Fruit Of The Spirit

Fruit

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

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Affectionate

Affectionate lovable disposition. Love is what God is and what we ought to be. If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13

Radiant

Radiant spirit and cheerful temper. Joy is contentment and satisfaction with God and with his dealings. “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. John 4:34

Peace

Tranquil mind and quiet manner. Peace includes the peace of God and harmonious relationships among Christians. Jesus Calms the Storm. One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.” Luke 8:22-25

Patience

Forbearing patience in provoking circumstances and trying people. Long suffering is patience in afflictions, annoyances, and persecutions. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. Luke 23:34

Kindness

Sympathetic insight and tactful helpfulness. Kindness is gentleness, perhaps best explained in the attitude of the Lord toward little children. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Mark 10:14

Goodness

Generous judgment and big-souled charity. Goodness is kindness shown to others. In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ Luke 10:30-35

Faithfulness

Loyalty and reliability under all circumstances. Faithfulness means faith in God, confidence in our fellow Christians, fidelity and reliability.

Gentleness

Humility that forgets self in the joy of others Gentleness is taking the lowly place as Jesus did when he washed his disciples feet. Jesus washes His Disciples’ Feet It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!” Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean. When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. John 13:1-17

Self-Control

In all things self-mastered and self-controlled, which is the final mark of Christ-likeness Self control means literally holding oneself in, especially regarding fornication, adultery and our temper. Our lives should be disciplined. Lust, passions, appetites and temper should be ruled.

Who Are These People?

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Flock

All ages of people started to flock in. There were several youth, older adults and homeless families that arrived and more continued to arrive as the night went on.

All that was needed for the people was the smell of some great food being grilled. The smoke-filled air was wonderful to smell, and it brought so many new faces. Some familiar homeless faces and even some local faces. 

BBQing

Boy does the aroma coming from a BBQ make our appetites accelerate. This wonderful aroma takes over our minds causing us to start thinking of what we will BBQ. We may even think about inviting someone over to join us for a BBQ.

Have you considered the BBQ location? Will it be in the front yard or the back yard? Have you ever considered grilling in the front yard?

It’s easy to retreat to our backyards. It may because, we just worked all day and need time alone. But, why not consider a weekend and have a community BBQ in the front of your yard.

Neighbors

Inviting neighbors over to converse can make a huge impact in each of our lives.

  • Do you think the people you decided to invite will accept your invite?
  • Are the invitees coming over?
  • Hungry for food or for conversation?
  • Or are these people coming over for some other form of attention?
Uninvited

Have you thought about the uninvited just showing up? It’s easy for each one of us to retreat to our own backyard. What would you do if someone shows up at your door and says I’m here to eat, what would you do?

Should we be open to sharing and inviting the uninvited? Afterall, that would mean thinking of others versus ourselves…ouch.

  • If we stay in the back yard we won’t be put in a vulnerable situation.
  • We wouldn’t be approachable.
  • We’d be able to stay guarded.
  • Afterall, isn’t that why we put up fences?  

Would you ever show up on a neighbor’s doorstep and expect to be invited in to eat with them?

What ever happened to everyone doing neighborhood community activities?

Parking Lot

We BBQed in the front of a church and in front of several other businesses. Most of the uninvited were homeless families. Some of these families were found sleeping in their vehicles and others were living in tents.

How would you provide comfort for the homeless? We invited them back for Movies and Popcorn on a weekly basis.

Movie and Popcorn

What an opportunity eating popcorn and watching the movie “Gods Not Dead”.  and at the end of the movie the pastor had an altar call. Some came forward eagerly to accept Christ into their lives. 

There honestly is no better way to end an amazing day. 

God Answers Prayers – Don’t You Ever Forget That!

A Project for Youth

Youth Outreach Project Event

Goals For Our Youth

When it comes to working on a project for youth, what are your goals?

Community Youth Leader

A community leader in Sacramento, CA provides such a location for the youth to feel safe.

Various siblings and members of the community took the lead in creating a project for youth to partake in.

Lesson Learned

When it came too working with youth on this particular activity, I noticed the following.

  • Some of the youths were more patient than another.
  • Some helped the younger ones.
  • Some were critical of the others ability to stay in the lines.
  • Some were concerned by the amount of paint on the paint brush.
  • Some were even more concerned about the rinsing of the paint brush prior to using another color.

