Do you love fruit?

My children love fruit. We go through apples, watermelon, grapes, and bananas so quickly that they are always on our shopping list. Of course, it is basically the only “healthy” thing they eat - so I am thankful for the fruit. In the same way, I am thankful for the spiritual fruit I see in my children. Like any growth, there is a season of ripening, pruning, and flourishing. Some seasons are easier than others, but we know the ultimate outcome is for our good. It produces fruit.

In our walk with the Lord, sometimes we may not see the fruit of what He is doing, until it is in His season. Often, we are pruned back so that we can be more fruitful than we ever were before.

What season are you in?

illuminate Kids are currently learning the fruits of the Spirit. In Galatians 5:22-23 it says, “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 we are walking in the Spirit, following Christ, and fully surrendered to Him…this is the fruit we will produce: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The fruit is seen in our actions, and people see Christ in us.

Let’s embrace this truth, and share this with our children. Are they seeing the fruit in you? What better examples do they have? I know as a parent, I do not always exemplify those traits. But by God’s grace, His mercies are new every morning.

My greatest desire is for my children to know, love, and live for Jesus. Seeing the fruit of the Spirit in them is priceless. That is why I personally love fruit.

Do you?

Melissa East | Communications Associate

Upcoming iKids events:

July 14th: Wacky Tacky Sock Day

July 21st: Crazy Hat Day

July 28th: Cartoon Character Day

August 4th: Beach Day

August 11th: Throw Back - “Fear Factor” Legacy Sunday

Parents

We are encouraging the children to memorize the fruits of the Spirit! Help them by practicing at home:

love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control