I love reading the Bible, working through Bible studies, and reading books and posts about God. When I read and study, there are so many nuggets of truth I find along the way, and I can’t wait to get online and share.
However, lately I’ve stayed so busy, so distracted by social media, that my soul feels like a shriveled raisin. I need to get back in the True Vine and be re-hydrated in The Living Water. I need to saturate myself in God’s Word, spend time with Him, abide with Him, linger long and deep in His presence. Jesus said He is the vine and those who abide in Him will bear much fruit (John 15:5). I want to abide in Christ and bear much fruit, I want to be like a big, juicy, fat grape on the vine of Christ. I can’t do it on my own. I have nothing lasting to offer, that is worthy of lasting, if what I share doesn’t come from God.
I believe my calling is to write and share God’s truth, but right now things are out of whack. I’m quietly stepping away from social media for a season. I don’t know how long (weeks, months…) or how this will look when I get back. To be honest, I’ve tried many times to step away, and I always run back thinking someone needs me (ha!) or I want to share something that spoke to me, or I’m just way too curious about what’s happening online.
Kelly Minter shared at the LifeWay Women’s Leadership Forum, “Those we minister to, don’t need us to be busy for them, they need us to be in intimacy with Christ.”
I need Christ’s intimacy, you need Christ’s intimacy. I need to care for my soul and the soul-connection with God. I need to stay still, sit still long enough for God’s truth to resonate, marinate, and re-hydrate my soul.
Would you be willing to pray for me? Lord willing, I’ll see you soon.
“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 bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” ~ John 15:1-5 (NASB)