Faith, Fruits of the Spirit

The Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness

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Hi ladies! I hope you’ve had a great summer, and are having a good week in school! I had a crazy summer, and didn’t have much time to post, for which I most sincerely apologize!

So, our next fruit is goodness. I know it’s been a while since the last one (sorry!), but kindness and goodness, I feel, go along the same lines.

Definition of GOODNESS: moral excellence, virtue; generosity; kindly feeling.

Goodness is a hard one to describe, but I think goodness is basically giving grace to those around you. It’s not judging people because their lives may not be orderly and virtuous (after all, nobody’s lives are!), but loving on them because God loves them.

I’ll be honest, goodness is hard! Especially for me, since I tend to let my pride get in the way of kindness and grace towards others.

Again, goodness and kindness are similar, but goodness is important because 1) it’s really comforting to someone who has had a hard week, and 2) it really reflects Christ. If we give grace to those around us who may not even be Christians, it is an awesome reflection of our Savior, who loved us so much that He died for us!

So, here is one way to show goodness:

  • Ask people you meet about their week. Take time to listen, as we all know how it feels to be able to pour out your week’s joys and sorrows to someone!

Have a great day! 🙂

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Fruits of the Spirit, Kindness

The Fruit of the Spirit – Kindness

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Hey ladies! So, back to our little series on the Fruit of the Spirit! Today, as you can see from the title of this post, we will be talking about kindness.

Definition of KINDNESS: The state or quality of being kind; friendly feeling of liking

Kindness is important because 1) it can be so encouraging. Seriously, one kind word to a person can really change their mood, or how they are feeling. It can make such a huge difference to those who really feel discouraged and lonely. And 2) it really reflects Jesus’s love for us, because he was always kind and compassionate.

Believe me, I know how hard this can be. I have four siblings that are all younger than I am, and they constantly frustrate me, and give me the “seriously, you had to do that?” feeling. Some days, I really feel like grunting back at them in answer when they ask me a question, or way overreacting when they do something that annoys me. It’s so hard to want to be kind.

Here’s a verse about kindness:

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.– Ephesians 4:31-32

Again, it is can be so hard to be kind and compassionate! But, we need to be kind, especially when we consider how Christ was kind and compassionate to us! He laid down His life so that we could have eternal life with Him!

Here are a few ways we can be kind to others:

  • Don’t yell at people when they annoy you, or be mean back (I have a lot of siblings, and the ones closest to my age are all boys, so I know how hard this can be! It’s something I really need to work on)
  • Clean up the kitchen after dinner for your mom
  • Bring some cookies to someone you know isn’t feeling well, or someone who is down in the dumps, just plain sad.

Have a wonderful day!

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Joy, Thankfulness

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Hope y’all had/are having a great Thanksgiving! Since it is Thanksgiving, I thought I would share some verses and thoughts about thankfulness and thanksgiving….

The Pilgrims had a lot of things they could have grieved about. Many died in the hard and cold winter before, and they were in the wilderness. But instead, they gave thanks for their blessings, such as their Indian friendship.

It can be super hard to be thankful, especially when times are bad. But there is always something to be thankful for. When I have had a really hard week, I can be thankful that God gave me trials that I could bear up with. When we hear about something really bad in the news, we can be thankful that God is in control! Again, it is hard to be thankful in an evil world! So, here are some things I am thankful for:

  • My family
  • Vacations to fun places
  • Latin class
  • Young Ladies for Christ
  • My friends whom I meet every Sunday, and every Wednesday
  • Music
  • A roof over my head
  • Sleep
  • That God loves us and is in control of the world

And here are some verses that reminded me of how praiseworthy our God is:

 Psalm 100:4:

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” Psalm 100:4

Ezra 3:11:

“With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord: “He is good; his love toward Israel endures forever.” And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.”

1 Chronicles 16:34:

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

If you have a free moment, here is a thanksgiving hymn 🙂

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So, have a happy Thanksgiving!!! Eat lots of turkey, stuffing, and remember why we are celebrating!

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