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Fruitful Thinking

  • Middle C (The Fruit of the Spirit is . . . Faithfulness)

    I came downstairs this morning and turned on the living room lights. For a reason I didn't understand at the time, I walked over to the piano. I do...
  • Worry Versus the Cross (The Fruit of the Spirit is . . . Peace)

    There is a six foot cross on the roof of the house across the street. Robert, the man who lives there, had an encounter with Jesus after suffering ...
  • Moments in Time (The Fruit of the Spirit is...Joy)

    Rich and I took our youngest grandson, Garrison, to the river to climb on rocks. Rich was six weeks post-back surgery and was not following doctor'...
  • Use Your Gentle Side ("The Fruit of the Spirit is . . . gentleness . . .")

    My fingernails were a mess. Ragged edges, broken corners, worn polish and no two the same length. Yuk! They looked pretty good before Christmas in ...
  • WARNING! IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS!!! (Self-Control)

    My husband, Rich, received a very nice electric leaf blower for Christmas. He usually ignores the instructions on things he feels familiar with (of...
  • The Fifth Advent Candle—The Light of Christ

    Last night after all the gifts had been opened and all the food eaten, I lit the fifth Advent candle—the Christ candle. I turned out the lights and...
  • The Fourth Advent Candle—Love

    Last night I lit the fourth Advent candle representing love. Rich and I had our four grandchildren over yesterday afternoon to decorate gingerbread...
  • Third Advent Candle—Joy

    Last Sunday I lit the third Advent candle. Joy.  Sad to say, despite my good intentions, a week before Christmas the wheels fell off my joy wagon. ...
  • The Second Advent Candle (Peace)

    Peace has never been my strong suit. Long ago a doctor diagnosed me with "free-floating anxiety." Doesn't sound too professional, does it? I accept...
  • The First Candle (Hope)

    Last Sunday the first Advent candle was lit, signifying hope. I was embarking on my Advent adjustment and was feeling hopeful I would relax, simpli...
  • An Advent Adjustment (Peace)

    In seasons past, we were still eating turkey leftovers when I would hit the ground running with Christmas. Away went the autumn and Thanksgiving de...
  • Grandma's Table (Faithfulness)

    Grandma Floy's dining table was beautiful on ordinary days. Solid oak and shining it sat in Grandma and Grandpa's dining room and matched the oak w...