Friday | August 2 | Better Fruit


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. –John 15:5 NIV

At the height of a drought in California, I met a man who made his livelihood from the wine industry. I asked him if the drought was having a negative impact on his business. He explained to me that a grapevine is quite amazing.

The harsher the weather, the rougher that it is treated, the better grapes it produces. Tough weather actually forces the roots to dig deeper to get what they need to survive. The result is a healthier, more productive plant. He didn’t realize how true this statement really was in relation to life, not just his grapevines.

In our lives, we all go through tough times of drought, disappointment, and despair. God never leaves or forsakes us; but at times, it may feel like He’s nowhere to be found. It is actually during those times of drought, disappointment, and despair that we grow the most.

It is during those hard times that we are forced to dig deep and to search out the answers we need to help us live successful lives. Hardships eventually produce better fruit and make us stronger for it. He is the vine, and we are the branches. United in Him, we shall flourish and produce abundant fruit.

Prayer Focus

  • See trials of your faith as a good thing and strive to learn quickly from them.
  • Above all else, remain in Christ.

Brenda Beattie

Brenda Beattie is a retired letter carrier and an active Chaplain for the USPS. She and her husband retired to Bradenton because they loved their church, Bayside Community Church. She has self-published two books, "Finding Sacred Ground In The Daily Grind," and "The Case Of The Missing Letter." She is also a repeat author for "Chicken Soup For The Soul." Her articles appear monthly in the "Mountaineer," a postal publication. Her hearts desire is to encourage and to give hope.
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