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Amber C Haines, author of Wild in the Hollow, has 4 sons, a guitar-playing husband, theRunaMuck, and rare friends. She loves the funky, the narrative, and the dirty South. She finds community among the broken and wants to know your story. Amber is curator with her husband Seth Haines of Mother...

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  1. Amber,
    One of my most favorite words in the world is the word “abide”. It is a sense of being still and remaining in the vine. If we remain in Him, and He in us then we will bear much fruit. Life giving water comes up from the root and through the vine…apart from being in the vine we can do nothing. I love how flowers remind us of the beauty of abiding every day. They do their job well and their beauty is amazing to behold. May we all take a lesson from them. Beautiful post this morning.
    Bev
    Bev

  2. What a beautiful mental image. Thank you so much. I can tell already I’m going to be mulling this one over today.

  3. Amber, I love this post. And this line? “No plan of mine makes my life more beautiful than it already is.” Stopped me.

    I love that we don’t have to try to make ourselves beautiful for God. We just are beautiful to Him. When we abide in Him, we reflect His glory, yes? And what can be more beautiful than that? 😉

    Loved your post today.

  4. Amber,

    This is such a good word! I had never thought of becoming beautiful without any effort of our own, but by abiding in him. Since I love flowers, and have mostly perennials, I will remember this, to abide in Him to become like Him.

    Joanne

  5. This is a beautiful post. Thank you for writing this. I needed this today.

  6. Thank you, Amber, for the timely reminder that ABIDING, not striving, is the way to display God’s beauty to those around us. “Glory be to the Root!” Oh, yes!

  7. This post reminds me of the vine and branches in John 15. If we abide in Him and He in us we will bear much fruit!

    I loved the question “What did these flowers do to make themselves so beautiful?” We did nothing to make ourselves beautiful in the eyes of God! He loved us enough to send His only son to die for us. The beauty that is all around us is there only because God made it so. If we abide in Him then we will stay beautiful and produce much fruit!