the Fruit of the Spirit

I've noticed many people writing that they are focusing on a word or idea for the year. I hadn't really planned to do that, but as I was sitting in church a couple of times in the last few weeks, God kept pointing me to several words – and they all were part of the Fruit of the Spirit. What a fun way of teaching our grandkids and encouraging our parents with the Fruit of the Spirit, do you think? I am going slightly out of order. I wanted to save LOVE for February. 🙂 And peace truly spoke to my heart this month, so that's where we'll start. 

Jesus fills His children - including those of us in the Sandwich Generation - with His peace as we choose to rely on Him day by day

The word PEACE really spoke to me for the first of the year – a time to reflect on the past year and make positive plans for the coming year. And what better place to start than with growing our knowledge of God. Last year, I wrote about working through the Bible using the verse by verse Bible studies of Pastor Joe Focht and his audio sermons at Calvary Chapel Philadelphia. Sometimes I did sit-down Bible studies and loved those immensely, but overall the bustling Sandwich Generation issues I dealt with over the year kept me firmly planted in my car, listening to those verse by verse Bible studies, and being very very blessed by them. I'm in 2 Chronicles and looking forward to continuing throughout this year. They're so interesting, I really enjoy them and I love learning so many interesting new facts and concepts. They're also great to share with our senior relatives – especially those who aren't able to get out to church.

And how about you? Have you made plans to spend time daily in the Word of God. It's such a joy and truly, even in the midst of trials and storms, I am sure you will find that:

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 2 Peter 1:2

Definitely sweet words of encouragement for our Sandwich Generation families – from our aging senior parents on down to our young grandkids.

Have a blessed and beautiful week in His Word and in His peace. And if you have a favorite Scripture about peace, I'd love for you to share it in the comments. 🙂 

Joining in with Mary DeMuth, as well as:

SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation loves to join with lovingourchildren and grandchildren

Spiritual Sundays are full of encouraging Bible verses and delightful praise and worship hymn songs and music

Cornerstone Confessions are full of encouragement for both grandparents and caregivers

As Sandwich Generation senior home care givers and "granny nannies," we get to see "old age" on a regular basis, up close and personal. Because of that, I have set goals for myself as I age (hopefully without too much kicking and screaming 🙂 ), to stay close to Jesus Christ and His encouraging Scripture, to set a positive example for my grandkids as I move through my Baby Boomer years from mid-life to elderly, and, as Paul said in Acts 20, "to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace."

These encouraging Bible verses from Psalm 92:12-15 seemed to work well with those goals, especially for a St Patricks Day Word-Filled Wednesday:

These encouraging Bible verses are truly gifts for the elderly not to mention the Baby Boomer Generation

The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree, He will grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Planted in the house of the LORD, They will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still yield fruit in old age; They shall be full of sap and very green, To declare that the LORD is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him. Psalm 92:12-15

Isn't it encouraging to know we can yield the fruit of the Spirit whatever our age! These words truly are gifts for the elderly, as well as for the Sandwich Generation! For more inspirational Bible verses and photos, be sure to visit Christy at CrittyJoy.

Happy St Patricks Day to y'all 🙂