Fruit of The Spirit Family Devotional: Week Three: Peace

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Read Galations 5:22-23 at least once during the week. Read it daily if you’d like! We’re wanting the kids to memorize The Fruit of The Spirit.

peace weekly verseHebrews 12:14 is our memory verse this week. Read the memory verse at the beginning of each devotional time. The goal is to have each member of your family memorize this verse to the best of their ability this week. I also use this verse in our handwriting lessons for the week to really get it to sink in. You can print out the image above or make your own- just try to get the written verse up on your wall this week. (Image is sized to print 5×7.)

Day One: At Peace with Everyone

In Hebrews 12:14, we read that we should strive for peace with everyone. But what is peace? Peace is freedom from war and violence. Peace is also freedom from disturbance. Peace is quiet and tranquil. How can we strive to be at peace with everyone? We can avoid violence; don’t hit, bite, push, etc. We can avoid disturbing others; not provoking or aggravating them, not yelling at them, etc. Peace isn’t easy. It isn’t easy to not hit when we are frustrated. It isn’t easy to not yell when we are angry. It is something we have to work on. It is something we need God’s help in doing. Pray for God to help you strive for peace. Mother Teresa said, “Peace begins with a smile.”

Activity: Smiling faces coloring page. And pray for peace.

Day Two: Peace In My Heart

Read John 14:27. What kind of peace is this? Peace in my heart? St. Francis said, “While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it more fully in your heart.” But what does that mean? How can I have peace in my heart? Peace in your heart means that even when you are faced with trouble, you can still find quiet in your heart. When we have Jesus, we have peace in our innermost parts because we know He is for us and with us. With Jesus in our hearts, we need not be afraid of the troubles that surround us, He is our comfort. Our hearts can be at rest in Him. Do you feel quiet in your soul? Think about the love Jesus has for you, now sit quietly and feel His peace inside you. When trouble surrounds you, you can close your eyes and feel this peace no matter where you are.

Activity: Make a calm jar! Grab a jar for each family member. Fill it with water. Add some glitter glue (or glitter and glue) and some food coloring. Put the lid on the jar very tightly! Now, you can shake the jar and watch the glitter fall. Encourage your kids to use this time to feel the peace inside them- to calm their minds and center their souls. You’d be amazed at how wonderfully this works for finding some inner peace. Make one for yourself, too, and try it out. Watch the glitter fall and let go of the weights and worries in your mind, calm your mind, center your soul, and feel the peace of Christ in your heart.

Day Three: Jesus Overcomes!

“Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.” – Victor Hugo. Do you ever feel overwhelmed at the bad things around you? Do you ever feel scared and sad? Jesus told his disciples in John 16:32-33 that they could be at peace, because He overcame the world. The disciples were about to face the worst things they’d ever faced in their lives. Their Savior, Jesus, would be crucified. A time of persecution would begin. But Jesus said, have peace in your heart, I’ve already overcome the world. Whatever you face, know that Jesus has overcome. You can go to sleep at night in peace, for He is awake.

Activity: Coloring mandalas. Mandalas are repetitive, circular images that are peaceful to color. You can look up free ones on the internet like this, this, or this. Or you can create your own. Listen to music while coloring for an even more peaceful experience.

Day Four: We Belong to Each Other

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” – Mother Teresa

Colossian 3:15 tells us to let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts, to which we were called in one body. There is something about unity, about being a team, that makes us act kinder toward one another. When we remember that as a family, we’re in this life together, it makes it easier for us to get along with one another. When we remember that we as humans are all here for one another, it makes striving for peace a little easier. Mother Teresa also said, “What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.” If we, as a family, were to love one another and deal peacefully with one another, we’d find it easier to be peaceful people beyond our family. Let’s strive to be a peaceful family- to bear with one another, to be thankful together, and to strive for peace with those around us. Let’s make peace a priority. Instead of fighting, let us show love and peace.

