Goodness

Knowing God (reading his word, praying, seeking Christ) produces goodness.  1 Peter 1:16 says, “Be holy because I am holy (perfect in goodness and righteousness).” As we strive to know God deeply, his goodness will be reflected (seen) through us in our actions, our words, and our deeds.

Kindness

  Do your actions demonstrate (display, show) a friendly, considerate generosity (happy, thoughtful willingness to give) that exceeds (goes far beyond) the expectation (the standard or what is expected). Beyond a smile, beyond a thank you–kindness is a generous act of gracious love. Read about Rebekah’s kindness to Isaac’s servant in Genesis 24. (Keep this…

Forbearance (Patient Endurance)

  God has afforded (provided or given) me the ability, through the Holy Spirit, to lay (place) my emotions (whether anxious, annoyed, frustrated, or angry) and my desires (what I want) in HIS lap. AND the ability to receive (get) HIS peace and joy in return.  An amazing exchange!

Peace

  The world says PEACE=LACK OF TROUBLE. Jesus says we will have trouble (John 16:33). Jesus promises to provide (give) peace in the trouble (John 14:27). He also provides (gives) a helper, the Holy Spirit to dwell (be with) and guide (show, teach, and help us) in the trouble. (John 14:25-26) Rest in the peace…

Joy

Our circumstances (things that happen to us), don’t give or take joy from our lives.  Our feelings about our circumstances reveal (show us) where we are looking for joy.  True joy is a well (a place to get water) that never runs dry. Joy is found in seeking (looking for and knowing) Christ. Choose joy.

Love

Love is…                 sacrificing my position  (job or advantage), my rights  (favor or privilege), and my reputation  (good name) for your good.  Just as Christ did on our behalf. Love well.  And be eternally grateful.

Fruit

My goal with this next series of posts is to provide a quick, honest, truth-anchored place where kids and their caregivers can grab a snippet of truth together.  My prayer is that these posts provide a thought-provoking conversation starter for you and your loved ones. I pray you find it digestible and relatable.  All will…