9.06.2018

A fantastic FRUIT!


But the fruit of the Spirit is
love,
joy,
peace,
patience,
kindness,
goodness,
faithfulness,
gentleness,
self-control ...
Galatians 5:22

I love this little corner of our home.
A corner that has no function, but serves as a sweet space to be used to encourage and remind.
The Bible is the main resident of the table, and next to it sits a small stand which holds one of my favorite purchases. Watercolors that reflect the Fruit of the Spirit. 
I rotate the cards every few weeks, each one acting as a megaphone for Scripture.
Though there is but one word, the context is familiar. And each time I pass by, it's as though the card itself shouts, "Look at me! What do you see? What does it mean? Why does it matter?"
And I hear the memorized phrase run through my mind. "The fruit of the Spirit IS ..."
This is a good thing.
My mind never stops. It is always thinking, planning, wondering, praying, pondering. I love having an active mind, but activity can drown silence. To be still and listen to the Lord, I must quiet my mind. And to keep my thoughts focused on Christ and things of eternity, I have to place things before my eyes that force them to look UP. So, I do! 
Every room in our home has Scripture in it. It has to. For me, it has to be the focus, for there are too many things that fight for control of my thoughts and my affections, and without God's Word ever before me throughout the day, I am prone to forget Him as my thoughts wander hither and yon. 
I loved these watercolor reflections of the Fruit of the Spirit the moment I saw them almost three years ago and knew exactly what I would do with them once they were mine.
This is it! They have a prominent place in our home, in the direct line of traffic, where everyone who passes through sees them, repeatedly, every day.
I don't know how often the other seven Eastmans see the displayed fruit and reflect upon it, but for me, it is a sweet and precious reminder of what my Father desires to see in His children, and what I am able to display through the help, conviction, and encouragement of the Holy Spirit.
And for this - I am grateful. ♥

Some verses that focus on "kindness" that we can ponder together.

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:31, 32

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. I Corinthians 13:4

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Colossians 3:12

A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself. Proverbs 11:17

Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor.
Proverbs 21:21

And my favorite use of the word KINDNESS in the Bible ...
The kindness of God leads you to repentance. Romans 2:4

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