Activity: Play a game! Grab two squares of cardboard (big enough to stand on with one foot). Your goal is to get our entire family from one location in your house to another (kitchen to couch; dining room chairs to couch; living room to kitchen) without stepping on the floor. All you have is each other and two squares of cardboard. Make sure each member of the family is working to get everyone to the safe spot!

Day Five: At All Times, In Every Way

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:16

This week, we talked a lot about peace. We talked about what peace is and how we can have peace in our hearts. We talked about loving one another and having peace as a family. Today, we’re going to pray a simple prayer by St. Francis of Assissi. “Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.” The world is full of troubles and strife. Let’s take the love and peace of Jesus out to our world and make it a little brighter of a place to live at all times and in every way we can.

Activity: Coloring page. Pray as a family. And be sure to review your memory verse!

 

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Fruit of The Spirit Family Devotional: Week Two: Joy

fruit of the spirit verse

Read Galations 5:22-23 at least once during the week. Read it daily if you’d like! We’re wanting the kids to memorize The Fruit of The Spirit.

joy verse of the week Romans 15:13 is our memory verse this week. Read the memory verse at the beginning of each devotional time. The goal is to have each member of your family memorize this verse to the best of their ability this week. We’ll also be using the memory verse in our handwriting lessons. You can print out the image above or make your own- just make an effort to put this verse up in your house somewhere. (Image is sized to be printed 5×7)

Day One: What is joy?

Sometimes the simplest things are the hardest to describe. If we look the word “joy” up in the dictionary, we’ll find the following definition: a feeling of great pleasure or happiness. If you’ve felt joy, you know that it is just more than that. Is joy happiness? Can you feel joy inside yourself even when you aren’t very happy. Well, yes, you can. Joy is about more than happiness. Anne Frank wrote in her diary, “I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.” She is hiding in a small house with her family, under immense persecution. You could hardly say that would be a happy time. Yet, she had joy. She had something inside of her that sang out for beauty, even when her circumstances were dire. That is being filled with joy.

Activity: Coloring page. Image to print if you wish.

Day Two: Joy In Music

Read Psalm 5, taking a special note of verse 11. The Psalms are a collection of songs. The beginning of this song doesn’t song particularly joyful. The psalmist is groaning, crying, and preparing a sacrifice. Sounds like a pretty sad beginning of a song. But the psalmist has joy. Why? Because the Lord is directing his path. Because the Lord will bless him and protect him. The psalmist has joy deep inside, and so he sings. Does music make you feel joyful inside? Do you have a song of joy to sing yourself?

Activity: Sing a joyful song! Pick a favorite of your own or see my list for ideas. Sing together to the Lord. Even if you aren’t very musical, sing along. If you have older kids, take a few minutes for them to write  their own Psalm of joy. They can read it, sing it, lyrically act it out- however they want to express their joy! If your kids are younger, you may want to have them give you their reasons to be joyful and you can put a family Psalm together. You can read it, sing it, shout it- however it needs to be expressed.

Day Three: Inexpressible Joy

What reasons do you have to rejoice? In 1 Peter 1:8-9 we read that we can rejoice and have joy in a Savior we’ve never seen. Though we do not see Jesus, we believe He came and died for each of us, so we rejoice! Why? Because Jesus has rescued us from the place of the dead. We have hope. We have a future. We have a reason to be joyful. Even on the bad days, when we spill our milk, loose our shoe, can’t play because of the rain- we still have something to rejoice about. We are blessed people. Bad days do not take our blessings away, so let’s not let them steal our joy, either.  J.R.R. Tolkien said, “Fairy tales do not deny the existence of sorrow and failure: the possibility of these is necessary to the joy of deliverance. It denies (in the face of much evidence, if you will) universal final defeat…”

Activity: Image to look at. Think about something that brings you great joy or a time you felt great joy. Draw a picture of that. Use crayons, markers, pencils, paint- whatever you wish to create your artwork.

