“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-dresser. Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already made clean by the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by 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, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”
Thought for the Day: Find time to be with God today.
Centering ourselves to be more in touch with God can be difficult. Waking up to my alarm clock going off normally begins my day and lately, the snooze works very well on my alarm. Getting out of bed to drink coffee because we can’t seem to wake up without it seems to be the routine. Turning on the television to watch the news can be overwhelming and can cause more stress to our day. But, no matter how busy our mornings seem to be, we all know that stopping the morning madness and turning to God for even a few minutes can change our entire outlook for the day. For me personally, putting on my walking clothes, grabbing my camera, driving to our park, and beginning my walk is my moment. As soon as I enter the lush green trail entrance, my heart calms and I forget about my to do list because I am entering my time with God. For my husband, pulling out his Bible and devotional guide brings his moment with God. He studies the devotional and then writes special scriptures on cards to place in a scripture box he has next to his devotional materials. The most important part for both of us is that we have that moment to center ourselves, if only for a moment, on God.
As I watch people in our church and other friends, I see so many beautiful ways to spend time with God. Small group times of sharing with special friends, helping in food pantries and soup kitchens, group Bible Studies, worship services, and individual quiet times are ways to find special times with God. My personality calls for my personal quiet time with God. Others need more group times with God. God just needs us to be with Him where He can share Himself with us.
Prayer: Father God, today we are praising You for the love You have for us. Help us to see that love more by spending special time with you. Help us see Your words as we read the Bible or as we see Your precious creation in nature. Be with us today to see where You are and to help us remember to stop for a moment to spend time with You. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Time with God