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Fruit – Good for the Body and Soul

Fruit – Good for the Body and Soul

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Summer is the season for fresh fruits! The Bible has something to say about fruit in Galatians 5. Today, we’ll focus on these verses as we discuss the fruit of the Spirit while enjoying the produce chosen by your child.

What you’ll need:

  • Seasonal fruit
  • Sour cream (1-1/2 cup)
  • Brown sugar (3T)
  • A dish for the fruit and dip

Skill level:

Little Helping Hands, ages 2-5: Smaller hands will enjoy going with you to choose different fruits, sharing during discussion time, stirring the dip, and of course, eating the fruit.

I’d Rather Do It Myself, ages 6+: Older children can help in choosing their favorite fruits. Depending on their age, they could also cut the fruit with a child-friendly utensil under a parent’s supervision.

Time:

30 minutes

Instructions:

  • Share with your child that you’re going to the grocery store or farmer’s market to purchase a few of his/her favorite fruits. Consider taking your children with you so they can help make the choices.
  • Involve the child with washing the fruit.
  • With your child close by, cut the fruit into bite-size wedges.
  • While you cut the fruit, ask your child to stir the brown sugar into the sour cream. (This dip is better if it can be refrigerated for a couple of hours but it’s not necessary).

Dig Deeper:

As you wash the fruit, share with your child how our sins are washed clean when we ask Jesus to come into our hearts and make us new.  Like the fruit, we need to be washed with water (Living Water) in order for our hearts to be clean.

As you cut the fruit, share that once we are cleansed by Jesus, He puts desires in our heart, like seeds, that take root and begin to grow. They are called the fruit of the Spirit. We can’t pick and choose the fruit like we did at the grocery store. The fruit of the Spirit (God in us) makes all the seeds of love grow into the fruit of the Spirit, with God’s help.

As you enjoy the fruit and dip, read Galatians 5:22,23 (NIV):

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

  • Love
  • Peace
  • Forbearance (patience)
  • Kindness
  • Goodness
  • Faithfulness
  • Gentleness
  • Self-control

Ask your child which of the “fruits” they feel they are doing well.

Then, ask which of the areas they feel they need to ask God for help.

Take time to encourage them in both areas and end by encouraging your child to pray to their heavenly Father asking for His help.

(James 1:5 – “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”)

By: Cathy Baker @ Cultivating Creativity (www.cathybaker.org)Pauses for the Vacationing Soul: A Sensory-Based Devotional Guide for the Beach (www.cathybaker.org.)

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