Day Four: Joy Comes In The Morning

There is a song I used to sing over and over when I was younger. It was a song by the Insyderz (okay, parents, you can laugh at me. Yes, I was a ska/punk youth.) called Mourning Into Dancing. It was a great song and I recommend you look it up on Spotify right now. Your kids will love it. (What kid doesn’t love ska?) That song could always give me a joyful feeling. Why? Because God can turn our mourning into dancing! The Bible tells us in Jeremiah 31:13 that the young women will rejoice and dance and the young men and old will be merry. Why? Because He will turn their mourning into joy! Why? Because He has ransomed and rescued us! He paid the ransom for us to be set free! So rejoice! Sing! Dance! Be Merry!

Activity: Turning mourning into joy! Gather paper plates, paint stirs, and tape or glue. Everyone gets two plates. On one plate, create a mourning face. (Use crayons, markers, paint, yarn, googly eyes, whatever you have handy.) On the other, create a face of joy. Glue/tape one plate to one side of the stir, one to the other. Now, turn mourning into joy!

Day Five: Joyful Hearts

Proverbs 17: 22 says, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” There have been many studies done on how laughter is good for us. Some studies even claim laughter can help people with inflammatory diseases sleep better at night. Laughter reduces the stress hormones in your body. Laughter helps increase blood flow to your heart. So laughter is really a good medicine. You tell a joke, and if it is a good joke, you improve the bodies and spirits of those around you. You have the power to share joy! Mark Twain said, “To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” Just as you have the opportunity to share your joy, you also have the ability to crush someone’s spirit. Mean words, harsh actions- they can crush someone. You’ll leave a mark on every person you meet- choose to share your joy.

Activity: Did you learn your memory verse? Share it! Take turns telling jokes and funny stories. Increase the health of your family- laugh together!

Fruit of The Spirit Family Devotional: Week One: Love

fruit of the spirit verseRead Galations 5:22-23 at least once during the week. Read it daily if you’d like! We’re wanting the kids to memorize The Fruit of The Spirit.

love verse of the weekDeuteronomy 6:4-5 is the memory verse this week. These verses are also know as the Shema Yisrael. Read these verses at the beginning of each devotion time. The goal is to have each member of the family memorize these verses this week. You can print out the image above or make your own with the verse on it to place somewhere in your house. (Image is sized to be printed 5×7.)

Day One: What is Love?

What is love? It is easy to say what love is not. But what is it? Is it simply intense affection? Is it liking someone a lot? The Bible teaches us the God is love. In 1 John 4, we’re told that not only is love from God, but God Himself is Love. In a great act of love shown to man, God sent His only Son to become one of us. He loved us so much, He died for us. He died for you. That is bigger than affection. That is bigger than just liking you. He loves you. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, ” Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” Jesus came in love to drive sin away. He came for you. He came for me. He came for each man because of His love.

Activity: Coloring Page

Day Two: Love My Neighbor

Read Matthew 22:34-40.

Who is your neighbor? Your neighbor is the person in front of you and the next person you see. Your mom is your neighbor. Your sister is your neighbor. Your friend is your neighbor. The kid down the street is your neighbor. Your neighbor is any person you see or talk to. Jesus said we should love our neighbor as ourselves. How can you do that? How could you show the person in front of you the love of Jesus? St. Francis of Assissi said, “Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.” Let’s practice showing one another the love of Jesus this week, and all the weeks that follow. Mother Teresa once said, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”

Activity: Show some love! Think of something to do for those in your house to show them love. Make your brother’s bed. Help your Mom with laundry. Pick up someone else’s mess. Do small things with great love.

Day Three: The Greatest is Love

Read 1 Corinthians 13.

Why is love so great? How does it feel to be loved? It is nice, isn’t it? Knowing someone loves you. Knowing your Mom or your Dad care deeply for you. You always know you can turn to them. You always know you can count on them to be there. Why? They love you. Mother Teresa said, “I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, “How many good things have you done in your life?” rather He will ask, “How much love did you put into what you did?” Do you remember a time when someone did something for you with love? Do that for others!

