Before I fell asleep Sunday night, I asked God to please help me get back into my routine of getting up around 6am and spending time with Him before the kids get up. I love spending time in the word and asking God to give me wisdom in the early hours of the morning because it helps me have the right attitude for the rest of my day. I just stink at follow-through.
Yep. I prayed that He would help me do that because I am simply not a morning person. Every morning before high school, I would hit my snooze button a thousand times and was almost always late to school due to my snails-pace while getting ready. I still struggle to get out of bed before my kids after nearly two years of never sleeping due to an unnamed kid of mine that never slept. AHEM: Walker.
Not only do I get up to read God's word, I use the rest of my time to work on my special projects and blog posts. I do some of my best writing in the morning which I find ironic since I detest early mornings.
When I cracked open my bible on Monday morning I went to John chapter 15. The verse that stuck out to me was verse 4.
John 15:4 says, "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 love this verse and have read it a hundred times before but it stuck out to me for a couple of reasons.
1. Why do we try to do it alone?
When we ask God to use us and help us be a godly wife, mom, friend, person, etc., we forget that in order to bear fruit, we have to abide in Him. When we try to do life on our own, we start using our limited energy and resources and not those of our Savior. How often do we start taking matters into our own hands? I am SO guilty of this as a Type-A let's forge ahead personality.
Abide defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary as, "to wait for" and "to endure without yielding".
2. Why do we sink our roots in other things and people outside of Christ?
The root system of a tree is intriguing to me. The roots absorb the nutrients from the soil, therefore, sustaining the tree. If we don't sink our roots into Jesus, the author, and finisher of our faith, then we won't thrive for very long. At first, you may not feel any different but after a few weeks, you will notice your spirit is not the same. Your flesh is raging against your spirit even more fervently than normal. We look up and realize that we've strayed; yet again.
Don't sink your roots in possessions.
Don't sink your roots in your finances.
Don't sink your roots in relationships.
Don't sink your roots in your career.
Don't sink your roots in anything other than the true vine.
Jesus Christ our Savior.