Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Love, Joy, Peace

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,"
Galatians 5:22
 I remember singing a song in Sunday School as a child. The song is called "Peace Like a River." Do you remember that song? It's simple, with just a few change in words with each verse. I guess that's why they sang it in the children's programs. 
But I started thinking about what it means to have:
Peace like a river,
Love like an ocean,
Joy like a fountain  

When I think of a river, I think about the sound of water, slowly flowing over the rocks. I think of how the sunlight glistens on the current. Even the thought gives me a relaxed and unhurried feeling. What a wonderful description of what true peacefulness is like!

Love, God's love, is endless and deep! So is the ocean! Another great correlation of two different, but similar things. I also think of how in the storm, the ocean can be rough and scary, but God's love covers all, and in Him we have nothing to fear!

And joy!!! When I think of a fountain, spraying and spouting up and out, I think of how it makes me smile and want to jump into it! The water from a fountain will spray drops of water on those close to it and it feels so refreshing on a hot, humid day!!
 The joy God puts in our hearts is like that...full and refreshing! Those around someone who is joyful can't help but find it contagious and uplifting.

The animated video below is a unique version of the song.
May you enjoy the words and visuals!!  

As you go about your week, consider that out of all of the Fruits of the Spirit, the first three listed are
May you seek and find all of these and be blessed!
Continuing to count my blessings, one by one at   "Multitude on Mondays".

1,370 - Getting a cappuccino maker; the excitement coming from my son!!
1,371 - A day out in the boat with my two favorite guys.

1,372 - A delicious pizza for supper.
1,373 - Watching my two sweet dogs taking in the sights as we ride around the lake in our boat.

1,374 - Watching my son go fishing. He hasn't wanted to fish in years!
 1,375 - Hmmm. . .This may be the reason. (Love his expression!)

1,376 - A quiet, peaceful couple of days.
1,377 - That the Lord is teaching me to be more full of peace, love, and joy!
1,378 - My hubby, initiating prayer time together in the evenings!
1,379 - Wonderful memories of children's songs sung.
1,380 - 


  1. What a beautiful song and sweet video! I love it...and your reminder to count my blessings.

    1. Thanks, Elise. That song brings back so many sweet memories. And I'm glad you are counting all the Gifts God has provided!!

  2. Hi Ann, great post and great reminder to love, have joy and enjoy God's peace. God bless

    1. Thanks, Tracy! You are such a blessing every time you stop by and leave a comment! Have a blessed week!

  3. Nice to meet you, Ann. :) Love pizza for supper and also those cute sandals in the picture with the pup. Blessings to you today. :)

    1. Nice to meet you too! Haha!! Pizza and sandals!! What more could we ask for? So grateful for His many blessings! Have an awesome week!

  4. Really wonderful post! Thank you for causing me to think on those things and THANK YOU for the video! I'd never heard that version and it is thrilling! Thanks for linking up at Thrilling Thursday!

    1. So glad you stopped by Ren! Glad you enjoyed the video, too!!

  5. Hi Ann! This is my first visit to your blog. I am a Mom of two grown children also!

    I love your imagery of the fountain. I am a water-lover, and fountains just seem so joyful.

    I think I'll 'join' you and learn a little more about you!

    Have a great weekend, and Happy Father's Day!

    Peace in Christ,

    1. Welcome to my blog, Ceil! So glad you could join me here! Sounds like we have some things in common. Hope your weekend was full of many blessings, as well!


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