Fruits of the Spirit – Love, Joy

Dear Parents,

We have started learning the fruits of the spirit! First, the strawberry was our “love” fruit (see 9/17 post). Last week, the pineapple was our “joy” fruit.  We learned that with God’s help, we can “Be joyful always!”  Sounds easy right? HA! That definitely falls into the easier said than done category.

The bible doesn’t stop there, it tells us how “Be joyful always” in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstance, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” The key to joy is found in constant prayer and thanksgiving. This world is hard! But our helper, savior, Jesus is able to sustain us when we seek him through prayer with thanksgiving.

The children grasp this teaching so much easier than us adults! We talked about how its easy to have joy when things are fun and the day is happy and there is a smile on your face. Its not so easy to have joy when things make us mad or sad and the day is NOT happy and there is a frown on your face. That’s when we should reach out to Jesus through prayer and thanksgiving. Thanksgiving forces us to focus on what is good; prayer forces us to trust! He is able to keep our hearts happy all the time, even when our circumstances are not – that’s JOY!

Here’s hoping you find joy today and everyday!  I certainly have found joy in being with your precious children at Chapel.  George came to Chapel last week and had a ball. You are welcome to join us too!  In Christ, Sue

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