Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Give the Best Gifts Ever - Show Self Control

For the past week and a half we have been looking at the best gifts we will ever give to our children and grandchildren - showing the Fruit of the Spirit in our lives and homes. Today we will look at the last part of the Fruit - Self Control.

When we show self control in how we respond to the challenges we all face and in the choices we make, we are giving our children and grandchildren something very valuable - the example of what it looks like to be a wise person who shows self control. 

Our grandchildren do notice these things. One day last year I was talking with my grandsons about making the choice to be wise people and how they are able to show they are wise by choosing to show self control. My youngest grandson looked at me and said; "You are so wise grandma. How did you get to be so wise?" We then talked about how we are able to be wise by choosing to follow God and His Word and by showing all the Fruit of the Spirit.

Self control also shows itself in the choices we make to purposefully hand down the faith. When we are thoughtful and intentional in the things we do and say - like letting them overhear when we tell others about how we are so thankful for them, by watching for and taking opportunities like the one with my grandsons last year and by planning ways to hand down the faith on purpose like I wrote about yesterday.

This year give your children and grandchildren the best gifts of all - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control - these are absolutely some of the best gifts ever. 

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose 

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