I heard something in church one day that served as a gentle reminder to abide in the vine.
“I was seeking after the fruit of the Spirit,” she said, “when I realized that seeking God was all that I needed to do.”
How many times do I need to be reminded of that before it sinks into my heart and stays there?
Thank you for being patient with me, Lord. Thank You for gentle reminders that strengthen my faith.
Those who seek to find joy apart from their faith are like branches that long to bear fruit apart from the vine. But when we abide in Christ and He in us, it’s a natural extension of growing in grace.
A branch doesn’t go looking for fruit. It soaks in the sun and the rain and thus it springs forth from within.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” – Matthew 6:33
“All these things” include love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance… abundant fruit of a life that abides in the vine.
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Read John Chapter 15 today where Jesus talks about abiding in the vine.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. (John 15:4-5, KJV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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