Pruning : Shedding the unnecessary keeping you weighed down

Pruning is a necessary step in maintaining the health of trees and shrubbery. Pruning is done mainly to remove dead or diseased portions of the tree’s branches to keep any disease from unnecessarily spreading to the rest of the tree, affecting the tree’s overall health and well-being. Pruning is also done to help encourage fruit production on a tree that is not producing much, and can aid in allowing sunlight to reach the healthy branches that had been more constricted in receiving sunlight and fresh air on a regular basis due to diseased portions of the branches. When a tree or shrub has been properly pruned, the tree now has the opportunity to produce more growth, take in the nutrients it needs from sunlight, air and soil, and is healthier after having the diseased portions removed to prevent spread and decay. But, pruning can also be done in ones life. Removing the diseased and unhealthy parts of your life that are keeping you from growing and bearing healthy fruit can change the way you see yourself, your life and your future.

In John 15: 2-6, the Bible says

(2) Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he
taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, 
he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

(3) Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

(4) Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot 
bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no
more can ye, except ye abide in me.

(5) I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that
abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth
much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 

(6) If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a 
branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and
cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

When we think of pruning, we think of cutting and hacking at random parts of branches that may or may not look right to the untrained eye. Yet, in reality, pruning is a more exact and precise removal of parts of the tree that need to be removed in order to protect the tree as a whole and its overall health. Pruning is not done indiscriminately, but very methodically with purpose and a drive to help the tree to be healthier and give it the ability to bear more fruit. If we, as the children of God, are to abide in God and bear fruit for Him, we must purge and prune the parts of our lives and ourselves that leave us stuck in our old way of thinking and living, the parts that align us with our old lifestyles and our old personal choices that do not make for a healthy christian walk with God. Yes, this pruning and removal of the old parts of us and our old lifestyles can be painful at first, and it isn’t pretty. Pruning can be messy, it can change and reshape the structure of your life and your appearance. But, the fruit you begin to bear after that necessary pruning can make the discomfort very much worth it.

When it comes to getting rid of the unnecessary and unhealthy things in your life that are keeping you weighed down and tied to the old person you used to be, there may even be people in your life at the time that fight against the idea of a new you, a different you. A new version of yourself that is walking a different path, living a healthier lifestyle, and having more peace within yourself and your relationship with God.

We have to remember that not everyone that comes into our lives was meant to stay in our lives. Some people were meant to come into our lives for a time to teach us a valuable lesson. How long it takes you to learn that lesson dictates how long that person is in your life. The ones who came into your life and made you feel less than and worthless, they were there to help you build the strength within yourself and within your relationship with God to know without a doubt that you have value and worth. The ones who came into your life and stole from you were the ones that taught you that you can live with less and that you can rely on God’s provision for your needs. Those who made you feel lonely were the ones who pushed you further into the arms of a loving God who desires your companionship, your prayers, your songs of praise and joy, the moments when you just need Him in all his glory and strength. The wrong people that came into your life for a season were there to teach you a valuable lesson that you hadn’t encountered before. I no longer ask God why I went through those seasons in my life. I simply thank him for the lessons those seasons taught me.

There may also be things in your life that need pruned and removed from your life but you don’t feel that you have the strength to do that yourself. The beautiful thing about God is that he already knows this. He already has a very crystal clear and profound knowledge of our faults, our failures, our insecurities, our crutches, our excuses and the different nuances of our very mortal human nature. He knows and He is there waiting for you to ask Him for help. And when asked, you will receive more than you could have ever imagined.

They say that old habits die hard, and that can be very true. But, when we serve the Lord, we are not simply trying to do something God would like, we are trying to live a life that speaks to God’s mercies, His strength, His tenderness and compassion, and His power over all things. When we are truly living a life dedicated to God, living a life dedicated to the flesh does not mix, it is not cohesive and you really can’t compartmentalize the two. God knows we will stumble, make mistakes and falter at times. But, He never gives up, and neither should we.

God has given each of us free will to choose the life we live, the people we associate with, the very decisions we make. He has given us the ability to choose between His way or the worlds way. We have been given the option to voluntarily clean, prune and remove those unhealthy, worldly parts of ourselves that were giving way to sin repeatedly. God will lead and guide if you are persistent and listen.

Thank you for reading, my dear readers and subscribers!! You are all amazing and I’m so thankful for all of you!! And my wonderful husband who continually supports me in my efforts to help others!

Remember that you are all wonderful and worthy of love, self-care and a truly happy, peaceful life!

Thank you again, everyone and God Bless!!

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