Steeping in the Seeping
Encourage a friend to rest in His love
I am the Vine is from the I AMs of Jesus Collection. To see the card in its Collection, please click here.
Early yesterday morning, I went out to the garden to water, weed and prune for an hour. New weeds are now in season!... Everywhere!
A fruitful garden is accompanied by weeds that come in their season, along with needed pruning and dead-heading (clipping off dead growth to allow for new growth and blossoms). The more consistent I am in attending to the garden invaders and inhibitors, the more the garden flourishes.
We enjoy a delightful, flourishing relationship with the Lord as we allow God’s Word (through the work of the Holy Spirit) to keep us weeded and pruned from hurtful ways. Jesus said, “You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.” (John 15:3). He said this in the context of a vine being pruned (cleaned) to bear more fruit.
As we daily allow His words to fall on us and seep into our spirit, minds, emotions, and bodies… over our circumstances and relationships, and then steep awhile in His words, we remain pruned. Let His words seep and then steep. Just as hot water brings out the essence of the tea leaves, the Holy Spirit brings out the essence of His life in Us – the life He gave us when we were born again.
Sometime last winter, the Lord gave me 3 verses that help keep the weeds at bay.
- Psalm 139:23-24 – “Search me, O God, and know my heart. Try me and know my anxious thoughts. And see if there is any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.”
Search me, Lord. I want the everlasting, flourishing way. Please show me any attitude or action that needs the application of Your Holy Spirit to cleanse.
- Philippians 3:15 in the context of the entire chapter – “Let as many of us as are perfect [fully mature], have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you.”
Heavenly Father, thank you that I can TRUST You to show me wrong attitudes as I receive Your life each day! I don’t have to worry about a big mass of ugly weeds growing under the surface, because I trust You to show them to me and to lead me in the everlasting way!
- 1 John 1:9 – “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
I praise You, Lord! Because you paid the penalty for my sin, I am free, not only from the penalty of my sin, but from its power! If you show me an anxious or hurtful way in me, I can confess it, and You will immediately cleanse me according to Your promise in 1 John and restore my soul. Give me a humble heart and Your power to completely repent, digging up the weeds by the root, so they don’t reappear over and over again… So that I can enjoy delightful fellowship with You and others!
If you would like to read the origin of the I am the Vine card, please continue reading below.
Blessings and love,
The I AM the Vine Story:
In 1998, my parents commissioned me to calligraphy John 15:5 for their pastor, Reverend Bob Wade, a wonderful, Presbyterian pastor. John 15:5 is his favorite verse.
The original artwork for the I am the Vine card was originally much larger. The artwork was matted and framed and presented to Pastor Wade in August 1998. I found a picture of the framed piece in an old notebook (see below). Bob wanted to be called Bob . You can see him serving me at a church function.
The form of calligraphy I used for this artwork is called “italic” and is executed with a wedge-shaped pen tip. I painted the illustration of the grapes with gouache, which is an opaque watercolor.
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