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  • Book Review: Girl-To-Girl 60 Mother-Daughter Devotions For A Closer Relationship and Deeper Faith— By; Stacey And Bekah Pardoe

    • Book Review: Girl-To-Girl 60 Mother-Daughter Devotions For A Closer Relationship and Deeper Faith— By; Stacey And Bekah Pardoe

    • Fruit Of The Spirit Affirmations— Self Control

      This is our last set of affirmations as we explored each of the fruits of the Holy Spirit and how affirming them cultivates intentional mindfulness within us.

      Affirmations are a statement intended to provide encouragement, emotional support, or motivation, 

      In Philippians 4:8, Paul gives us instructions on what we should think or meditate about. 

      And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8— NLT

      According to Wikipedia, In common language usage, “fruit” usually means the seed-associated fleshy structures (or produce) of plants that typically are sweet or sour and edible. The fruits of the Spirit are fine points that should naturally grow out of the proceedings of the Holy Spirit in our life. 

      But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, Goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22-23— NLT

      Fruits of the Spirit affirmations are based upon Scripture to inspire us to cultivate the fruits of the Spirit in our daily lives. The word “Spirit” in these affirmations will be capitalized because these are fruits given to us by the Holy Spirit, not ourselves. 

      The fruits of the Spirit are:

      • Love
      • Joy
      • Peace
      • Patience
      • Kindness
      • Goodness
      • Faithfulness
      • Gentleness
      • Self-control

      Each affirmation consists of scriptures, positive affirmations, and questions to motivate you to go deeper in meditation and study time.  

      Say the affirmations and scriptures out loud as you work through the study.  

      Next Up

      Self-Control

      Lack of self-control can be seen everywhere. It can be seen throughout the ages starting with Adam and Eve. Some others who lost control in Scripture include; David, Moses, Samson, Elijah, Simon Peter, and Paul (before he knew Jesus). The Bible mentions Self-Control 174 times.

      Wikipedia defines self-control as an aspect of inhibitory control, the ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behavior in the face of temptations and impulses. As an executive function, it is a cognitive process that is necessary for regulating one’s behavior in order to achieve specific goals.

      But self-control isn’t just about our temper. It’s about withstanding the urge of temptation to break God’s laws. Self-control regulates all the other fruits of the Spirit.

      Jesus demonstrated self-control when he resisted temptation in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11); didn’t resist arrest (Luke 22: 47-52); was expected to pass judgment (John 8:3-11); and paid temple tribute (Matthew 17:24-27).

      When we show self-control, we demonstrate a godly love rather than a superficial love. It takes self-control when we have Godly joy when facing difficult situations. To get along with others in peace instead of giving into hostility; to patiently deal with others; to be kind and consider the needs of others other than yourself; to do good and not evil. And It takes self-control to be a gentle servant of the Lord.

      Fruit Of The Spirit Affirmations— Self Control. Our perfect model for self-control is Jesus Christ. He was always the perfect example of using self-control to allow God's will to happen. Click To Tweet

      Our perfect model for self-control is Jesus Christ. He was always the perfect example of using self-control to allow God’s will to happen.

      Here are affirmations and verses about self-control to help you as you grow this invaluable fruit of the Spirit in your daily life.

      Powerful Self-Control

      I choose to display self-control because it’s the fruit that promotes my spiritual growth in and through Christ. 

      For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. 

      2 Timothy 1:7— NASB

      Patient Self-Control

      I choose to display self-control during difficult situations. Instead of making rushed decisions, I will patiently wait. 

      Better to be slow to anger than to be a mighty warrior, and one who controls his temper is better than one who captures a city. 

      Proverbs 16:32— NET

      Reflections

      Have I lost control of dangerous emotions or sins?

      Would others describe me as calm and collected? If not, why?

      A Self Control Affirmation

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    • Celebrating Gratitude—The Gift Of Laughter

      A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.”

      Proverbs 17:22—NASB

      One of God’s most lovely gifts is the gift of laughter. Laughter can reduce stress brighten your mood, boosts your immune system, lower your blood pressure, and much more. I love to laugh, and I’m grateful to be able to celebrate His gift of laughter.

      Celebrating Gratitude—The Gift Of Laughter. One of God's most lovely gifts is the gift of laughter. I love to laugh, and I'm grateful to be able to celebrate His gift of laughter. Click To Tweet

      Also, laughter causes your brain to produce more endorphins —neurotransmitters that ease pain. You can relish the gift of laughter when you…

      Watch funny videos— Use a website like YouTube or GodTube to find funny videos. You may want to look up search phrases like ‘babies laughing’ or ‘puppies playing,’ funny animals, dog shaming, and the like. I enjoy watching funny animals and dog shaming.

      Did you know— there is a Christian Comedy Association? If you like comedians, look up Lisa Mills, Tim Hawkins, Chonda Pierce, Bob Smiley, and clean ventriloquist Ken Groves, Lisa Mills. These are Christian comedians that keep their routines clean and family-friendly.

