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Learning to Abide

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  • The story behind this painting:


    I started this piece and then got "painter's block". I think it's because I was aiming to create a complete picture of what it means to "abide." Little did I know it would only take one day to finish this work- all that changed was the idea- "learning to abide"- embracing the PROCESS of becoming one with the Vine. I used oil pastel on top of the paint to help free me up from wanting to make the details perfect. Perfection is the work of the Gardener/Vine Dresser, not my job. And it comes as a natural result of being in the Vine. My job is to abide. Or rather, to keep learning how to...

    “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 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. 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

    9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 

    John 15 (NIV)


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