Rhythms of the Word: Day

John 15:1-11

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This week, as a community, we’d like to pause between plans and refresh the way rhythms we use to read God’s Word. Join us as we dig into some familiar (or not so familiar) pieces of scripture and seek our Father together by reading and processing this truth.

Today’s passage is John 15:1-11

First, let’s pray. Ask the Lord to open your heart and your mind and to help you focus on Him. Confess the things that might be keeping you from really truly experiencing His presence and submit your time to His will.

Second, let’s read Truth! Take your time and see what catches your attention. Make notes of what impresses you and moves you. Try to see the whole picture of what the passage is conveying. What does it say about God?

Next, reflect on what He’s saying. What does this passage mean for you and for the body of Christ? Is there anything you feel like He is personally communicating to you for your exact season, situation, or circumstance?

Lastly, let’s respond. Prayerfully and humbly, see what’s next. What do you need to do in light of what you’ve read? How will it affect your day, your life, and your walk with the Lord?

And as always, feel free to share with us in the comments below!
It is our joy to read Truth with you all.

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  • Jennifer

    I love how so many women especially focused on vs. 5 “apart from me you can do nothing”. It is so true! And apart from God our life has no purpose, so anything we do on our own is just meaningless.

  • Feel very thankful for what I have, may seem small to some but it’s what God had planned for me so for that I am blessed! Praise God!

  • I really enjoyed reading this passage! It reminded me that I cannot be fruitful without Jesus. Jesus loves us and He wants us to love Him as well as others. In fact, if you read ahead He states that as His commandment for us to live by (John 15:12). If we follow His commandment God will continue to prune us to develop a strong faith and discipleship for the body of Christ. We can't do it alone! We need Jesus and he doesn't want us to be cut off from Him! I want to be pruned and tended in God's garden through His love so I can share that love with others! :)

  • aefornshell

    The part about what’s God saying to you in your circumstances….Abiding takes discipline which I struggle with when it comes to my quiet times with God. In relation to the vine/nature analogy, I feel like I compare to a simple oak tree in my front yard. You don’t have to do much to it to maintain it once its planted. in comparison, with a banzai tree- daily care and maintenance is necessary, I need more discipline to abide!!

  • I read in to verses 12-17 and I'm so glad I did. I needed to hear verse 16: "you did not choose me but I chose you." I am struggling to discern God's will for me right now. I needed the reminder that He has chosen me for a purpose. If I abide in Him and walk in love, He will make his plans clear.

    • Jamie

      Sarah, I struggle with this a lot too! Thanks for sharing your insight. :)

  • Please i fall in sin and rise again but i don’t have someone to talk my spiritual life with please i need friends whose faith are stronger. My facebook username is Deborah Eyoh,twitter handle @ladydehbohrah and bbm pin is pin:23A62FCB. Please help me.

    • Stacy

      I'd be happy to chat with you, Deborah. You can find me on Twitter @sjedwards.

  • Excited to be doing this with you guys. Also, Russel Fragar just produced a new cd called "Worship Now" it is on iTunes and I think the music can really speak to people. Really, really recommend it! Hope everyone has an AWESOME week!!

  • Ruth Rouchard

    I’m so thankful for She Reads Truth. Truly, God is illuminating new insights into scripture that is speaking to my heart. This passage in John is so familiar but this time a round I saw this…all this staying connected to the vine, all this abiding in Him, it’s for this …..”so that you JOY will be complete”! He cares about joy! I have been seeking Him on my failure to steady my wavering emotions, I know the key lies in continual abiding in Christ. When my mind, or will, or thoughts begin to stray so goes my joy. This passage reminds me to go back to Christ by spending time in His word. Reconnecting with Him when I lose my way, and He will restore the joy this world seeks to deystroy.

