Monday, September 17, 2007
Katelyn noticed the other day that our grapes were ready. Sure enough, the vines are loaded. It reminds me of the verse from John 15 -
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. Then yesterday in church we sang this song:
We're the people of God, called by His name,
called from the dark and delivered from shame;
one holy race, saints every one,
because of the blood of Christ Jesus, the Son.
If we're God's people, we should be showing some "fruit". I've been pondering this a lot lately. I met a new neighbor at the bus stop. She does not come from the same background as I do - 3 children with no father,welfare, etc.. There is no church affiliation or religious beliefs. I'm looking for small ways that I can be a witness. She does not have a car, so she walks home from work. I'm thinking that I could bring her home once in a while, but I can't do it every day. Sometimes, our church has movie night (veggie tales or something similar). The kids could be invited to that. I would love to hear suggestions on what you think. You know, I pray for opportunities to witness and then they come and I get scared and feel insecure. I just feel so out of my comfort zone, if you know what I mean. Sorry, I'm kind of rambling. Just my thoughts for the day.
Lastly, these grapes have got me thinking - grape juice.
I make my own. Here's an easy grape juice recipe:
Wash 100 grapes (or about 2 cups). Put them into Qt. jars.
Add 1/3 cup of sugar. Fill the rest of the jar with boiling water.
Stir gently to dissolve the sugar. Process in canner for 25 minutes.
It's best to let them set for 6 weeks. When ready for serve, strain
out the grapes and drink the juice. Delicious. My kids love it!