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Jun 19

Okay, Lord, I just lost everything I wrote, but I will try again, trusting you to take care of my finicky laptop. I know it’s not much — sometimes even less than capable of doing all I need it to do without closing out apps and working on one or two at a time — but it’s all the machine I could afford then or even now, so it will have to suffice. Still, Lord, I ask you to prepare me for whatever new machine you provide in your perfect timing. It’s all good. 🙂

 
John 15:1-8 ERV

Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 
He cuts off every branch of mine that does not produce fruit. He also trims every branch that produces fruit to prepare it to produce even more. 
You have already been prepared to produce more fruit by the teaching I have given you. 
Stay joined to me and I will stay joined to you. No branch can produce fruit alone. It must stay connected to the vine. It is the same with you. You cannot produce fruit alone. You must stay joined to me. 
“I am the vine, and you are the branches. If you stay joined to me, and I to you, you will produce plenty of fruit. But separated from me you won’t be able to do anything. 
If you don’t stay joined to me, you will be like a branch that has been thrown out and has dried up. All the dead branches like that are gathered up, thrown into the fire and burned. 
Stay joined together with me, and follow my teachings. If you do this, you can ask for anything you want, and it will be given to you. 
Show that you are my followers by producing much fruit. This will bring honor to my Father. 

 
Lord Jesus, my Shepherd and my First Love, I want to produce good fruit for you. I have these things in my brain that I WANT to get done, and there are other things I am procrastinating on or else it seems I lack what I need to do them. I give all the contents of my mind and heart to you, Lord, and ask you to prune away everything that will not produce good fruit for YOU. I ask you to honor my prayer and my longing to be found faithful, and bless my efforts in the things that you would have me to do. Make me fruitful, and help me to give all the glory to you, pointing people to YOU, if ever anyone likes my work. I trust you to prepare me, nurture me, prune me, and produce fruit in me. I trust you to bring me HOME in your perfect timing. I also trust you with my Mate and my children, Lord. Even though I miss them painfully at times, I know YOU are with them even when I cannot be. You love them more than I do, and you will take good care of each of us. Thank you, faithful Shepherd.

 

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