Love Joy Peace – A Poem about Fruit
One of the things I am so thankful for is the Holy Spirit. He is such a blessing in my life and helps me in so many ways. Last week I started writing an acrostic poem based on the fruit of the Spirit:
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! Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT).
I decided that I am so thankful for the fruit of the Spirit that I want to stretch out the gratitude a bit. So I am only going to post part of the poem each week for the next three weeks. This week I’m writing to celebrate love, joy, and peace, the first three of the fruits of the Spirit.
Love Joy Peace
Open arms upon the cross
Valued me and you
Enough to die for us
Out in the fields with their sheep
“Yahoo!” cry the shepherds as the angels sing
Everything is in His hands
All will go according to His plans
Contentment envelopes my very soul
Emmanuel brings peace; I am whole
Yahoo! Another lovely piece of joyful thanksgiving! Peace to you as well! 🙂
I’m getting a laugh out of those who have commented on the “Yahoo,” which I almost cut out of the poem! So glad I didn’t. Peace, Linda
P.S. Maybe I should change my sign-off to Love Joy Peace, Linda 😉
“Contentment envelopes my very soul.” Like a sigh of relief where my struggle used to be.
The shepherd’s yahoo… clever and modern (saw your comment to Ann, lol)
I love the Holy Spirit, and recognize on a daily basis that every good thing in me is because He is dwelling there. He is why I can like myself today. Makes me want to go tell someone! : )
Linda, I know what you mean – it is the Holy Spirit who is responsible for all that is good in me, too. I never thought about Him being the reason I like myself today, but that is so true; and He’s the reason I can believe others like me, too. 🙂 And best of all “the Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” Romans 8:16. That’s something I want to tell people! Peace, Linda
Thank you, Linda
Nice! (and very peaceful 😉
I heard the shepherds yodeling ‘Yahoo!’ and I smiled 🙂
I have a long, long day ahead of me … I will remember to shout yahoo and be reminded of the Love, Joy and Peace He brought!
@ Deb – you are such a sweetheart! 🙂
Ann, I’m glad you liked the shepherds’ Yahoo. I thought that part was kind of silly, but couldn’t come up with an alternate line. May the Lord sustain you with love, joy, and peace on this long day. Peace, Linda
It was a rough, rough weekend… The yahoo helped!
Thanks and Blessings
I was so thinking about you today, wondering when I got home, what I would be able to fall into, with thankfulness! You certainly didn’t disappoint! Thank you so much Linda. Somehow, you keep getting better and better . . .even when I don’t think that’s possible because I love what you have already done. The love, joy, peace was perfect for me. Really helped me focus on what to be thankful for today. God bless you and how His Spirit bears fruit in you each day!
Deb, What a sweet, encouraging comment! You really made me smile with this. To think that someone would be anticipating reading my poetry, and not be disappointed when they do is just amazing to me. But knowing it is the Holy Spirit who helps me write these I shouldn’t be so amazed.
It’s kind of funny that I started this poem as just Peace, but when that part was done I had the idea to write on all the fruit of the Spirit. The whole thing is done – except Gentleness. I have two weeks to get that part figured out! Pray the Holy Spirit will teach me what Gentleness is before then. 🙂 Peace, Linda