I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
Jesus is the key to a joyful life— without Him you can do nothing. In order for us to tap into this goldmine of pure joy, we must abide with Him, or fully rest in Him. Picture in your mind trying to teach your child how to float. What words would you use, over and over, to get your child to relax and rest in your arms? The words are usually, “trust me.” It is the same with Jesus and us. Jesus is calling us everyday to “rest” in Him, to abide in Him, to put our faith fully in Him. Jesus is asking us to not fight against Him, as our child might fight against us in the water, but to fully rest in Him. If we do choose to abide in Him, then we will begin to bear all the fruit of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22)
So many times we pray for patience with our children and we never receive it. Our prayers should not be for patience, but we should merely abide with Christ and then we would begin to bear the fruit of patience. We will only receive the fruit of the Spirit once we begin to abide, or rest in Christ. What would your life as a mom look like if you reflected Jesus? Your children would be drawn to you like a moth to a flame, because you would be loving, joyful, peaceful, kind, good, faithful, gentle and full of self-control. Who wouldn't want to be around a person like that? Instead of trying to be the best mom, abide with THE one who has it all and start allowing Him to do it for you.
Father, Thank You that I don’t have to do it all, that all I have to do is to abide with You. So many times I struggle and fret and I do not get anywhere…except exhausted. Thank You that I can rest in You and from my rest Your fruit will start appearing in my life. Only You could offer such peace. Thank you!
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