But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Galatians 5:22
We knew our older children all knew the fruits of the spirit, but our younger ones didn't. We decided to decorate our kitchen tree with the fruits and the topper is an apple to have that has the scripture written on it.
Over the past few weeks we have worked on not only learning the scripture but seeing how each one applies to our daily lives.
The boys have taken this on as part of their handwriting and creative writing this month.
In the middle of the month Arthur and I saw what word we should be focusing on as a family this year. It wasn't the word we would have picked on January 1. It was "the" word that Christ spoke to us KINDNESS! Any of the other 8 fruits of the spirit could have been our word for this year, but kindness no doubt was the one we need to strive to achieve. What we have seen is how we can at times have a short answer for a loved one/sibling, how at times our attention isn't focused on those who are speaking, how the tone of our voice can at time be unkind or belittling, and for the littles it could be not sharing. Not that we aren't seeking to be kind to those outside our home, but why is it that it is so easy to be kind to friends and extended family? So this year we seek to improve on our kindness to friends and extended family....BUT we also PRAY to be filled with overflowing kindness in word and deeds to our loved ones/siblings!