The holidays are officially here… let’s take that in for a moment. And let’s have some real talk in that moment. The holidays can be filled with so much happiness, but this time of year can also be really hard for some folks. And I’ll be the first one to raise my hand and say I’m really struggling this particular holiday season. So when I’m struggling to actually feel bright and cheery, I do my best to count my blessings, live in abundance and focus on the good stuff. In this case, the good stuff I’m focusing on are the Fruits of the Spirit. LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, and SELF CONTROL.
“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.” –Galatians 5:22-23
I initially planned to do one recipe round up post with recipes representing the different Fruits, but I received such an overwhelming response from my amazing dietitian colleagues that this will actually be a FOUR part recipe roundup series!
Can you use some love? How about some joy? Sign me up- this holiday season- and every day of the year. Here are some of the most delicious and good for you recipes that show off LOVE with their cute heart shapes!
I also want to leave you with one of my favorite verses about joy…. the one in James that reminds us that joy is NOT dependent on our circumstances (#preachingtomyself). “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 1:2-3
How about some joy in your life? Or in your kitchen? These recipes are so bright and cheery that they’re sure to make you smile!
Wishing every single one of you love and joy in your daily lives! Stay tuned for more Fruits of the Spirit Recipes throughout the month of December! <3 Shannon