Fruit of the Spirit

I’m putting together a new creative arts retreat, and of course I’ve done the fun part first–gathering art supplies and sewing the bags to hold them.

(Yes, I’m sewing.  My multi-talented husband threads the machine, re-fills the bobbin, and fixes things when I mess up. But I am sewing!)

This will be a retreat in daily life for ordinary time. The theme comes from Galatians 5:13-14; 22-23:

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance [patience], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

All of the art supplies this time around will be included in the bag and in the retreat booklet itself. This will make the retreat materials more portable and less expensive! You can see the bag contents below. Those are watercolor pencils–so much fun to use!

I hope to have full retreat details up by the beginning of next week and the kits ready to mail out by early September–enough time to do this 9-week retreat before Advent begins.

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