Monday, February 3, 2014

One Thousand Gifts (continued)

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control"  
(Galatians 5:23)
He exhibits such self-control.

He will only take one cookie, rather than two.  He will choose an apple if he hasn't had his fruit for the day.

He respects the rules.

He doesn't bang his stick or get upset from a lousy call or bad goal (of course, his father taught him the benefit of being a goalie is to take the credit if you win and to blame the defence if you lose!).

It's beautiful to see the fruit of the Spirit being produced in his life and in all of my children's lives.  Of course, his self-control is not always so evident when interacting with his siblings, but I am thankful for the man of integrity that he is striving to become.

I am thankful for the work of the Holy Spirit, producing Christian character in my children's lives and I pray that the fruit of the Spirit will continue to grow in them (and in myself as well).

Continuing to give thanks...

-his self-control
-positive sportsmanship
-his love for the game

-dedicated coaches volunteering their time (thanks, Doug and Paul)


-how she loves to roller blade at the greenhouse
-how she loves to "help" at the greenhouse
-how she loves to feed Albert some peanuts
-how Paul willingly takes her to the greenhouse

-school spirit on PJ / crazy hair day

-her love for crafts
-the amazing, creative minds in my winter enrichment group
-my sister-in-law's willingness to help  and her patience and creativity

-bed time routines
-enjoying Soupfest with my sister
-visiting with our kind-hearted elder
-our caring church community
-the many willing Sunday School teachers
-making a new friend through the adoption community
-how Paul gets up so early before church to shovel the driveway
-his safe travels to Pioneer camp with Jesse and his class

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