Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Jesus, the True Vine

Good Morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! We had no rain yesterday and today is bright and sunny, but I saw the most beautiful formation of clouds as I was driving home.  I remember lying on my back on the ground when I was a kid, and looking for faces in the clouds. This was long before TV and other electronic things to keep us indoors. We spent nearly all summer outdoors, building tree houses, making our own scooters, and skateboards, out of skate wheels and rubber bands! Such ingenuity!

After getting the laundry done, I took off shopping yesterday, stopping to visit a friend and chat for a few minutes. It looked like rain at that time, but it turned out not to be that promising. So I drove on to the park and watched two brown tortoises meandering over the grass, stopping to munch on the way. I had to stop for a silly squirrel, who was playing with another one right in the middle of the street. At least I think they were playing! This morning I saw mama duck and the seven babies, moving slowly across the grass at Cheryl's house. God is good!

From the Promise Bible NLT:

John 15:5-10

Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches.
Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce
much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.
anyone who parts from me is thrown away like a
useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered
into a pile to be burned. But if you stay joined to me
and my words remain in you, you may ask any request
you like and it will be granted!  My true disciples produce
much fruit. This brings great glory to my Father.

I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain
in my love. When you obey me, you remain in my love,
just as I obey my Father and remain in his love.

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with
thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs,