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"I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However,
apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me]
you can do nothing." ~ John 15:5

The Vine  Brake 5's Weekly Devotional

Just Be . . . YOU

Comparing ourselves to another does not allow our heart to be set or foresee the purposes of our destiny. Rather it sends us into a circling motion that only leaves us empty and fruitless.
To be fruitful one must remain focused upon their walk and what the Father has bestowed, trusted into their hands . . . not someone else's.
For it is only God who lifts a man for all to see at such an appointed time and for an appointed season.
Therefore, take this time and prepare yourself by reading the Word.  Study that you may obtain knowledge learning of our Father's ways.  In this, you will find strength and wisdom.  In this, you find the keys you hold that only YOU can unlock when it is time.
You may find yourself unprepared due to laziness, enjoying your comfort zone, and not branching out into unknown territory.  These elements can delay what the Father has you to accomplish.  When we compare ourselves to another, we will always see what we are not and what we wish we could be.  It is important to have role models and mentors, BUT to place them in sight higher than what God's vision is for us to, creates an idol which produces failure and frustration.
Comparing ourselves with others does not allow growth of any kind except that of envy . . . jealousy.
Galatians 6:5 "But let every person carefully scrutinize and examine and test his own conduct and his won work.  He can then have the personal satisfaction and joy of doing something commendable (in itself alone) without (resorting to) boastful comparison with his neighbor."
2 Corinthians 10:12 "Not that we (have the audacity to) venture to class or (even to) compare ourselves with some who exalt and furnish testimonials for themselves!  However, when they measure themselves with themselves and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding and behave unwisely."
I encourage you to JUST BE . . . YOU.  This may be hard if you do not 'like' yourself very much.  It may be difficult if you are use to comparing your shape, your career, your parenting, your marriage to anothers.  I urge to look at yourself in the mirror and ask God to tell you what He sees.  Begin to look into His eyepiece so that He may show you who YOU really are for the now and who you are destined to become. Do not allow mindsets or the world's image of who YOU 'should' be to rule your life.  Embrace who you are right now . . . you are a work in progress . . . enjoy you and your relationship with the Father.  He will show you in time what He loves about you and why He has created you to be YOU.  There is no one else like YOU.  

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Brake 5 Small Groups met online this past Tuesday, October 7th. It was our first gathering and our second is scheduled for Tuesday, October 21st at 9:00 p.m. It is not too late to join as our first meeting was only an introduction to what we will be learning in the next few months.  We are working out of Gary Thomas' book Every BODY Matters Strengthening Your Body to Strengthen Your Soul.  This book is a mind transforming revelation bringing nuggets that enable us to break mindsets that we and the world place upon us.  By transforming our mind our perspective of who we are changes into the reflection of Christ.  This book also teaches how to live a healthy lifestyle incorporating healthy eating habits, exercise, and spiritual growth.  I encourage you to join us, if you are interested please email my admin Wendy at to say that you are interested in being apart of the Fall/Winter Session.  If you are not able to attend LIVE with us at 9:00p.m. these sessions are recorded; so please let us know if you would like to receive the recordings. 

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Atmosphere of Intercession & Faith - Maylene Cuencas, FL
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You Are Not Alone (Single Women/Moms) - Maria Nott, CT
Marriages Today - Kim Maulstby, WA
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Overcoming Divorce - Jesten Peters, FL
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Foundation of Relationships - Wendy Eberhardt, FL
Identity & Purpose - Danielle Lawrence, FL
Women in the Marketplace - Linda Pickern, Fl
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Truth About Depression - Jennifer Goodson, FL
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Jennifer Goodson is the Founder of Brake 5 International Woman's Ministry that began in 2008 with only 12 women and today consists of 4,000+ women within the USA and 86+ countries.  

As a Motitvational Speaker, Writer, Life Coach, Pastor & Counselor she enjoys helping other women achieve their goals of becoming who they are called to be in all areas of life.  

Brake 5 focuses on building up the mind, body, and spirit of women by bringing informative teaching from biblical foundations and practical experiences.  

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