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  • Fruit Of The Spirit Affirmations— Love

    Fruit Of The Spirit Affirmations— Love

    In the coming weeks, we’ll be taking a look at each of the fruits of the Holy Spirit and how affirming them cultivates intentional mindfulness within us.

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    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.”

    Philipians 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
    • Longsuffering
    • 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.  

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

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


    First Up

    Love 

    Spirit-inspired love is not dependent on events, people, or things. While love typically refers to intense feelings, a Spirit-led love is more significant. God wants us to love Him so much that our love spills over to other people.

    Here are some affirmations and verses about love to pause and reflect on to encourage you to love bigger and bolder.

    Godly Love

    I choose a love that cannot be defined by mortal words. My love is the ultimate love illustrated by God. God is Love. He remolds me so that my character is defined by love. 

    The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

    1 John 4:9— NASB

    Selfless Love

    I choose to love my God, the great I AM beyond my human capacity, with love surrounding every ounce of me. When I focus on my love for Him, I will have the capability to love others.

    “And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

    Matthew 22:37-39— NASB

    Brotherly Love

    I choose to love other Christ-followers even though we may have different opinions. I know that the best thing is that the world sees a pattern of God’s love through how I treat others though we may have differing views.

    “By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

    John 13:35— HBSC

    Responding Love

    I choose to love because God loved me first. When I choose to exchange the love he gave to me, I enable God to love through me. He gives bounty to my faith by giving me the effectiveness to love others. God gives me the means to love more as I share more love.

    “We love because He first loved us.”

    1 John 4:19— HBSC

    Self Reflections

    —What does a love-filled day look like to me? 

    —How would you define love if your definition of love became the world’s standard?

    —How can I share love with others today?

    A Love Affirmation

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  • A Prayer That Got Answered In An Unexpected Way

    A Prayer That Got Answered In An Unexpected Way

    “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

    Mark 11:24 —NIV

    Have you ever prayed for many days, months, or even years for help during a situation, troubled season, or circumstance, or praying for family or friends to find God?

    Here’s a story about a prayer that got answered in an unlikely way. It was a prayer from my Mom to God about me.

    Here's a story about a prayer that got answered in an unlikely way. It was a prayer from my Mom to God about me. Click To Tweet

    When I was in Social Work, there were many trainings I was required to attend. Some gave handouts with questionnaires to be filled out. I often encountered one of those questions, you know, the one that asks, ” who’s your hero?” Well, I always listed Jesus and my Mom.

    Okay, I digress; back to the story. My Mom passed away 24 years ago. While going through her things in one of her drawers, I found zipped pouches. One of those pouches had burst at the seams and had little pieces of folded-up paper spilling out.

    So, I took those little folded-up papers, and the other pouches sat down and began unfolding and reading. I felt both taken aback and surprised if I can even combine those two feelings.

    My Mom Loved Jesus with all her heart, and she was a good and faithful servant. When I began reading, I realized these were prayer requests she had written. Some of them were for my dad, family, and close friends. She was praying for them in many different situations, circumstances, and health.

    As I continued reading them, I found what had to be way over a hundred prayers; Most were written for me.

    “Lord, please help Paula in school,” ” Jesus, please protect Paula,” “Jesus, may you guide Paula’s friends,” and “Lord, may you please guide Paula.”

    Now, mind you, her prayers went clear back to my high school years. Out of all those prayers, The most I read were “Jesus, I pray Paula comes to you.” ” I pray Paula finds and comes to know you,” “I pray Paula follows you.” There were more for me, but you get the gist here….

    At the time, I was a lukewarm Christian. I believed in Jesus and asked him to be my Lord and Saviour. But I still didn’t” follow” Him. I was wrapped up in worldly things and material gain. I was one of those people who had to have what others had.

    I prayed every day. But, boy, oh boy, did I ever make a lot of wrong turns. Oh, I could feel Jesus tugging at me, but I ignored him.

    It wasn’t until many years later that I realized I could not do life on my own because every time I tried, I failed. So I surrendered to God, stopped my nonsense, began reading his word daily, and, you guessed it, I followed him. I asked him to come into my heart and proclaimed Jesus as my Lord and Saviour.

    “I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry.”

