Fruits of the Spirit, Love

The Fruit of the Spirit – Love

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Hey, ladies! So sorry I haven’t posted in a while, but I have had a super busy summer.

So, I wanted to post a little series on the Fruit of the Spirit. Basically, I am going to post the definition from the dictionary, say why it’s important, and then list a verse that mentions it, and a few ways to show it. I will say that many of the Fruits go hand in hand.

The first Fruit is love.

Definition: A feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend.

Love is one of the most important things a human needs. Not being loved is one of the biggest fears of the human race. Love fuels us and keeps us going. Just think. If no one gave you a hug, smile, or a word of encouragement for the whole week, how would you feel? I know that I would be pretty depressed. As 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 says, we are nothing without love.

1 Corinthians 13:1-3:

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

So, here are a few ways that we can show love:

  1. Clear the table and do the dishes for your mom.
  2. Visit a friend who is sick
  3. Read a bedtime story to your little brother or sister

Have a great day!

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DIY, List

Spring Fun

Spring Fun

Hi ladies! Today, I am going to share a few things that are fun to do in spring.

  1. Press flowers– There are SO many lovely wildflowers in spring. We have a greenbelt behind our house where there are LOTS of wildflowers. I (or my brothers) gather a few and then I press them in a big notebook. Any notebook is fine, but I like the composition notebooks that stores sell in the school section. Once you get your flowers, just arrange them in the middle of the book, and put something really heavy on top. Leave them there for about a month.
  2. Sketch- I am not a very good artist, but it is kinda relaxing to go sit outside and draw.
  3. Riding horses/Biking– If you bike, or ride horses, spring is wonderful time to do it because it is not as hot. Now, this doesn’t go for Texas, where I live, but it is still fun.

Hope you enjoy these activities! Have a great day!

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Witnessing

2 Ways to Share the Gospel

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Hi ladies! Today, I am going to share two ways that Christians can share the Gospel with others.

  1. Live in a Godly way – When non-believers see your example, and the joy that comes with it, they will wonder why you can be so happy and good even in a hard situation. This gives you a chance to tell them about Christ.
  2. Identify Christian morals and symbolism in movies/books – The youth pastor at our church suggested this. In a movie (I will use The Lion King as an example), you can say something such as, “This character really reminds me of Christ/God”. Mufasa is a good symbol of God.

Now, I know it can be really hard to share the Gospel, especially for me. It makes me really uncomfortable to just walk up to someone and tell them about Christ. It takes practice. Just remember that God is with you, and is really pleased that you are witnessing for Him.

Have a great day!

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Short Stories

A Just-So Story

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Hi ladies! Today I am posting a Just-So story I wrote for composition class. Enjoy!

How the Elephant Got Its Trunk

Elephants used to be tall, thin, and without a trunk. They remained tall, but because of a certain elephant, elephants are now rotund and have trunks. The elephant I speak of lived in the faraway land of Panoramabolica. This elephant’s name was Tilbitambia- Gorgetarambia- Bonetalambia (animals back then had very long names, my dear), but because it is long to say, I will shorten his name to Tilbit. Now, it was a known fact back then that elephants love mango upside down cake. Unfortunately for them, elephants do not cook. The only way elephants can get their cake is by trading with or working for animals that know how to make it, such as parrots, monkeys, and lizards.

Now Tilbit loved mango upside down cake even more than the average elephant. He would work for hours just to have one bite. And when he got some, he would gobble it up before you could blink, he was so ‘rendously rapacious. He often had so much cake that the other elephants would ask him to share. The answer was, of course, no. One day, a wise old god came up with a plan to punish Tilbit, who was ‘rendously rapacious. He paid the monkeys, parrots, and lizards to make him a million mango upside down cakes. After they were done, he went to Tilbit.

“Tilbit, my friend, I have a million mango upside down cakes that I just cannot possibly eat. I know you love cake, so will you please take them?” he asked.

Tilbit’s eyes bulged, and he began quivering with excitement at the thought of the feast he would have.

