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FAMILY UNIT: THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: PART 9 (SELF CONTROL)

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.  Against such things there is no law.” When I think about self control, I think about the many areas where I lack it.  I also think about the fact that many of the other fruit of the Spirit exercise some amount of self control.  When we … Read More FAMILY UNIT: THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: PART 9 (SELF CONTROL)

FAMILY UNIT: THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: PART 8 (GENTLENESS)

James 3:13   “Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior, his deeds done in the gentleness of wisdom.” As I have pondered the fruit of gentleness, the first question that comes to mind is, “Does our society value it?”  Gentleness is defined as humility, meekness, and consideration.  Other descriptions of gentleness:  tender, soft, and delicate.   I was … Read More FAMILY UNIT: THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: PART 8 (GENTLENESS)

FAMILY UNIT: THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT PART 7: Faithfulness

Deut. 7:9 “Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His loving-kindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments” When you hear or read the word “faithfulness” what comes to mind?  Or, better yet, who comes to mind?  I may be the only one here, but I tend … Read More FAMILY UNIT: THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT PART 7: Faithfulness

The Fruit of the Spirit: (Goodness)

“O taste and see that the LORD is good, how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.”  Psalm 34:8 “God is good, all the time.   All the time, God is good.”   I’m sure many of you have heard or hear this statement frequently in your Sunday morning services.  It is interesting.  I have attended churches of several different denominations, and have heard … Read More The Fruit of the Spirit: (Goodness)

THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT WEEK FIVE: (KINDNESS)

“Be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”  Ephesians 4:32 Kindness.   It is what our 11 year old dog McCoy needs to exhibit to his new baby sister Elsa.  When she nips at his ears, kindness is not forthcoming!  It is very interesting to me that most of the verses in the New…

THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: WEEK FOUR: (PATIENCE)

2Tim. 4:2 “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage — with great patience and careful instruction.” In all the different parenting groups, MOPS meetings, and Bible studies that I have attended there is one fruit of the Spirit with which everyone seems to need help….patience.   More than any other fruit, it seems that we really struggle … Read More THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: WEEK FOUR: (PATIENCE)

Reflections on the Fruit of the Spirit Unit: What We Have Noticed

I wanted to take a moment to share what God has been doing in the life of our family since we began this unit a few weeks ago.  I want to stress again, that the changes we see in our family are largely due to the fact that my husband and I began to earnestly seek the Lord.  When we make knowing Christ our … Read More Reflections on the Fruit of the Spirit Unit: What We Have Noticed

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Introduction

Nope, this blog is not about gardening or farming, although I will say I have developed a fondness for gardening and a reverence for those who farm the land.   It takes a great deal of hard work and discipline but the rewards that are reaped are so satisfying.  I suppose the same can be said for sowing seed in the garden of our children’s … Read More Introduction