“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine, and 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…If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” -John 15:1-8
I can’t even begin to blog about everything in this passage that speaks to me this week. This verse was the Gospel reading this past Sunday. Let’s just say, metaphorically speaking, that I’ve been bearing a little less fruit than normal lately but I’m running full speed back to the Vine and now God is pruning me like crazy.
There happen to be a few BIG ch-ch-changes going on in my life behind that metaphor. Michael gave his final notice this week that he is leaving his engineering job with a great company to run our business, CrossCutt, full time.
I’m enormously proud of him. 🙂
And I am deeply thankful to every single one of the friends, family members and coworkers who have taken this news with such clear joy and verbal confidence in Michael. It means so much to him and to me as well. It is with serious, incredibly prayerful, and humble discernment that we feel we have been led to this decision, and the success of our business will truly be “to [our] Father’s glory.” 🙂
Please, please pray for my family and for my husband as we make this scary–but strangely natural and peaceful–leap into growing our business into something that will provide for our family. St. Joseph the Provider, pray for us!
Like I always say, I will never be bored married to Michael Franco! 🙂