Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.

Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. John 15:4

You know that “back to school” feeling? A million questions run through your mind such as “Am I ready for school?, Do I have all the right supplies?, and Will I have any friends?” We have all experienced those feelings many times. Now imagine you are a teacher, which I am honored to be, and magnify those feelings 100 times. Add to that a stomach that is churning with nervousness, school dreams which started back in July and frustrations due to variables at school that are out of my control.That sums up the back to school jitters that came slamming full force today.


                                        Out of control…

                                                        Train wreck waiting to happen…

Feelings that were waiting to consume me and rule me rather than vice versa that is until God helped me press “pause” and provided me with a glimpse into what He had to offer instead. God spoke words into my war-torn heart and these words became a salve to my wounds.





RESET your emotions and mind away from the challenges and frustrations that consume you and allow God’s peace to take hold and fill your entire being.

REFOCUS and adjust your thinking to what is truly important and what you are able to control with God’s help. Use the time provided by pressing the “pause” button to change your focus because it enables you to change everything.

RELEASE the negative energy that is surrounding you and which Satan would give anything for you to continue to grasp like a thin thread which can’t possibly hold you. Open your palms –  face up and release all to God. Pray that His peace enters to fill the void emptied when all the uncontrollable feelings left. Our life is God’s prayer and this is what he gives to us…

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.  John 14:27

REMAIN in God throughout your whole day. Taking your eyes off Him even for a split second can cause turmoil, frustration and anxiety due to that quick glance in another direction. Hold tight to John 15:4 and remember that the branches cannot survive without the vine. God is our vine and we are connected to Him as the branches. Our sustenance comes from God, the vine, and without Him we will wither and die.

When I look elsewhere for advice, comfort and life, it always falls short of the capacity of God’s love and sustenance. Live fully, release your cares to God and remain in Him daily to receive the nourishment you need to survive each day.





What will you release to God today? How will you remain in Him? 

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