      Put on a funny song and dance—Don’t be afraid to do your silliest dance. Some songs that will make you want to dance along include the Macarena, I Like To Move It, Y.M.C.A, The Chicken Dance, Shake Your Sillies Out, and so many more. 

      Let your inner kid out— I know you want to. Run through a sprinkler, splash in a puddle(I do this), make a blanket fort, Play classic games like Follow the leader, Red Light, Green Light, Simon Says, jump in a pile of leaves, color, or build a snowman. You can do these fun things with your children and grandchildren. Your inner kid is waiting.

      You can do some of these things with your family. I don’t have to tell you it’s really messed up here in our world today. Sometimes I think we could all use some time to wholesomely relax, have fun, and not be so serious— and laugh.

      Celebrating Gratitude—The Gift Of Laughter. I'm grateful for those little things that really aren't so little. Click To Tweet

      I’m grateful for those little things that really aren’t so little.

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    • Fruit Of The Spirit Affirmations— Gentleness

      Continuing onward in our look at each of the fruits of the Holy Spirit and how affirming them cultivates intentional mindfulness within us.

      Affirmations are a statement intended to provide encouragement, emotional support, or motivation, 

      In Philippians 4:8, Paul gives us instructions on what we should think or meditate about. 

      And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

      Philippians 4:8— NLT

      According to Wikipedia, In common language usage, “fruit” usually means the seed-associated fleshy structures (or produce) of plants that typically are sweet or sour and edible. The fruits of the Spirit are fine points that should naturally grow out of the proceedings of the Holy Spirit in our life. 

      But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, Goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22-23— NLT

      Fruits of the Spirit affirmations are based upon Scripture to inspire us to cultivate the fruits of the Spirit in our daily lives. The word “Spirit” in these affirmations will be capitalized because these are fruits given to us by the Holy Spirit, not ourselves. 

      The fruits of the Spirit are:

      • Love
      • Joy
      • Peace
      • Patience
      • Kindness
      • Goodness
      • Faithfulness
      • Gentleness
      • Self-control
      Fruit Of The Spirit Affirmations— Gentleness. Each affirmation consists of scriptures, positive affirmations, and questions to motivate you to go deeper in meditation and study time. Click To Tweet

      Each affirmation consists of scriptures, positive affirmations, and questions to motivate you to go deeper in meditation and study time.  

      Say the affirmations and scriptures out loud as you work through the study.  

      Next Up

      Gentleness

      A burly man sat during the children’s church Christmas performance. Tattoos covered his face, neck and arms. He crossed his arms crossed his chest.

      As the performance began, the look on his face changed. His hardened face softened, at times a stray tear could be seen. The last little performers came on stage. Intent listening to their sweet voices as they sang their song.

      As they sang their last note, a little boy broke from the group of singers and quickly ran to the man. The man gently scooped up his little boy and kissed him on his forehead.

      The gentleness the Holy Spirit gives us is not wavering. It’s a robust and coordinated gentleness woven with humility and temperate behavior. Our words and actions matter. We can speak words that heal or hurt and act in ways that hurt or help.

      Here are affirmations and verses about gentleness to encourage you to grow in power and the Spirit of gentleness.

      Attitude of Gentleness

      I choose gentle words to reflect my gentle attitude. The emotion I show in my words is the first window someone may look through to see Jesus in me. So, I choose to speak gentle words. 

      A tender answer turns away rage, but a prickly reply spikes anger.

      Proverbs 15:1—VOICE

      Heavenly Gentleness

      I choose to apply a pearl of heavenly wisdom to my situations. I know the Spirit has given me gentleness, and I choose to use it during difficult situations.

      “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17, NIV

      James 3:17—NIV

      Emotional Gentleness

      I choose to look the other way. And I choose to respond in an emotional gentleness using Christ as my example. 

      Now I, Paul, urge you by the gentleness and graciousness of Christ—I who am meek [so they say] when with you face to face, but bold [outspoken and fearless] toward you when absent! 

      2 Corinthians 10:1—AMP

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    • Let’s Take A Gratitude Quote Walk {{Sweet Tea & Friends November Link-Up}}

      It’s that time of year again. Throughout the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, busy though it may be, it’s time we often take moments to slow down and pause and reflect on the simple things.

      Let’s take a walk, pause, and reflect upon some gratitude quotes


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    • Fruit Of The Spirit Affirmations— Faithfulness

      Continuing onward in our look at each of the fruits of the Holy Spirit and how affirming them cultivates intentional mindfulness within us.

      Affirmations are a statement intended to provide encouragement, emotional support, or motivation, 

      In Philippians 4:8, Paul gives us instructions on what we should think or meditate about. 

      “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8— NLT

      According to Wikipedia, In common language usage, “fruit” usually means the seed-associated fleshy structures (or produce) of plants that typically are sweet or sour and edible. The fruits of the Spirit are fine points that should naturally grow out of the proceedings of the Holy Spirit in our life. 

