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  1. Mary Rickett on August 29, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    I struggle in the area of patience. I’m the person who is tailgating you when you are going the speed limit. I’m always in a hurry. I’m an avid gardener. I love propagating new plants. My impatience even show up in the hobby I love. I will plant seeds and when I don’t see leaves emerging I dig them up to see what the problem is further delaying their growth. We are unique as individuals each having a different personality. I really believe our spiritual gifts affect how the fruit of the Spirit manifests itself in our lives. Some fruit appears almost instantly while other fruit comes more gradually as we grow in grace. My predominant spiritual gift is mercy so kindness seems to come easily while other fruits require a constant effort on my part to obey His commands and follow His will for my life. I believe it is a life long process in the Christian walk.

  2. Rachel Reynolds on August 29, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Jeff = I’m not a member of your church but have followed your teachings since Deborah’s and Amy’s accident . (Deborah was so precious) But Patience is my albatros. Several years ago Brother Billy (pastor at Northside) asked me if I was praying for patience and I said yes and he said “STOP”. I was being beseiged with every immanigable trial and trribulation. Patience is still something that God didn’t put any emphasis on when he made me But that very lack of patience makes me a very effective soul administratively. I am a totally “do it now” “Get er done” type of gal…. I have o tolerance for procrastination…… so you see in life for every negative there is a positive – we can’t all be alike – it would be a very boring plantet if we were.

    Thank you, Pastor Jeff for all that you have become to me. I follow you every day and look so forward to your words of wisdom. One day I am going to drive to Lawrenceville to hear you in person .

  3. Dad on August 29, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Patience. I need it and I need it NOW!

  4. Jonathan Hunt on August 29, 2011 at 11:57 am

    All of them. But especially self-control.

    • jeff on August 29, 2011 at 12:07 pm

      We all now know tgat honest men walk the streets of England! Your humble acknowledgment of your struggles helps your fellow-pastors know we are not alone.

  5. bruce sirard on August 29, 2011 at 11:19 am

    did you ever think why the LORD said man shall not live by bread alone?
    If you ever had NY style Pizza you would know.

    • Jefflyle on August 29, 2011 at 11:24 am

      I’m always look for spiritual justification for mass intake of carbohydrates – thank you, Bruce!

  6. Jeanie McCue on August 29, 2011 at 9:59 am

    My patience fruit is kind of like that bag of banana chips you bought. Just when I think it’s going to be sweet and/or tasty, it catches me off guard and sometimes is too hard or even worse, the texture of those chips… ugh. Of course, I dare not pray for patience. I just approach the Lord with “show me patience being lived out in those around me.” I have to give kudos to Amy… she has fertilized many of my fruit trees over the years!

    • Jefflyle on August 29, 2011 at 11:23 am

      I’ve not seen that side of you before so I’m a little surprised. On a side note: am I to understand that you are describing Amy as being full of fertilizer?

      • Jeanie McCue on August 30, 2011 at 8:07 am

        i’m probably like a lot of folks… it shows up riding down the road. As far as Amy being full of fertilizer… I hereby give her permission to whack you!

  7. glen on August 29, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Jeff, again, you are not playing fair (is fairness a by product fruit?!?) There is not only one of these that give me pause. So I will pick (no pun intended) the top two as I rarely follow instructions either! ha. I used to at least think that I had great patience. .. until I had children — and their homework! It is true that while I can be overly understanding with many outside my family, I tend to move far too quickly to “let’s get this done correctly and NOW” when it comes to my family. Then comes the gentleness nonfruit in my life. My gentleness is wanting in most areas but again, my lack of patience fuels the non gentleness like gas on fire and the two are not a pretty combination. Wish I could say that it feels good to get this off my chest but it is only another baby step in my journey of working on obtaining these elusive fruits.

    • Jefflyle on August 29, 2011 at 11:22 am

      I feel your pain when it comes to being consistent with the kids. They remember our overall demeanor and it helps to shape their own. It’s a difficult day to see the less-than-admirable fruits being transferred from us to our kids. Don’t despair because God can also use our weaknesses to form and fashion our children; we just need to communicate honestly to them when we fail them.