As its Easter Time I thought I would share something encouraging! As you know I am a Christian - that means that God sought me in His Love and I answered His Call to give Him my heart and trust Him to make my life a witness to His. I have gone through lots of trials, had disappointments and haven't understood a lot of His Ways and still I find myself learning something every day. I'm sure you experience the same. Sometimes we have to wait sooooo long before God shows up that we can get weary and faint. I know that can give me problems too! But Easter time is the time when we realize that Jesus took upon Himself everything that separated us from God and defeated death for us before He rose again! He has the key!
What does it mean daily to us... other than to abide in Him. I found a little devotional which I think is very encouraging for those of us who can be 'prestation' orientated. Always thinking we have to be more than we are or those who are perfectionists, always thinking it has to look and be better. Let's learn to let go and just be!
"I am the Vine, ye are the branches..." John 15:5
If we don't really understand these words we will keep trying to do the things only God can do. Things like, blessing yourself, solving your own problems, answering your own prayers and promoting yourself. Or worse, you will try to 'cover up' for God because He's not doing it quickly enough, so you're standing there like a substitute teacher trying to make Him look good through your human efforts. (A note from me here - can you imagine I felt like this when I was ill and being one of only two families who know the Lord in our village, that I thought - what will they think of the God I serve?)
Give it up, it can't be done. Jesus said 'I am the Vine, you are the branches... all you need to do is stay connected. (Another note from me: I see this principle at work, being surrounded by vineyards - the branches receive the life-giving sap from the vine and all it has to do is produce fruit with it.)
You've got to know where your help comes from! We say that without Him we can do nothing and then act as if it all depended on us. Our success is in the Vine and our future is in the Vine! All we need to do is stay connected!
I hope you enjoyed this little meditation as much as I enjoyed refreshing myself with the Word of God.
I thought I would share a little card nonetheless before I wish you all a very peaceful Easter. It's not a new card, its a card that I shared on my other blog and on the Flickr gallery so please don't feel you have to comment. I'm just lowering my standard to have to post a new card today and just being me. This reminded me of the beautiful Spring we are having at the moment! The little verse in French on the side is 'Ne crains pas, crois seulement' which is Do not fear, only believe'!
And this little capture of my Rosemary bush, I thought the colors matched the card. Nothing spectacular just a little look into my world.