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Fruit of the Spirit

First – Ninny Noodle Noo is having a giveaway for 3 Ostheimer chickens. Check it out here!!

About a year ago, I read on a gentle Christian mothering blog (can’t remember whose), about a wonderful parenting tool.  She and her daughter learned the verse:

Galatians 5:22-23 (English Standard Version)

 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

When her daughter had a difficult time with her behavior, her mama would ask her which fruit she might be needing “a bite of”, and they would pray and ask God to help her develop that fruit.

I thought this was such a wonderful idea, that Little Hen and I made our own cards with one “fruit” per card.  This is how she’s decided to use them – she’ll be in a really grouchy mood, and she’ll come to me with “peace” and “joy” tell me that she needs some of each.  Then we’ll talk about how how she’s feeling and if she wants to she’ll pray about it, if not, usually a long moment in a “squeezy hug” will give her that peace she’s needing.

This week, we were waiting in line at the library, and I watched her pull the cards out of her bag, thumb through, find “patience”, and look at it (meditate on it?) until we got to the front of the line.    

 It’s a great way for Little Hen not only to strive to develop those good character traits, but also simply as a communication tool, to let the cards speak for her when she has trouble expressing her needs. 

Little Hen Fall 2008

Love you, my sweet, sensitive girl.  And thank you, gentle Christian mama, for your super idea.  If I find your blog again, I will bookmark it!

5 Responses to "Fruit of the Spirit"

  • Hi,

    Best of luck in the giveaway 🙂

    I like the verse, whilst we are not a Christian family, I think it shows the wisdom that can be found in Christianity, it’s a really good idea and a means of ‘gentle discipline’.

    I think ‘squeezy hugs’ can be akin to prayer, because I think loving ones family is a means of honouring 🙂

  • I love this idea! What a sweet way to bring a child into mindfulness of how God can help her through the day! My little one is only 3, so I think she’s a bit young for it, but I’ll be filing this idea away for when she’s a bit older. Thanks for the inspiration!

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