“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 bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, 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, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing."
Working in your garden, weeding your flower bed, trimming up your house plants and even mowing your grass, all these things can help your children understand the concept of "the true vine, the vinedresser and bearing fruit.
In a previous blog I talked about children "bearing fruit". We can all bear fruit and should strive to do so every day.
Involve your children in learning this Bible verse and living it!
When we start out in the spring tilling our garden and cleaning it up, with you know, getting the rocks out, the old stalks, the weeds and the big dirt clumps we are preparing the ground. Just like we need to prepare our hearts and mind for Christ to do His work in us.
Take a house plant and have the children clip off the dead leaves and explain how just removing the dead leaves will help it grow by sending the nourishment now to the good leaves only. Just as it is with us, we get rid of things that draw the nourishment from us like to much technology, friends that pull us away from Christ, or not spending time reading the Bible.
This is such a beautiful verse and one that is a blessing to teach and learn from and then share.