(Family Devotion) Fruit of the Spirit – Patience

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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, JOY, and PEACE. This lesson is about PATIENCE.

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.

Let’s get started. Make sure you have…

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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 PATIENCE. An example of this might be. “PATIENCE is trusting that God has a difficult situation under control and being willing to wait for Him to solve the problem. It’s being willing to forgive others when they do things that bug us because you know that God has forgiven you for so much. PATIENCE is not something that you are born with; you have to develop it. It takes great courage and faith to wait upon God’s timing and for His purposes in your life to be fulfilled.”

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 – 4. Out of the Mud

BIBLE STORY

Read the story of The Forgiving Prince on page 76 of The Jesus Story Book Bible.

The Story: Joseph and his brothers.

Discussion: It can be hard to trust in God while we are waiting. Use this story to discuss with your child(ren) how trusting God when we wait allows God to work things out for us. It can be easy to become scared or angry but Joesph demonstrated a happy heart while waiting patiently for God to work.

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, give our family the strength to wait for You. Help us resist the temptation to take shortcuts in life. When it comes to our relationships, family, and our prayer life, remind us that Your timing doesn’t look like ours. Remind us that You are never slow, but patient and gracious.

ACTIVITY

Cookies on the Table

Directions: You may have to try this activity a few times before your kids grasp the concept. Leave a plate of cookies out that are easily reachable to your children but explain to them that they need to wait patiently and with a happy heart until you tell them they can eat a cookie.

Now if cookies aren’t your kids thing, pick another treat that you know they will want. Make sure you give them a set time frame for when they can eat the cookie. If you happen to catch them eating a cookie before the determined time take the cookie away.

Let your child know that if they choose to eat the cookie before it is time they will not get a cookie. Remind them to be patient and wait for their cookie with a happy heart.

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

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