Abiding

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Abide..

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in Me” -John 15:4

This scripture illustrates the vital union existing between Christians and Jesus Christ.

The word “abide” basically means “to remain.”

and Remain means “to stay”

Unless we stay with Jesus, meaning He is with us moment by moment…we cannot bear fruit.

I believe that ALL people have the desire to live with fruit!

love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self control.  BUT, even deeper than that, we each have a desire to be “back in the garden” with our Father.  It is hardwired within us…our DNA.

Unless we connect to the source (the Holy Spirit) our branch will wither and die…we must STAY (abide) in the Vine…which is Christ.

This became a prayer for me almost 20 years ago.

It was the desire of my heart…something I didn’t fully realize, until other faithful women came along side me, and showed me what that looked like in a practical way!

We need each other girls!  The love and truth you share with each other is LIFE SAVING & LIFE GIVING.

The Holy Spirit whispers this sweet word to me each time I seek the Lord.

“stay with me” and you will know my Glory.

Praying that you will ask the Lord to grow your desire to abide in Him.  To stay with Him, through every moment of your day.  You will see the miraculous in the mundane, you will see beauty through the ashes, & you will know calm in the storm.

And through it all, you will know LOVE.

Blessings,

sue

16 Comments

  1. Yvette

    Sue, I totally enjoyed your site today (first time to visit) , but everything about it. Your sweet words of encouragement with Gods precious Holy Word and your beautiful doodles! And “Abide” is my word for this year. Blessings to you ! Yvette

    1. suecarroll1

      Thanks so much Yvette! We have the same word:) I really appreciate your encouraging words, and am so glad you “stopped by!” May God bless you richly with His presence as you ABIDE!

    1. suecarroll1

      Isn’t is miraculous, how God uses each of us to do His work, to Bless each other, to love each other, to speak truth…He never ceases to amaze me in the way He provides! right?!! Thanks so much for stopping by and encouraging me!!! xo

  2. Cecilia

    I adore this visual. True words spoken! It has become my prayer too in the past several years. It’s where Peace dwells and healing happens. Thank you for such a sweet reminder.

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