Heather Marshall on July 27th, 2008

Church today was awesome, as usual! My pastor was talking about The Fruit of the Spirit. As he pointed out, most of us have heard sermons on this topic…. so he wanted to give something fresh, something new. And I believe that what he spoke about today can have major impact on wives as we strive to be wives after God’s own heart.

Let’s look at where fruit comes from. It doesn’t just “appear”… it grows and forms out of the sustenance of the vine or the tree that is rooted in nourishing soil. You can’t take a dead branch and expect fruit to appear; that branch has to be attached to a fruit-bearing vine!

John 15:1-5 describes Jesus as the vine. We are mere branches. Look at John 15:4-5

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.

…for apart from Jesus, the vine, we can do nothing. We can bear no fruit.

Apart from Jesus… that means without our daily walk with Him, our daily devotions, meditating on God’s word throughout the day, we will shrivel up and die (spiritually). We will bear no fruit, and we can forget about being a good, Godly wife. All striving will be in vain, because we are not tapped into the life-sustaining nourishment of our Vine.

Can a branch bear its own fruit? Of course not! I can’t go cut off a branch of my neighbor’s peach tree and expect to have peaches of my own all summer long! Neither can WE produce the Fruit of the Spirit. (After all, it IS the Fruit of the Spirit, not the Fruit of Heather).

So, as a striving wife, we can TRY to be more loving, more patient, more gentle, more kind, and practice self-control…. but without abiding in Christ, and remaining in Him, we won’t really succeed.

Just like a branch receives its nutrients from the vine it is attached to, whatever flows out of CHRIST will flow into US, too! As long as we remain in Jesus, the Holy Spirit will produce His fruit in our lives.

Stay connected - don’t let Satan distract you from the MOST IMPORTANT part of being a Godly wife! Spend that time with Jesus, and everything else will fall into place…

I’d love to hear your thoughts……. leave a comment below!!

Keep on striving!


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4 Responses to “Apart from Jesus We Can Do Nothing… Stay Connected!”

  1. Heather - outstanding - love this!

    You and Jason have been such a blessing to me and don’t even realize it. Your selfless acts and love for Petey (and others) REALLY have touched me.

    Fruits of the spirit - so vital…and I’ve just plastered them all over the kids’ playroom walls (we have 4 kids…)

    I used http://www.wallwords.com and got them in some funky script - kids love it and we’re going to focus on one a week for awhile…they also taught me a great FOS Song ;)

    Have an awesome week!

    Go watch http://www.theNumbersMovie.com and share with your friends - such a vital message for women!

    Be blessed!

    Carrie Wilkerson, The Barefoot Executive

  2. Carrie,

    Thanks so much!! Thank YOU for all YOU have done for Petey… and for the women on your lists!

    I loved the movie, and I will definitely share it. It really is a powerful and timely message for women.

    You’re doing such a great job in the IM world… it’s amazing to see how much your name has come up among top marketers! I’m very excited for you, and I will definitely continue to follow what you do.

    God bless, and Keep on Striving!!


  3. Heather:

    Your blog is a blessing! I am so thankful God is using you in this way to encourage woman - and young girls as well, I share your blog with my Rebekah too! Keep serving HIM!

  4. Michele,

    Thank you so much for continuing to read (and share!) my blog! You are such an encouragement to me!


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