Fruit of the Spirit- 30 Day Scripture Writing Plans

This month I have posted two scripture writing plans… At the time, I only created black and white downloads of the plans. I went back and added a papyrus design option to the downloads. I thought that maybe some of you would prefer something a little more than the black and white!

Black and white is still available for those who need easy printing. If you want to make the black and white more unique, just print them on the color paper of your choice!

I will continue to add the papyrus design to future posts in this series!

Here are the links to the previous blog posts where you can find the download links:

Fruit of the Spirit: LOVE

Fruit of the Spirit: JOY & PEACE

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Fruit of the Spirit: JOY and PEACE (30 Day Scripture Writing Plan)

Continuing with the Fruit of the Spirit 30 day scripture writing plans, here is JOY & PEACE! I combined them because I found that several verses fit the characteristics of both joy and peace. I will continue to create plans based on all of the Fruit of the Spirit listed in: 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.”

PLEASE NOTE: I use the New International Version (NIV). So the passages I have listed are based on my NIV concordance for specific words like love, joy, etc. Other versions may or may not use the same wording. Most of the Fruit of the Spirit words are pretty straight forward and the meaning of the passage will remain the same. If your version does not have a specific word that you expect from whatever plan you are doing, look for a synonym of that word in the passage. Also, I may also use passages that use other words that support the theme… such as the Joy theme using a verse that says “Rejoice.”

I plan to post each segment of the series as I complete them… which could take several weeks or several months depending on how much time I am able to put into them. By posting them as I finish them, it will allow you to choose from any of the topics in any giving time frame you choose.

Suggestions for how to be successful with this challenge:

  • Decide ahead of time where you will be writing down the scripture. You could use a journal, notebook, or print out the lined writing page I have provided to keep in a 3 ring binder.
  • Print a copy of the challenge so that it is easily accessible to you. Keep it in your Bible or in the journal, notebook, or binder you are using.
  • Decide what time of day you will be writing your passage of scripture. Try to stick to a daily routine so that you are consistent. If you get behind, try to catch up later in the day or do two days at a time. The further behind you get, the harder it will be to catch up.
  • Pray that the Lord will speak to you through His Word before reading and writing each passage.
  • Reflect each day on how you can apply the passage of scripture to your life.

Please comment below to let me know that you are doing this challenge! I would love to hear from you!

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Papyrus (30 Day Plan): CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

Black & White (Plan & Lined Paper): CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

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Open Letter To My Friend

We all make bad choices. We all make mistakes. You are not the only one.

The choices you are making are affecting your family and friends in a negative way. You may not even know that we are aware of some of the choices you have been making. You may not care.

You have burned bridges with the people who care about you. You have pulled away from your friendships and relationships. Your friends and family now need to guard their hearts around you.

We hope for the best but see the worst. We have watched you from a distance. We have seen your Facebook posts. We have heard the rumors. We know the lies.

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To the friend fighting addiction, there is hope for recovery.

drug abuse “But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.” (Romans 6:17-18)

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To the friend having an affair, there is restoration from adultery. 

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“Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” (Mark 10:9)

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To the friend giving in to depression, there is joy over the horizon.

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“…Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5) 

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To the friend who is always angry, there is forgiveness that will heal your wounds.

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“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” (Colossians 3:13) “Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.” (Romans 12:19)

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There are many people who care about you, who love you, who pray for you, and who want to see your life restored!

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If you are my friend and you feel like this letter is written about you, please know that the letter was written with a few different people in mind (not just one particular person). It was written as a collaborative effort with one of my friends. There is a particular friend that both of us know and are concerned about. We have been praying fervently for this friend. However, both of us have other friends who are struggling as well and who we also pray fervently for. We wanted to write out our concerns and feelings without adding to the problems our friends are facing. We felt that this would be the best way of doing that since it does not single any one person out. And because we know that everyone has at least one friend or family member that they are concerned about.

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Did Jesus Laugh?

I came across an interesting discussion about Jesus and laughter referring to the following quote:

“Envision Jesus with His disciples. If you cannot picture Him teasing them and laughing with them, you need to reevaluate your understanding of the Incarnation. We need a biblical theology of humor that prepares us for an eternity of celebration and spontaneous laughter.” —Randy Alcorn, from his award-winning book “Heaven”, on whether we will laugh on the New Earth

My post is in response to Timothy’s response to the comment section of Neil’s Roundup. So essentially a response to both 🙂

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The Bible does not specifically state that Jesus laughed. But that does not mean that to laugh is a bad thing or that Jesus himself did not laugh. Like Marie pointed out in Neil’s comments; children were/are drawn to Jesus and children themselves are generally full of joy and laughter. Jesus himself was a child.

There are several verses that speak of laughter in a good light.

Genesis 21:6 “Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.”-(referring to Isaac himself but also laughter).

Psalm 126:2-3 “Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.”-(celebration and joy)

Proverbs 31:25 “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” -(in context with the rest of the chapter this is a good thing)

Also, I think that these verses indicate joy, smiling, and possibly laughter (confirming what Dan said in Neil’s comments about laughter being medicine to the soul):

Proverbs 15:13 “A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.”

Proverbs 15:30 “A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.”

Proverbs 17:22 “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

All that being said; I agree with Timothy’s statement: “Jesus was too burdened with the will of the Father to play the fool or even practical jokes.” But again that does not mean he didn’t laugh in general conversation or did not have some fun. You can laugh and have fun without it involving practical jokes or making someone a fool. If/when Jesus laughed; it would not have been at someone else’s expense but with others out of rejoicing and joy that comes from a cheerful heart!

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The following definitions are taken from Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary:

REJOICE, To experience joy and gladness in a high degree; to be exhilarated with lively and pleasurable sensations; to exult. When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. Prov. 29. I will rejoice in thy salvation. Ps. 9. REJOICE, To make joyful; to gladden; to animate with lively pleasurable sensations; to exhilarate. Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father. Prov. 29. While she, great saint, rejoices heaven.

JOY, 1. The passion or emotion excited by the acquisition or expectation of good; that excitement of pleasurable feelings which is caused by success, good fortune,the gratification of desire or some good possessed, or by a rational prospect of possessing what we love or desire; gladness; exultation; exhilaration of spirits. Joy is a delight of the mind, from the consideration of the present or assured approaching possession of a good. Bring heavenly balm to heal my country’s wounds, Joy to my soul and transport to my lay. 2. Gayety; mirth; festivity. The roofs with joy resound. 3. Happiness; felicity. Her heavenly form beheld, all wished her joy. 4. A glorious and triumphant state. –Who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross. Heb.12. 5. The cause of joy or happiness. For ye are our glory and joy. 1 Thess 2.  6. A term of fondness; the cause of you.

CHEERFUL1. Lively; animated; having good spirits; moderately joyful. This is the most usual signification of the word, expressing a degree of animation less than mirth and jollity. 2. Full of life; gay; animated; mirthful; musical; as the cheerful birds. 3. Expressive of good spirits or joy; lively; animated. A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance. Prov. 15.

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I think that Timothy’s main point is that we need to be careful not to make a doctrine out of something that is not specifically addressed in scripture.

What are your thoughts?