My church’s women’s ministry is pretty much the best, and we completed a Philippians Bible study written by three women in our church! Anyone who sits by me at church knows I doodle my sermon notes, and the Bible study was no different! Here is a recreation of one of my doodles, taken from John 15:1-11.I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.Already you are clean because of the word that 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.
Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. John 15:1-11
I love going on long walks with my dad. It’s a good time for us to talk about anything and everything, or enjoy the outdoors in silence. A couple of weeks ago we explored a new to us park close to our old house.
My cousin’s grandma sent me the sweetest Christmas gift this year, which was something I wasn’t expecting! She gave me a Red Lion Amaryllis bulb kit to grow. In the past, I usually tend to kill any plant given to me so I apologized to the bulb as I planted it (upside down) and then waited to see what would happen. First thing to happen? I replanted it right side up and then it grew! The flowers were a lovely bright spot by the window on dreary winter days.
This is now the SECOND plant I’ve kept alive so I think the moral of this story could be…you CAN teach an old dog new tricks, haha! But really, I think my black thumb is turning into a green one and someday I will enjoy having a bigger garden than just 2 plants. 🙂
Are you a gardener? What advise would you give a someone starting out?
J1 is all grown up and doing science fairs at school now. It was SO FUN to go see what he worked on, and also wander through all the classrooms participating to learn what all the 4th graders had been learning!
Wanna know what J1 learned? He’d love to tell you more!
I was SO excited to be able to attend Emmet Cahill’s solo tour when he stopped in St. Paul. If you have a chance to go to his concert, TAKE IT! He recently released his first solo CD (YAY!!!) which you can find on Amazon or the Celtic Thunder website.
Emmet sang a lot of the songs on his album and shared stories about them. Hearing the behind the song stories always makes a song mean more to me. One of the most moving songs of the night for me was when Emmet sang How Great Thou Art.
The craic was great, and I hope Emmet and Seamus come back next time! Here’s another song Emmet sang at his concert. 🙂