John 15 was the Bible Study chapter for the first summer of camp – every summer. The other studies changed each time, but in my four summers of Eagle Lake, John 15 stayed as the first week’s study. Those intense moments and consistent reminder of my need to abide marked my life. That first summer, I memorized John 15:5 and it is one of those verses I rehearse in my heart and can reference without picking up a Bible (or my phone app.)
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 15:5
We need Him. We need to dig our roots deep and press into the vine. Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Faithfulness, and Self Control – don’t you want to be marked by that? I do. Because I am not on my own, I’m just not.
Are you ready to abide this summer? Are you ready to dig into the Fruit of the Spirit? To see what can actually grow in you when you are rooted in Truth – plated by the stream – connected to the True Vine? Use code ” oakandoatsabide” for 30% off anything in the Naptime Diaries shop including this devotional. Join me this summer!