Devotions By Jan

Green Stems

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2-Alsatian-glassesScripture for Today:  Ephesians 5:18-20  “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery.  Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Our area of Alsace is known worldwide for its white wine.  We live in the middle of extensive vineyards and our landlords have their own winery.  Not only are the white wines renown but they have their own special wine glasses.  Because the whites are so light in color, the wine glasses have green stems to add reflected color.  Without the green color of those stems, the glass looks as if it contains only water.

Our verse for today speaks of the danger of drunkenness.  Being inebriated means loss of control.  Rather than being filled with wine, we are to be filled with God’s Holy Spirit.  Rather than losing control with wine, we are controlled by His Spirit.

The remainder of our verse is the “green stem,” or the color that gives evidence of our being filled.  There is joy.  There is singing.  Praise for God’s blessings are shared with others and expressed to the Lord with a heart overflowing with thankfulness.  Gratitude is the attitude of the one who is filled.

Sometimes, I am colorless.  There are days when I am discontented.  It is easy to compare my lot with others and focus on what I do not have.  Those days there is no joy.  I certainly do not feel like singing or praising Him.

It all changes the minute I confess my ungrateful heart.  Thank you, Lord, for filling me with Yourself!  May Your praise be continually in my mouth!

3 thoughts on “Green Stems

  1. I love reading your devotions each day. I miss you very much. Also Mark and I have a set of glasses similar to those that my brother gave us engraved with our names when we were married.

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  2. They are sure pretty! Sometimes they engrave grape leaves or storks on them! I do keep up with you, Katy, through Joanne’s prayer request e-mails! Thanks for your encouragement and God bless! Jan

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  3. You caught me on one of my ungreatful days — thanks for the reminder of all that is mind in Him. xxxoo

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