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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!”


Walk and Talk, Dec. 4th

Remember together!

Start the week by remembering the Big Idea from Sunday and the spend time memorizing the scripture focus. Put the memory verse in a place that your family will see it through the week.

Big Idea: Peace – I am free from anxiety because things are right between God, myself, and others.

Memory Verse:  Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

Read Together!

Spend time each day reading the passages for the week.

Day 1: 2 Corinthians 13:11-14

Day 2: Isaiah 9:2-7

Day 3: Psalm 23:1-6

Day 4: Micah 4:1-5

Day 5: Isaiah 35:1-10 (This passage will help prepare you for Sunday morning.)

Talk together!

Discover biblical truth by talking together about the scripture.

What good things have you seen this week? What do those good things show you about God’s character? After reading the passage, is there anything that helps you remember or know who God is? What do you learn about Jesus from the passage? How does the passage influence or change or shape your thinking? What do you think Jesus wants you to learn from the passage? Is there something that Jesus wants you to do today?

Pray together!

Recording praises and requests in a journal will help you (and your family) continually recognize what God is doing!

As we prepare for Christmas through Advent (the “coming” of Jesus), what can you praise God for? What specific ways are you praying for your family and friends during this season?

Pray God’s will for your child, your friends, your family, by praying scriptures. Insert someone’s name in the blank as you pray.

“May you keep ___________ in perfect peace, as his/her mind is kept on you.” (Isaiah 26:3)

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