A Special Project Called FruitFULL

Elle Cardel

Last summer, I had the opportunity to travel to Ohio and work on a behind-the-scenes project. If you’re a Christian Healthcare Ministries member, chances are you know just how wonderful the CHM team is. Needless to say, meeting them in person was even better. In fact, this weekend will be forever embedded in my mind. It was a weekend filled with God’s presence, yummy lavender lattes, and people who deeply love and desire to serve the Lord. 

And from it came FruitFULL, a four-part devotional series on the Fruit of the Spirit.

The Impact of the Fruits of the Spirit

Soon after my husband, Michael, and I got home from this special weekend, we discovered our baby girl, whom I was pregnant with at the time, would be born with multiple congenital heart defects. In order to survive, she would need several open-heart surgeries soon after she was born. It felt like the worst day of our lives.

Michael and I both processed this news in different ways. During this time, FruitFULL was released. Naturally, the release of this devotional study was the last thing on my mind, but it truly couldn’t have come at a better time.

You see, I was in the process of seeking the Father’s peace and joy in the midst of my despair. When day one of FruitFULL appeared in my inbox, I smiled at the realization that the first “fruit focus” was on peace.

 

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I couldn’t help but think what a tender touch from the Father it was.

But it didn’t stop there.

Can you guess what the next week’s fruit focus was on?

Yep, joy.

The amazing part about this is that I was the one talking about these topics in the weekly study videos. The Lord was using me to speak truth over myself in such a special way!

God undoubtedly used FruitFULL to bless me during this time in my life.

If we are honest with ourselves, it can be hard seeking the Lord and His Word during difficult seasons. I don’t know about you, but when I’m going through hard times, I often try to take matters into my own hands. I focus on what I can do in my own strength to keep my head above the water.

The truth is, I will drown in those waters if I don’t look to the Lord to be my strength. We all will.

FruitFULL is a great reminder of the sweet fruits that are available to us in Christ Jesus, the fruits the Lord delights in seeing us take delight in, the fruits that help us keep our eyes fixed on our Father in all things, and the fruits that strengthen us and help us thrive.

"The truth is, I will drown in those waters if I don’t look to the Lord to be my strength. We all will."

Is FruitFULL For You?

Whether you are going through a hard time or simply on the hunt for a new Bible study resource to dive into, FruitFULL is for you.

When you sign up for FruitFULL, you can expect a digital devotional full of reflection questions and ways to apply the Fruits of the Spirit to your everyday life.

Don't think we forgot about the kids! Check out the fun Fruit of the Spirit activities to help you and your children understand all about God's love, patience, and kindness! You can even access fun coloring sheets, phone backgrounds, and recipes.

Praying it blesses you!

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Got good fruit? Check out our free FruitFULL e-book to learn how to cultivate the Fruits of the Spirit in your everyday life.

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Elle Cardel

Elle Cardel is a podcaster, Bible teacher, and writer who is passionate about making more of Christ. She believes in the importance of Bible literacy and delights in teaching individuals how to properly read the Word of God and apply the truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to their everyday lives. Elle is the founder of the global online women’s ministry, daughterofdelight.com.

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