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I AM the True Vine

By Barbara Rainey

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“I AM the True Vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. … 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.” John 15:1, 5

Horticulture is the symbol for this name Jesus speaks about Himself. The application is obvious: where are we planted? In the True Vine of Christ or in a counterfeit vine?

Not so obvious is our root system which is always below the soil of any growing thing. Are we sending roots into unhealthy poisonous soil or into soil by “streams of water that yields its fruit in its season” (Psalm 1:4)?

This is the call of Jesus to us every day: Pay attention to your soil, notice where you are abiding. The word abiding means to draw your life source from. The True Vine invites our full complete connection in Him.

May it be so especially this Holy Week.

Soak in His life-giving Truth. It is food for your soul


My Heart, Ever His: Prayers for Women (NEW from Barbara Rainey)

As we search for meaning in our world of shallow online relationships and glamorized selfies, many are returning to traditional and liturgical churches. The repeated words, benedictions, and historic hymns connect us to saints who have gone before, giving us a sense of belonging, richness, and transcendence. Written prayers, once cast off as archaic, are now welcomed as guides to tune our hearts to the heart of God.

In My Heart, Ever His Barbara Rainey shares 40 prayers for women. Readers can read and meditate on one prayer throughout the week or read a prayer a day for 40 days as a way to express the longing of our hearts to our Father who loves us even as he sees who we truly are. Like the psalms of David, these prayers are honest, sometimes raw. Barbara uses these transparent expressions of common female experiences to encourage us to surrender to Christ and help us see God as he is, not as we assume him to be. My Heart, Ever His provides a stepping-stone to help you become more transparent with God and discover his welcoming embrace.


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