Abiding in the Vine, Journeying on the Way
If there are five words I would use to describe the process of discipleship or spiritual formation, they would be abiding, growing, pruning, loving, and journeying, words that grow out of Jesus’s own statements about Himself and out of his invitations to all men, women, and children to follow Him.
“I am the Vine, you are the branches. If you abide in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit.” (John 15:5)
“I am the Way and the Truth and the Life.” (John 14:6)
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. . . . Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31)
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matt 11:28-30, The Message)
Welcome! I am so glad you stopped by! Come, Rest, Be Still, Learn, Explore, Abide in Jesus, Grow, Listen for Jesus’ invitations, and Journey Onwards. On this site, you will find a systematic approach to spiritual formation including main content pages, blog posts, and resources to encourage you as you journey in the Way of Jesus. Whether you are just intrigued by Jesus’ Way of life but not sure who He is, or you just began to follow Him, or you are a long-term sojourner of the Way, you are welcome here.
My hope is that through this Website, you will come to know yourself better; come to know and love God more; grow in love, peace, grace, and faithfulness; and find refreshment and encouragement for your spiritual journey. Get started by reading the articles in Orient Yourself to the Journey. Here, you will come to understand the process of spiritual formation and learn about Abiding in the Way and Journeying with Jesus. Then Dive Deeper. – Blessings, Kristen+
Attention: Thanks for your patience. I am working to finish the main content of this Website and will hopefully be done in the near future and will then continue to blog after that. Do come back, and in the meantime, I do hope that what I have up already will encourage you.
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