  • LaurenC_

    These verses are some of my all time favorites as I love to garden. The imagery is so beautiful to me. I've posted here quite a bit about the pruning I experienced last fall & winter. I've come to learn that pruning is never a one-time thing, whether we're talking about spiritual/emotional/mental pruning with The Lord or the physical pruning of a tree or bush. When I was younger, I associated pruning with pain, withholding, and even punishment. I often cried out to God "Why can't I have _____, when everyone else seems to always get what they want! Why am I always the one waiting! Why am I always the one for whom so much is withheld!" I cringe at these memories but that mindset which I held for so long played a part in who I am today. Now I see pruning, while still painful oftentimes, as cathartic. Beneficial purging of the toxins that build up inside me. SRT's Soul Detox plan really started me down that road. It was the first plan I read with SRT although I was not taking part in the community comments at the time. Anyway, pruning is a real blessing for me now. I imagine it's one of God's clearest ways of communicating with me – He gets straight to His point in a way I can clearly understand. He clears out all the straggly, weak vines that interfere with my healthy growth. He clears out all the junk and distractions that I place between us, so that there is usually nothing left except Him and me. And that's where the healing begins. It's no band-aid quick fix. My life is certainly not all rainbows and butterflies. But post-pruning life is still beautiful, healthy, strong, sturdy, and ready to grow because I'm standing on His good soil in the arms of my masterful gardener. My joy is complete when I entrust it to Him.

  • Jessica A

    Wow…talk about God wanting to get a message across! We just read through this in church last few weeks. I've been thinking over it a lot lately and it just keeps coming up. I love what one of the ladies wrote that was in her grandpa's Bible. Made me think of my grandpa.

  • WOW… so glad i tuned in today, i am on holiday and have very limited internet connectivity. Thank you all so much for the positive feedback. I later downloaded a daily devotion book that was mentioned in a book i am currently reading and the opening line was 'my words…..will come true at their proper time' (Luke 1:20) & 'What the Lord has said…..will be accomplished' (Luke 1:45)_I was guided to read Daniel yesterday and i feel the Lord is telling me i need to learn to truly submit to Him and grow in faith. _Once again thank you to this wonderful community of writers and readers willing to support one another.

  • Loved the way the scripture reference to Jesus Christ being the root and the believers (vines) are all connected through the root of Jesus Christ. Right now we cannot physically see Jesus Christ much like you cannot see the root of the tree…but we know that we receive all of our support and supplies from the root…Jesus Christ. Simply beautiful passages and an incredible analogy. Dear Lord, how I trust and believe in your Word. Grace always.

  • Charmaine Fritz

    LOL just noticed my name was misspelled.. It’s Fritz.. Not important just thought it was funny..

  • Love the way the message says, "Make yourselves at home in my love" Something I am not great at doing.

  • I love the book of John! If you're interested in hearing my thoughts on this passage head over to my blog. I don't have an instagram, but I typed out my notes this morning. :)
    http://sayitwithlove.blogspot.com/2013/07/abide-i

  • Charmaine Frit

    The verse that spoke to me today was the last part of verse 5″ For apart from me you can do nothing” Life Application Study Bible. The reason this stuck out is because I discovered a few weeks ago I have been doing things on my own. This marriage I’m getting out of was because I moved before God did. The financially issues I’m going through is because I use my finances the way I want to. And finally, because I have loved one man all my life with all my heart, mind and soul, I though we were meant to be together.

    Since he is divorcing and I am going through a divorce it was meant to be right? Wrong! Oh yeah we knew it was but wanted what we wanted, which was to do things our way. Well God has put the breaks on that by showing us both that this is wrong and he will not bless it. I praise God for loving us enough to show us and stop us from being out of his will. I mean we went so far as to planning the house we were going to live in. God has shown us that it’s our relationship with him that’s important, not our wants. Sure he will give you your hearts desire if they line up with his plans for your life. And that’s where the rub is for me. See I love this man and lost so many chances of have him as my husband so I was going to make it happen this time! But God said no and the pain starts, the crying, begging and why’s starts. And today I see v5! Nothing that I do outside of Gods will or plan for my life will be prosperous, fruitful, or blessed. And I want my next marriage to be blessed by God so I’m waiting.

    Wow thank you Lord for your word today. Thank you for telling me to let it go. To abide, trust, remain and above all wait on you.

    Sorry it’s so long but that’s what I received from the word today… Be Blessed!

  • This is exactly where I’am spiritually. I’ve disconnected from God and I’ve recently asked to be reconnected, and not only reconnected, I asked to be transformed into a new daughter for our loving God. My family and I have been disconnected from The Lord for 5 years, and it has been a STRUGGLE!! Even when we were on top- we were still sinking fast. Now, my spiritual blindness is gone and I can see the remnants of what we allowed the enemy to destroy and I’m frantic about getting my husband, my marriage, or finances, our careers, our bodies, our time, our speech, our thoughts, our priorities and our children reconnected to almighty God. Please PRAY that I have trust and PATIENCE in Almighty God. I get discouraged and distracted easily. I don’t want to look around next year and regret that I didn’t reconnect to God TODAY!!!

