Abide. In. Me.

"Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can't bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can't bear fruit unless you are joined with me."
- John 15:4 (The Message)

I love it when God grabs a hold of our attention, don't you? What is a sad fact in most of our lives is that sometimes God has to practically 'knock down the door' to get our attention, when we as Christians should come to Him and commune with Him daily. 

Heaven knows that I am not perfect, even though sometimes I wish I was! I do not read my Bible every day like I know I should (did I just confess that, as a Christian young woman, on my blog!?). There always seems to be a 'legitimate' excuse as to why spending time in the Word can wait over and over again. I know I have written about all of this before on my blog...how I am needing to get back into my daily devotions, but I am gonna say it again and again until it sticks and reading my Bible becomes an everyday occurrence for me.

This morning I woke up as usual, made myself a chocolate protein shake, went and told my momma good morning, and then I headed to my room, but this time instead of pulling out my laptop first I pulled out my Bible first. Today's devotion, June 14th, in Oswald Chambers' book My Utmost For His Highest read this: "Abide in Me..." (John 15:4) at the top of the page, and those three little words rung in my ears loud and clear.

I think it is funny, and quite amazing to me, how God uses small every day occurrences in our lives to try to grasp our attention. Lemme detour my train of thought for a second.... *I for one am stubborn, impatient and struggle with focusing on anything half of the time (I think I am ADD...never been medically proven, but I struggle sooo much with focusing and being so random in my thought patterns that honestly I aggravate myself and get frustrated with myself at times) so I struggle to hear Him and to sit still long enough to read God's Word and comprehend it and take it to heart.*

 Today God spoke through a tiny little devotional book, and last week He spoke through me getting in a car accident (yes, my God is great enough that He can even speak through an unfortunate event). I know it sounds crazy at times, but the way God chooses to speak into me in my daily life typically is very random, and it's usually either from one spectrum to the far side of the other, never the middle ground for me nosiree! He speaks to me in LOUD roars or quiet whispers......a car accident being the former.....and my finding that verse in a devotional book this morning being the latter. I guess the Lord is random in the ways He chooses to speak to me daily because He knows that I His child am random and will best glimpse Him if He shows His face to me or speaks to me in the ways of randomness! lol

There was a really great passage in the devotional this morning that I'd like to share with all of you.

Think of the things that take you out of the position of abiding in Christ. You say, "Yes, Lord, just a minute...I still have this to do. Yes, I will abide as soon as this is finished, or as soon as this week is over. It will be all right, Lord. I will abide then." Get moving...begin to abide now. In the initial stages it will be a continual effort to abide, but as you continue, it will become so much a part of your life that you will abide in Him without any conscious effort. Make the determination to abide in Jesus wherever you are now or wherever you may be placed in the future.

I have realized that just because I don't have a church home right now doesn't mean that I should cease to grow  in Christ, to seek to abide in Him daily with the utmost determination. If I am determined enough I can do all things because of Him that is within me...even staying focused can be done I am sure of it! Yes, it does help to have a church family, which I do not at this time in my life, to hold you accountable and to fellowship with during the week, but being all alone just me and God...well, that can be a way to commune and grow stronger too. 

Just some random thoughts as I abide in Him...
-Daughter of the King

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