"Sometimes while I'm talking to God, He'll show me something about myself in such a way that I have to laugh at my own humanity and how funny I must look to Him." - Donna

Donna...just found your blog...I absolutely love it! And I love your singing! I'm at work right now and it was just exactly what I needed to hear to help me make it through tonight! Thanks for your ministry here!
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Saturday, April 08, 2006

Burst Forth!

Jesus said to his disciples: I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.John 15:1 cev

After I adopted my puppy, Angel, from my sister, I spent quite a bit of time in our back yard. When I first stood outside with her, the woods in our back yard looked dead. I had a rose bush by the deck that looked as if it would never bloom again.

But after a couple of weeks, I noticed the base of the rose bush began to turn green. The trees that looked lifeless budded and covered over with tiny leaves. The complexity of God’s creation amazed me.

When Jesus walked the earth, he used practical applications to teach, sometimes using the things of nature as examples. In John 15:4-5 Jesus said, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

Are you connected to the true vine? We receive life from the Vine. Angel runs through the yard picking up dead branches. Without God, we are like those branches. I want to be alive and blooming in the Lord. I want to grow and develop the fruit of the Spirit.

In Jeremiah 20, Jeremiah said that God’s Word was like a burning fire that was shut up in his bones. It literally burst forth from him like a fire out of control. I don’t want to be a dead, dried up Christian, but a Christian who bursts forth with the message of Christ.

As you look around and see all the beautiful flowers and trees budding with new life, purpose in your heart that the Good News of God’s grace should burst forth from you!

Prayer: Lord, I praise you, and long to be connected to you in a deeper way. Thank you for sustaining me. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.


Anonymous said...

Yes, there are signs here, too in PA--some of the buds on trees are showing and of course, the days are getting longer.......Yahoo!


glenniah said...

Thank you for your timely message Donna, a gentle reminder that we need the grace of God to show in our lives and grow in a deeper way in Him.
Of course we are going into Autumn over here which is kinda depressing but spring is in my heart 'cause I know that during my winter I shall be enjoying a summer in a far country,
Bless you Donna

Donna J. Shepherd said...

Thank you, Toni, for stopping by, and Glenniah, for taking time to leave a comment. Also - thanks for reminding me of something else. I forget that it's the WORLD wide web, and not everyone is going into the springtime in their corner of the earth. Looking past the seasonal comments, I'm thankful the gist of the message still resonated with you. God bless you! - Donna

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