sometimes my prayers are not as specific such as this one.

Here is a take home message for you today, PRAY - God really does listen. He loves to have His children talk to Him. Sometimes it does take more than one time to pray about something specific as well ... it is all about His timing! God bless and look out for more babysitting adventures in the near future ...


  1. I totally agree. He really does listen. And I have been struggling with His timing lately (as you know) lol And I can't believe that you laughed when he spilled his food on the floor...I would have freaked out! lol

  2. I love you little blogger. I tagged you in my last post. =)