1. This is beautiful. Sorry I haven’t been around much. We moved, sold our house, and are now renting. I am doing homeschool with my youngest daughter, and we are in the process of building a new home. Busy, busy. but I hope to make an effort to stop by your blog more often. I love your words, always! Thanks for being so awesome! LOve from me. Also, I pray blessing to you and your family

    1. Thanks so much for visiting, our always welcome and never late! Grateful for your encouragement, as always! Blessings on the home and all transitions, enjoy everything, its God Heart for us…do you want your little one to worry about a thing?

  2. Deep stuff! Love this! Boy, I know all about that hugging self-control as well as the other varieties. With two adopted kids with reactive attachment disorder it was so difficult to know when and how much to hug and even to have them hug me, as it was most often motivated by control issues. Very cool to read your viewpoint on how God allows us the freedom to stray because of His love, and makes it easier too, to realize that no matter what I did or didn’t do right for my kids, they still have that same freedom as anyone else. Learning to see my girls as sisters in Christ was a huge step, made while they were teens. It allowed me to step back from the parent role and see them more as Christ’s and less as mine. Freedom is such a tenuous thing.

  3. Another great post Jasmine!
    Self control is huge because it is not a matter of willing your self NOT to do something because it is bad, but rather to choose to follow The Spirit of God at those critical moments of obedience. That is why it is a fruit of the Spirit and not the fruit of behaviour modifcation.

  4. Thank you very much for this post, Mama Jasmine, which — like all your posts — inspires me to dig deeply in my thinking about who I am, of what I am capable, what extents of self-control I am using/should be using, and Who is God, what’s in His Word, what He wants for me, and would like from me.

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