My friends and I are sharing again how you can “Put Your House in Order” in the following areas:
Since I have eight of the little rascals, I have assigned myself as the authority on children.
I am going to show you today how you can encourage your children to practice loving one another with this Fruit of the Spirit chart.
That’s right! We can actually practice each of the fruits of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.
I found this printable fruit template and made one for each child. I then wrote each of the nine fruits in a circle. I talked with the children about what each of the fruits would look like in our daily lives, and we came up with examples of what each one might look like.
“If Katherine said, ‘Wait for me! I have to tie my shoes!’ and I smiled and said, ‘Okay, I don’t mind waiting.’ What fruit would I be showing?”
“Patience!” they all called out.
Then, I gave each child a page of foil star stickers. I told them they were to use the gold stars on their own charts whenever they demonstrated any of the fruits of the Spirit.
The other colors were to be put on anyone else’s chart who they saw demonstrating any of the fruits of the Spirit.
Finally, I announced that when all the stickers are gone, the whole family is going out for ice cream!
You have never seen so much love and kindness being shown in one family! I believe we may be repeating this activity every month!
Go ahead and try it yourself and let me know how it turns out.
Now, be sure to visit my each of my friends, who will help you put your house in order.