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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!”

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Walk and Talk for this week


Here is the Walk and Talk for this week of Spiritual Renewal…

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: Discipleship: We are committed to following Jesus and helping others follow Jesus.

Memory Verse:  “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

 

Read Together!

Spend time each day reading the passages for the week.

Monday: Matthew 28:1-19 (Resurrection & Great Commission)

Tuesday: Mark 16:9-15 (Great Commission)

Wednesday: John 5:16-30 (Jesus and the Father)

Thursday: John 14:5-21 (Jesus the Way and the Holy Spirit)

Friday: Luke 9:18-27 (Jesus is Christ)

Talk together!

Discover biblical truth by talking together about the scripture.

What does this passage teach you about following Jesus, being a disciple? Is there anything that surprises you or is new to you? What do you think about Jesus’ words in the passage? What challenge, encouragement, or application do you take away from this passage? What is Jesus saying to you through this passage?

Pray together!

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

What can you praise God for each day? Are you waiting to see God’s work in your life somewhere or in someone else’s life?

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

“Lord, you have told us, ‘If any one would come after me, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.’ These are your requirements for discipleship. May __________ be willing and ready to become your disciple.” (Matthew 16:24)


Ready For This Week?


This week our church is entering what we call Spiritual Renewal Week. It’s a time we are setting aside to meet more often and dive deeper in our faith. It’s going to be an incredible time! We have Hal and Debbi Perkins coming to be part of the week. Sometimes it’s just renewing to hear an outside voice challenge us and remind us of what is really important…

We will continue to have scriptures for us to focus on each day and I will continue to post them. But in addition to scriptures for us to read in our own homes, we will have extra meeting times during the week. This is kind of like a church retreat without going somewhere. You can find the full schedule on Facebook or our website.

In the meantime, here is the passage with which we begin this week: Acts 1:1-11. What stands out to you in this passage? Do you ever spend much time reflecting on and thinking about what the days between Jesus’ resurrection and his going back to heaven must have been like? What do you think your reaction would have been watching Jesus rise into the clouds? What do you think about his final instructions (on earth) to his disciples?