Fruit of the Spirit vs. Fruit of Idolatry: Faithfulness or Performance

I used to have such a wrong idea about the Fruit of the Spirit. I’d read the verses in Galatians like a laundry list of so many things I couldn’t do enough, be enough. I would either flip to another book of the Bible, or vow to work on being more loving, joyful, peaceful, kind, etc. But the next day, I wouldn’t even be able to list all nine.

This post is the seventh in a series on walking with God instead of pursuing idolatry. You’ll find the previous one here.

Fruit of the Spirit, faithfulness, performance, Galatians, talents, Parable, Jesus Well done, good and faithful servant!” As a Christian, these are the words I long to hear at the end of my days.
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Fruit of the Spirit vs. Fruit of Idolatry: Goodness or Wickedness

I used to have such a wrong idea about the Fruit of the Spirit. I’d read the verses in Galatians like a laundry list of so many things I couldn’t do enough, be enough. I would either flip to another book of the Bible, or vow to work on being more loving, joyful, peaceful, kind, etc. But the next day, I wouldn’t even be able to list all nine.

 This post is the sixth in a series on walking with God instead of pursuing idolatry. You’ll find the previous one here.

Fruit of the Spirit, Apostle Paul, Galatians, goodness, wickedness“Be good.” It’s what parents tell their children all the time. I usually said it when leaving mine in the care of someone else.

What we mean when we say it is, “don’t misbehave.” It’s a measure of their outward actions.
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Fruit of the Spirit vs. Fruit of Idolatry: Kindness or Callousness

I used to have such a wrong idea about the Fruit of the Spirit. I’d read the verses in Galatians like a laundry list of so many things I couldn’t do enough, be enough. I would either flip to another book of the Bible, or vow to work on being more loving, joyful, peaceful, kind, etc. But the next day, I wouldn’t even be able to list all nine.

This post is the fifth in a series on walking with God instead of pursuing idolatry. You’ll find the previous one here.

I remember the day I vowed, “No more cash for strangers. Ever.”Fruit of the Spirit, idolatry, kindness, callousness, Apostle Paul, Galatians
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Fruit of the Spirit vs. Idolatry: Patience or Misplaced Trust

I used to have such a wrong idea about the Fruit of the Spirit. I’d read the verses in Galatians like a laundry list of so many things I couldn’t do enough, be enough. I would either flip to another book of the Bible, or vow to work on being more loving, joyful, peaceful, kind, etc. But the next day, I wouldn’t even be able to list all nine.

This post is the fourth in a series on walking with God instead of pursuing idolatry. You’ll find the previous one here.

patience, Fruit of the Spirit, idolatry, mistrust, trust“Lord, give me patience!”

Ever pray this prayer? I have. Many times.
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Fruit of the Spirit vs. Fruit of Idolatry: Joy or Bitterness

Fruit of the Spirit, Galatians, joy, bitternessI used to have such a wrong idea about the Fruit of the Spirit. I’d read the verses in Galatians like a laundry list of so many things I couldn’t do enough, be enough. I would either flip to another book of the Bible, or vow to work on being more loving, joyful, peaceful, kind, etc. But the next day, I wouldn’t even be able to list all nine.

This post is the third in a series on walking with God instead of pursuing idolatry. You’ll find the previous one here.

Joy is easy to fake, isn’t it?
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Fruit of the Spirit vs. Fruit of Idolatry: Love or Apathy

Fruit of the Spirit vs. Fruit of Idolatry: Love or Apathy

 I used to have such a wrong idea about the Fruit of the Spirit. I’d read the verses in Galatians like a laundry list of so many things I couldn’t do enough, be enough. I would either flip to another book of the Bible, or vow to work on being more loving, joyful, peaceful, kind, etc. But the next day, I wouldn’t even be able to list all nine.

This post is the second in a series on walking with God instead of pursuing idolatry. You’ll find the first one here.

I used to think the opposite of love is hate, but I’ve come to understand now that you can’t hate something unless you care about it, even a little bit. The true opposite of love is apathy. love, apathy, fruit of the spirit, idolatry
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Easter Joy: Is Jesus Enough?

Holidays tend to bring out discontentment in me like nothing else. If it’s not advertisements selling the latest and greatest in Easter decorations, then it’s Pinterest making me crazy with recipes and cutesy flower arrangements.joy, abundance, Jesus is enough

I know the Sunday school answer: Jesus is enough. But busyness steals my heart sometimes.

You too, friend?

If you find yourself in a decorating and cooking frenzy this holiday, take a deep breath, pour a cup of something hot and put your feet up for a minute. Let’s take a break from DOING Easter and simply celebrate it.
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Fruit of the Spirit vs. Fruit of Idolatry: Peace or Anxiety

I used to have such a wrong idea about the Fruit of the Spirit. I’d read the verses in Galatians like a laundry list of so many things I couldn’t do enough, be enough. I would either flip to another book of the Bible, or vow to work on being more loving, joyful, peaceful, kind, etc. But the next day, I wouldn’t even be able to list all nine.

This post is the first in a series based on the fruit of the Spirit.

Anxiety, peace, Fruit of the SpiritI’ve been anxious for as long as I can remember. When I was eight, right after my parents divorced, my mom moved my brother and I away. We were suddenly thrust into a new town, new school, and new friends. The shifting sand under my feet turned into a landslide.
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Anxiety and Parenting: A Bad Mix

anxiety, childhood trauma, parentingI’m just beginning to understand the connection between the anxiety I’ve felt my whole life and childhood trauma. Until recently, I wasn’t even aware that I lived with anxiety—it’s just always been a normal part of who I am. But it’s affected my relationships negatively, especially in parenting.

This week, our little town is reeling. A teenage young man was killed when he and another guy fell off the back of the car. Another teen was driving. Three families will never be the same. My heart goes out to the families, especially the moms.

That was my worst nightmare as a mom of teenagers—they’d do irreparable harm and ruin their lives somehow. I didn’t have any rational reason to fear this—my girls were sensible and responsible.
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