Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Fruit of the Spirit - Joy

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A few weeks ago, the Lord laid on my heart that I needed to make some changes in our home. I had become really focused on getting academics done, and the hearts of my small people were being neglected. Sure, we were doing our Bible time each morning, but their attitudes toward each other and toward me were poor. My attitude was also lacking. Something needed to change.

After thinking and praying about it, I decided that I was going to do a unit on the Fruit of the Spirit. I wanted to spend a week on each Fruit. To Google and Pinterest I went. While I found a lot of lessons designed for Sunday School classes, but not a lot for a homeschool unit. I would need to create my own.

(Disclaimer: Our week is only 4 days long because we go to a homeschool co-op one day each week.)

After finishing our week on the Fruit of Love, we started our next week studying Joy.

Day 1
  • Review Galatians 5:22-23.
  • Discuss that joy and happiness are not the same thing. We can have joy even when our circumstances aren't what we like. 
  • Discuss what is NOT joy.
Here's what the small people came up with for What Is NOT Joy:

  • Complaining
  • Being mean - kicking, hitting, and using unkind words
  • Raising your voice
  • Pouting
  • Temper tantrums
  • Refusing to answer when someone speaks to you
  • Talking back
  • Being jealous and dwelling on it
  • Boasting or bragging

Day 2
  • Read Nehemiah 8:10. Talk about how we get our joy from the Lord. 
  • Read Psalm 119:111. Talk about how we get our joy from God's Word.
  • Talk about how we can turn to God and the Bible when we are having a bad day in order to renew our joy.
Day 3
  • Read Acts 16:16-40. Talk about how Paul and Silas had joy in spite of their circumstances. We can also have joy no matter what our circumstances are.
  • Talk about how Paul and Silas sang praises while they were in prison. Make a list of songs we can sing to praise the Lord.
Day 4
  • Read Proverbs 15:13. Talk about what a cheerful countenance looks like. 
  • Make self-portraits of our cheerful countenances.








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