Lent, Peace, and Fruit

The fruit of the Spirit wasn't intended as a list of goals for us to produce--it is the Holy Spirit through us who produces fruit.

โ€” Dan Kimball โ€”

I’ve been reading Paul’s words from the fifth chapter of Galatians quite frequently lately…

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.โ€ Galatians 5:22-23


After reading the opening quote it reminded me of the fact that it’s difficult for the Holy Spirit to produce the fruit of the Spirit in me when I allow things like my ego, fear, politics, religion, and worries about lack of toilet paper and/or eggs inhabit my being.

I’m also reminded that the fruit of the Spirit isn’t for me, it’s for those around me.

Ever since this pandemic started, I’ve found myself drawing more closer to God than ever before.

Our dog Luckie, has been joining me for morning devotions since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out.

Ever since this pandemic started, my dogs have drawn closer to me more than ever before.


I think not.

I’m pretty sure they’ve been feeling a different kind of energy emanating from me.

It’s amazing how much you can learn from your pets. ๐Ÿ™‚

What type of fruit is in your Spirit during this unprecedented time in our history?

Is it from Him or from the world?

If you and those around you aren’t experiencing the Holy fruit noted in Galatians think about these words from Joyce Meyer. She gives us two simple places to start.

Love and self-control are the bookends of the fruit of the Spirit. Remove one of them and the rest fall.


Journal your thoughts:

What am I grateful for today?

In what way(s) will I bring light to the world today?

What will I deny myself so I may draw closer to God and gain more peace in my life today?


God, I offer myself to Theeโ€”To build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always! Amen. (Third Step Prayer – Chapter 5, pg.63, The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous)



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