"Raised to Praise"    9-2-2019

When you were a child, were you "raised to praise?" Did you receive more affirmation than criticism? How have you raised your own children? Everyone needs to hear, "Well Done!", from a parent, sibling, or other interested person.

Growing up, did you affirm the good others did in your family? Or did you expect your siblings to do ugly and unkind acts? Of course, in all families there will be glad days and sad days. That is part of human nature.

OK. So today you may be 20,40,60,80 or plus! It is never too late to say good things to people to encourage them in what they are doing.

Kindness is an overlooked fruit of the Holy Spirit. (Galatians 5:22 NIV. Other versions of the Bible use "gentleness.") Every person on earth needs a little kindness and gentleness at some point in their life.

I suggest we alter our attitudes in this new month of September. Let's focus on being kind to our family, friends, neighbors, folks at the grocery store, or in a restaurant. Let all anger subside for a time, and be gentle in our actions.

 Love In His Grace, Anne S. Grace  Gift of Grace Ministries  asgrace55@yahoo.com 

"For by grace you have been saved...it is the gift of God" (Ephesians 2:8).