Summer is a Time for Fruit:  Strawberries and Love

A few weeks ago as the kids and I were reading Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorenson (We whole-heartedly recommend this book!) and one of the main characters says that summer is a time for fruit, just like spring is a time for flowers.  This phrase has stuck with me as I've dreamed about what to do with the kids this summer.

We will have weeks of Vacation Bible School, gymnastics camp, and sleep away camp.  There will be a week of family vacation, and lots of lazy days around our house too.  In the other days of our summer I would like to do things that help grow good fruit in our kids lives.  I would like for them to have a taste of adventure, to do kind things for others, to read great books and watch movies that are really worth watching.  I would also like to find ways to build their faith.

One of our favorite things to do in the summer is to go pick fruit, and even if we don't pick it our selves we eat a lot of fruit from the market in the summer.  It is one of our favorite dessert options.

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

We've decided as we enjoy fresh fruit this summer we will also learn the fruit of the spirit from Galatians 5:22-23.

First up is love and strawberries and we've chosen 1 John 4:7 as a Bible verse to learn that goes with love.

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
— 1 John 4:7


Each time we got into or out of the car today we said the verse together.  It became a game to try and remember it. Even my youngest was picking up phrases.  As we turn some of our berries into jam, and eat them for dessert we will keep practicing 1 John 4:7.

I would love for them to come to know God's word as sweet to their lips as the strawberries that we are enjoying.

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! (Psalm 119:103)