    • Andrea

      Rikkei,

      Praise God that His beloved prodigal daughter, Rikkei, has come home! All praises, honor & glory to our Father whom we exalt up above; there’s a party in heaven in your honor, Rikkei! Welcome back, from your sister in Christ.

      Luke 15:7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

    • LaurenC_

      Praying for you, Rikkei. Praying that God's loving, calm peace will enter your heart right now. Praying that the Holy Spirit will fill you with strength, encouragement, and focus.

  • I strayed away from She Reads Truth for way too long. Over the past week or so I've started to notice myself stray away and question Him yet again. I decided that I was missing out so when I saw what this new plan was going to entail, I knew it would be a good way for me to dip my feet back into the pool. What I wasn't expecting was the reaction I have this morning when I opened up my Bible. I felt such a surge of fear and unworthiness and the flood gates opened and tears just streamed down my face.

    And then I read John 15:4 "Remain in my, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me."

    That's where I faltered. Instead of laying my problems at His feet and talking with Him about them, I was trying to do it on my own. That hasn't gotten me anywhere, but further into fear and resistance. That's not where I want to be anymore and definitely not the life I wish to live.

    • LaurenC_

      Nothing can separate you from God's love. Nothing. God loves you completely, whether you last opened your Bible 10 minutes ago or 10 years ago. You are and will always be His daughter, fully forgiven and absolutely worthy of His love. Believe it!

  • These verses really hit me today. I had some drama happen over the weekend and I didn't respond in a very good way. I didn't think how would Jesus handle this situation. I got caught up and ended up screaming and yelling. It was a big o'l mess. So I don't feel like I am a vine that bears any fruit. I am praying that I will change into a fruitful vine and I will work on keeping God's commandments. I think v.11 really ends it all perfectly, that if you do what is called for us to do, that your joy will be full. WOW! That would be an amazing feeling.

  • JuneBug – Oh, I know what you mean about trying so hard to "appear normal" and wondering if anyone notices. I am so wounded over a family issue right now – one that really, apart for divine intervention, does not seem to have resolution in sight. I feel like a cup with a broken handle glued back on – looks fine on the shelf but could fall apart at any moment.

    Abide in me. Abide in me. And, then, He says, "Abide in my love." When everything seems broken and fragile – that is where I am safe – in his love. I think of the "he loves me, he loves me not" game where you pull the petals off of a flower. Only, ever petal says He loves me.

    Like David, I can rest in the knowledge that "He is my faithful love." (Psalm 144:2)

    • LaurenC_

      Praying for you, Stacy. I'm sorry you are wounded over a family issue. I've known that pain and that empty feeling. I'm praying that you will continue to repeat your thoughts above – abide, abide, safe in His love, every petal says He loves you.

  • Today's scripture hit me right where I am. I hurt over wounds that get triggered every once in a while. Adoptee stuff. I sometimes feel so out of touch in relation to others. I have a hard time "attaching" to people in relationship.

    This week in particular I've been so drawn into myself. It has been almost impossible to shake the thoughts that tell me that I will never really fit in. Wondering if anyone will ever understand me. If it is noticeable how hard I fight to "appear normal" while I'm actually feeling very different.

    Remembering to ABIDE; to focus, to plug-in and be nourished by the true vine, I know that I am connected to Jesus and to others that are abiding in Him also. It is essential to keep my eyes on Him alone and not on the circumstance/pain/suffering.

    Gaze UPWARD. Extend OUTWARD. Drawn INWARD, the supply is limited and will soon dry.

  • Jennifer

    This passage spoke wonders to me. For me it shows me how I need to stay connected and the tree is the perfect way to show it. Trees have to be loved, cared for, and tended to grow. We also have many uses for us as our savior as for us. I have been separated. I have been like the cut down branch that is just dried out with no use. This verse really helped me see how I need to become more connected and useful. At the end it also shows us of the love and joy our savior and father have for us. He wants to have the joy that was meant for us. In life I have been struggling. My family struggles financially and I kept asking why and why us if he wanted joy for me. I now am not questioning. With passages I learn to be humble and thankful for what I do have and realize that there will be challenges in life but I am thankful for the many things we do have and just our lives together. This was a great passage to start with.

  • Michaela

    God is calling me to abide inHim daily!

