“Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.” (John 15:4-5,7,10)
One of my summer staff ladies from Trail West, Susannah, posted this verse on our group wall on Facebook. It was a great reminder of what our mission in this life should be, to abide in Jesus. He is the one who will cause us to bear fruit. Without Him, we are dead branches produce nothing. This weekend the Bear and I watched as Jed pruned the shrubs in front of our house. The Bear loves watching his daddy do yard work, and Jed explained to him that the shrubs would grow much faster the more he prunes them. It was such a picture of how our Father prunes us so that we can grow and bear fruit.
Prayer for the week:
Father God, I long to abide with you and your Son. Teach me what that means and how to go about it daily. I hope to obey your commandments. Help me to be faithful. I strive to bear fruit for your glory. Lord, make me fruitful. Prune and shape my life so that it can bear much fruit. Amen.
How is God pruning and growing you right now?
“I will lie down and sleep in peace,
for you alone, O Lord,
make me dwell in safety.”
I’ve struggled with insomnia off and on throughout my adult life. So often it comes from a lack of peace and trust in God. I lie awake fearful about something I want desperately to control, and refuse to let go of it. This week my prayer is for peaceful rest in the Lord. I want to hand over my worries to Him every day and every night. I can’t control anything, and worry only makes me trust less. If this is a struggle we share, pray with me this week, and lean on this scripture with me this week.
Prayer for the week:
Father God, I love you so much and I want so desperately to trust you completely. Give me peace as I rest, and help me to be confident that I am resting in your arms. Help me to trust that your plans are the best for me and for my family, and to know that you alone are my rock and the only one who can make me dwell in safety. Amen.
With this new phase in life I am forced to trust.
Trust the Lord to provide for our family.
Trust that He has us right where He wants us.
Trust that we are doing what He has asked us to do.
All this trust is just plain SCARY.
I’m a worrier.
But I don’t want to be.
I want to live a life of dangerous dependence on my Savior.
My plan is to start every week with a scripture and prayer theme for the week. I’d love for you to join me, if you’re interested. I need accountability. Don’t we all?
This week I’m meditating on this verse, to remind myself that He has me in His hands and is capable, loving, and generous, and sees me as His precious daughter.
Scripture for the Week:
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important that clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”
~ Matthew 6:25-27
Prayer for the Week:
Father God, Help me to trust you more every day. Remind me of your extravagant, generous love for me and my family. Give me clarity and confirmation that we are on the right path. Let me lay my worries at your feet and not take them up again. Thank you for being faithful and worthy of my trust.
Do you ever struggle with trusting God? With what?
Thank you for this sweet baby that you’ve entrusted into my care. Help him to sleep well and wake up refreshed and rested. Protect him as he sleeps and give me peace of mind to know he is safe. Help me to be the mom you have designed me to be. Give me wisdom as I raise him and help him to see you.
In Your Son’s Name I pray,
“Devote yourselves to prayer,
being watchful and thankful.”
What does it mean to devote myself to prayer? I picture cloistered monks praying the hours locked away on a mountain somewhere. Though I would love to have a weekend away on a mountain to pray, that is not the reality of my daily life. How do I devote myself to something that can sometimes feel empty and repetitive? I think it has to do with getting over myself and knowing that prayer is the way for me to speak to and with my creator God. He wants me to know Him better, and to do that I must spend time with Him. It shouldn’t be an after thought or an in case of emergency call. Prayer should be a part of the daily fabric of my life, just like eating, sleeping, and checking my email. I hope to make prayer so much a part of my life that I don’t have to remember to do it, I just do it.
Do you pray?
How do make it a part of your life?