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Cling to the Vine

Learning to walk with Jesus is a lifelong pursuit. After committing my life to Christ, I knew I needed to grow in my spiritual walk.  I remember years ago thinking “now how do I live?” I knew I was saved by grace through faith. But the day to day living was a challenge for me.

How thankful I am that the Bible teaches us how to live in Christ. In John 17, Jesus was preparing His disciples for the time when He would soon depart from them.

“My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world even as I am not of it.” John 17:15-16 NIV

This life can be very challenging. Sometimes I wonder why God doesn't just take His own home now. But that wasn't His plan. As a Christian, I have to remember that although I live in this world, this isn't my real home. But while I’m here I am to reflect Jesus to others.  

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Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. Very true Debbie - your blog bring reminder of where real peace can be found. I was a fabulous follow up to the Easter prayer I generated for my fellow Sisters & Brothers here in VA (copied below).
    A Story of Jesus from Psalms – My 2014 Easter Prayer

    For with you Jesus, is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.

    Blessed is the one whose sin the LORD does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit, nor will you let your faithful/holy one see decay. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

    He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father.

    You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.

    Then I said, “Here I am, I have come - it is written about me in the scroll. I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart.” I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, LORD, as you know. I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help. I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness from the great assembly.

    Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere him. For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.

    He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven.

    The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the LORD and against his anointed. The wicked lie in wait for the righteous, intent on putting them to death; For I endure scorn for your sake, and shame covers my face. I am a foreigner to my own family, a stranger to my own mother’s children; for zeal for your house consumes me, and the insults of those who insult you fall on me. When I weep and fast, I must endure scorn;

    Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me.

    I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted within me. My mouth is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death. Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce my hands and my feet. All my bones are on display; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.

    They put gall in my food and gave me vinegar for my thirst

    LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.”

    The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the LORD has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. The LORD has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.

    He has risen, He has risen, indeed!

    The LORD says to my lord:
    “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”

    Amen! Come Lord Jesus, Come. Amen.
    Psalms (in order of use above for inclusion in prayer) 36:9, 32:2, 16:10a-11, 2:7, 51:16-17, 40:7-10, 33:8-9, 107:29-30, 2:2, 37:32, 69:7-10, 22:14-18, 41:9, 69:21, 3:1-2, 118:22-24, 110:1-2.

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