Fruits of the Spirit, Patience

The Fruit of the Spirit – Patience

The Fruit of the Spirit- Patience

Good morning, ladies! At least, it’s morning here in San Antonio 🙂 Today we will be talking about patience! I struggle with this a lot, though I guess I have gotten a bit better as the years have gone by? Anyway, let’s get started!

Definition: the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.

OR

an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay

I think that the first definition relates more to what we are talking about, but I like the second definition because of the beginning.

Patience is important because 1) we make ourselves miserable if we can’t tolerate anything annoying 2) we make others miserable if we can’t tolerate anything annoying, because we will always be cross 3) there are lots of things in the world that need patience, or else it could end blowing up in your face! I was thinking of a book I read recently about WWII, and how it takes patience to deal with countries, but this is also true in everyday life!

Here are a few things that we can do to show patience:

  • Try not to show your annoyance when your younger sibling, or classmate is annoying you
  • Try to not to get angry when a task is hard; it is hard to think through it when you are angry! Trust me, I have had this experience before

So, I just wanted to say that I am still struggling with patience! Just this morning, my brother came into the room I was working in screeching at the top of his lungs, and I definitely felt a wave of anger wash over me. You just gotta do your best, and ask Jesus to change you!

I also wanted to tell y’all about something that has just recently happened. So, I used to be super irritated, cross, and grumpy about EVERYTHING! I don’t know if it was hormones, or what, but it lasted a long time. So, after a long tearful talk with my mom, she told me to start keeping a journal about the things I was thankful for. For a few days, I kept that journal, entering in 3-5 things to be thankful for morning and night, and occasionally noon. Seriously, it worked really well! After about a week, I felt much happier about things. I even felt like I loved my super annoying little brother more! So, if you ever have the same problem as I do, try this!

Have a wonderful day!

 

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Fruits of the Spirit, Peace

The Fruit of the Spirit – Peace

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Hey ladies! Today, we will be discussing peace. Let’s get started!

Definition: freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession, etc.; tranquillity; serenity

Peace is important because 1) it keeps countries from being at war all the time, 2) it gives us a rest from worries, anxieties, and distractions, and 3) it helps us hear the Lord better when he speaks to us. Now, I know that God often speaks to us very randomly. He usually speaks to me by this one Bible verse that really fires me up because it relates to something I’ve been struggling with, or a song in church. Of course, messages from God are not limited to that. Here is a verse about peace:

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:7 (ESV)

I love those moments when I am completely at peace, either from crying really hard, or just the peace that comes from reading a comforting verse when I am afraid. Now, it can be hard to show peace, but here are some ways you can do it:

  1. You can be a peacemaker when you and someone else disagree (I know this is really hard because I have lots of siblings, but it’s worth a try!).
  2. You can try not to get super annoyed or angry when someone mistreats or annoys you (again, I struggle with this!).

Have a great day!

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Fruits of the Spirit, Joy

The Fruit of the Spirit – Joy

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Hey, ladies! Today, we will be talking about joy, as you can see from the title. Let’s get started!

Definition: the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation

Joy is important because it keeps everyone on earth from wandering around grumbling about everything. Joy has many sources. One example of mine is when my baby sister was born. I really did cry tears of joy (I have three brothers). Other sources can be holidays, relatives coming to visit, etc. Some people just have a joyful spirit. Not all sources of joy are lasting, however. This is because of our sinful world. The only lasting joy comes from Christ. This is the kind of joy that is mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23.

This was when Nehemiah and Ezra read the Law to the people of Israel after they came back from exile: “Then he said to them, ‘Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.'” Nehemiah 8:10

So, here are some ways to show  the joy of Christ:

  1. Obey the authorities with cheerfulness.
  2. Don’t complain when things don’t go your way, or when something doesn’t go as planned.
  3. Smile at everyone you meet.

Have a great day!!! 🙂

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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. 2 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. 3 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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