It is Week 9 (I think) of the John 15 summer memory/meditation challenge with Lisa Burgess and the Do Not Depart Community and I am SO thankful for the anchor of God’s Word.
We have had relatives in our home for 3 weeks and life has been a little intense. Part of the reason for the visit was so my sister in law could see how her mother is doing. My husband’s mother lives with us (in her own basement apartment downstairs). She is 94 and we are grappling with finding assisted living care for her.
There have been appointments and conversations and lists and paperwork and appointments and answering mom’s questions (the same one) 5 times in the space of 30 minutes. She needs help with most everything; it is a transition time for all of us, especially my husband.
Hence I have had little time to myself and almost no time whatsoever to sit and write……except for now at 9:46 p.m. on a Sunday.
As I said, John 15 has been my anchor–God’s word that I need the most right now, encouraging me (telling me) to abide in Jesus ’cause ain’t nowhere else I can go.
Then this, from the pastor this morning, as we continue Ephesians Chapter 3…(a sacred echo of the Holy Spirit’s message to me):
16 May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality].
17 May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts!
May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love” (Amplified)
‘Rooted deep, founded securely, dwelling, abiding, like the wisteria vine on my deck outside, clinging for dear life. Abiding–it’s all I’ve got.
It is enough.