Activity: Making cards. Today, let’s make a card for someone who lives far from us that we want to show some love.

Day Four: Heart and Soul

Read Joshua 22:5.

What does it mean to walk in the way of the Lord? If God is love, then I should walk in love. One way we know how to walk in the way of the Lord, is to look at the life of Jesus. When Jesus encountered Zacchaeus (in Luke 19), a man the rest of the world hated, did Jesus do what everyone else did and ignore and push Zacchaeus to the side? Nope. Jesus showed Zacchaeus love and friendship. When they came to Jesus with the woman they were going to stone in John 8, did Jesus throw a stone? Nope. Jesus offered forgiveness for the wrong she had done. Let’s walk like Jesus and cling to Him. Let’s show the world the love He has shown to us. You may be the only Jesus the world sees.

Activity: Coloring page.

Activity 2: Raining Hearts. Get a dowel/stick, various paper (wrapping paper, scrapbook paper, colored paper), string/yarn, scissors, and glue. Cut little hearts of all size from the paper. Glue each heart onto the string, gluing multiple hearts along the length of the string. Tie each string to the stick. It is now raining love!

Day 5: In Love

Read 1 Corinthians 16:14

Everyday you do things. You see people. You talk to people. You do your school work. You play on the playground. You go to dance class or baseball practice. Everyday you have the chance to show those around you love. How could you show the love of Jesus in the things you do? Should you do different things? Should you just do the things you do with more love? You make a mark on every person you meet- make a mark of love.

Activity: Memory verse day! Who learned their memory verse this week? What did you learn about love?

Fruit of The Spirit Family Devotional

I have written a 9 week family devotional on The Fruit of the Spirit for my family. I decided to share it with you! Because it is so long, I’ll be sharing it in pieces. Use whatever parts you like. Customize it to fit your family.

fruit of the spirit verseGalations 5:22-23 will be repeated weekly, so hopefully by the end of the 9 weeks, the kids have learned that verse, or at least all of the fruit of the spirit. I’ve also selected a memory verse for each week. We’ll be using our memory verses with our handwriting lessons, too, so they’ll be sure to learn it.  I’ll add links to the following weeks as they are added.

Week One: Love

love verse of the week

Week Two: Joy

joy verse of the week

Week Three: Peace

peace weekly verse

Week Four: Patience

patience weekly verse

Week Five: Kindness

kindness weekly verse

Week Six: Goodness

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Week Seven: Faithfulness

faithful weekly verse

Week Eight: Gentleness

gentleness weekly verse

Week Nine: Self-Control

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I also made a music list for this devotional series. You may find it helpful.

“Faithful” by Enter the Worship Circle

“Divine Romance” by Phil Wickham

“One Thing Remains” by Bethel Music

“You Are Faithful” by Jesus Culture

“It Is Well With My Soul” by Hillsong Chapel

“Giants” by Jamie Soles

“Sparrow” by Audrey Assad

“Shouts of Joy” by Jamie Soles

“Joy” by Ascend The Hill

“Allah, Allah, Allah” by mewithoutyou

“So Shall It Be” by Cool Hand Luke

“House of God, Forever” by Jon Foreman

“Wait On the Lord” by Enter the Worship Circle

“Love Is Here” by Tenth Avenue North

“How He Loves” by David Crowder Band

“I Cannot Hide My Love” by Enter the Worship Circle

“Love” by Ascend The Hill

“Joy” by Phil Wickham

“Holy Is The Lord” by Chris Tomlin

“Love So High” by Matt Redman

“You Tell Me So” by JJ Heller

“Be Still” by Enter the Worship Circle

“Great Is Thy Faithfulness” by Ascend The Hill

“Our Love is Loud” by David Crowder Band

“It’s My Joy” by Enter the Worship Circle

“Forever” by Chris Tomlin

“You Are My Joy” by David Crowder Band

And check out the Follow Up post!