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The Fourth Fruit: Longsuffering (MNM 8)

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Welcome back!I’m so glad you are here, and I hope life is going well for you and your family.Thanks for continuing to follow our study on cultivating the fruits of the spirit in our children (and ourselves).
Here is this week’s verse:
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11 (New International Version)


Soaking in the Scripture (Section 1)
Today, spend some time reflecting on Hebrews 12:11.Read it a few times, perhaps in different translations, or even aloud.
Is there a word or phrase that strikes you as particularly relevant to your life during this season?
Give yourself some time to think, journal, or talk with a friend about the thoughts that emerge from your time of reflection.
Also, try and find time to share this verse with each of your family members in ways that are appropriate to each of them, and see what kinds of conversations happen.
Digging Deeper (Se…

The Third Fruit: Peace (MNM 7)

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. . . I have learned to be satisfied with the things I have and with everything that happens. I know how to live when I am poor, and I know how to live when I have plenty. I have learned the secret of being happy at any time in everything that happens, when I have enough to eat, and when I go hungry, when I have more than I need and when I do not have enough. I can do all things through Christ, because He gives me strength. Philippians 4:10b-13 (New Century Version)
. . . I have learned to be content, whatever the circumstances may be. I know now how to live when things are difficult and I know how to live when things are prosperous. In general and particular I have learned the secret of facing either poverty or plenty. I am ready for anything through the strength of the one who lives in me. Philippians 4:10b-13 (J.B. Phillips New Testament)
Soaking in the Scripture (Section 1)
Today, spend some time reflecting on Philippians 4:11b-13.Read it a few times, perhaps in different translations, or even aloud.