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Adventure

Definition of Adventure

Biblical Examples of Adventure:

Bible Verses:

Modern Examples of Adventure:

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Animal Examples of Adventure:

Alertness

vs. Unawareness

Definition of Alertness

Being aware of that which is taking place around me so I can have the right response to it.

Biblical Examples of Alertness:

Bible Verses:  Mark 14: 38

Modern Examples of Alertness:

Animal Examples of Alertness:

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Attentiveness

vs. Unconcern

Showing the worth of a person by giving undivided attention to his words and emotions.

Hebrews 2:1

Availability

vs. Self-Centeredness

Making my own schedule and priorities secondary to the wishes of those I am serving.

Philippians 2:20-21

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Being Yourself

A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon

Dandelion by Don Freeman

Exclamation Mark by Tom Lichtenheld & Amy Krouse Rosenthal

The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns and Sydney Hoff

Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber

The Mixed Up Chameleon by Eric Carle

Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-el

Olivia by Ian Falconer

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert N. Munsch

Purplicious by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann

Ruby the Copycat by Peggy Rathmann

Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun by Maria Dismondy

Stellaluna by Janelle Cannon

Benevolence

Boldness / Tenacity

vs. Fearfulness

Confidence that what I have to say or do is true and right and just in the sight of God.

Acts 4:29

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Cautiousness

vs Rashness

Knowing how important right timing is in accomplishing right actions.

Proverbs 19:2

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Challenge / Facing a Challenge

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Charity

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Cheerfulness

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Compassion / Caring

vs. Indifference

Investing whatever is necessary to heal the hurts of others.

I John 3:17

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Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni

A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams

Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco

Corduroy by Don Freeman

Fireflies by Julie Brinckloe

Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud

Knots on a Counting Rope by Bill Martin Jr.

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe

Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead

The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judith Viorst

Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts

Three Questions by Jon J. Muth

Tough Boris by Mem Fox

Under the Lemon Moon by Edith Hope Fine

The Wednesday Surprise by Eve Bunting

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox

Contentment

vs. Covetousness

Realizing that God has provided everything I need for my present happiness.

I Timothy 6:8

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Courage

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Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride: Based on a True Story by Pam Munoz Ryan

Brave Harriet by Marissa Moss

The Butterfly by Patricia Polacco

Courage by Bernard Waber

The Dandelion Seed by Joseph A. Anthony

Hey Al by Arthur Yorinks

Humpty Dumpty Climbs Again by Dave Horowitz

Mirette on the Highwire by Emily Arnold McCully

Sheila Rae, the Brave by Kevin Henkes

The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles

Stuart’s Cape by Sara Pennypacker

Summer Wheels by Eve Bunting

Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco

When Marian Sang by Pam Munoz Ryan

Conviction

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Creativity

vs. Underachievement

Approaching a need, a task, an idea from a new perspective.

Romans 12:2

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Curiosity / Learning

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Decisiveness

vs. Double-mindedness

The ability to finalize difficult decisions based on the will and ways of God.

James 1:5

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Dedication / Commitment

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Deference

vs. Rudeness

Limiting my freedom in order not to offend the tastes of those whom God has called me to serve.

Romans 14:21

Dependability

vs. Inconsistency

Fulfilling what I consented to do even if it means unexpected sacrifice.

Psalm 15:4

Determination / Overcoming Adversity

vs. Faintheartedness

Purposing to accomplish God’s goals in God’s time, regardless of the opposition.

II Timothy 4:7-8

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Dignity

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Diligence

vs.Slothfulness

Visualizing each task as a special assignment from the Lord and using all my energies to accomplish it.

Colossians 3:23

Discernment

vs. Judgement

The God-given ability to understand why things happen.

I Samuel 16:7

Discretion

vs. Simplemindedness

The ability to avoid words, actions, and attitudes which could result in undesirable consequences.

Proverbs 22:3

Endurance / Believing in Yourself

vs. Giving Up

The inward strength to withstand stress to accomplish God’s best.

Galatians 6:9

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Enthusiasm

vs. Apathy

Expressing with my soul the joy of my spirit.

I Thessalonians 5:16, 19

Faith

vs. Presumption

Visualizing what God intends to do in a given situation and acting in harmony with it.

Hebrews 11:1

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Flexibility

vs. Resistance

Not setting my affections on ieas or plans which could be changed by God or others.

Colossians 3:2

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Forgiveness

vs. Rejection

Clearing the record of those who have wronged me and allowing God to love them through me.

Ephesians 4:32

Foresight

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Friendship

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Generosity / Giving / Sharing

vs. Stinginess

Realizing that all I have belongs to God and using it for His purpose.

II Corinthians 9:6

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Gentleness

vs. Harshness

Showing personal care and concern in meeting the need of others.

I Thessalonians 2:7

Gratefulness

vs. Unthankfulness

Making known to God and others in what ways they have benefited my life.

I Corinthians 4:7

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Hardwork / Work / Helping

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Honor

Hospitality

vs. Loneliness

Cheerfully sharing food, shelter, and spiritual refreshment with those whom God brings into my life.

Hebrews 13:2

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Humility

vs. Pride

Recognizing that it is actually God and others who are responsible for the achievements in my life.

James 4:6

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Humor / Laughter

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Imagination / Fantasy

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Initiative

vs. Unresponsiveness

Recognizing and doing what needs to be done before I am asked to do it.

Romans 12:20

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Joyfulness / Positive Attitude / Optimism

vs. Self-Pity

The spontaneous enthusiasm of my spirit when my soul is in fellowship with the Lord.

Psalm 16:11

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Justice / Fairness

vs. Corruption

Personal responsibility to God’s unchanging laws.

Micha 6:8

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A Bargain for Frances by Russell Hoban

Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell

One Grain of Rice by Demi

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The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza) by Philemon Sturges

Stone Soup by Ann McGovern

Kindness / Caring

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Leadership

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Love / Benevolence

vs. Selfishness

Giving to others’ basic needs without having as my motive personal reward.

I Corinthians 13:3

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Loyalty

vs. Unfaithfulness

Using difficult times to demonstrate my commitment to God and to those whom he has called me to serve.

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Meekness

vs. Anger

Yielding my personal rights and experience to God.

Psalm 62:5

Modesty

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Obedience

vs. Willfullness

Freedom to be creative under the protection of divinely appointed authority

II Corinthians 10:5

Orderliness

vs. Disorganization

Preparing myself and my surroundings so I will achieve the greatest efficiency.

I Corinthians 14:40

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Patience

vs. Restlessness

Accepting a difficult situation from God without giving him a deadline to remove it.

Romans 5:3-4

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Perseverance

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Apples to Oregon by Deborah Hopkinson

Brave Irene by William Steig

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss

Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges

Unstoppable Me!: 10 Ways to Soar Through Life by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull

Persuasiveness

vs. Contentiousness

Guiding vital truths around another’s mental roadblocks.

II Timothy 2:24

Punctuality

vs. Tardiness

Showing high esteem for other people and their time.

Ecclesiastes 3:1

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Resourcefulness

vs. Wastefulness

Wise use of that which others would normally overlook.

Luke 16:10

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Respect

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David Goes to School by David Shannon

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

Hey, Little Ant by Phillip M. Hoose

Lily’s Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard

Piggybook by Anthony Browne

The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Are You Quite Polite? by Alan Katz

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Responsibility

vs. Unreliability

Knowing and doing what both God and others are expecting from me.

Romans 14:12

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Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday by Judith Viorst

I Just Forgot by Mercer Mayer

The Paperboy by Dav Pilkey

Pigsty by Mark Teague

Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola

Honor / Reverence

vs. Disrespect

Awareness of how God is working through the people and events in my life to produce the character of Christ in me.

Respecting others because of their worth as human beings.

Proverbs 23:17-18

Security

vs. Anxiety

Structuring my life around that which is eternal and cannot be destroyed or taken away.

John 6:27

Self-Discipline / Discipline

Biblically speaking, self-discipline is the act of doing.

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Self-Control

vs. Self-Indulgence

Instant obedience to the initial promptings of God’s Spirit.

Galatians 5:24-25

Biblically speaking, self-control is the act of NOT doing.

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Saving

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Sensitivity

vs. Callousness

Exercising my senses so I can perceive the true spirit and emotions of those around me.

Romans 12:15

Sincerity

vs. Hypocrisy

Eagerness to do what is right with transparent motives.

I Peter 1:22

Thoroughness

vs. Incompleteness

Knowing what factors will diminish the effectiveness of my work or words if neglected.

Proverbs 18:15

Thoughtfulness

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Thriftiness

vs. Extravagance

Not letting myself or others spend that which is not necessary.

Luke 16:11

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Tolerance

vs. Prejudice

Acceptance of others as unique expressions of specific character qualities in varying degree of maturity.

Philippians 2:2

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman

The Cow that Went Oink by Bernard Most

The Crayon Box That Talked by Shane Derolf

If the World Were a Village by David J. Smith

Little Blue, Little Yellow by Leo Lionni

The Okay Book by Todd Parr

Oliver Button is a Sissy by Tomie dePaola

Smoky Night by Eve Bunting

Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell

Swimmy by Leo Lionni

Teammates by Peter Golenbock

Whoever You Are by Mem Fox

Woolbur by Leslie Helakoski

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Don’t Sit on My Lunch by Abby Klein

Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester

The Juice Box Bully by Maria Dismondy

King of the Playground by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

Words are Not for Hurting by Elizabeth Verdick

Truthfulness / Trustworthiness / Honesty

vs. Deception

Earning future trust by accurately reporting past facts.

Ephesians 4:25

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The Boy Who Cried Wolf by B.G.Hennessy

A Day’s Work by Eve Bunting

The Empty Pot by Demi

Martha Blah Blah by Susan Meddaugh

Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto

Virtue

vs. Impurity

The moral excellence and purity of spirit that radiate from my life as I obey God’s Word.

II Peter 1:3

Understanding

Willingness

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Wisdom

vs. Natural Inclinations

Seeing and responding to life’s situations from God’s frame of reference.

Proverbs 9:10

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Blessings,

Jennifer Hale and Marty Hale

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