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Jesus Is The Vine

“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 bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.  Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.  If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.  If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

-John 15:1-8 NKJV

Recently we came upon this portion of scripture in the 30 day My New Life Scripture Writing Plan. That caused me to remember an old post I’d written. So I took it out and dusted it off because I think we might need a reminder today. Or maybe just I do 🙂


So much in this portion of scripture to study and apply to our lives!

Jesus is speaking to us as much today as He was when He said those words to the disciples.

If, and only if, we are truly abiding in the Vine will there be fruit. Notice we do not make the fruit but we are bearing the fruit. As branches, we are displaying or holding the fruit. Picture anything that has the purpose of displaying something else. When you look at a vine full of fruit you will notice the fruit, not the branch that is holding the fruit.

Keeping this in mind should help us be quick to give all glory to God.

Let’s live each day seeking to bring attention to Jesus, not ourselves!

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Are you interested in studying more about vines, branches and fruit? I suggest you get a copy of Beth Moore’s book Chasing Vines. I happened to read it just as the Pandemic started and it was so very timely. The book has a major focus on how we are to thrive even though the circumstances are difficult, details about pruning, and so much more. I did not read it for review but am suggesting it because it’s a good choice for delving deeper into the subject.


Jesus is the One and Only Vine

May we be found abiding in Him!

Jesus is the Vine
Book Reviews

Scarlett’s Spectacles Book Review

Book review for Scarlett’s Spectacles

Author:  Janet Surette

Illustrated by:  Shane Crampton

I received this book from B&H Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

The opinions expressed here are completely my own.


Description from back of the book

Young Scarlett has been wearing her grumbly glasses, which make for a grouchy girl and a gloomy day. But when Mom encourages her to look through her glad glasses instead, Scarlett finds a brighter day and a happy heart as she chooses to see all of God’s good gifts.

This delightful story encourages young readers to put down their own “grumbly glasses” and make the cheerful choice to see each day with a grateful heart!


Janet-SuretteThe author, Janet Surette is mother to Taylor the Strong, Avery the Good, and Scarlett the Loud. Janet combines the skills of being a Christian speaker, author, and blogger with the wisdom of motherhood to produce winsome messages that engage parents and children alike through rhyme, compelling imagery, and a bit of spunk that crafts timeless messages into memorable resources that instruct and delight. You can learn more about Janet at janetsurette.com



This is the first review I have done for a children’s book.

Today there is a growing selection of high-quality Children’s books with Christian themes. This category has been expanding in recent years and I’m thrilled to see the number of choices available.

Scarlett’s Spectacles is a very sturdy board book designed to be read over and over. Scarlett discovers the joy a good attitude brings after following her Mom’s advice. Each day is a new opportunity to make a cheerful choice!

The story is wonderful and so are the charming illustrations!

Whimsical fun with a serious message 🙂 

I loved reading Scarlett’s Spectacles and hope to see more from Janet Surette and Shane Crampton in the future.

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I received this book from B&H Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

The opinions expressed here are completely my own.

 

 

Whimsical fun

Book Reviews, books

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Let me begin this post by sharing that I am not one who is easily impressed by new books. As a matter of fact, I feel that we have too many books being published at this time and most are not worthy of our time or money. In the categories of Christian Living and Personal Growth, it is rare to find a book that delivers what it claims in the description.  Thankfully there are exceptions.

The Happiness Dare  is a soon-to-be-released book by Jennifer Dukes Lee. The release date is August 2 but it is available now to Pre-order at a great price. I am enthusiastically adding this amazing book to my short list of favorites. I’m part of an online book launch group for The Happiness Dare allowing me to read the book in advance of the release date.

This book gets into the nuts & bolts of exactly how happiness happens for you.  You won’t just read but actually take action as you travel through the pages. You can start by taking the Happiness Style Assessment. Take the assessment and share your style in the comments.

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“Those who are beloved of the Lord, must be the most happy and joyful people to be found anywhere upon the face of the earth.”  – Charles Spurgeon

You know this is true, but are you experiencing happiness in your daily life?

Have you been seeking happiness but without success?

Please do yourself a favor and just ↓↓

GET THIS BOOK!

Be sure to have a highlighter & pen handy because you will want to mark many sections throughout the book. You will instantly notice the fresh life here and want to join the merry band who dare to live the life that Jesus offers. It’s not about choosing holy or happy. It is the holy pursuit of happiness.

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It’s time for

  • transformation
  • adventure
  • challenge
  • a life-changing dare

Join the quest   #thehappinessdare

“Let’s do this. Let’s be the happy rebels. Let’s be the lion riders. Let’s be the savorers and the tasters and the joy stalkers. Let’s embrace a way of life where we wake up to the present- tense moments, unafraid of what might happen tomorrow and untethered to the junk that happened yesterday. Right now, this instant, life is a path strewn with jewels, glistening as if they were moonbeams spilling out like diamonds on a lake. Do we see the sparkle under our feet and on the water?”

The Happiness Dare ~ Jennifer Dukes Lee

The Happiness Dare