“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
Growing a fruit tree requires years of patience…. the roots need to dig down into the soil and firmly hold on…. the vine needs to grow strong and only then are the branches ready to bear fruit. It’s the same with our relationship with the Lord. He is very patient with us, but the more we try to do things on our own without his security…his foundation…. we tend to not do as well as if we included the Lord in our plans. Things don’t change immediately when we first become Christians, it takes time in the Word, getting to know the Lord and all he has done and all he promises to do.
Thank you, Lord for the patience you have invested in all of us….. especially in me.
The grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of our God endures forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)
Isn’t this so true? Just this past summer, we went through the biggest drought in Texas history. My grass was not green…it was yellow/brown… it was burned! It withered and died. The flowers in my yard did the same. But you know what? On days that we thought “Oh, Lord, it’s another 106* weather day.” He brought the rain…. surely it was only for 5 minutes, but his word…his promises. They endure forever. His word is as true today as it was yesterday and it will be tomorrow. There is no way that I can keep my word for as long as the Lord has kept his word. I do my very best, but I still fail here. I can always count on the Scriptures to be truthful and to lead me the right way. Thank you, Lord, for your never ending promises and for your Word, which is the truth forever.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name. (Psalm 100:4)
I can’t possibly count the blessings that the Lord has given me. They are too numerous! It’s like counting grains of sand on the beach, God has blessed me that much. I have my health, I have my family, I have a job, I have a roof over my head….and I have a Savior who loves me and wants the very best for me. He has given me strength when I was weak. He has given me security when I feel insecure.
Lord, continue to let me see how you have blessed me. I am grateful for your love for me. I am a sinner who is undeserving, but you still love me anyways. Thank you, Lord. I will always be grateful to you for never giving up on me!
Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. (1 John 5:5)
The world is so tempting! There’s chocolate….and chocolate… , yeah, I know it’s tempting, but it’s not the worst the world has to offer. How about adultery, fornication, pornography … these all can press on you and press on you HARD. It is so hard to live in this world and not fall into all the traps that Satan sets for us. But these words remind us that Jesus has overcome the world. He has overcome death. So if I believe in HIM who has overcame, then I, too, can overcome the world. I don’t have to settle for what the world has to offer. I can look forward to the BLESSINGS that God has for me. Keep the faith, dear ones. The reward is great!
A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger. (Proverbs 15:1)
Gospel Light used this verse as a song when I was VBS director at my former church, probably about 7 years or so ago. I try SO HARD to always choose my words carefully because I know that one slip of the tongue (literally) can be the difference from speaking in LOVE and speaking harshly. I know how it feels to be on the receiving end of what you feel is an attack. When you phrase your words correctly, gently, it prevents you from saying something very hurtful to someone else. If someone’s words hurt you, you want to hurt them back. Let’s don’t live that way, sisters. Let’s ask the Lord to always help us choose our words wisely that will appease a situation and not inflame it.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
Confession is such a hard thing. When I made wrong choices as a child, it was so hard to say I was wrong. My pastor once told a story of a young girl and her science experiment… she was to guess if a seed would sprout that she had planted and taken home. She guessed that it would not. To her dismay, the seed did indeed sprout, and as part of her assignment, she had to admit whether her guess was right or wrong. She refused to write down on her paper that her guess failed, until her older sister told her to write, “My hypotheses was erroneous.” She agreed and wrote it down! (not realizing that she just wrote her guess was wrong)
It is very hard for me at times to admit that I was wrong. I am grateful, though, for a forgiving Father that throws those sins away when I confess to him and does not remember them. I pray that in the future I will remember this verse when it comes time for me to admit my wrongs.
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
This is one verse that I truly can rest in. It is truly a comfort to know that I am NOT alone in this world. Sure, I have my husband and my children…my friends….but they are not guaranteed to be there forever. Only God can make this promise to me. I cannot buy things to make me happy. I cannot accumulate large amounts of things. None of these things will ever truly make me feel safe and content. The Lord’s promise to me… this very promise… is all I need.
Have you ever thought about the future? I have wondered what it would be like someday if my husband passed before me. If one of my children, God forbid, should pass before me. While I will be sad and grieve, life will go on because I will still have the Lord and he will still be with me. No matter how much pain, grief or suffering I have to go through in life, the one constant is that my Savior is always there for me. That is where my hope lies. In this promise.