Friday, October 17, 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! Well, the temp. dropped a little last night and got down to the high sixties, so I was happy that I put the blanket back on the bed. I know that is not cool to most people, but my old bones appreciate warmth. There is lots of sunshine now, and it is already turning into a gorgeous day!

I drove over to the Park Place shopping mall yesterday and shopped at the Family Christian bookstore. They have rearranged the merchandise and now have lots of Christmas things out already. I found a 2 year date book which I was looking for, and then spent some time looking at books and gifts. It is a good store and all of their profits go to missions.

I stopped in at the park and saw the brown gopher tortoise, eating some grass near the parking spaces and the small tortoise some distance away. The water is still very high from the rain Wednesday. I saw an immature limpkin standing on the weir, where the waters have overflowed and left a lot of trash on the posts alongside. But God is good!

From the Promise Bible NLT:

John 15:5-13
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 have told you this so that
you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! I
command you to love each other in the same way that
I love you. And here is how to measure it ---the greatest
love is shown when people lay down their lives for their friends.

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

Love and hugs,