Monday, April 18, 2011
Todd and I have been teaching a series to the childrens group at our church on The Fruits of the Spirit. It has gone really well and we have enjoyed it. I think the kids have too. Last week was the week we learned about gentleness.
Every week we like to have an "activity" pertaining to the particular "Fruit of the Spirit" we have discussed. For example for "Love" we created a gift bag that they decorated and gave it to someone they love, or someone they thought needed a little extra love. For "Kindness" we put together a treat bag for the teachers at my school and the next day I delivered a little kindness to them. So for "Gentleness" I decided to go by the local farm supply and pick up a few baby chicks. I thought they would have some since Easter was pretty close. I was right. They did. So Todd and I went by and picked up three of them. Now of course I have no where to house chickens. But I did not go to buy them until I knew they would have a good home after my use of them. I checked with Brother Paul who has his own mini farm at his house where they have Chickens, Turkeys, Peacocks, and Guineas. He gladly agreed to adopt my chicks when we were through with them. So we taught our lesson on gentleness and then after our lesson all of the children each got a chance to hold a baby chick. Actually they all took a couple of turns at it and seemed very excited and pleased. And for the most part were very gentle. :)
Now Avery Grace is not here during the week and was not at church on Wednesday night. I really wanted her to be able to be gentle with the chick and enjoy it too. So we sent two of the little chicks to live with Brother Paul after church on Wednesday night, but the last little one stayed with us through the weekend so that Avery could have a little fun with it. I was glad we decided to do that because she really enjoyed chasing the little chick which we never came up with a name for. She loved holding him and feeding him.She wasnt too thrilled when I told her it would go to live at Brother Pauls with its other chick friends. She said "No -my chick". But it was time for the little chick to go live over there. Those things grow crazy fast. I think this thing doubled in size in the almost week we had it.
We enjoyed having the chick for a few days. It slept in the kitchen. hehehe I had a basket it stayed in unless we took it outside for a bit. I thought it might drive me crazy chirping all night. But around 8 pm it decided it was bed time and quietly slept all night each night. I am glad we did this. It was good all the way around.
Galatians 5:22 & 23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control; against such things there is no law.