I have read John 15:1-2 more times than I could even count…

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.  Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” John 15:1-2

And, while I know in my heart that I can do nothing if I am not connected to the vine, I will have to admit that sometimes my head gets impatient.  I wonder, “Where is the fruit?  How come I can’t see it?” I begin to question if I am really connected to Jesus.  Inevitably, I start to lean on my own thoughts and abilities.  I push to produce my own fruit, just to prove to myself that the connection is still there.  But, truthfully, all that God wanted me to do was ABIDE in Him.  Lean in, be patient, watch and see.  We do not need to worry about the fruit.  We need to focus on our connection to the vine!

img_3946I am working through “A Meal Remembered” from By the Well 4 God, and Day 8 has us “walking and talking” with Jesus and his disciples as they travel from the Upper Room to the Garden of Gethsemane.  Jesus gives very clear instructions on how we are to stay connected to Him, the Vine, and abide in Him.  Check out my process video below:

How do you stay connected to Jesus?  What fruit can you see in your life?

Thanks for sticking with me through this crazy time in our world.  I know that my blog entries have been significantly shorter, but this is what time allows with 3 kiddos suddenly home-schooling these days.  I hope that you and your family are safe, healthy, and happy!

Keep it creative,

-The Scrappy Wife

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