Abiding in Jesus

IMG_8987We are officially returned from holidays, after the most beautiful time. Thank you everyone for your well wishes and prayers, they were answered abundantly. My husband commented while we were away that he loves camping because, “It grounds you again.” We have been earthed. Did you know that ‘they’ say we should spend time everyday with our shoes off and our bare feet on the ground to ‘earth’ ourselves?

Well, we did and, not only that, we freed our hands of electrical devices, hung out with the kangaroos instead and let the rain fall on us, without dashing for cover. After the rain washed everything clean, the sun made the world sparkle, including our family. It was delightful.

Hitting the reset button on ourselves is really important, and I would like to say that we do it all the time. But that would be a lie. It’s been a while. So, this was really precious time.

However, it didn’t just reset us, it threw me. Completely off course. Being out of routine always makes me question the life I live every day. Does anyone else do that on holidays? I spend a lot of time imagining what it would be like to live off the grid, off the land, out of human contact or at least in a different suburb, without a mortgage…..

I always come back with a deeper understanding that there isn’t just one kind of living. There may only be one God, and one way to the Father God, through Jesus, but our walks with him on our narrow little paths, will look very different. So, I question myself, and God while I’m on holidays, “Am I living where You want me? I know why I’m living the way I do, but is this how you want my life to look?”

The difficulty these days is that I ask the question for seven people not one. I is no longer I, it is we. My husband laughs at me from his “happy holiday nothing box”. He has learned to expect big times of questioning, if not big changes following a holiday, but they don’t phase him anymore.

This time, God’s answer was simply, “abide in me.” Phew, no big moves on the horizon for us.

Since arriving home I have found myself studying John 15:5, and being so encouraged and enriched by it.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

Many versions translate the word “remain” as abide. Abide in me and you will bear much fruit. Over the next few days I plan to unpack this verse here at the blog. I am actually writing a kids talk on it, for our women’s and girl’s conference on the 2nd and 3rd of November. (Here’s the link for that if you’re a Sydney-sider and want to attend. Make sure let me know in the comments below if you’re planning to be there!)

And, lucky you, you get to help me! Thanks in advance for any thoughts on; the vine or the branches or abiding in Jesus (remaining in Christ) or bearing fruit.  I’ll be exploring them all in the next few days and would love your input, revelation and stories.

Be encouraged and be blessed today,

Lots of  love,

L

P.S. Here is an advertisement for the conference taken from our pastors’ Instagram feed. The photo is me and my girls. I talked about this amazing photoshoot in a previous post . Thought you might enjoy seeing the results. Wouldn’t life be different if we dressed like this every day? (We, of course, have Prince Harry and his bride Meghan here in Oz at the moment, so our papers are full of royal outfits. How does she do it? What a trooper! Imagine wearing designer dresses and heels to the beach. I have so much respect for royalty, and what they endure with a smile and a wave just to encourage others.) I hope you are encouraged to see yourself as God’s own royalty today and to let him dress you in his very own finery of love, joy and peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.

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