  • Highly recommend reading this in the message. I read it in niv, nkj, and message. The message spoke to me –
    “I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love. That’s what I’ve done—kept my Father’s commands and made myself at home in his love. (John 15:9, 10 MSG)
    “I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love. That’s what I’ve done—kept my Father’s commands and made myself at home in his love. “I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. You are my friends when you do the things I command you. I’m no longer calling you servants because servants don’t understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father. (John 15:9-15 MSG)

  • What I love about this passage is how He is telling us all off this not to be threatening or harsh but so that we can experience His full and pure joy.
    Vs11 " These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy maybe full"
    Can you imagine experiencing the joy Christ has?!? Thank you Abba,for caring about my joy!

  • I am being pruned, no doubt about it. Paul said to consider it pure joy when we face trials… I used to think “what!?!? Joy because of trials??? Really, Paul!!” But I understand a little more today, in this season of my walk. I have experienced – and In increasing measure day by day – the suffering of physical pain, as well as financial want. However, this last week has been a different kind of trial, and He is surely teaching me to hold on to Him with everything I have in me. The joy? Can I even find the words? The joy is this: He loves me so much that He is not willing to leave me incomplete. He will faithfully prune and train me, mold and shape me, until I resemble something that can clearly reflect Jesus. He is NOT willing to let me float out on my own tide! He is NOT willing to allow me to handle these trials without Him! He is faithful, tending to my vine, lovingly watching and pruning until it is the most productive that it can be! God is focused on me with loving intent… How can I do other than consider it “pure joy”??? God bless you all, sisters!! I have been greatly blessed by all of your comments today!

  • Tabitha Faith

    Not so long ago I asked the Lord, with heart wrenching emotion, “God, teach me, show me, how to have that undeniable shine of a contented, joyful spirit! How do I inherent Your smile and jovial character as a resounding trait of my presence!” (Now Paraphrased). Reading John 15:1-11 this morning, with great emphasis on verses 10 & 11… I feel my Father made the way to this unspeakable joy so real and crystal clear! Simply put, if I remain in Jesus, keeping his commandments, I will produce much fruit and in turn have the overflowing joy that my spirit has been so deeply yearning.

    God is refreshing old lessons that he taught me as a little girl and this morning the Holy Spirit reminded me that the fruit of the Holy Spirit is JOY. If I do not make the intentional decision to choose to be humbled and yielded to the guidance of the Spirit, I will never produce fruit mirroring the very heart of God. My father is awe striking; I asked for wisdom and He showed me in a way that immediately touched and gave me clarity in what I have to do to be just like Him! He is teaching that His ways are only mysterious to those who do not know Him and He freely reveals Himself that obey His commands.

  • Jessie Glass

    "for apart from me you can do nothing"

    The whole passage was something I needed to hear, but that statement struck a cord with me. How many times do I try to do it on my own…resulting in inevitable failure. Putting away the bad isn't enough. I need to ABIDE with my Savior.

  • We must simply ABIDE in Him. We need God to cut back on our old ways of thinking. We can never produce fruit on our own.

  • The verse that stuck out to me was verse 3 where Jesus said that we are already pruned because of the message of the gospel. I don't think I'd ever seen that before. I know that as long as I stay connected to Jesus the fruit of the spirit can be seen in me and tasted by those around me. I need to be connected to be able to respond to others in love, to have joy and patience, etc….. without being attached to the Vine and trying to do it on my own I always fail and then am pruned again.

    Lord help to this day to stay attached to you so that others will see my good works and glorify you.

  • Pruning. It's a painful process. However…I want to be a productive branch that shows the fruit of everything that He has done in my life. In a busy world, it can be so hard to "remain in me" because there are so many things pulling us away. This passage speaks to me about just how important it is to keep in tune with the Father and stay connected to the church and other believers also. We were not designed to be a lone ranger.

  • Absolutely loved this passage today & I know that the rest of the week will be a blessing as well. So often, I rely too much on the commentary without really digging into the Word on my own. But today made me realize the importance of doing just that. Jesus has a purpose through my pruning and I know that through it, I will grow closer to Him and my joy will be complete and whole.

  • This passage reminds me of something we read recently that indicated that feeding ourselves spiritually regularly is one of the most important and beneficial things to do as far as becoming more like Christ and nourishing ourselves. I've got three tiny plants on our balcony and a black thumb, but I understand the care and reflection that goes into helping them grow.