      But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, Goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22-23— NLT

      Fruits of the Spirit affirmations are based upon Scripture to inspire us to cultivate the fruits of the Spirit in our daily lives. The word “Spirit” in these affirmations will be capitalized because these are fruits given to us by the Holy Spirit, not ourselves. 

      The fruits of the Spirit are:

      • Love
      • Joy
      • Peace
      • Patience
      • Kindness
      • Goodness
      • Faithfulness
      • Gentleness
      • Self-control
      Fruit Of The Spirit Affirmations— Faithfulness. Each affirmation consists of scriptures, positive affirmations, and questions to motivate you to go deeper in meditation and study time. @jesuschasing Click To Tweet

      Each affirmation consists of scriptures, positive affirmations, and questions to motivate you to go deeper in meditation and study time.  

      Say the affirmations and scriptures out loud as you work through the study.  

      Next Up

      Faithfulness

      Here on earth, we have places considered “Wonders of the World.” places that stand the tests of time and amazement. 

      Some are natural, and some are artificial. And still, some are underwater. Some are relatively newer. Some are old—like really ancient. But what they all have in common is how amazing they are to see and experience.

      They are considered steadfast and constant wonders. But, through the years, the list changed, as did its title: New Wonders of the world, Natural Seven Wonders, and Modern Wonders of the world, to name a few.

      Some of these include

       The Treasury at Petra, Jordan

      — Christ the Redeemer, Brazil

      — Grand Canyon, USA

      — Aurora Borealis

      — Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia

      — Times Square, New York, USA

      — Burj Khalifa in Dubai, India

      — Grand Lisboa, Macau, China

      In other words, the list was initially intended to be steadfast and unchanging. But, over time, priorities and traditions changed. The steadfast rule became not so steadfast.

      But

      The Spirit calls us to a different definition of steadfastness or faithfulnessIt’s not meant to change. Our faith is trust and conviction interconnected to the Bible and what the Bible says about God. You must believe in His existence, works, and character. There is only one prerequisite to this faithfulness.

      Here are verses about faithfulness to encourage you when you can’t see the final step. 

      Ending Faith

      Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.

      Hebrews 11:1-3— NLT

      I choose faith until the end. 

      The chapter of Hebrews 11:1-13 introduces us to the Heroes of Faith. Their belief and trust in God remained steadfast until their end.

       — Can you place a name beside each example? As you read, prayerfully consider how their faithfulness can inspire your commitment to hold your faith until the end.

      Faith during weakness _____________________

      Faith during poverty _____________________

      Faith during fear _____________________

      Faith during unknowns _____________________

      Faith during doubt _____________________

      Faith during changes _____________________

      Walking Faith

      I choose to walk in faith along a path that is narrow sometimes, following after the King of the UNIVERSE to a heavenly home. I sometimes walk and run but never give up because of my faith. 

      The path we walk is charted by faith, not by what we see with our eyes.

      2 Corinthians 5:7— VOICE

      Reflections

      What does a person of faith look like to me?

      How has my upbringing influenced my faith?

      A Faithfulness Affirmation

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    • Fruit Of The Spirit Affirmations— Goodness

      Continuing onward in our look at each of the fruits of the Holy Spirit and how affirming them cultivates intentional mindfulness within us.

      Affirmations are a statement intended to provide encouragement, emotional support, or motivation, 

      In Philippians 4:8, Paul gives us instructions on what we should think or meditate about. 

      “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8— NLT

      According to Wikipedia, In common language usage, “fruit” usually means the seed-associated fleshy structures (or produce) of plants that typically are sweet or sour and edible. The fruits of the Spirit are fine points that should naturally grow out of the proceedings of the Holy Spirit in our life. 

      But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, Goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22-23— NLT

      Fruits of the Spirit affirmations are based upon Scripture to inspire us to cultivate the fruits of the Spirit in our daily lives. The word “Spirit” in these affirmations will be capitalized because these are fruits given to us by the Holy Spirit, not ourselves. 

      The fruits of the Spirit are:

      • Love
      • Joy
      • Peace
      • Patience
      • Kindness
      • Goodness
      • Faithfulness
      • Gentleness
      • Self-control
      Fruit Of The Spirit Affirmations— Goodness. Each affirmation consists of scriptures, positive affirmations, and questions to motivate you to go deeper in meditation and study time.@jesuschasing Click To Tweet

      Each affirmation consists of scriptures, positive affirmations, and questions to motivate you to go deeper in meditation and study time.  

      Say the affirmations and scriptures out loud as you work through the study.  

      Next Up

      Goodness

      Have you ever met someone who you thought to be good? By looking at their mannerisms, you could determine they were not only good but full of Goodness.

       Goodness is a fruit that can be cultivated and grown in our lives. Goodness becomes an inherent and intrinsic part of who we are when it’s developed and used. 

      The Spirit intends for others to see our Goodness. We are to let our good actions be seen as a testament to Him. 

      We become thoughtful to act on behalf of others for their good selflessly.

      Fruit Of The Spirit Affirmations— Goodness. Here are affirmations and verses about Goodness to help you as you pray for understanding about Goodness. @jesuschasing Click To Tweet

      Here are affirmations and verses about Goodness to help you as you pray for understanding about Goodness. 