    Psalm 40:1 —NLT

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  • I’ll Love You Forever, And I’ll Like You For Always {{Sweet Tea & Friends September Link Up}}

    I’ll Love You Forever, And I’ll Like You For Always {{Sweet Tea & Friends September Link Up}}

    Have you ever read Love You Forever By Robert N. Munsch to your children or grandchildren?

    It’s a tear-inducing book. I always got teary-eyed when reading this to my kids when they were little.

    It’s about a mother and her baby son. At each stage of her son’s life— infant, toddler, preschooler, youngster, teenager, college student, then a father himself. At each stage, no matter how big he grew, she snuck into his room, even when he was a grown married man living with his wife and baby, and she picked him up, rocked him, and sang.

    This is what she would sing

    “I’ll love you forever; I’ll like you for always. As long as I’m living, my baby, you’ll be.”

    [Insert sniff and snivel here]

    At the end of the book, the mother is old and frail. She sneaks into his room in his own home while he’s sleeping. She tries to pick this grown man up to rock him and tries to sing the song.

    The man wakes up, takes his mother in his arms, and sings

    “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my mommy you’ll be.”

    [Insert another sniff and snivel here too]

    My youngest baby turned 21 in August. I always send her a message every year that goes something like this.

    It’s 2:05 Am. Happy {21st} Birthday, baby girl. I’ll love you forever; I’ll like you for always. As long as I’m living, my baby, you’ll be.

    I always send it at the time she was born. And I get teary when I send it.

    I am reminded of these verses

    “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

    Psalm 139:13-14— NIV

    “The Lord bless you, and keep you; The Lord cause His face to shine on you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His face to you, And give you peace.”

    Numbers 6:24-26— NASB

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6— NIV

    Proverbs 3:5-6—NASB

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  • I Can Show You

    I Can Show You

    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 {SHOW}

    Kate said SHOW

    I can SHOW you

    — A picture

    — How to make a craft

    — Which way to go

    — Steps to make a recipe

    — How to change a flat tire

    — My appreciation

    — How to create a budget

    — How to do a progressive muscle exercise

    — How to Effectively pack a suitcase

    — How to make a paper airplane

    Jesus SHOW’s us

    — Mercy

    — Grace

    — Compassion

    — Unconditional love

    — That serving others is better than being serves

    — How to live

    — How to love and love our neighbor

    — How to forgive

    — How to communicate with God

    — That God is the creator and sustainer of life

    I only listed ten things I can show you and ten things that Jesus shows us. Jesus shows and teaches us abundantly more and offers us bountiful love.

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  • Intentionally Cleaning Out My “Shoulds”

    Intentionally Cleaning Out My “Shoulds”

    It’s that time again when we join to share our monthly reports with the #OneWordCommunity over at Lisa Notes. We share how we discover, learn and grow with our Word Of The Year.

    So I have to tell you, I had no idea what I would write about this month— UNTIL. I read Lauren Sparks’ update on her One Word 2022 REST. Her article titled What Should We Do With “Should” hit me like a ton of bricks. Please click on the link to read her article if you haven’t already. Maybe it will hit you like a ton of bricks too. 

    In her article, she says— “Something that I used to enjoy has morphed into a chore to check off my list.” It brought me to a stark realization that that’s Me too! I paused to reflect on many of the things she mentioned and so much more. Because her words touched me, they prompted me that I “Intentionally” need to assess and clean out my “shoulds.” Thank you, Lauren, for inspiring me to intentionally clean out my “shoulds.”

    So what is it about “shoulds”?

    Your Dictionary describes “Should” in this way— Should signifies something you ought to do or something that is a good idea or that something that may happen. Used to express obligation, duty, propriety, or desirability. Used to express obligation or duty.

    Some of my “shoulds” include

    — I “should” intentionally walk every day.

    — I “should” do the laundry.

    — I “should” fold the clothes.

    — I “should” make that phone call.

    — I “should” write that review.

    — I “shouldn’t” get upset.

    — So and so “should” know better than that.

    — They “shouldn’t” drive like that.

    — I “should” put gas in my car.

    — I “should” be able to balance everything.

    Then I got to thinking. Let’s intentionally think about it. How many “should” and, for that matter, let’s throw in “musts” statements do we make in daily life? How many would you have at the end of the day if you kept count and did a tally, do you think? 5, 10, 15? 20? or more? 

