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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.
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. 🙂
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