Doing something in our own strength is a recipe for frustration. We need God’s strength and ability flowing through our lives so our words and actions will produce fruit.

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 ESV

I grew up in central California (think acres and acres of orchards, fields, and vineyards). And with a gardening dad, I have some sense of how important it is for branches to stay connected to a vine. Any pruned branches start wilting quickly and by end of day are pretty sad looking (no fruit whatsoever).

withered branch

Take the day to think about that concept. As God’s children, we need to draw from Him, not strike out on our own (bit of a pun there). Remember those times when you have leaned on God and those times when you didn’t.  What’s your favorite Bible story where folks moved in God’s strength?

We actually hit -19° Fahrenheit last night. It’s unbelievable cold, so we’re hiding inside. All our livestock are buttoned down in shelters and our world is covered in fluffy white stuff.

Just FYI, turns out one of our favorite group games has a couple’s version.

Code Names Duet game

If you are looking for a fun game for two, check out Code Names Duet.


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