Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Some Days

Some days are wonderful, filled with learning and joy and kind words and happy, obedient children and a somewhat clean house and a longsuffering mom.

Other days I'm grouchy, short-tempered, my house is a wreck, the kids are fighting, and I'm overwhelmed with day to day life.

Branches trimmed from the front yard tree waiting for trash pick up.
On those days, I feel like the branches above, withered and dry and disconnected from my source.

    “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.  You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

    “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.  If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.      John 15:1-8

Hiking at Heritage Village

I so need to remain in Him.  I love those verses above.  I can do nothing outside of Jesus.  So thankful for His grace and love and forgiveness and the hope in a new day.