(Family Devotion) Fruit of the Spirit: Peace

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Welcome to our outline and plan for our family devotionals. This 9 lesson unit is all about the Fruit of the Spirit. We have previously covered LOVE and JOY. This lesson is about PEACE.

Each lesson begins with worship singing scripture, includes a bible story, memory verse, and prayer, as well as an activity. Some lessons will have one activity and others will have more. The activities can be done as part of your family worship time or separately or not at all. Totally up to you. Please feel free to adjust and modify these family devotions as needed for your family.

The time frame for each lesson is 15 minutes to 20 minutes max. The lesson could take slightly longer if you add on an activity.

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INTRODUCTION

Please read through this entire post first before attempting to go through this with your family.

Explain to your child(ren) that you will be talking about PEACE. An example of this might be, “Jesus paid for our sins on the cross, we have peace with God. Now it is our responsibility to do all we can to live in peace with everyone; we’re to be peacemakers.

Read 9 Fruits Alive.

WORSHIP

I love the idea of my kids learning God’s Word by singing and it makes my heart so happy to hear them sing along and memorize scripture. To read more about the music our family is using and for all the devotions in this series please refer back to the Fruits of the Spirit Family Devotion Overview.

  • Seeds Family Worship – Seeds of Character – 4. The Fruit
  • Seeds Family Worship – Seeds of Courage – 2. Do Not Be Anxious

BIBLE STORY

Read the story The Captain of the Storm on page 236 of The Jesus Story Book Bible.

The Story: This story is the story of my life. In my own life, during times of hardship or when I am especially fearful I forget that Jesus is always right besides me and yet I can repeatedly doubt that he is there. The disciples are literally in a boat with Jesus that is being tossed around in a storm yet they were still fearful. He was with them the entire time.

Discussion: Use this story to discuss with your child(ren) how Jesus is always there for us and can give us PEACE when we are afraid or when we need comfort.

MEMORY VERSE

Galatians 5:22-23 New Living Translation (NLT)

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

PRAYER

Lord, help us to become peacemakers. Protect our family from unnecessary arguments. Keep us from being easily offended. Thank you for Your forgiveness and give us the strength to extend forgiveness to others.

ACTIVITY

Take a Breath

When we focus breathing fully and deeply it helps us move away from the body’s natural fight or flight response and into more of a relaxed place. With specific breathing activities, we can calm, soothe, support or energize our bodies.

Directions: Here are a few breathing activities to try with your kids. Demonstrate these techniques to your child first and allow them practice.

  • Flower Breath: Pretend you are smelling a flower. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Ask you child to “describe” the type of flower they are smelling. Is it big? Small? What color is it? What does it smell like? This is a very simple way to help kids connect with their breath.
  • Snake Breath: Take a deep long inhale in through your nose and hiss the breath out of your mouth slowly. Slowing the breath on the exhale encourages kids to slow down physically, mentally, and emotionally.
  • Bunny Breath: Perform 3 quick sniffs followed by one long exhale out of the nose.  You can have your kids pretend they are bunnies sifting for carrots. This technique can be very helpful when kids are super upset because you can encourage them to focus on the long exhale so they are breathing out.

I would love to hear any feedback if you decide to do this with your own family!

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