    Some things we can do to reduce our “shoulds” intentionally include

    — Maybe experiment and keep a log of “should” statements.

    — Notice how you feel when you think of a “should,” i.e., physically, mentally, and emotionally.

    — Forgive yourself and clean the slate.

    — Be creative in finding replacements and have fun doing it.

    — Show yourself self-compassion.

    — Accepting the “should” emotion.

    — Stop judging your emotions, thinking you “should” or “shouldn’t” do something or feel a certain way.

    — Be self-aware.

    — Consider why things didn’t unfold as you planned.

    — Can you gain any insights from assessing your “shoulds”?

    As I started intentionally thinking about it, I realized that many “shoulds” that come to mind make me think I’m self-defeating. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be thwarting and intentionally assessing and cleaning out my “shoulds.” 

    What about you?

    Do you have any “shoulds” that you need to clean out?

    Do you have any self-defeating “shoulds” that hold you back?

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  • The God Who Stays

    The God Who Stays

    “You’re such a blubbering mess; Jesus has us,” I say to my dog as her tongue sticks to my arm while driving. She’s been riding in the car with me several times a week for a few years now. And she’s not a fan of car rides. She throws fur, drools, shakes, and yes, when she’s close enough to me, her tongue sticks to my arm. 

    The funny thing is…. I would love if you continue reading the article Here at the August 2022 Edition of Faith On Every Corner Digital Magazine.

    Little Girl

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  • My Creator Shepherds Me Through Seasons Of Grief {{Sweet Tea & Friends August Link Up}}

    My Creator Shepherds Me Through Seasons Of Grief {{Sweet Tea & Friends August Link Up}}

    In all parts of life, God teaches us many lessons and prepares us for tough times. Grieving because of losing a loved one is one of those tough times. I admit that my grief is one of the hardest things to overcome, but I know I can make it through challenging times.

    When you think of grief, do your thoughts take you to memories of a loved one who passed away? What about a loved one who disengaged themselves from your life? Other things we grieve can also include— job loss, a chronic illness, a terminal diagnosis, personal injury, divorce, retirement, the loss of a pet, foreclosure of a home, a change in living conditions, and so much more.

    On days when I am feeling blue and missing my disengaged loved one or having a flare from chronic illness, I rely on my faith in Jesus to lift my spirit back up. I know that if I allow myself to dwell in the sadness, it is easy for it to become a part of me. 

    I lean heavily on the shoulders of my Creator because I know that is where my strength and guidance come from. I remind myself to call out to him for help when I need it. I know support is right there, waiting for me to take it.

    I am comforted when I pray for healing. I am reminded that God is working behind the scenes for my loved one and me. Even if I can’t see it or understand his plan. That knowledge is enough for me to gather my strength and move on.

    Today, because of Him, I know I have the strength to make it through grief and sorrow. I am confident that my Creator can heal my pain and help me move onward.

    Self-Reflection Questions:

    1. Do I understand that grieving is a natural part of life?
    2. How can I use my spiritual strength to help uplift me from my grief?
    3. What actions can I take to build my faith?

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  • Intentional Joy

    Intentional Joy

    It’s that time again when we share how things are going with our One Word for the year. You can join or read to see how others are doing with their one word HERE @ Lisa Notes ONE Word Community.

    I’ve been taking time lately to reflect on joy intentionally. My heart has been feeling weighed down lately. Not about any one thing in particular. Several things come to mind. I seek Jesus in my every day, so I thought instead of letting the weight weigh me down, I took this past month to seek joy intentionally.

    These are joys I’ve found and Joys I already had

    ~ Finding cloud animals, like one of the seven dwarfs and a teddy bear waving.

    ~ Watching the trees blowing in the wind.

    ~Watching the hummingbirds, birds, squirrels, and bunnies.

    ~Felling sunshine on my face.

    ~ Majestic storms and soothing thunder.

    ~ Dog kisses & snuggles.

    ~ Playing with my dog and laughing when she is a nut.

    ~ Hearing the neighborhood kids laughing.

    ~ Watching and admiring the flowers growing in the garden.

    ~ Talking to people in the store whom I don’t know and seeing them smile.

    ~ I love elderly people and enjoy intentionally talking to them in the store or offering to help them reach something. You never know if you will be the only one they talk to that day.

