Eye Contact

When you see someone you love

in a crowded room

 

Your eyes light up

your spirit smiles

 

You make eye contact,

and all is in black and white

 

Except for the one you love

 

I see Abiding in Christ

that way

 

In the eternity cracks

of my every day life

 

I make eye contact with God,

the One I love most

 

I can’t see Him,

but my spirit does

 

The eyes of my heart

focus on Him

 

And I may not say a word

but I know that He knows

I “see” Him

 

There are many ways I abide in Him

 

Through reading or thinking about His Words

Through calling out to Him

By listening for Him

By talking about Him

By trusting Him

and more…

 

And in those times,

I see my beloved

and He sees me

 

Across my crowded life,

that would be black and white

without Him

 

– Susie Stewart

 

I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 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. If anyone does not abide in Me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be My disciples. As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you. Abide in My love.  If you keep my commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.  These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

– John 15:1-11 (ESV)

 

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people…

– Ephesians 1:18 (NLT)

 

Photo by Susie Stewart

 

Abide with Wisdom

Abide in Jesus as your wisdom.  Seek to maintain the spirit of waiting and dependence that always seeks to learn and will not move but as the heavenly light leads on.  Withdraw yourself from all needless distraction, close your ears to the voices of the world, and be a docile learner, ever listening for the heavenly wisdom the Master has to teach.  Surrender all your own wisdom; seek a deep conviction of the utter blindness of the natural understanding in the things of God; and wait for Jesus to teach and to guide what you have to believe and have to do.  Remember that the teaching and guidance do not come from without:  it is by His life in us that the divine wisdom does His work.  Retire frequently with Him into the inner chamber of the heart, where the gentle voice of the Spirit is only heard if all is still.  Hold fast with unshaken confidence, even in the midst of darkness and apparent desertion, to His own assurance that He is the light and the leader of His own.  And live, above all, day by day in the blessed truth that, as He Himself, the living Christ Jesus, is your wisdom, your first and last care must ever be this alone:  to abide in Him.  Abiding in Him, His wisdom will come to you as the spontaneous outflowing of a life rooted in Him.  I abide in Christ, who was made unto us wisdom from God:  wisdom will be given to me.

– Andrew Murray

 

You are partners with Christ Jesus because of God. Jesus has become our wisdom sent from God, our approval, our holiness, and our ransom from sin.

– 1 Corinthians 1:30 (GW)

 

Abide in Me, and I will abide in you. A branch cannot bear fruit if it is disconnected from the vine, and neither will you if you are not connected to Me.

I am the vine, and you are the branches. If you abide in Me and I in you, you will bear great fruit. Without Me, you will accomplish nothing.  If anyone does not abide in Me, he is like a branch that is tossed out and shrivels up and is later gathered to be tossed into the fire to burn.  If you abide in Me and My voice abides in you, anything you ask will come to pass for you.  Your abundant growth and your faithfulness as My followers will bring glory to the Father.

– John 15:4-8 (VOICE)

 

Photo by Susie Stewart