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“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. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”- John 15:5, 7

I remember this one Christmas like it was yesterday. I was about 9-years-old.

My family and I were in the dining room eating desserts and laughing at those family stories that tend to only come out during the holidays. And then we heard it… a loud thump.


We all ran to see what happened, and to our worst fear, we saw my sister lying on the floor surrounded by a puddle of blood. She was in such shock that it took a few moments for her to start hysterically crying.

Not even knowing what took place, my mom picked my sister up, grabbed her car keys, and she and my dad took her to the hospital.

Later on, we found out that my sister slid down the handrail of the stairs to get downstairs faster (and because it was fun). What she didn’t expect was to fall off and bust open her chin. She had to get 30 stitches that evening.

I was reminded of that story this week because God has been speaking to my heart about slowing down. Sometimes we’re in such a rush to get our day started, finish a project, or focus on our personal needs that we sprint through our time with God.

And as a result, our lives begin to fall apart, and we need God to stitch things back together.


In Haggai 1:1-11, Israel was allowed to return to their homeland and rebuild the temple after being in Babylonian captivity for 70 years. But after a few years, the project was no longer a priority.

And then 16 years passed by and the temple was still not rebuilt because the Israelites' got sidetracked in their devotion to God. God is a jealous God, though, so in response, He called for a drought throughout the land.


As the story goes, the Israelites feared God because of the message He sent through the prophet Haggai. God sparked enthusiasm back in them to finish building the temple, and they obeyed Him.


It's important to note that God also encouraged the Israelites by letting them know that He was with them. Just as He's with us when we obey Him.


When we’re in a rush to get to the craziness of our lives and we give God our “leftovers,” bad things tend to happen. But here’s the thing, when we make God a top priority in our lives, He blesses us.


“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. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”- John 15:5, 7

God desires to bless you If you truly believe and understand that, it only makes sense to give Him the best of you, not what’s left of you.

Sometimes we just need to slow down with our daily routine, and be still in the presence of God—there’s no need to rush. Shortcuts may be fun and effective at times, but more often than not, they lead to disaster.

So slow down and go to the throne, first, before you go to the phone.

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Do great things with God.

- Mags

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