    It also stuck out to me how much Christ wants us to do as He does so that we may feel joy and peace just as He feels. A relationship with God can be so difficult sometimes because of earthly demands, but Christ is showing us here that those things don't matter.

    I know I will always struggle to be like Christ because He was so perfect and pure, but I've got to learn to let go of earthly demands and desires so that I can reap the ultimate reward.

  • "He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more." John 15:2

    I am either cut off or being pruned. Neither feel good but in the end, one leads to death and one leads to life. You can't reattach a dead limb to a tree. It's already dead. But a pruned branch can produce more fruit after undergoing a cutting back. Cutting back on the things that distract. Cutting back on negative influences. Cutting back on spending time on things that keep you from producing spiritual fruit. LOVE. JOY. PEACE. PATIENCE. KINDNESS. GOODNESS. FAITHFULNESS. GENTLENESS. SELF CONTROL. I've been missing so many of these fruits lately. It's time to be pruned.

  • mindykim

    This chapter is pretty well-known I would say but, I think God brings up new and fresh revelation through His words very time we read! What really hit me (just now as I finished reading) was Joy. And how it comes by abiding in Jesus, His words and in His love. I have many friends that I see who are currently going through a lot of mistreating brothers and sisters out of feeling unhappy and selfish. It doesn't look healthy at all. I always prayed for their joy. And on the weekend, one of them asked me "you look always full of joy, how do you do that?!" And I looked back on my past few days and months, it was really…by abiding in His words, leaning on to Jesus and seeking His face more…which made me joyful despite my circumstances. So I think this chapter really reminded me again to draw nearer to Him always. Praise The Lord.

  • This chapter is pretty well-known I would say but, I think God brings up new and fresh revelation through His words very time we read! What really hit me (just now as I finished reading) was Joy. And how it comes by abiding in Jesus, His words and in His love. I have many friends that I see who are currently going through a lot of mistreating brothers and sisters out of feeling unhappy and selfish. It doesn’t look healthy at all. I always prayed for their joy. And on the weekend, one of them asked me “you look always full of joy, how do you do that?!” And I looked back on my past few days and months, it was really…by abiding in His words, leaning on to Jesus and seeking His face more…which made me joyful despite my circumstances. So I think this chapter really reminded me again to draw nearer to Him always. Praise The Lord.

  • jesusgirl71

    As has been said, one thing that struck me is that we can't abide in him, we can't bear fruit, without His help to do it all! learning to rely on him. the other thing is, i feel the take-away for me today is to focus on Him. i am dealing with some very anxiety-producing circumstances. they may seem lke nothing to some of you, but we have a fridge on the fritz and didn't sleep much at all. worried about losing food if they have to turn it off. worried because we have no money to eat out if that were to happen. but the take-away is to focus, abide on Christ, think of Him rather than the circumstance.

  • Ellen MR

    Rocknitat55,
    Your words are beautiful- in your post and in response to others! You’ve given me a lot to think on today. Thank you!
    I don’t want to be firewood!
    And I want to see His timing is ALWAYS right.
    Praying for you , your loss, and the other sisters struggling today.

  • "2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you." I love this. Sometimes, for me at least, it's hard to know what God wants to fully cut off and what he wants to prune and clean up- especially in the world of relationships and life opportunities, sometimes I don't know that what I'm doing is what God wants me to do, or I've become unsure of it in the middle of what I'm doing due to exhaustion or problems. But, the Lord always comes through- when I give it all to Him, he sorts it out readily and shows me the true way to go about everything. Lord, THANK YOU- for always being faithful, PATIENT, and firm when showing me how to live my life. You are such a good father, such a sweet, strong friend, love, and ally.

    "5 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."
    CS Lewis writes something both very beautiful and very thought-provoking in his book "Mere Christianity" that completely reminds me of this verse. I can't find it online, but it talks about how difficult it is for the rich in spirit (those who biologically have sound minds, or in life have had easy-going lives, or have great temperaments) to enter the kingdom of heaven for thoughts of being "good enough" on their own, while people poor in spirit (those who don't have sound minds, have emotional/life turmoils, or angry/anxious/insecure temperaments) are blessed by God. He said this because people who may feel decent enough on their own (even through their life problems, because being rich in spirit does not invalidate any problems that come up) may rely less upon God, whereas those people who regularly feel death on their doorstep and know nothing but suffering are probably more likely to see Christ as the only way out of what they're going through.
    I've said this in a way that does not do the passage justice, and I've left a lot out from his thought pattern, but it struck me, because I am very poor in spirit. Having an anxious, depressed disposition, and dealing with the death of many friends due to depression, my own major depression, and history of mental illness in the family has haunted me. Many family members called it a curse when my mother and I started showing signs of mental illness; they thought it was a result of some sin. But no! God showed me through CS and His word that He has COMPASSION for me and that he KNOWS what a wretched machine I am trying to drive. I know that without God, I have nothing- I have death, and death that comes quick. When I first drew near to Him and knew this for myself, it instilled fear; now, it only reminds me to be thankful for such a good, gracious, faithful God. I truly know what it is to "be able to do nothing" away from Christ.

