Category Archives: Fruits of the Spirit

Biblical Love Language

We’ve heard so much about the 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman, and it is a good book. But there are reasons it falls short to some degree.  First of all, when we place expectations on our spouse to love … Continue reading

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How Kind Are You? Does It Matter?

Today is our monthly post on the Engaged Marriage blog. This month’s title is…The Role Kindness Plays In Romance. I’d love for you to click over and read about what God has been saying to me recently in regard to … Continue reading

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What Does It Look Like To Glorify God In Your Marriage?

Dr. Albert Mohler is one of our favorite writers, pastors, teachers, and also serves as the President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He wrote an article titled Marriage and the Glory of God that so wonderfully describes what this … Continue reading

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Taking A Back Seat To Grief

This is our final post about sadness and grieving, but one we felt necessary. We pray it will be a source of encouragement to others. Tom and I have had only a few times in our 34 years together where … Continue reading

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Fruit of the Spirit: Faith

We began our study of the Fruit of the Spirit as it applies to marriage at the beginning of September.  It’s hard to believe four months have passed, and yet, here we are –  ready to dive into the last … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Meekness – For the Wives

Well, ladies, today is the day for God to help us as wives understand the Beauty of Meekness.  I must be honest, I had a feeling this week’s message from Nancy Leigh DeMoss would hit me right where I’m struggling, … Continue reading

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Be Clothed in Meekness

We all know how to get dressed in the morning. It’s something I don’t give much thought to, except to make sure the shirt matches the pants and that I don’t forget my belt.  This is because I’ve repeated this … Continue reading

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Meekness: Think Before You React

We are continuing our study of meekness, and God is helping us get the point! Nancy Leigh DeMoss provides our next point to consider! I faced some recent circumstances which provoked me to anger.  As Debi will testify, I am … Continue reading

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Receiving The Word With Meekness

Today is the day before Thanksgiving.  It is the time when hearts which are hurting may struggle to give thanks to God for all that He has done.  Our series on meekness couldn’t have come at a better time.  It … Continue reading

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Eyes on Thee, Not Me

Why is it one can see, hear and smell better in the mountains?  It just seems everything is crystal clear from this vantage point.  And this week is no exception. We are spending this week away with our family in … Continue reading

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Meekness – What It Is and Isn’t

Before we begin digging deeper into what it looks like to cultivate this fruit in our lives, we must be clear on what it is and isn’t. Nancy Leigh DeMoss is using a book by Matthew Henry to dissect this … Continue reading

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A Fragrant Aroma: She’s Beautiful!

A while ago Tom and I were at dinner.  He was telling me about a time he was away from home and the people he had met.  One person in particular he was talking about was a woman, so I … Continue reading

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The Fruit of the Spirit: Meekness – Part II

(Taken from http://www.ReviveOurHearts.com.) Last week we barely scratched the surface of what meekness is, and I was quite convicted. I have been in a slump spiritually for the past few months.  I have continued in my personal disciplines knowing my … Continue reading

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The Fruit Of The Spirit: Meekness

Meekness is also known as humility.  It is the soil from which all the other godly virtues grow.  How does one obtain meekness?  By taking every opportunity to humble yourself before God and men (including your spouse). I have developed … Continue reading

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The Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness

“Goodness: The moral qualities which constitute christian excellence; moral virtue.” Webster’s 1828 Dictionary What constitutes a good husband, a good wife?  Is it what they do or who they are? We believe it’s both.  We all recognize good husbands who … Continue reading

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The Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness

Today we’re talking about kindness.  Everyone knows what kindness is.  It is the one trait that sends us into our day with a smile on our face.  It is the one trait missing when we’ve been cut off in traffic.  … Continue reading

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Fruit of the Spirit: Patience or Long-Suffering

Consider with us the patience of a winemaker. He oversees the vineyard, monitoring it’s quality and growth, guarding against pests and inclement weather to the best of his ability. Next comes the harvest – he determines when to pick the … Continue reading

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The Fruit of the Spirit: Peace

It’s good to remember the Fruit of the Spirit is one fruit with nine attributes.  This means nine virtues which are evident in ever growing measure in the life of a believer.  This being said – today we focus on … Continue reading

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Fruit of the Spirit: Joy

In our second aspect of the Fruit of the Spirit, we discover it is joy!  Joy is not happiness, per se, but a bubbling up in the soul contented with God, Himself.  If we are lacking joy – know this … Continue reading

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Fruit of the Spirit: Love

Can you imagine owning a vineyard where the fruit is always ripe and fresh, no matter the season?  There would be no need, no worries, no fear of the future.  This is what the Fruit of the Spirit produces in … Continue reading

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