Life on the Vine

The vine, the branches and the Holy Spirit

It is now April, and four months into the year I’m still studying the theme of the vine and branches from John 15.  I'm excited to share with you the topic of the Holy Spirit in this blog series called Life on the vine.     Jesus said to his disciples in John 14:18 before he… Continue reading The vine, the branches and the Holy Spirit

Life on the Vine

The vine, the branches and identity

At the beginning of the year I bought a big, black artist journal with the intention of filling it with notes on what the Bible says about self-esteem, purpose and identity.  I began this year feeling restless and insecure and didn’t want to start a new year feeling this way.  In my search, I parked… Continue reading The vine, the branches and identity

Life on the Vine

The dormant seasons of your life

This is the 4th blog in a series called "Life on the vine." The theme is taken from John 15:5-7. Ecclesiastes 3 1 There is a time for everything,     and a season for every activity under the heavens: 2     a time to be born and a time to die,     a time to plant and a time to… Continue reading The dormant seasons of your life

Life on the Vine

Pruning is God’s Mercy

Since January 1st of this year, I have been doing a deep dive into the teachings of the vine and branches in John 15, and I am excited to continue to share what I have been learning. John 15:1-5 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch… Continue reading Pruning is God’s Mercy

Life on the Vine

The prayers of the vine

Jesus says in John 15:7, "If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you." I have been on a quest to understand this promise of asking and have concluded that Jesus is referring to the prayers of the vine: prayers that are… Continue reading The prayers of the vine

Life on the Vine

Replacing Goals with Prayers

When I woke up on the first day of 2019, a milestone in my life was reached. I had been living in Medford, Oregon for exactly one year. In the past 12 months I have journeyed through much change and grief, but God has been good to me. Now with an eager heart, I'm ready… Continue reading Replacing Goals with Prayers

Gratitude

The power of gratitude when life is painful

I have become keenly aware this past year that when I resist change, complain or focus on my problems, I feel weak.  The more I submit to a defeated mindset, the weaker I become.  However, when I replace negative, life-sucking thoughts with prayers of gratitude to God, I feel a surge of power within. Gratitude… Continue reading The power of gratitude when life is painful

Faith

When you worry, look to the flowers in the field

To worry is to be out of focus.   When we worry, our problems and concerns obscure the view God intends for us to see. Worry creates a faulty vision.  It is like placing the wrong prescription glasses on your face and the lenses you are looking through further distort your reality.  It makes you dizzy… Continue reading When you worry, look to the flowers in the field

Faith

Consider the Mustard Seed

Great things grow from small beginnings and a simple faith. But sometimes I make faith more complicated than it is. Sometimes I try too hard and, in my striving, I begin to think that doing the will of God is difficult and requires an extraordinary faith that only a few can obtain if they will… Continue reading Consider the Mustard Seed

Faith

The battle is not yours, but God’s

2 Chronicles 20: 15  ..This is what the Lord says to you: 'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.' Do you ever get tired of fighting a battle in your life that is emotional, relational, spiritual or physical? And you grow so weary… Continue reading The battle is not yours, but God’s