Friday, December 3, 2010

It's been a while....

It has been a while since I have been able to sit down and have a clear train of thought to write. Life has been occurring around here at breakneck speed. I mean that both figuratively and literally. My step dad fell 13 feet from a building about a month ago and life has been turned upside down for our family. I am happy to report that he is recovering and is expected to eventually be back to an almost "normal" life. :0)

In this rush from hospital to home and back trying to care for all the people I love, writing isn't the only thing that has been missing. It has been a while since I have settled down enough in my soul to receive from God as well. Running on empty would describe my gas guzzling SUV and my soul. I think it's time to slow down and get connected to the source of all my peace and joy. Trying to conjure up Christmas spirit without a close connection to that Savior who's birth we celebrate is like having a birthday party without the person who's having the birthday. POINTLESS!

Praying that both you and I will take time today to get cozy with the Life-giver, God Almighty. Let Him speak a word of cheer and true joy into our day. I am SO ready for it myself and I hope you are too!

Scripture for reflection: John 15:1-11

1 I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.

2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.

3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.

4 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.

5 I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.

6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.

7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

8 My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.

9 Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.

10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.

11 These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.