Favorite Quotes and Smoothies

I have to tell you my favorite kid quote from this week. Over the last week we have been holding special worship services at church. In our kids’ lessons we have been taking a closer look at the Fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23 (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness, and self-control). It was a good time! We had a few kids coming back each night and reporting how they were thinking through their day and how they could really show love or kindness towards their siblings. Some of them have really started to think about it!

To wrap up our lessons, we did an activity that has turned into one of my favorites. We made fruit smoothies. Here’s the connection: We really can’t have one characteristic of the Fruit of the Spirit without another. It becomes fairly impossible for us to develop love without developing patience and kindness or self-control. If we are going to pursue life in the Spirit, then all nine of those characteristics will begin to develop. So really, it’s not nine different fruits that are growing- it’s more of a mix, like a really good smoothie!

So we put all our ingredients in- strawberries represented love, pineapple was joy- and mixed it all together. Of course, you have to enjoy life in the Spirit, so we all enjoyed a bit of smoothie! As everyone was slurping down their smoothie, one of the five-year-olds declared very excitedly, “I can taste the Faithfulness!”

Of course, I laughed. It was so unexpected and his face was so excited! It was so funny! But then I started thinking: isn’t that how it should be? We pursue life in the Spirit and watch all the characteristics develop, but at certain points in life, there are characteristics that stand out more than others. My hope is that whoever is around me at that time the characteristic is needed can declare very loudly, “I can taste the Faithfulness!”

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About Pastor Connie

Connie grew up moving all over the States. Seeing the sites and experiencing the cultures across our country helped develop a love for traveling. Connie spent middle school and high school living the Northwest. After graduating high school, she attended Point Loma Nazarene University were she received a degree in Child Development. She earned her Master’s in Pastoral Ministry from Northwest Nazarene University and currently serves at Pastor to Children and Families in a church in Eastern Oregon. If she is not at the office, or out with elementary kids, or watching Upward basketball, she is filing her time with exercising, coffee shops, movies, and game nights. Currently she is reading Strengths Based Leadership (Tom Rath & Barry Conchie) and her life goal is to finish War and Peace by Tolstoy. Top movies: The Princes Bride, Joyeaux Noel, Despicable Me Top music: Derek Webb, Rend Collective Experiment, David Crowder Band, Tyrone Wells Top places to travel: San Diego, England, anywhere warm View all posts by Pastor Connie

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