      Visual Goodness

      I choose to let others see Goodness in me through what I do for others.

      My brothers and sisters, I am ultimately confident that you are full of Goodness, knowledge, and the ability to help and instruct one another.

      Romans 15:14— VOICE

      Illuminated Goodness

      Walking through a dark room can lead to injury. The light makes our walk safer. The fruits of Goodness are God’s shining light in our spiritual life. 

      I choose to let His light shine through my actions; they are a way others can learn and know the Lord.

      For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.

      Ephesians 5:8-9,— NLT

      Desired Goodness

      We don’t have to preach great messages before crowds. And we don’t have to lead bible studies for hundreds.

      My desire to do good directly responds to God’s calling in my life. My desire to show Goodness to others is part of His calling on my life. 

      With this in view, we constantly pray for you, that our God will count you worthy of your calling [to faith] and with [His] power fulfill every desire for Goodness, and complete [your] every work of faith 

      2 Thessalonians 1:11— AMP

      Reflections

      What does a day filled with the Spirit’s Goodness look like to me?

      How can I be an example of Goodness today?

      A Goodness Affirmation

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    • Intentionally Getting Back To You

      It’s that time again. Where we gather together to give updates on our Word Of The Year; visit us to see how our One Word journies are going at the #OneWord Community over at my friend Lisa’s place.

      I’m INTENTIONAlly getting back to you.

      September was so busy. I participated in craft fairs with my friend. There were fairs back to back every weekend in September. 

      Some of you may have heard me say I’m a not-so-serious crafter. Throughout most of my adult life, I can either take or leave crafting. Usually, the mood comes and goes, and I have to jump on it when it happens.

      I’ve been helping my older best friend in Christ make wreaths this past year. She then began participating in craft fairs/festivals over the past year. Now mind you, I’m still meh…

      However, I love browsing Pinterest for everything from interesting facts to nostalgia. So for giggles, I began searching for different crafts other than wreaths. I found a few that piqued my fancy and made a few.

      And guess what? Something totally unexpected happened. I felt JOY! Could it be that Jesus is leading me to try something new? My guess is yes. And he knows how much I LOVE to make and see people smile. So I think I’m on to something here and will give it a whirl.

      Anyhow, I digress.

      I wanted to let my blogging friends and readers know how much I appreciate you and your comments on my posts and when you share them. 

      I apologize if it’s been taking me a while to answer you. Please know that I will always Intentionally answer you, even if it takes me a bit.

      Intentionally Getting Back To You,

      Sincerely,

      — Me

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    • Fruit Of The Spirit Affirmations— Kindness

      Continuing on in our look at each of the fruits of the Holy Spirit and how affirming them cultivates intentional mindfulness within us.

      Affirmations are a statement intended to provide encouragement, emotional support, or motivation, 

      In Philippians 4:8, Paul gives us instructions on what we should think or meditate about. 

      “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8— NLT

      According to Wikipedia, In common language usage, “fruit” usually means the seed-associated fleshy structures (or produce) of plants that typically are sweet or sour and edible. The fruits of the Spirit are fine points that should naturally grow out of the proceedings of the Holy Spirit in our life. 

      But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22-23— NLT

      Fruits of the Spirit affirmations are based upon Scripture to inspire us to cultivate the fruits of the Spirit in our daily lives. The word “Spirit” in these affirmations will be capitalized because these are fruits given to us by the Holy Spirit, not ourselves. 

      The fruits of the Spirit are:

      • Love
      • Joy
      • Peace
      • Patience
      • Kindness
      • Goodness
      • Faithfulness
      • Gentleness
      • Self-control

      Each affirmation consists of scriptures, positive affirmations, and questions to motivate you to go deeper in meditation and study time.  

      Say the affirmations and scriptures out loud as you work through the study.  

      Next Up

      Kindness

      Imagine you’re walking down the street while shopping, and ahead of you, you see a young man hurrying to open the door for a woman. One arm is loaded with bags while the other works to steer a stroller holding a small child. The toddler drops her toy, and the young man reaches down to pick it up and hands it back to the child. He holds the door open until they are safely inside, then he walks ahead of you down the street. He chose kindness. 

      Kindness is shown when we show a kindhearted concern toward others. 

      When we show the kindness of God, we are tender and helpful to others. Our actions and words reflect His grace.  

      Fruit Of The Spirit Affirmations— Kindness. Here are affirmations and verses about kindness to encourage you as you learn to show kindness to those you love — and those who are hard to love. Click To Tweet

      Here are affirmations and verses about kindness to encourage you as you learn to show kindness to those you love — and those who are hard to love.

      Mirrored Kindness

      —I choose to mirror God and show others kindness, just like He’s given me.  

      “Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” 

      Ephesians 4:32— NLT

      Choice Kindness

      —I choose my attitude and actions every day. I choose to put on unselfish kindness.