    Praying for you, Laura. Please know that God has compassion on you; He knows the desires of your Heart and He will fulfill them in His perfect time. He wants to do good for you- He WILL. I pray that Hope would be your anthem today and that His grace would be sufficient in this situation.
    Have a blessed day, sisters!

  • Something from my Gpa's Bible (Gpa just passed away).
    Abide = To blend my will with Jesus' will in submission to His will on a moment by moment basis so that I maintain a posture of brokenness and dependence on Him.

    Choosing to Abide in Him today, and seek to Bear MUCH Fruit.

    • mkoentopp

      Jessica,

      These are lovely words.

      Branches off (oh dear…no pun intended….) of what we just learned in 1 Peter. Well, at least for me. Submission is so very hard for me. Submitting my life so that it aligns with Jesus.

      Thanks for this! ~Mindy

  • Graphics

    This can be a very difficult passage to read at times as some of you have already expressed, but today what really struck me is that a vine is natural thing. And the the natural thing for the branches of a vine to do are to be part of the vine, to abide. Yes, some of the branches can get wild and need pruning at times. We can trust the vinedresser. I guess what I see is that sometimes I make it all harder than it really is to live in Christ. I over analyze or just look too much at myself and not enough at Christ. It doesn't have to be so hard. Abide. You were made for this.

    Much Grace

  • Candacejo

    Laura, I searched out other versions of the Word to try to help you understand what maybe He was saying here…maybe this will help…"But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon." The Message.

    Whatever you ask will be "listened to and acted upon" ….in other words, our prayers will be answered according to what is best for us.

    What God sees we need at the time, He sees down the road, behind the curtain, so to speak, we cannot, we only see the here and now and so we only THINK in the present. He is watching for our future as well.

    He knows what we need even before we ask and even though it is hard to understand when He doesn't answer the desires of our heart, all we can do is TRUST that He knows what is best, and that the answer that He has given for now is the right answer.

    So hard to do sometimes! But read the Word…trust the Word…depend on His promises…He never fails! Praying for you Sister!

    Love this reading today….ABIDE IN Me, REMAIN in me….you will produce MUCH fruit!

  • Please forgive me Father for ever thinking it's all about me… today's reading reminds me that it's all about YOU, and that without You, I am nothing. I want to live my life with purpose.. I want to live my life for You and You alone. I want to be a healthy, strong, vibrant, FRUITFUL branch. In Your name I pray, Amen.

  • amykelly213

    In this season of my life, I feel I am being pruned. I am a child of God, I do His work, I've produced fruit… But I am allowing God to prune and clean so I can be *more* for Him. Up until now, my branch was producing small, tart grapes that were barely enough to sustain, barely enough to satisfy. I am asking God to help me be more for His kingdom. I want the grapes to be large and plentiful. I want my grapes to be enough to produce jam, jelly, juice! Sometimes I feel the pain of His shears pruning and sometimes I just feel His big strong hands and hear His voice as he sings while He works. Basically, I am a work in progress… But I am hopeful that when the harvest comes, I am one who's fruit lives on long after I've been picked!

    • Julia

      awesome Amykelly.. just AWESOME. :)

    • Melissa

      Amy, Im feeling the same way. I am ready for change, for God to use me in ways to influence other women. I want to be pruned, and get rid of the things thats not letting me grow closer to God. You have really inspired me Amy, thank you so much. We can do amazing things through God,

  • rocknitat55

    *FIREPLACE FODDER! * This is what I don’t want to become. Inferior, consumable.

    This is the result of the branch being seperated from the Vine, The Tree of life.

    When I was studying this morning I couldn’t help but remember a time when I had visited a tree farm(yes there is such a thing,lol) I could’nt understand why would you grow a tree to cut it down.

