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Fruit of the Spirit

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The Lost Coin

by Linda Sue Pochodzay Edwards

Text Version | Afrikaans | Italian


           José walked to the mailbox near the street to check the mail for his mother. On his way back to the house, he looked through the letters and was surprised to discover that there was one with his name on it. Excitedly, he ran through the door shouting, “Hey, Mom! There is one for me! There is a letter with my name on it!”

           José's mother looked at the envelope and handed it back to José saying, “It is from your Aunt Marie. You may open it.”


           José quickly tore open the envelope, revealing a cute birthday card. When he opened the card to read it, he was overjoyed to find a crisp, new ten dollar bill folded inside. How happy and excited he was! “Now I can buy that new bell for my bike, like the one Peter has!” he exclaimed.

           José took the card and the money to his room, then went outside to play with his good friend Peter. He told Peter about his good fortune and invited Peter to go shopping with him to buy the bell.


Several days later, José's mother was ready to take the boys to the store. José went to his room to get the crisp, new ten dollar bill, but it had disappeared. It was no longer on the dresser where he had left it. He was so upset, he began to cry loudly.

           Startled by the crying, his mother came rushing into the room. “Whatever is the matter with you?” she questioned.

           “It…it's gone! The money…is GONE!” he tried to explain between sobs. “Where can it be? What am I going to do? I know I left it right here,” he cried.

           At that moment, he looked up to see that his friend Peter was also standing by the door of his room. “I'll help you look for it,” Peter said, trying to comfort his friend.

           The two boys searched the whole room. They opened the dresser drawers. They looked inside José's special box. They looked in the toy bin. It seemed that they had looked everywhere but still had not found the money. They were almost ready to give up when José's mother came to the room with a flashlight.

grapes            “Here, take this light and look under the bed one more time,” she suggested. The boys had already looked under the bed, so they didn't think it would do any good, but to please José's mother, they got on the floor and looked again.


peach At first, they didn't see anything under the bed except a few small toys and a sock, but then Peter exclaimed, “Hey! Shine that light over here again. I think a see a piece of paper.” José got down on the floor on his belly and shone the flashlight in the direction Peter had told him. He saw it, too, but thought it was just an old scrap of paper. But Peter persisted and stretched as far as he could. Finally, he was able to reach the paper and pull it out from under the bed.

           How excited the boys were when they could see that it was the birthday card from José's Aunt Marie! José opened the card, and sure enough, the crisp, new ten dollar bill was still inside. There was so much joy in that room that day, it could hardly be contained. The boys were giggling and jumping, so happy that they had found the lost money.

           José's mother was glad to see her son happy again. “Come on boys!” José's mother exclaimed. “Let's go buy that new bicycle bell!” José carefully folded the crisp, new ten dollar bill and put it way down deep into his pocket. He certainly did not want to lose it again!

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           There is a story in the Bible that is very similar to the story of José and his lost ten dollar bill. This is the story Jesus told a very long time ago:


woman counting her coins There was a woman who had ten silver coins. She was probably a poor woman, and those ten silver coins were very important and precious to her. One day, she decided to take those coins out of their special place. She just wanted to look at them and enjoy them for a moment; then she was going to put them back. She picked up each coin, one by one, looked at it, then turned it over to look at the other side. The coins were so pretty and shiny! She really enjoyed looking at her coins, and she was feeling so fortunate to have them, but she knew she needed to put them back in their special place and get back to her work for the day.


           The woman counted her coins one last time, as she was putting them away.

woman searching whole house Six … Seven … Eight … Nine ….

           “Oh, no! There are only nine! Maybe I have counted them wrong,” she thought to herself. So she put them all in her hand and counted them again:

Six … Seven … Eight … Nine ….

           “Oh, NO!!!! There really are only nine. There are supposed to be TEN!” she exclaimed loudly. “Now what am I going to do?”


Frantically, the woman searched her whole house. She looked on the floor, under the table where she had been counting the coins, but it was not there. She looked in her pockets just in case it might have fallen off the table and into her pocket, but she could not find the coin. She got her broom and started sweeping every nook and cranny, but still did not find the lost coin.

woman searching with a candle            Finally the woman lit a candle so she would have more light. She got down on her knees on the floor and searched every inch of her small house and was ready to give up in despair. But…wait! What was that? The light from the candle caused her to notice a slight gleam near the table leg. She hurried to the spot and put the candle down low so she could see better. There, glistening in the light, was the shiny silver coin.

           The woman was so excited and full of joy about finding her lost coin, she went out to get her friends and invited them to her house for a big party. All her friends were just as happy as she was about finding the missing coin. They had a long, joyous celebration.


           After telling the story of the woman rejoicing because she found her lost coin, Jesus turned to the people and said, “There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” That means that the angels in heaven sing and shout for joy, and have a great celebration when one person chooses to stop doing things he or she knows to be wrong, and instead chooses to follow God's way, by doing what is right.

woman rejoicing
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1. How many coins did the woman have?
2. How many coins did the woman lose?
3. How did the woman feel when she found her lost coin?
4. What did Jesus say about the angels?
5. Which fruit of the Spirit did you learn about in this story?