      “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” 

      Colossians 3:12— NIV

      Reflections

      When I show kindness to others, does it reflect on God’s kindness to me?

      How can I share kindness with others today?

      Do I seek to gain from the kindness I show, or is it pure kindness? How do I know?

      A Kindness Affirmation

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    • A Compromising Poem

      This post is part of the Five Minute Friday blog link-up. Where I join up with a community of writers and bloggers of all ages and stages who gather around a single-word prompt to free-write, unscripted, unedited, for five minutes. This week’s word prompt is {COMPROMISE}

      GO

      Called to write for Jesus 

      On a brilliant November day.

      Musing and hem-hawing along the way.

      Praying to make sure I heard right and

      Rambling to him about why I wasn’t right.

      Obediently trusting my Father because He knows best. He

      Mentioned to me that I am beloved and has a job for me. He

      Ignites my soul and 

      Set me free.

      Eagerly serving Him. That’s me.

      STOP

  • Fruit Of The Spirit Affirmations— Self Control

    This is our last set of affirmations as we explored each of the fruits of the Holy Spirit and how affirming them cultivates intentional mindfulness within us.

    Affirmations are a statement intended to provide encouragement, emotional support, or motivation, 

    In Philippians 4:8, Paul gives us instructions on what we should think or meditate about. 

    And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8— NLT

    According to Wikipedia, In common language usage, “fruit” usually means the seed-associated fleshy structures (or produce) of plants that typically are sweet or sour and edible. The fruits of the Spirit are fine points that should naturally grow out of the proceedings of the Holy Spirit in our life. 

    But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, Goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22-23— NLT

    Fruits of the Spirit affirmations are based upon Scripture to inspire us to cultivate the fruits of the Spirit in our daily lives. The word “Spirit” in these affirmations will be capitalized because these are fruits given to us by the Holy Spirit, not ourselves. 

    The fruits of the Spirit are:

    • Love
    • Joy
    • Peace
    • Patience
    • Kindness
    • Goodness
    • Faithfulness
    • Gentleness
    • Self-control

    Each affirmation consists of scriptures, positive affirmations, and questions to motivate you to go deeper in meditation and study time.  

    Say the affirmations and scriptures out loud as you work through the study.  

    Next Up

    Self-Control

    Lack of self-control can be seen everywhere. It can be seen throughout the ages starting with Adam and Eve. Some others who lost control in Scripture include; David, Moses, Samson, Elijah, Simon Peter, and Paul (before he knew Jesus). The Bible mentions Self-Control 174 times.

    Wikipedia defines self-control as an aspect of inhibitory control, the ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behavior in the face of temptations and impulses. As an executive function, it is a cognitive process that is necessary for regulating one’s behavior in order to achieve specific goals.

    But self-control isn’t just about our temper. It’s about withstanding the urge of temptation to break God’s laws. Self-control regulates all the other fruits of the Spirit.

    Jesus demonstrated self-control when he resisted temptation in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11); didn’t resist arrest (Luke 22: 47-52); was expected to pass judgment (John 8:3-11); and paid temple tribute (Matthew 17:24-27).

    When we show self-control, we demonstrate a godly love rather than a superficial love. It takes self-control when we have Godly joy when facing difficult situations. To get along with others in peace instead of giving into hostility; to patiently deal with others; to be kind and consider the needs of others other than yourself; to do good and not evil. And It takes self-control to be a gentle servant of the Lord.

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    Our perfect model for self-control is Jesus Christ. He was always the perfect example of using self-control to allow God’s will to happen.

    Here are affirmations and verses about self-control to help you as you grow this invaluable fruit of the Spirit in your daily life.

    Powerful Self-Control

    I choose to display self-control because it’s the fruit that promotes my spiritual growth in and through Christ. 

    For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. 

    2 Timothy 1:7— NASB

    Patient Self-Control

    I choose to display self-control during difficult situations. Instead of making rushed decisions, I will patiently wait. 

    Better to be slow to anger than to be a mighty warrior, and one who controls his temper is better than one who captures a city. 

    Proverbs 16:32— NET

    Reflections

    Have I lost control of dangerous emotions or sins?

    Would others describe me as calm and collected? If not, why?

    A Self Control Affirmation

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  • Celebrating Gratitude—The Gift Of Laughter

    A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.”

    Proverbs 17:22—NASB

    One of God’s most lovely gifts is the gift of laughter. Laughter can reduce stress brighten your mood, boosts your immune system, lower your blood pressure, and much more. I love to laugh, and I’m grateful to be able to celebrate His gift of laughter.

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    Also, laughter causes your brain to produce more endorphins —neurotransmitters that ease pain. You can relish the gift of laughter when you…

    Watch funny videos— Use a website like YouTube or GodTube to find funny videos. You may want to look up search phrases like ‘babies laughing’ or ‘puppies playing,’ funny animals, dog shaming, and the like. I enjoy watching funny animals and dog shaming.

