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What better gardener we know that God. He has watered us with His love and compassion even when we do not deserve it. The light that He provides for us (mercy) shines upon us in abundance it never dims but rather we are the ones that turn away from the light and fall into darkness at times. God wants us to continuously be in His face; our thoughts should be on things that are spiritual and not on things of this world…stay connected to HIM!

In John 15, Jesus tells us that He is the TRUE vine and God is the gardener, and that leaves us (believers) to be the branches. God will not allow anything that is impure to come into His presence, and since He is the gardener, He prunes away anything that will choke the Word and keep the branches (believer) from bearing fruit. We are to be faithful, be fruitful, and be fearful of the Lord.

John 15
The Vine and the Branches
1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”

Branches have great significance to God. Branches are what will allow the vine to flourish, to bear more fruit, but the Branch is not to operate alone but must remain connected to the vine (Jesus).

While traveling a rough course, over time one can become discouraged, frustrated, vulnerable, doubtful as to what the Lord will do on their behalf, but this waiting Game is just that…a time to wait on the Lord and He shall renew your strength as written in Isaiah 40:31.

The Israelites had been traveling on a journey that required them to be patient, steadfast, and obedient to Moses commands given to him directly from God. They approach an area that was a body of water. That body of water was a sign that the Lord will show Himself strong yet He wants you to increase your endurance before He waters your garden.

In Exodus 15:23 When they came to Marah, they couldn’t drink from the waters of Marah, for they were bitter. Therefore its name was called Marah. The Lord will always supply our needs. He does not want us to live in excess yet He will not allow His children to lack. He will supply our daily bread.

When we have been traveling on a journey for so long and the end does not seem to be in sight, we often approach an area in our life that breeds a seed of bitterness. It causes us to become stagnant, complacent, complaining, and ungrateful, forgetful of all the things that God has done, is doing, and will do for us. Through Hss grace He will provide a way to prune us of the seed of bitterness so that it will not keep us barren from bearing good fruit.

The Lord does not move based on our complaining, murmuring, and whining, which is a true sign that our heart has become bitter; but rather a cry for help and mercy from Him as shown in Exodus 15: 24-25:

24And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?

25And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them…”

The branch is Jesus, He can make even the most bitter situations turn sweet, our pains into gladness, our sorrows into sings and praises. What does He want us to do?…Stay connected and He will lead us to our place of rest, refreshment, and solitude as we continue to progress through this journey called life:

Exodus 15: 26And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.

Exodus 15:27And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters.

There will be times when life seems like it is just for the wicked to get ahead, even doing right is condemned in today’s society. But we as believers are to rest assure knowing that God is for us and is taking us to our oasis (Elim) in the desert that is often seen as our wilderness. As we await the refreshing season to approach, the waiting is always shortened when we first provide a refreshing season to others.

According to Proverbs 11:25:

25The liberal person shall be enriched, and he who waters shall himself be watered.

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Greetings my sister and brothers in Christ! My name is Sharice Lloyd and I welcome you to experiencing Christ Life with me. I am a child of God the most high, a writer, an inspiration, a prayer warrior, a care taker, and an educator who is driven to know HIM. I currently reside in Raleigh, NC with my beloved mother and fiance`. I am originally from North Myrtle Beach, SC. I have been given the tools and the resources to share the light, walk in the light, and strive to be the light.
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