Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The Fruit of the Holy Spirit

The frost had disappeared by the time Elsie was dressed. As she did each morning, she settled into her little, rosewood rocking chair - so prized because it was a gift from her father - to read her Bible and talk to Jesus, her beloved Savior and Friend. She enjoyed this time with the Lord immensely. She began by asking the Lord to open her heart and mind to the Scriptures; then she read and reflected on a passage and memorized a verse from the passage she had read. Finally, she knelt to say her morning prayers and asked the Lord to grant her the "fruit of the Spirit" of which Paul spoke in the fifth chapter of the book of Galatians - "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control."

- Elsie's Impossible Choice, Pages 3-4

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