    Did you know— there is a Christian Comedy Association? If you like comedians, look up Lisa Mills, Tim Hawkins, Chonda Pierce, Bob Smiley, and clean ventriloquist Ken Groves, Lisa Mills. These are Christian comedians that keep their routines clean and family-friendly.

    Put on a funny song and dance—Don’t be afraid to do your silliest dance. Some songs that will make you want to dance along include the Macarena, I Like To Move It, Y.M.C.A, The Chicken Dance, Shake Your Sillies Out, and so many more. 

    Let your inner kid out— I know you want to. Run through a sprinkler, splash in a puddle(I do this), make a blanket fort, Play classic games like Follow the leader, Red Light, Green Light, Simon Says, jump in a pile of leaves, color, or build a snowman. You can do these fun things with your children and grandchildren. Your inner kid is waiting.

    You can do some of these things with your family. I don’t have to tell you it’s really messed up here in our world today. Sometimes I think we could all use some time to wholesomely relax, have fun, and not be so serious— and laugh.

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    I’m grateful for those little things that really aren’t so little.

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  • Fruit Of The Spirit Affirmations— Gentleness

    Continuing onward in our look at each of the fruits of the Holy Spirit and how affirming them cultivates intentional mindfulness within us.

    Affirmations are a statement intended to provide encouragement, emotional support, or motivation, 

    In Philippians 4:8, Paul gives us instructions on what we should think or meditate about. 

    And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

    Philippians 4:8— NLT

    According to Wikipedia, In common language usage, “fruit” usually means the seed-associated fleshy structures (or produce) of plants that typically are sweet or sour and edible. The fruits of the Spirit are fine points that should naturally grow out of the proceedings of the Holy Spirit in our life. 

    But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, Goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22-23— NLT

    Fruits of the Spirit affirmations are based upon Scripture to inspire us to cultivate the fruits of the Spirit in our daily lives. The word “Spirit” in these affirmations will be capitalized because these are fruits given to us by the Holy Spirit, not ourselves. 

    The fruits of the Spirit are:

    • Love
    • Joy
    • Peace
    • Patience
    • Kindness
    • Goodness
    • Faithfulness
    • Gentleness
    • Self-control
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    Each affirmation consists of scriptures, positive affirmations, and questions to motivate you to go deeper in meditation and study time.  

    Say the affirmations and scriptures out loud as you work through the study.  

    Next Up

    Gentleness

    A burly man sat during the children’s church Christmas performance. Tattoos covered his face, neck and arms. He crossed his arms crossed his chest.

    As the performance began, the look on his face changed. His hardened face softened, at times a stray tear could be seen. The last little performers came on stage. Intent listening to their sweet voices as they sang their song.

    As they sang their last note, a little boy broke from the group of singers and quickly ran to the man. The man gently scooped up his little boy and kissed him on his forehead.

    The gentleness the Holy Spirit gives us is not wavering. It’s a robust and coordinated gentleness woven with humility and temperate behavior. Our words and actions matter. We can speak words that heal or hurt and act in ways that hurt or help.

    Here are affirmations and verses about gentleness to encourage you to grow in power and the Spirit of gentleness.

    Attitude of Gentleness

    I choose gentle words to reflect my gentle attitude. The emotion I show in my words is the first window someone may look through to see Jesus in me. So, I choose to speak gentle words. 

    A tender answer turns away rage, but a prickly reply spikes anger.

    Proverbs 15:1—VOICE

    Heavenly Gentleness

    I choose to apply a pearl of heavenly wisdom to my situations. I know the Spirit has given me gentleness, and I choose to use it during difficult situations.

    “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17, NIV

    James 3:17—NIV

    Emotional Gentleness

    I choose to look the other way. And I choose to respond in an emotional gentleness using Christ as my example. 

    Now I, Paul, urge you by the gentleness and graciousness of Christ—I who am meek [so they say] when with you face to face, but bold [outspoken and fearless] toward you when absent! 

    2 Corinthians 10:1—AMP

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  • Let’s Take A Gratitude Quote Walk {{Sweet Tea & Friends November Link-Up}}

    It’s that time of year again. Throughout the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, busy though it may be, it’s time we often take moments to slow down and pause and reflect on the simple things.

    Let’s take a walk, pause, and reflect upon some gratitude quotes


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  • Fruit Of The Spirit Affirmations— Faithfulness

    Continuing onward in our look at each of the fruits of the Holy Spirit and how affirming them cultivates intentional mindfulness within us.

    Affirmations are a statement intended to provide encouragement, emotional support, or motivation, 

    In Philippians 4:8, Paul gives us instructions on what we should think or meditate about. 

    “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8— NLT

    According to Wikipedia, In common language usage, “fruit” usually means the seed-associated fleshy structures (or produce) of plants that typically are sweet or sour and edible. The fruits of the Spirit are fine points that should naturally grow out of the proceedings of the Holy Spirit in our life. 

    But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, Goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22-23— NLT

    Fruits of the Spirit affirmations are based upon Scripture to inspire us to cultivate the fruits of the Spirit in our daily lives. The word “Spirit” in these affirmations will be capitalized because these are fruits given to us by the Holy Spirit, not ourselves. 