    But most of the trees were special, sown,tended, & harvested with a purpose. I found out that once the trees, brances were cut the wood was then seperated into catagories; building wood,wood for cooking/smoking meat, wood for paper, and firewood. The fireplace tender was the lowest on the totempole. It had become seperated, dried out, no purpose other than to burn.

    God loves us so much and as long as we stay connected we become purposeful trees.

    Sap trees, and shade trees, and fruit trees. Not connected, left unattended we become dried out, useless . Only good for the fire.

    Lord, thank you for choosing me, for tending to me, for pruning me. Lord I will choose you, over and over again I will not become **FIREPLACE FODDER**, in Jesus name Amen.

    Ladies have a magestic Monday.

    • Suzie

      This is beautiful! I love your phrase "sown, tended and harvested with a purpose". It makes me think of how God shapes us and molds us lovingly for his purpose. And yet, no matter what kind of tree we are, when unconnected, we lose our ability to be used.

  • Fresh starts. I'm so excited to be starting a new plan in a brand new month! I have struggled to keep up and stay on track with these studies and just when I am ready to give up, He breathes new life in me and I am energized by this passionate, amazing and wonderful community. I love seeing how God is working in (and through) every one of us. Many thanks to the SRT Team and every member in this community. It is wonderful to have a place to connect with so many beautiful sisters in Christ!

    • rocknitat55

      Oh angie, fret not my sister
      We serve a God of fresh starts.
      Blessings!

    • AnnaLee

      Angie, I love this. I accidentally disliked your comment, but know that I didn't mean to! I am in the same boat. :)

    • Melissa

      Angie, that is awesome! Thanks for sharing! I was going to a fall prayer bible study, and everything is on break right now and I was starting to not really get in the word and be in community with other women who are reading the word. I just signed up for SheReadsTruth and Im so excited to be learning with all you amazing women!

  • Verse 7 is where I am currently struggling cos although I abide in Christ all I want is not received. I lost my first baby. I want a second baby and it isn’t happening. I want marriage and it isn’t happening. I wanted the job I went for last week and it didn’t happen. I know i’m not the only one to struggle to understand this verse. I have questioned the Lord about this since last week. ……

    • Larissa

      I think God will give us everything what our heart wants, but there is another verse :
      But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Mt.6:33)

      It helps me when I don't receive what I want, to think about how I seek his kingdom…

    • angie

      I'm so sorry for your struggles. Praying for you!

    • Catherine_K_L

      Laura, my heart goes out to you today. I know what it's like to wait for answered prayers as I have done it over and again throughout life. Let me encourage you to keep the faith. During this time of waiting, seek scripture to claim as your promise from God and use it in your prayers to Him. Praise God as your provider, and your Redeemer, and for His Faithfulness. God ALWAYS answers our prayers and His timing is ALWAYS perfect. Sometimes the answer is "wait on me" and sometimes it is "no". In my experience, when the answer has been "no", I have found it to be the best. God wants the very best for your life, you are His child!

      I have had times where my unfulfilled desire has been so great that my heart feels like it will implode.

      God put those dreams in your heart. He puts dreams in our hearts for His purposes. God wants us to surrender our dreams to Him because we can't be led by Him if we are chasing after a dream of our own. He will show you what dreams are from Him and you can move forward with the faith that they will be fulfilled. If we chase a dream that isn't from God, we will be very unfulfilled and exhausted. I encourage you to give all your dreams and desires to God each and every time your heart aches over them. There have been times when I thought my dream was as good as dead, and then He delivered it to me and in ways that were much better than I could've ever dreamed for myself!

      Seek Him in His word. He will speak to you. Find your promises from Him and claim them as your own. Psalms and proverbs are a good place to start. Like you, one of my dreams was to be a mother. I waited for nearly 8 years, spent an enormous amount of money on infertility treatments and even had surgery to help me have a baby. I surrendered the dream to God. I had nearly given up. He brought it back, and spoke to me through Psalm 113:9 "He settles the childless woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise The Lord". I clung to that promise. Before I ever conceived, I thanked God over and over every single day that his word was true, that it never fails, that He is faithful and that He has already answered my prayer. I prayed for patience in the waiting. I learned to obey God while I waited. I learned to serve Him during that time. I now have 2 children. They came 18 months apart (can you believe it?!?) they're now both teenagers.