    ~Watching newly falling snow and delighting as it covers the ground and clings to trees.

    ~ The first cup of freshly brewed coffee in the morning.

    ~ Stomping in rain puddles (Yes, still).

    ~ The smell and taste of fresh out of the oven homemade bread.

    I’m on an intentional journey to seek joy every day as I seek Jesus in my every day.

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  • Peace When Things Seem Tough

    Peace When Things Seem Tough

    “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7— NIV

    There’s an old hymn titled; It Is Well With My Soul. You might recognize some of the lyrics…

    When peace like a river attendeth my way
    When sorrows like sea billows roll
    Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say
    It is well, it is well with my soul
    It is well (it is well)
    With my soul (with my soul)
    It is well, it is well with my soul

    Heartbreak gives birth to great songs. Love lost, loved ones missed, and even tragedies elicit emotions that can best be expressed in the medium of music. Click To Tweet

    Heartbreak gives birth to great songs. Love lost, loved ones missed, and even tragedies elicit emotions that can best be expressed in the medium of music.

    As I researched, I found out that the message behind this song is that God can provide peace to His people. It was written by Horatio G. Spafford. In 1817 he lost his 4-year-old son to scarlet fever. Then a few months later, the great Chicago fire wiped out most of his property holdings.

    In 1873 tragedy struck again. He and his family had planned to visit Europe. But business kept Horatio behind. On the voyage, the ship his wife and their four daughters were traveling on struck another vessel and sank. Only Anna, his wife survived; she sent an unforgettable, incredibly brief telegram to Horatio with the words “Saved alone.”

    While some would have raged at God and others would have walked away from him, Horatio decided to keep seeking God. Because of that, he found peace in the middle of his darkest moments.

    We’ve all lost something or someone at one time or another. Perhaps you lost your company when your business partner made a foolish decision, or you lost your spouse when they walked out on you or passed away. Maybe you face the loss of a job, a chronic illness diagnosis, or the loss of a disengaged loved one.

    He wants us to lay our brokenness at his feet and knock on his door at midnight. Click To Tweet

    Whatever your loss, don’t run from it. Don’t try to hide it or buy it. Bring it to God; he wants us to lay our brokenness at his feet and knock on his door at midnight. He can handle your pain and grief; that’s the business he’s in.

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  • Five Minute Friday — 20 Interesting Things About The Bible

    Five Minute Friday — 20 Interesting Things About The Bible

    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 prompt I’d {Twenty}

    This did take longer than 5 minutes to write. I thought these facts are neat. These facts are from various sources around the web. Please enjoy 16 facts and 4 verses. 

    Interesting Facts

    The Bible was the first book to be published in movable type in 1455

    The Bible is frequently shoplifted.

    The Bible is the best selling book and sees up to 100 million copies sold or donated annually. Approximately 20 million copies are sold each year in the U.S. alone.

    In the Old Testament, the Bible has 39 books.

    The New Testament has 27 books.

    The Bible has more than 780,000 words.

    The shortest verse in the Bible is John 11:35 – “Jesus wept.”

    There are 1,189 chapters in the Bible with 31,102 verses.

    The full Bible has been translated into 532 languages. It has been partially translated into 2,883 languages.

    The King James Bible contains 788,258 words, 31,102 verses, 1,189 chapters, and 66 books

    Adam’s name is from the Hebrew word a da ma, which means “the ground.

    The world’s smallest bible can fit on the tip of a pen. Scientists etched the 1.2 million letters of the Old Testament on a tiny silicone disk, which they call the Nano Bible.”

    The world’s largest Bible weighs 1,094 pounds. Built by Louis Waynai in 1930, the book is 43.5 inches tall and a laid open width of 98 inches

    Several Scriptural chapters contain exactly 20 verses in the NIV translation. These include Judges 15, six of the Psalms (9, 49, 66, 72, 77 and 147), Revelation 1 and 14, along with many others.

    The Scriptures record at least 20 separate messages conveyed while a person is sleeping.

    Exodus 20 delineates God giving the Ten Commandments to the children of Israel.

    verses

    John 20:20— “20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.” — NIV

    Ezekiel 20:20— “Keep my Sabbaths holy, that they may be a sign between us. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.”— NIV

    Exodus 20:20— “Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.”— NIV

    2 Chronicles 20:20—” Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.”— NIV

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