Abide in me.


Christ is the true vine.  God the Father is the vinedresser.  Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear even more fruit.  Abide in me and I will abide in you.  Those that abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.
Christ is the source of life, the source of eternal life, the source of the spirit.  That spirit tells us that we are far more than flesh and blood.  It tells us that we are beautifully and wonderfully made.  It gnaws within us, telling us to in things of eternity.
The battle within our mind and on the spiritual battlefield is waged every day.  We make choices every day.  To choose things of earth or eternity and convenience or Christ.  It is only when we abide in Christ that the battle is won.
Pastor Shawn, Seymour UMC
Author of Incomplete

Bloggers you might ❤ 17/05/2017

I have a promote your blog link on my site where I encourage people to leave a link to their blog and a short description about their site or themselves.

“Hint: Please write something interesting”

These are a few blogs that I would like to feature today

janetsm: My blog can be found at https:/www.JanetsWritingBlog.com. I am writing my first novel and striving every day to learn more about the craft of writing. I blog about the books I read, lines I especially like that I find in the books I read, things I learn about social media and how an aspiring author needs to use its various platforms, and I occasionally share a sample of my writing. I usually blog on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Shweta Suresh: I’m Shweta and my blog is called My Random Ramblings. Here’s a link to my latest post https://thesoulsearchersite.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/abstract/ I write extremely short stories (that I call tiny tales), poems and about my experiences. I would love to hear some feedback. 🙂

mahashouse: My name is Maha Blakeway, I’m a qualified Naturopathic Nutritionist, very passionate about my studies and work, I have a BA degree in English Literature, a Naturopath Diploma, I’ve also studied, Biomedicine, Endobiogeny, Nutrition, Herbs for everyday living and Skin Nutrition. I’m a Member of the Complimentary Medical Association (CMA) The Nutrition Society (NA) & a Senior Associate Member of The Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) UK.

Mollie Hunt: Crazy Cat Lady Mysteries and more” is a blog about cats, mysteries, writing, being sixty and female, and whatever else I find fantastically interesting. I located you when you “liked” my latest post, “CAT WRITERS: WHAT THE BLEEP IS A CAT WRITER?” (http://wp.me/p3rtQm-Co or https://lecatts.wordpress.com/

MIKE EYE: I’m Mike Eye & I have recently released my self-published debut novel The Aqueous Transmission. If you like Sci-Fi mixed with Fantasy and Horror, then this book is right up your alley and is available for $3.33 here: https://fp.fastpencil.com/products/I5CSKYROQQW1Please let me know if you would like to review my book and I will send you a free copy. -MIKE EYE / darkesoterika.com is my blog,

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I’ve always struggled with acceptance…..

I’ve always struggled with acceptance.  I’m afraid I always will.  I think one of the greatest fears humans experience is the fear and painful sting of rejection.  It keeps many from stepping out of their comfort zone.  It paralyzes us with fear.

Those that step into leadership positions, either by a calling or through their own ambition, immediately become targets for their own shortcomings and those of whatever it is they are leading.

The church is one place where acceptance should be found.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen.  Many have walked away hurt, confused and bitter because they have been looked down upon or treated as inferior.

What a terrible thing it is not to be accepted for who you are, regardless of how others think.  It is okay to disagree, it is not okay to judge, dismiss or take humanity from those that we disagree with.

Not being accepted is hurtful and causes anxiety.  Having said all that, true acceptance can only be found in God and his grace.  There are areas within our souls that cannot be touched or healed by others.  That healing and acceptance can only come from our triune God.

It is frustrating and not fair to ask of others only what God can provide.  Even having been a pastor for almost two years I still struggle with this.

Shawn LaRue


Author of Incomplete

Eyes to see…


Two of Christ’s followers were walking to Emmaus.  They were discussing all that had happened when Christ began walking with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him.  Being blind to God’s presence happened in biblical times and still does today.  Mary Magdalene didn’t recognize him standing before her in the garden tomb and Cleopas and his friend don’t recognize him when he is walking alongside.
It was only when Christ opened their eyes that they saw him.  How blind we can be at times.  Blind to the pain and suffering of others, blind to our own actions and how they impact others.  We need to ask God for eyes to see and for his presence to soften hard hearts.
Pastor Shawn – Seymour Methodist Church, Seymour, IA
Author of Incomplete

Bloggers you might ❤ 05/05/2017

I have a promote your blog link on my site where I encourage people to leave a link to their blog and a short description about their site or themselves.

“Hint: Please write something interesting”

These are a few blogs that I would like to feature today


https://worthaus.wordpress.com:  A Wonderful German poet.

Patty J: Hi! I have a fairly new author site that pertains to race, immigration and equality, all major themes in my memoir. Thanks for reading. 

Pete: If you need a pick me up in your Christian walk, head on over to my blog at https://psalmistpetegardner.com. There you will find poems that are given by the Holy Spirt’s inspiration. I have been writing Christian poetry of over 8 years, and there are several hundred here to build you in your faith. I try to post daily on this blog. If you prefer looking at Scripture, then head on over to my other blog at https://www.petertgardner.wordpress.com where currently I am in the middle of a Psalms study. This is a different kind of study in that I share my thoughts and reflections on the verses each day/ After 38 years in ministry, I pray the insights here will help you in your Christian walk. Currently we are in Psalm 119, taking 8 verses a day. There are also personal blogs here that highlight the blessings of life.

Charles Miller: My Bible study blog is https://distinguishingtruth.com where I teach the Scriptures in depth. I post once or twice per week. I am currently studying through Colossians verse by verse, and with so much packed in that epistle, it will probably continue for quite some time. I take the Bible literally and seriously, and seek in all things to bring glory to the Lord Jesus Christ, to build up believers, and to tell the gospel of the grace of God to the lost.

Brandon Adams: I write a blog for Christian millennials. I want to find and share the truth of the Bible and the life of Jesus unmarred by religion or man made tradition. One of my favorite subjects is singleness – how to navigate the longings and disappointments, all the little minefields. Hope y’all will check it out!

TheThingsILearnt:  I  write about Feminism , Gender stereotypes , happiness , Self Love and some more!!!.

Oréoluwa: Hi, I am Oreoluwa Bo’tife Aremo, a Nigerian lifestyle blogger and trainee journalist who is currently living in Ireland. On my blog (lifestyleoforeoluwa.com) you will find my thoughts, interests and some of my daily activities in words and photographs.

shawnlarueblog: My name is Shawn LaRue and I serve a small United Methodist Church in Seymour, Iowa. I have submitted a devotional book for publishing that should be out this spring. I will include some of my writing on this blog. Check us out on Facebook at Seymour UMC.

Peter Adewumi:  I am an author, a content writer, a freelancer, a marketer and an educator. LifeBlog is all about Biblical, Authors’ and Writers’ Views on Life Issues.  I have gathered enough experience from life, books, pastors, motivational speakers, etc. And I think it’s worth sharing! The time is now to open our eyes further, so that the truth can indeed set us free, by the instrumentality of the light from the Word. Firstly, appreciation to God Almighty, who gave the word in other to bless the receiver.

The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it. (Psalm 68:11).


I am an Associate Pastor of Living Faith Church (a.k.a Winners’ Chapel) under the Leadership of God’s servant Bishop (Dr) David O. Oyedepo.