“Yes, my lord! I certainly will!” Tilbit cried excitedly.

And so he did. He gobbled those cakes in a matter of minutes. He ate every one, and finally when he had finished, he was so large he could barely get up. The god came back to the sad, astonished Tilbit and said:

“Tilbit, do you see where your greed has gotten you? Now you can never bend down to drink or eat cakes again. However, because I am merciful, I will give you a trunk with which to grab food and drink water. I hope you have learned your lesson.”

And Tilbit went on his way, and he was never so ‘rendously rapacious again. He had indeed learned his lesson, although he was never as handsome as he was before.

THE END

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Prayer

Prayer: It Can Be Just Like a Math Problem

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            “I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me; hear my words.” Psalm 17:6 (ESV)

            One of the biggest comforts in the Christian walk is prayer. We find so much comfort in talking to God about all our problems, sorrows, and joys when there is no one else to turn to. God always understands us, even if our prayer is a jumbled mess of words or a short “Lord, please help me.”

Prayer can be like a math problem. Sometimes we can solve it in a few moments, and sometimes it takes forever to figure out. We often ask God for answers to our problems in life. Yet it often seems as if He never answers. I have had this experience many times, and one of the best things to do is to pray fervently every day for an answer. Sometimes God answers very quickly, and sometimes He takes years to answer. In all my experiences, however, God has always answered. In one circumstance, my prayer was answered in about a week. In another experience, it was a few months before my prayer was answered.

Here is the important point to remember: God always answers prayer. Now, go pray about that problem that is on your mind. Just keep praying fervently for an answer every day, and I can guarantee that God will answer it one way or another.

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Books

5 Book Recommendations

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Hi, ladies!!! Today I have some books to recommend. I am a bookworm, and I will read almost anything I can get my hands on. Some of these books are a bit bloody and have some sinful ideas, but they are really good reading.

“A Life of Faith” series by Martha Finnley

These books are about different girls who grow up to be very spiritual and dependent on the Lord. One grows up to be a missionary, and another starts a mission.

“A Single Shard” by Linda Sue Park

This book is about a young Asian boy who is apprenticed to a potter. He takes a pot to show a person of authority and ends up making pots of his own.

“Calico Captive” by Elizabeth George Speare

This book is about a girl who is captured with her family by Indians in the French and Indian War. She ends up in Montreal, Canada. She ends up as a dressmaker and receives a marriage proposal from a French man.

“Ballet Shoes” by Noel Streatfeild

This book is about three sisters who train at a dancing school and end up with different careers. There are three in the series, each about a different group of children.

“Understood Betsy” by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

This book is about a little girl who goes to live in the country with some “queer” cousins. She learns what it is like on a farm.

I hope you will enjoy these books! I loved them, and have some of them on my own bookshelf at home. Have a wonderful day!

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Love

Where’s the Love?

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Hello, ladies! Today’s post is about something we talked about a while ago in my Wednesday night Bible study. It was a special message for Valentine’s Day.

The pastor said that because we are all created in the image of God, deep down we all want to be loved and cherished. None of us want to be left out or ignored. So, if all humans want to be loved, then why is there such a lack of love in the world?

First of all, where does love come from, and why do we love? Love comes from God. We love others because God first loved us.

“We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

Many people think that we can only love if the other person loves us back. However, that is just not true. Love goes from God to us, and then it goes from us to others. The greatest act of love was when God sent his Son to die for us.

“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

Because God loved us enough to send his Son to die for us, we ought to love one another. This is probably one of the most challenging things in the Christian walk. How is it possible to love that girl at school who beats you down at every opportunity? How can I show love to my siblings who annoy me every day? One of the answers to that is prayer. Ask God to help you love that person. This can be hard. We don’t really want to love that person. We want to keep on hating them. This is why it can really take a lot of willpower to pray for that person, to love them. However, if you take the plunge and do it, God really does answer your prayers. Trust me, I have had this experience. It may take a week, and it could take a month, or years. If you keep praying, God will answer.

