Food For Thought…Growth

“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.” John 15:2

We just picked up our strawberry plants and our apple trees today.  I am so excited to plant them.  We buy them every year and just keep adding to our little homestead.  Each year they send you with huge packets of directions for planting.

As I sat down and read the directions, each paper said to plant the tree, then prune the tree in order to ignite healthy growth.  Even the strawberries, the directions stated to trim the roots back a little, and then pluck all of the flowers so that the plant will get established and…..grow.  God reminded me how He does that same thing in our lives.  He prunes us, removes the worthless and dead parts of our lives in order for us to spiritually grow. 

Pruning and refining is never a comfortable thing for us though, is it? No one looks forward to God pruning things or removing things from us. We must be moldable ladies.  Often times we avoid God’s plan to mold us.  Our hearts become hard, pride begins to grow, and the fruit that comes forth from our lives becomes rotten.  God must remove the things in our lives that distract us from His plans and purposes. By walking in His callings, free from bondages and distractions,  we will bear much fruit.  Sweet fruit. Fruit that will remain. 

Pruning makes a plant lighter, and as God prunes us, the things that bog us down and hold us back are removed from our lives.  We carry weights for far too long because often times our pride gets in the way of what God is trying to do in our lives.  Ladies, God wants to remove the junk in your life.  The things that distract you, the things that take up your time, the things that are not eternal.  Be willing to let God remove those things from your life. At times it is not comfortable, at times your feel broken.  The fruit that will come forth far outweigh the trial, it will outlast the pain of your pruning.  Sit before God today, and ask Him to remove the things in your life that are not glorifying to Him. 

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