    The fruits of the Spirit are:

    • Love
    • Joy
    • Peace
    • Patience
    • Kindness
    • Goodness
    • Faithfulness
    • Gentleness
    • Self-control
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    Each affirmation consists of scriptures, positive affirmations, and questions to motivate you to go deeper in meditation and study time.  

    Say the affirmations and scriptures out loud as you work through the study.  

    Next Up

    Faithfulness

    Here on earth, we have places considered “Wonders of the World.” places that stand the tests of time and amazement. 

    Some are natural, and some are artificial. And still, some are underwater. Some are relatively newer. Some are old—like really ancient. But what they all have in common is how amazing they are to see and experience.

    They are considered steadfast and constant wonders. But, through the years, the list changed, as did its title: New Wonders of the world, Natural Seven Wonders, and Modern Wonders of the world, to name a few.

    Some of these include

     The Treasury at Petra, Jordan

    — Christ the Redeemer, Brazil

    — Grand Canyon, USA

    — Aurora Borealis

    — Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia

    — Times Square, New York, USA

    — Burj Khalifa in Dubai, India

    — Grand Lisboa, Macau, China

    In other words, the list was initially intended to be steadfast and unchanging. But, over time, priorities and traditions changed. The steadfast rule became not so steadfast.

    But

    The Spirit calls us to a different definition of steadfastness or faithfulnessIt’s not meant to change. Our faith is trust and conviction interconnected to the Bible and what the Bible says about God. You must believe in His existence, works, and character. There is only one prerequisite to this faithfulness.

    Here are verses about faithfulness to encourage you when you can’t see the final step. 

    Ending Faith

    Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.

    Hebrews 11:1-3— NLT

    I choose faith until the end. 

    The chapter of Hebrews 11:1-13 introduces us to the Heroes of Faith. Their belief and trust in God remained steadfast until their end.

     — Can you place a name beside each example? As you read, prayerfully consider how their faithfulness can inspire your commitment to hold your faith until the end.

    Faith during weakness _____________________

    Faith during poverty _____________________

    Faith during fear _____________________

    Faith during unknowns _____________________

    Faith during doubt _____________________

    Faith during changes _____________________

    Walking Faith

    I choose to walk in faith along a path that is narrow sometimes, following after the King of the UNIVERSE to a heavenly home. I sometimes walk and run but never give up because of my faith. 

    The path we walk is charted by faith, not by what we see with our eyes.

    2 Corinthians 5:7— VOICE

    Reflections

    What does a person of faith look like to me?

    How has my upbringing influenced my faith?

    A Faithfulness Affirmation

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  • Fruit Of The Spirit Affirmations— Goodness

    Continuing onward in our look at each of the fruits of the Holy Spirit and how affirming them cultivates intentional mindfulness within us.

    Affirmations are a statement intended to provide encouragement, emotional support, or motivation, 

    In Philippians 4:8, Paul gives us instructions on what we should think or meditate about. 

    “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8— NLT

    According to Wikipedia, In common language usage, “fruit” usually means the seed-associated fleshy structures (or produce) of plants that typically are sweet or sour and edible. The fruits of the Spirit are fine points that should naturally grow out of the proceedings of the Holy Spirit in our life. 

    But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, Goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22-23— NLT

    Fruits of the Spirit affirmations are based upon Scripture to inspire us to cultivate the fruits of the Spirit in our daily lives. The word “Spirit” in these affirmations will be capitalized because these are fruits given to us by the Holy Spirit, not ourselves. 

    The fruits of the Spirit are:

    • Love
    • Joy
    • Peace
    • Patience
    • Kindness
    • Goodness
    • Faithfulness
    • Gentleness
    • Self-control
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    Each affirmation consists of scriptures, positive affirmations, and questions to motivate you to go deeper in meditation and study time.  

    Say the affirmations and scriptures out loud as you work through the study.  

    Next Up

    Goodness

    Have you ever met someone who you thought to be good? By looking at their mannerisms, you could determine they were not only good but full of Goodness.

     Goodness is a fruit that can be cultivated and grown in our lives. Goodness becomes an inherent and intrinsic part of who we are when it’s developed and used. 

    The Spirit intends for others to see our Goodness. We are to let our good actions be seen as a testament to Him. 

    We become thoughtful to act on behalf of others for their good selflessly.

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    Here are affirmations and verses about Goodness to help you as you pray for understanding about Goodness. 

    Visual Goodness

    I choose to let others see Goodness in me through what I do for others.

    My brothers and sisters, I am ultimately confident that you are full of Goodness, knowledge, and the ability to help and instruct one another.

    Romans 15:14— VOICE

    Illuminated Goodness

    Walking through a dark room can lead to injury. The light makes our walk safer. The fruits of Goodness are God’s shining light in our spiritual life. 

    I choose to let His light shine through my actions; they are a way others can learn and know the Lord.

    For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.

    Ephesians 5:8-9,— NLT

    Desired Goodness

    We don’t have to preach great messages before crowds. And we don’t have to lead bible studies for hundreds.

