This last week, we have been loving the outdoors! The weather has been cooler than normal for the month of July, making it very ideal! We have had fun exploring the countryside.
As we have been discovering vegetables growing, finding feathers, pinecones, walnuts, and picking flowers, this verse has continually come back to me as we see the lush plants changing around us right now,
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from you can do nothing.” John 15:5
To me, this is the perfect metaphor for what I am visually seeing in front of me. John 15:1-2 says, ” I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”
Do you have areas in your life to prune or cut-back? What does your root system look like? Will your fruit be growing upward? Yes, I know have plenty of areas to “prune.” I want to spend more time with the Lord and in scripture. My challenge, is sticking with the new ideas or the new schedule or often times – just carving out the time in my day to find a quiet place of solitude.
It is both peaceful and refreshing, that our heavenly Father is the true vine and gardener of our life. This is where I find security that is completely comforting and trusting.
“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” John 15:7-8
Let our Father’s words resonate in you today, friend…what fruit are you bearing? What branches need to be pruned to become even more fruitful?
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