Friday, May 30, 2008

A Vine and Branches

We needed a name for our homeschool to register with the state. I was in much prayer about this name wanting it to be something that the Lord would appoint to us. I prayed about it and waited and it came to me in the strangest way.
We had a full-sized van and all of us were in it going somewhere. I was the driver. I turned onto a highway that was named Number Seven. I saw that 7 Highway marker and the name came to me like a neon light. I knew that Seven Branches was our name.
I said to my family at that time, "I have our name!"

"What is it? What is it?" they all wanted to know.

"Seven Branches".

"Awe, Mom!" was their unanimous reply.

He is the vine and we are the branches John 15 states. In this passage Jesus says, "Apart from Me, you can do nothing."

My husband and I have five children making us a family of seven. I felt that the Lord was declaring He wanted all of our branches abiding in Him.

This remains a prayer of my heart that we will all remain in the Vine which is Christ. All that we do apart from Him will be rubbish and counted as nothing. I long to see our whole family in a state of abiding. There is rest in that position. It is the only place that I have experienced genuine peace and rest.