The angels are joyful when one person stops doing wrong.


“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness,
faith, meekness, temperance:
against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).



“…joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth…” (Luke 15:7b KJV).


What kind of things give you joy? Receiving presents, visiting friends? What kind of things cause you to lose your joy and leave you feeling sad? Losing things, bad experiences?

The Bible teaches that you must always rejoice in the Lord and be glad in Him. Can you think of reasons to be glad in the Lord? What can cause you to lose your joy in the Lord? How can you get your joy back?

[After discussion:] Believing in Jesus, trusting Him and knowing how much He loves you gives great joy. Sin, on the other hand, always causes you to lose your joy. But if you sincerely ask Jesus for forgiveness, you can get your joy back and share in the joy Jesus and the angels have over someone who decides to follow Jesus wholeheartedly.

The Bible tells us, “…in thy presence is fulness of joy…” (Psalm 16:11). As you seek the Lord, spending time in prayer, worshipping Him, you will find heavenly joy that is so rich, it is beyond any earthy joy you could ever experience. “…the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). The joy of the Lord will give you strength to walk in God's ways. Search your heart right now to find out what you need to do to find joy.


Dog and boy praying

Dear Jesus, thank You for the story You told about joy.
Please forgive me for the bad things I have done and
help me not to do them anymore. Help me to have joy.
In your Name I pray. Amen.


Luke 15:8-10



The Fruit of the Spirit

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Fruit of the Spirit Is Joy Coloring Page (online)
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Bible Verse Coloring Page for The Lost Coin (online)
Lost Coin Coloring (online)
One Lost Coin, One Lost Sheep Coloring Page (online)
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The Parable of the Lost Coin Coloring Page (online)


Fruit of the Spirit Coloring Page (online)
Fruit of the Spirit by Name Coloring Page (online)
Fruit of the Spirit Fruit Basket (online)
God Wants Us to Bear Good Fruit (online)
Fruit of the Spirit Tree (online)
Fruit Bowl (online)
Fruit of the Spirit Reproducible Coloring Book

Action Bible Coloring Book
Coloring Through the Bible (online)
Beginner's Bible Super-Duper Mighty Jumbo Coloring Book
Bible Stories Kids Love Coloring Book (ages 2 to 4)
Big Book of Bible Story Coloring Pages for Elementary Kids

God Loves You Coloring Book:
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Jesus Loves Me, This I Know, Coloring Book
My Bible Coloring Book
My Gospel Story by Colors--Activity Book
My Jumbo Bible Story Coloring Book
The Super-Sized Book of Bible Coloring & Art
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Children's Bible Coloring Books


God's Lost and Found (online)
Bible For Children Presents: Prodigal Son, Lost Coin, Lost Sheep (online)
Favorite Parables from the Bible
Lost and Found - eBook by Mary Rice Hopkins
The Lost Coin Arch Book
The Parable of the Lost Coin (online)
Tiny Tales
Who Counts? 100 Sheep, 10 Coins, and 2 Sons


Adventures of Heart Longing:
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Cutie Fruities: Scratch'n'Sniff and Glitter!
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Fruit of the Spirit Bible Collection eBook
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Fruit of the Spirit Stories For Children (online)
God Counts Series: 9 Fruits Alive
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Living As God's Girl: Your One-of-a-Kind
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Jigsaw Puzzle (online)
Story Cards To Keep and Share (online)
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I Want To Be Like Jesus (sheet music/MP3) (online)
Donut Man: Fruit Of The Spirit
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The Fruit Of The Spirit - Galatians 5:22 & 25
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Music Machine: The Fruit Of The Spirit CD

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100 Singalong Bible Songs For Kids

Platinum Bible Collection of Classic Christian Songs on DVD
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25 Favorite Sunday School Songs
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Character Builders: Joy (online)
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Lost Coin Animation (online)
Parable of Lost Coin (online)
Parable of the Lost Coin (online)
The Parable of the Lost Coin (online)

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Wildwood Treehouse: The Parable of the Lost Coin (online)

Adventures in Odyssey: The Fruits of the Spirit -
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Auto B Good Fruits of the Spirit DVD
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Camp New: Humble Pie, DVD
Character Builders, 2 Disc Set (Repackaged)
Donut Man: Barnyard Fun & On The Air, DVD
Hide 'Em In Your Heart 1 & 2 CD (Steve Green)
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All the Shows, Volume 1: 1993-1999
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God's Story from Creation to Eternity (online)
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Coin Bag Craft (online--see page 6)
Parable of the Lost Coin Craft (online)
Parable of the Lost Coin Craft, Song, and Activities (online)


Fruit Printing (online)
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Basket Craft (online)

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Encyclopedia Of Bible Crafts For Preschoolers
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Travel Guide to the Parables


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