    My desire to do good directly responds to God’s calling in my life. My desire to show Goodness to others is part of His calling on my life. 

    With this in view, we constantly pray for you, that our God will count you worthy of your calling [to faith] and with [His] power fulfill every desire for Goodness, and complete [your] every work of faith 

    2 Thessalonians 1:11— AMP

    Reflections

    What does a day filled with the Spirit’s Goodness look like to me?

    How can I be an example of Goodness today?

    A Goodness Affirmation

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  • Intentionally Getting Back To You

    It’s that time again. Where we gather together to give updates on our Word Of The Year; visit us to see how our One Word journies are going at the #OneWord Community over at my friend Lisa’s place.

    I’m INTENTIONAlly getting back to you.

    September was so busy. I participated in craft fairs with my friend. There were fairs back to back every weekend in September. 

    Some of you may have heard me say I’m a not-so-serious crafter. Throughout most of my adult life, I can either take or leave crafting. Usually, the mood comes and goes, and I have to jump on it when it happens.

    I’ve been helping my older best friend in Christ make wreaths this past year. She then began participating in craft fairs/festivals over the past year. Now mind you, I’m still meh…

    However, I love browsing Pinterest for everything from interesting facts to nostalgia. So for giggles, I began searching for different crafts other than wreaths. I found a few that piqued my fancy and made a few.

    And guess what? Something totally unexpected happened. I felt JOY! Could it be that Jesus is leading me to try something new? My guess is yes. And he knows how much I LOVE to make and see people smile. So I think I’m on to something here and will give it a whirl.

    Anyhow, I digress.

    I wanted to let my blogging friends and readers know how much I appreciate you and your comments on my posts and when you share them. 

    I apologize if it’s been taking me a while to answer you. Please know that I will always Intentionally answer you, even if it takes me a bit.

    Intentionally Getting Back To You,

    Sincerely,

    — Me

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  • Fruit Of The Spirit Affirmations— Kindness

    Continuing on in our look at each of the fruits of the Holy Spirit and how affirming them cultivates intentional mindfulness within us.

    Affirmations are a statement intended to provide encouragement, emotional support, or motivation, 

    In Philippians 4:8, Paul gives us instructions on what we should think or meditate about. 

    “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8— NLT

    According to Wikipedia, In common language usage, “fruit” usually means the seed-associated fleshy structures (or produce) of plants that typically are sweet or sour and edible. The fruits of the Spirit are fine points that should naturally grow out of the proceedings of the Holy Spirit in our life. 

    But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22-23— NLT

    Fruits of the Spirit affirmations are based upon Scripture to inspire us to cultivate the fruits of the Spirit in our daily lives. The word “Spirit” in these affirmations will be capitalized because these are fruits given to us by the Holy Spirit, not ourselves. 

    The fruits of the Spirit are:

    • Love
    • Joy
    • Peace
    • Patience
    • Kindness
    • Goodness
    • Faithfulness
    • Gentleness
    • Self-control

    Each affirmation consists of scriptures, positive affirmations, and questions to motivate you to go deeper in meditation and study time.  

    Say the affirmations and scriptures out loud as you work through the study.  

    Next Up

    Kindness

    Imagine you’re walking down the street while shopping, and ahead of you, you see a young man hurrying to open the door for a woman. One arm is loaded with bags while the other works to steer a stroller holding a small child. The toddler drops her toy, and the young man reaches down to pick it up and hands it back to the child. He holds the door open until they are safely inside, then he walks ahead of you down the street. He chose kindness. 

    Kindness is shown when we show a kindhearted concern toward others. 

    When we show the kindness of God, we are tender and helpful to others. Our actions and words reflect His grace.  

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    Here are affirmations and verses about kindness to encourage you as you learn to show kindness to those you love — and those who are hard to love.

    Mirrored Kindness

    —I choose to mirror God and show others kindness, just like He’s given me.  

    “Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” 

    Ephesians 4:32— NLT

    Choice Kindness

    —I choose my attitude and actions every day. I choose to put on unselfish kindness.

    “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” 

    Colossians 3:12— NIV

    Reflections

    When I show kindness to others, does it reflect on God’s kindness to me?

    How can I share kindness with others today?

    Do I seek to gain from the kindness I show, or is it pure kindness? How do I know?

    A Kindness Affirmation

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  • A Compromising Poem

    This post is part of the Five Minute Friday blog link-up. Where I join up with a community of writers and bloggers of all ages and stages who gather around a single-word prompt to free-write, unscripted, unedited, for five minutes. This week’s word prompt is {COMPROMISE}

    GO

    Called to write for Jesus 

    On a brilliant November day.

    Musing and hem-hawing along the way.

    Praying to make sure I heard right and

    Rambling to him about why I wasn’t right.

    Obediently trusting my Father because He knows best. He

    Mentioned to me that I am beloved and has a job for me. He

    Ignites my soul and 

    Set me free.

    Eagerly serving Him. That’s me.

    STOP

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