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Galatians 5:22 James 5:7-8
We all know the famous prayer, 'Lord, give me patience, and give it to me now!'. We may smile but how many times have we called out to God for a 'quick fix' and ignored all the resources He has already given us. If His Spirit lives within us then there will be fruit in evidence. Perhaps the growth will be at different stages but it will be there nonetheless. Sometimes we have to dig deep to unearth what God has placed within us.
When we find ourselves in need, of course we should call upon God, but let's also get up from our place of prayer and use the gifts He has already given us, loving Him with all our heart, soul and strength. And as we enjoy His fruit and use His gifts with patience and commitment, who knows what works of art we might produce.