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About a year ago, I read on a gentle Christian mothering blog (can’t remember whose), about a wonderful parenting tool.Â SheÂ and herÂ daughter learned the verse:
Galatians 5:22-23Â (English Standard Version)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
When her daughter had a difficult time with her behavior, her mama would ask her which fruit she might be needing “a bite of”, and they would pray and ask God to help her develop that fruit.
I thought this was such a wonderful idea, that Little Hen and I madeÂ our ownÂ cards with one “fruit” per card.Â This is how she’s decided to use them – she’ll be in a really grouchy mood, and she’ll come to me with “peace” and “joy” tell me that she needs some of each.Â Then we’ll talk about how how she’s feeling and if she wants to she’ll pray about it, if not, usually a long moment in a “squeezy hug” will give her that peace she’s needing.
This week, we wereÂ waiting in line at the library, andÂ I watched her pull the cards out of her bag, thumb through, find “patience”,Â and look at itÂ (meditate on it?) until we got toÂ the front of the line.Â Â Â
Â It’s aÂ great way forÂ Little HenÂ not only toÂ strive toÂ develop thoseÂ good character traits, but alsoÂ simply as a communication tool, to let the cards speak for her when she has trouble expressing her needs.Â
Love you, my sweet, sensitive girl.Â And thank you, gentle Christian mama, for your super idea.Â If I find your blog again, I will bookmark it!