Fruitful Thursday: A Look Back

Fruitful Thursdays
I can’t believe it was 9 months ago that I began the Fruitful Thursday series and now it’s at an end. Since then I have spent a lot of time examining the fruits of the spirit, studying related scripture and applying them to my life. I’m amazed over the ways this has impacted my life – in both small ways and profound. And while I’m still far from perfect, I’m proud to say that I’ve definitely improved as a person, a Christian, a wife and mother. Here’s a look back at Fruitful Thursday.

INTRODUCTION

LOVE
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

JOY
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

PEACE
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3

PATIENCE
Week 1
Week 2

KINDNESS
Week 1
Week 2

GOODNESS
Week 1
Week 2

FAITHFULNESS
Week 1
Week 2

GENTLENESS
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5

SELF CONTROL
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3

Fruitful Thursday: Faithfulness

Yesterday I realized it’s a new month so it’s time to move on to the next fruit of the spirit, faithfulness. When you mention faithfulness Job comes to mind. He was faithful during so many trials. He had a spiritual maturity I worry I’ll never have and, to be honest, part of me doesn’t want.

Why? Because spiritual maturity is developed through trials and tribulations – being faithful to Him when our world is crumbling. I want to be that person…but am afraid what the road will bring that creates that person in me.
Are you a modern day Job? Do you know a modern day Job? I do. Though we’ve never met in real life, I have such admiration for Amy of Raising Arrows. She stayed faithful when her world crumbled and has used her trial to bless others in the name of God. So I thought it would be fitting to dedicate this post to her.
Three years ago today, Amy lost her precious little girl Emily. Amy walked the long, hard road that I cannot even imagine and came out the other side with her faith intact. Not only intact, but with a desire to honor Emily’s memory, help others who are grieving and glorify God in the process.
So she wrote a devotional specifically for those who are hurting, Psalms for the Grieving Heart, and offers it to everyone for free. If you are hurting or grieving I encourage you to go download a free copy – allow yourself to be blessed. If you know someone who is hurting, send a copy to them!
And if you are fortunate enough to not be grieving a loss today, join me in remembering the short but powerful life of Emily. Say a prayer over her soul, remember those who are left behind and say her name out loud.
Emily.
Amy, thank you for your faithfulness and thank you for blessing others.
*Amy will be leading the Homeschooling in Stress and Crisis break out session at The 2:1 Conference.
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