When I taught the elementary grades, my litmus test for the children’s well-being was to observe them during recess and ask, “Are they skipping?” Even a child at rest will swing a foot, shrug a shoulder, or sway. I’ve learned skipping is a universal expression of joy. In Song of Solomon 7:1-2a, the Bride of Christ is allegorically pictured as a princess wearing gorgeous shoes, and with jeweled thighs. Why? She is spiritually adorned with these so she can … Continue reading →
Welcome to our study about the second Fruit of the Spirit, JOY. Last week we learned that JOY is a fruit that grows out of the seeds of our salvation, fertilized by trials in our lives. This week we’ll study the church’s betrothal and upcoming marriage to the Lamb of God. It’s a time of great JOY as we, the bride, prepare to meet our Bridegroom. The Parable of the Vestal Virgins “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened … Continue reading →
The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty. Zephaniah 3:17a KJV Dad stood behind me, dabbing oil paint on the canvas. My hand rest atop his, so it felt like I was painting, but I knew who held the brush. Soon, Dad slid his hand away, and I grasped the brush. His hand was still underneath mine so I still felt confident. Before I knew it, he was smiling, with his hand to his chin. Occasionally I’d … Continue reading →
Welcome to July! This month we will study the second Fruit of the Spirit–JOY. Where does JOY originate? Deep in our salvation, placed there by our Savior the moment we say YES to Jesus. JOY is a fruit that grows out of the trials in our lives–quite a paradox that this spiritual fruit is a product of hardship and suffering. This week we will mine out these precious diamonds and rejoice in this priceless gift from God. Click here to … Continue reading →
We were singing loudly, the evidence of joy shining on our faces.
Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, which He gives to believers.
When I taught the elementary grades, my litmus test for the children’s well-being was to observe them during recess and ask, “Are they skipping?” Even a child at rest will swing a foot, shrug a shoulder, or sway. Sometimes, I would skip with the children, and we would laugh. I’ve learned skipping is a universal expression of joy. In Song of Solomon 7:1-2a KJV, a bride is pictured as a princess wearing gorgeous shoes, and jeweled thighs. Who is this … Continue reading →
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. ~Psalm 150:6 NKJV I was having a “woe is me”day, recounting all the problems in my life. Can you remember having a day like this when you counted “woes” instead of blessings? The enemy of our soul is happy when we are distracted by the trials that we are experiencing. Then we won’t notice God’s beauty surrounding us. My mind was on me and all I needed to accomplish, instead of … Continue reading →
I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. Song of Solomon 2:3 KJV “Would you like a slice of apple?” Angela asked. “Sure,” I replied, not knowing she had already asked others, who sat at the conference table, the same question. Angela sliced the apple into equal sections, carefully, precisely, and distributed them. By the time she served her husband Victor, there wasn’t much left! I do not recall how many … Continue reading →