      I will be praying for you, Laura. Isaiah 40:31 says "
      but those who hope in the Lord
      will renew their strength.
      They will soar on wings like eagles;
      they will run and not grow weary,
      they will walk and not be faint."
      Keep your hope in The Lord and your eyes on Him. God is SOOOOO good! He loves you and He wants you to have the very best!

    • rocknitat55

      Laura comfort and peace in your struggles.
      So much we are confronted with in our daily walk.
      The word tells us that his ways are not ours, and there will
      be a lot we don’t understand.
      There are seasons in our lives that from the natural eye, from our heart
      seem dry and threaten to consume us. But be ye not consumed for nothing
      Can separate u from the love of God. He cares for you and about you.
      He hasn’t forgotten you. As my sis said, seek him first, take inventory of your request, and then wait patiently on the Lord. Look how long Elizabeth, Abraham’s wife waited.

      I know u r saying, this sister don’t know my struggle, my pain. But I do.
      I lost 2 babies before I carried my son to full term. I don’t really like to talk
      about it, sometimes I even dare to think on what there lives would have been
      at 26 and 27. But on purpose I shut those thoughts down and thank God for
      the awesome son he blessed me with.

      When things go crazy, and they quite often do, some draw closer to God, others
      step back. Sis draw nearer, some sit at his feet. I on the other hand am a lap
      baby. Regardless of your stance, Stand and see the salvation of the Lord. For he
      cares for you.

      Blessings & peace to you my sister!

    • Beckey

      Notice it doesn't say anything about timing. All in God's time. If it hasn't come yet, there is a reason. These things will come when they will be best for you and for bringing Him glory. Maybe there is something else He is using you for first, before you receive the things you seek. Remember – God never delays or denies us something to punish or deprive us. Only for our good (see Romans 8:28)

    • Jean

      I'm sorry for your loss. Prayers being sent your way.

    • Diana

      God puts desires in our hearts and then fulfills them. When our desires match what he wants for us that's when those prayers are answered. God sees the big picture… I try to imagine it as a painting… He sees the whole finished product all beautiful and framed… All I can see is the part of the picture I'm working on (the present)…. He knows what's best for us and he always answers our prayers, and very seldom is it the way we picture the answer. His timing is ALWAYS perfect because he loves us. We as his children need to place those desire and dreams on his altar and let him know that we believe that He knows what's best and not we ourselves. Like Catherine said, find promises in the Word and hold fast to them. Take them and pray them back to the Father. The verse of scripture that has seen me through many sleepless nights is Phil. 4:6-7 "Do not be anxious for anything, but in everything with prayer and petition let your requests be made known to God and then the peace of God will guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus". Also I have found out in my own life that I need to be thankful for all that I do have and the blessings God has already bestowed on me. Each morning I start my day with being thankful for another day(because life is short), my salvation, my health, freedom to worship, etc…. you get the picture. When I reflect on all that I do have the joy builds up in my heart and my day just seems to fall into place…. many times the enemy will try to throw a wrench in the day, then I go back to the Word I've hidden in my heart and thank God that he hears and answers prayer. Hope this helps. Hang in there God has something special for you.

    • mkoentopp

      Laura,

      I cannot begin to imagine what you are going through. I am so sorry for your loss. I, too, have similar feelings about the things you mentioned.

      Be strong. We are here for you. We all have been through something. Some are in the season right now. But we all will eventually go through something. This is a ocmmunity of women where I feel safe. Safe because they understand. Safe because they do not judge. If you ever need anything, ever need to just let it all out, you can send me a message. I may not be able to give you the right answers, but I'm a good listener. And sometimes, that's all you need.

      Praying for you dear sister. <3 Mindy

    • LaurenC_

      Praying for you Laura!

    • Lindag

      Laura, here is a wonderful, wonderful song by Fernando Ortega about going through tough times and tossing on your bed in the early morning hours. Hope it blesses you… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47iG_bH0-hk

  • Samantha

    Elizabeth, this plan is just on the website.

  • Verses 1-8 are my all time favourites andmI’m always reminded of them just when I need to read/hear them (which is most of the time!)

  • elizabethfstewart

    Is this on you version or just on the blog?

    • RaechelMyers1

      Hi Elizabeth! This 5-day plan is only on the SheReadsTruth site! Then Monday, July 8th, we'll begin the 4-part Women in the Bible series, which will be available both on the SheReadsTruth site AND on YouVersion! :)

    • RaechelMyers1

      Hi Elizabeth! This 5-day plan is only on the SheReadsTruth site!

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