Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Princess Club: Fruits of the Spirit

Wow! In looking back this month has been really busy! I realized there are three princess club updates that are lacking! I will clump them into one blog :) Three weeks ago I was unable to lead the princess club, so Ana Laura taught the girls on the fruit of the Spirit of joy. They talked about the differences between being happy and being joyful.

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Last week we talked about the fruit of peace.

What is peace? When do we feel most at peace? Where do you go to get peace?

The Bible tells us that Peace is actually a person. Ephesians 2:14 says that Jesus himself is our peace.

Who else do you know is a peaceful person? Are there people you know who don't have peace? Who are always anxious and worried? How do you feel around people who are stressed all the time versus how you feel around a calm, peaceful person? Jesus is peace, and he is always calm. He knows what to do in every situation, and nothing comes as a surprise to him. 

What can we do when we feel afraid, nervous or worried? We can go straight to Jesus and He can be our peace and give us peace, too. At this point in the lesson, we practiced being at peace by being with Jesus. All the girls laid down on mats and we asked Jesus to come and show us what His peace looks like. The girls listened to hear Jesus talking to them. 

The most common symbol for peace is, of course, the dove. I found a website for making origami doves. Maybe this craft should have gone under the fruit of patience...needless to say, while a few of the doves came out okay, it was definitely a challenge. Mostly because the girls had never done anything like this before and partly because we are still working on following directions.........

After the lesson, Lara demonstrated how to be at peace in any situation by promptly falling asleep :)

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This week we talked about the fruit of patience.

Before we started talking, I put a delicious, chocolately, crunchy cookie in front of each girl. I told them that they could eat it right now, or if they waited until we were done with the lesson, I would give them a second cookie. It was their choice, they could have one now, or they could wait and have two.

What is patience? Some times I don't like this fruit very much. It's kind of like a lemon. It's a fruit, but sometimes it tastes a bit sour to me. It means I have to wait for something. Some times I have to wait a long time for something. 
Like my birthday. I love my birthday. It's my favorite day of the year. But it only comes once a year! 
I have to wait and wait and wait for it to come around.
Christmas is like that, too.
Or what about a baby? What if a baby were to be born too early?
It wouldn't be fully developed yet, and that would be bad for it's health.

Think about a gardener. After he plants a fruit tree, he can't go out the next day and expect fruit to be on the tree already. He plants it. Then waters it. Waits for the sun to shine on it. He doesn't give up waiting for the fruit! What happens if the gardener gets mad that there's no fruit within a week? Would he chop down the tree after only a week? 

Some times we need to be patient like the gardener. Some times we get tired of doing good. It's hard to be patient, especially when another person is making us mad or frustrated on purpose. We lose our patience when people do mean things to us. We feel like hitting our brother because he hit us first. We feel like saying something nasty to some one because they called us an ugly word. Some times we feel like giving up or complaining. 

But God doesn't want us to give up, or get tired of waiting. We may get discouraged and feel like things will never change, but God is growing things that we may not be able to see. Every minute of every day He is working to change our hearts.

Adults even get tired of being patient at times. But we can ask God to help us to be patient and wait for change and growth in our lives. We're not very good at being patient on our own. But we can ask the Holy Spirit to teach us how to be patient. After all, if we think about it, God is patient with us, too. 

Galatians 6:9
 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

At this point, all of the girls still had their cookies in front of them :) So they each got two!!

We made a "Patience Tree" by blowing green paint/soap bubbles. It took a lot of patience to get the bubbles just right!
The New Life team princesses joined in on the fun!!


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