Jesus

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.

 

 

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Book Reviews, books

Classic Hymns Book Review

Book review for Classic Hymns: Read & Reflect with the Classics

Authors: B&H Editorial Staff

I received this book from B&H Publishing in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are completely my own.


 

  • This book is the latest in the Read & Reflect with the Classics series. Each of the books in the series is a different color but each has a classic fabric hardcover. Classic Hymns is a beautiful blue.  I have been using Classic Hymns during my daily devotional time for months. Packed within 234 pages are 90 hymns. That alone is reason to love it but there is more. All the words to each hymn are included along with the name of who wrote each hymn and who wrote the music. After reading each hymn you will find three sections.
  • Bible Study Questions
  • Personal Reflection Questions
  • Prayer

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If you love hymns, you will love this book. It is an ideal gift for anyone who appreciates hymns.

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Check it out along with the other books in the series at LifeWay

 

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Book Reviews

Wings of the Wind

Book review for Wings of the Wind

Author  Connilyn Cossette

Publisher  Bethany House

I love the Bible and that’s why I enjoy Biblical fiction. I long to be transported back to those times and places. I want to become immersed in the story and discover things I didn’t notice before while reading my Bible. The best authors will cause me to love and appreciate God’s Word even more. Connilyn Cossette accomplishes this and more in her thrilling Out From Egypt series. Wings of the Wind is the third, and final book of the series. IMG_20170511_134317033

I placed all three books of the Out From Egypt series on the table and tried to choose my favorite. Well, turns out I can’t pick just one because I enjoyed traveling along with each of the amazing women of these books.IMG_20170511_134827722

Counted with the Stars starts the series off in Egypt while the Hebrews are still slaves. It prompted me to think about what caused the Hebrews to find themselves in slavery.  I found myself pondering what it would it be like to follow Moses toward freedom, especially having never known freedom. Viewing the events through the eyes of Kiya was amazing.

 Shadow of the Storm explores the time that the Hebrews spent at Mt Sinai. What was it like to enter this new unknown life? How did this huge group of people interact with each other? I loved following Shira through the challenging time period after the exodus.

Wings of the Wind begins as the 40 years in the wilderness are almost ended. I was immediately drawn into the story of Alanah, a Canaanite. This book was captivating from the first page. Fascinating story with many surprises along the way.

 

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If you like Biblical fiction you should get your hands on this series.

I am looking forward to more from this talented author.

 

Visit her website at  www.connilyncossette.com

 Note: I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher.  I was not required to write a positive review.  My opinions are my own.
Bible, Book Reviews, books

Bible Expo!

What is your process for selecting  Bible studies?

Do you tend to select books and studies from your favorite authors? I think most of us do.

It is easy and safe to choose a study from a writer you know and like. I tend to do this often but sometimes I think this pattern may cause us to miss out. When I have ventured out and selected a study from someone unfamiliar to me, it has often turned out to be a great Bible study experience. So I challenge you to give it a try. Be adventurous in your selection. Be open to where God is leading you.

 

Researching online and reading reviews can be very helpful.

I love to have the opportunity to hear directly from the author about any book or study I’m considering. That’s why I am excited about Friday, March 31st. That is the day of the 2017 Bible Study Expo!

Marnie Swedberg is the hostess of the Bible Study Expo!

Learn about Marnie HERE

This is an opportunity to hear Marnie Swedberg interview 12 different authors all in one afternoon.

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Click link below

Bible Study Expo

*** Register for Free Drawings of Bible Study Books *** 

Here are the scheduled authors including links to their websites.

This only happens once a year. Last year’s event was fantastic.

What to do

  • Register now at Bible Study Expo
  • Attend the Expo on Friday, March 31 at the website
  • Check correct time for  your time zone (12 to 3 PT, 1 to 4 MT, 2 to 5 CT, 3 to 6 ET)
  • Share with others

Make sure you don’t miss it.

Have suggestions or comments about selecting books and Bible studies?

Please share in the comments below. I would love to hear from you.

 

 

 

 

 

Book Reviews, books

Happy?

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