Fruit of the Spirit: Joy

Fruit of the Spirit Joy Is wanting joy in our life selfish?  I’ve heard this many times and always thought it was strange.  Why do we question the fact that God wants us to find joy and hold it in our hearts? Maybe because so many people are finding “joy” in ungodly things.  Things of this world, not of God.  There are a ton of ways we can “find joy” or think we have that goes against every thing God {Read More}

Fruit of the Spirit: Peace

Fruit of the Spirit Peace Peace.  It’s something every one of us is seeking.  Peaceful, calm, tranquil lives is a desire we have.  But life happens and we quickly loose that peaceful feeling.  It vanishes when someone wrongs you.  Gone when you’re hurting.  Lost when life turns upside down. Peace is one of the Fruits of the Spirit for a reason.  God knows we desire it and He wants us to have it.  He desires to give it to us. {Read More}

Fruit of the Spirit: Patience

Fruit of the Spirit Patience Oh how I wish this was something I was blessed with.  Something that came easy to me. Unfortunately… I am definitely lacking in this department.  My mouth tends to move faster than my brain and that always gets me in trouble.  Yep – seriously lacking it here. Ironically, when someone first hears that I homeschool my girls the (9 out of 10 times) that person says, “Oh I could never homeschool my kids.  I don’t have {Read More}

Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness

Fruit of the Spirit Kindness We are called to be kind to EVERYONE.  Not just those who are kind to us.  That would be the difficult part – being kind to the unkind.  It’s super easy to return a smile or kind word.  But to give the smile to the dirty look or speak love to the mean words is a massive challenge. Following God is not the easy route in life here on earth.  We know it won’t be.  Be we {Read More}

Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness

Fruit of the Spirit Bible Study Goodness Goodness is not a passive quality.  It’s a deliberate choice of right over wrong, the firm resistance to moral wrong/evil, and choosing to follow all moral good.  It’s not the easy choice for sure, but it’s the right choice. With more than 25 verses in the Bible about good or goodness it was a little more difficult to choose which ones to dig into.  I’ve chosen 5 for this study but I have {Read More}

Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness

Fruit of the Spirit Bible Study Faithfulness We were created in the image of God.  So it should not be a surprise that when we read the 19 verses on faithful or faithfulness in the Bible that over 80% of them are talking about God and His faithfulness.  He is our great example.  We are made to follow Him.  So let’s dig in and see how He is faithful to us and how we can mold our actions and thoughts {Read More}

Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness

Fruit of the Spirit Gentleness Gentleness.  This is not something that comes naturally to me.  It is also not something that I gave much thought to before I had kids.  Sad right?!  I mean we should all think about how our actions are affecting others – are we being gentle with them? I was always the mouth.  I always had the quick come back or under the breath remark.  Okay, full disclosure, I still really struggle with giving a gentle {Read More}

Fruit of the Spirit: Self-Control

Fruit of the Spirit Study Self-Control Self-Control… Does anyone else look at that word and pause?  We all want to think we have self-control, but do we really? Self-Control:  Restraint exercised over one’s own impulses, emotions, or desires. It’s so easy to point out what others are not doing right, how THEY aren’t exercising control.  But no one likes to think about their own failures, their own lack of restraint. I want to take this time to retrain myself and {Read More}

Fruit of the Spirit Bible Study

Fruit of the Spirit Bible Study If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you know that I’ve been reading Rachael Carman’s book – How Many Times Do I Have To Tell You?  It’s been a wonderful (yet sometimes painful) eye-opener for me.  Her book is all about hearing what God is saying to you through what you are saying to your kids.  It’s truly made me think about and ultimately change my focus. Recently my oldest had to learn {Read More}

Don’t Rely on Your Feelings

Don’t Rely on Your Feelings We all go through times in our life where we feel like life is totally taking over.  We feel like we can’t do it any longer – be the mom our kiddos need us to be, the wife our husband need and keep the house and homeschool in the order it needs to be. This is why I haven’t been blogging for the last couple of months.  Because I have been feeling like I was {Read More}