Now, back to the question: “Why is there such a lack of love in the world?”  The answer is sin. Sin is what separated us from God in the first place. Sin keeps us from loving others as we should. It can be in many forms: pride, hate, selfishness. We must ask God to help us overcome that in order to love other people.

What are some qualities of love? Read 1 Corinthians 13: 4-13. This chapter shows us some really good ways to show love to people. We can be patient with our siblings and show kindness to other people. We can smile at people around town. We can build each other up with our words. Just doing this can show others the love of Christ.

Well, I think that’s all for now! I know this post is about loving others, but here is one really important thing to remember: The most important Person in the Universe loves you with an immeasurable love. No matter what happens, He will always, ALWAYS love you.

Have a great day!

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Poem

An Ocean Journey

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Hi, ladies! Here is a poem I wrote for a contest; I hope y’all like it!

“On the Indian Ocean big and blue

Was a young maiden with light brown hair

And eyes that sparkled like a drop of dew

Upon a tiny ship to England, she sailed

All alone except for the ship’s crew

Anne was the maiden’s name

And she sailed from the West Indies

From where her parents came

Around Cape Horn the ship set sail

When a storm came up that made the sailors quail

The waves were huge, the sky was black

The sailors cried, “We must turn back!”

But as the day grew late

James, who had a brave heart

And was also the first mate

Cried, “Do not be frightened! We will ride out the storm!”

And indeed,  in time, they rode out the storm

And by and by, the day became warm

The sailors’ hearts were no longer fearful

And their whistling and song was again cheerful

Days went by without shortcoming

And Anne indeed admired James, a hero

And one day she found him in the rigging

And wished to acknowledge his bravery

As James was up on the  ropes

Anne decided, as an excuse, to wash her clothes

Quickly she fetched hot water and soaps

And started scrubbing as hard as she could

As James came down from the crow’s nest

Anne  hung the clothes to dry in wind and sun combined

James greeted her with a smile

And Anne replied in kind

Then Anne said, “James, you were very brave in the storm.”

And he replied, “It was nothing at all.”

“But it was!” she cried, forlorn.

“If not for you, we would all have perished!”

“I wish I could repay you in some way!”

James replied, “Then perhaps come up here and keep me company.

For it does get lonely, I must say.”

I will, I will! Every day!” Anne replied with pleasure. “For I too get lonely.”

And thereon Anne would go

And keep him company, every day

They would talk of woods, rivers, and pure white snow

And each day their love grew

They sailed closer and closer to England

Hundreds of miles away

Their food ran low and lower still

Then the captain had something to say

“We are running out of food! It will not last a week more.

We are near the Canary Islands. Someone must go forth to find food.”

James volunteered, and so did Tom, whose leg was sore

“The warm air will be good for me, and my leg will heal,” Tom said.

The sailors went and came again

With loads of food, to last for months

And Tom came walking with a cane

“The air did me good,” he said

They sailed for another week or two

And because the sky grew black the next day

There was a storm coming, the captain knew.

“Reef the sails!” the captain shouted.

The storm hit with malicious force

One sail unfurled and was nearly ripped by the wind

James realized that he must climb the dangerous ropes course

If he was to reef the sail

“Please don’t do this!” Anne cried, her eyes full of tears

“I must, Darling; it is a sailor’s life,” he replied gently

Anne watched, his words echoing in her ears

As her love climbed the treacherous stair

James fought his way up the rope

And finally got to the sail

He reefed the sail and took hope

That he would safely return

He started to climb down the rope

And got about halfway

When the wind blew with force at the slippery slope

And made James let go his grasp

Anne watched as her true love fell

Into the foaming sea

And where he was in the brine, none could tell

And Anne’s grief was great

The storm subsided, the sky grew clear

The sun came up

The sea was as still as a mirror

But the mood was gloomy at the loss of James

Then the captain stood up and removed his cap

“James did a brave thing,” he said.

“If the sail had torn, we would still have been in the sea’s trap”

The sailors agreed with a loud “Aye!”

But Anne knew that she would never love again.”

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