Eventually, the photo was complete and all that mattered was the time they spent together.

Juvenile Hall Mentoring

Sacramento Juvenile Hall

The day The Bakers Daughter went into mentor at the Sacramento Juvenile Hall was on a Saturday, it was our normal day to mentor but, it was not any ordinary day.

Prior to going into the juvenile hall, The Bakers Daughter received a phone call. The program coordinator asked that she get the girls set-up and that she should share her testimony.

The Bakers Daughter planned on being at the Sacramento Juvenile Hall for only one hour. But, God had bigger plans.

When The Bakers Daughter finally got through all the locked doors and walked the various corridors she finally arrived at the girls’ unit. There ready in attendance were around 15 girls and she only recognized three of the girls from the week prior.

Prayer Request

Who knew a child’s prayer request would mean everything to her on this particular day. This child wanted to meet with The Bakers Daughter in private. This child said, “The Baker Daughter was an answer to her prayers.” This child had only been at the juvenile hall for a couple of days.

This child sought out an officer to request an appointment with The Bakers Daughter. In order to meet one on one this child had to complete an application prior to us meeting up.

An officer asked the rest of the girls if they wanted to complete a mentor application, much to my surprise they all completed the application accept for two of them.

Lunch Break

It was lunch time for the girls. The Bakers Daughter had not planned to stay longer than the 1 hour. Which required that she go and grab lunch and return an hour later.

When The Bakers Daughter returned an hour later, she met up with this child. As we got to know one another the child said, “I am sorry if I get emotional, but I need to share with you what happened to me and why I requested to speak with you.” This child said, “I prayed beforehand and asked God to show me a sign, then, you spoke.” God showed me “you” as I listened to your story.

The child asked if it was okay for her grandma to call me. I responded with well of course she can call me.

Parents Bad Choices

You see…this child’s parents were not allowed to be in her life. The parents had made some pretty bad choices which prevented them from seeing their child.

The grandma had always been part of this child’s life. This child told me that her and her grandma stopped going to church because, her grandma had become ill.

This child got caught up with a boy, the girl shared that this boy believes in God too. The boy was being held responsible for obtaining money doing illegal things. He too shared with me in a different setting that it is all because of his home life. This boy is going to be a father to this little child’s baby.

God shows up more after our private conversation. As I was requesting to meet with the father of the unborn baby. The child went back to wait for an officer to pat her down. Prior to the child going back into general population a volunteer came in that this child happened to know. This volunteer was the principle at her school, so they chatted for a couple of minutes.

Followed Through

The child followed through on her word. It was about three days later that The Baker Daughter received a phone call from the child’s grandma. The grandma and I spoke for some time. The grandma said, she knows her granddaughter will be released and her and her granddaughter will be going back to church.

I explained to the grandma that when she gets out I can mentor her further but, only with her approval. Lets just say she was ecstatic and said, yes, yes, yes that would be wonderful.

I also advised the grandma about listening to a podcast, sermons on-line, if she is unable to attend church. She said, I will but, we are finding a way to get back to church. The grandma said, “because she needs to be back in and at the bible studies. She also said, I know my granddaughter has learned her lesson.

My Dream Took Dedication

Dedication

I started thinking about owning my own business. I had no idea what direction I was going to go.
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Around 2007 The Bakers Daughter started thinking about owning her own business this took dedication. It took so much dedication when she had no idea what direction to go exactly.

The Bakers Daughter had to think long and hard about what brought her Joy.

What did she enjoy so much while growing up at the bakery?

Was it making a product?

Was it trying to learn something new like decorating a cake?  

As a young child The Bakers Daughter loved playing with all the bakery supplies and watching ingredients come to life in each person’s workspace.

Such memorable events took place during the holidays. When everyone worked diligently when it came to orders placed by long term customers.

All employees and family members spent time working together and eating together.

My Dream Came About

The Bakers Daughter precious memories included her grandma decorating the bakery storefront for the upcoming holidays. We’d shop and decorate the entire front of the bakery.

We had a bay type of window that allowed the by passers to be caught up in the holiday scene. They would stand at the window and gaze as if the scene came alive to them. As if it tugged at their heart strings.

The Bakers Daughter ran with those memories and incorporated them at her daughter’s upcoming birthday party.

The Dream Came Alive

It was then at her daughter’s birthday party that her dream came alive. This is where her dream and the dedication manifested enough to plunge forward.