Pruning May1

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Pruning

I am in a season of pruning - a season that's lasted way longer than I'd like.  Because when something gets pruned, it hurts.  It's being cut back, shaped up, refined.  All so that in the season ahead, it will be stronger, more beautiful, and more abundant.  But that doesn't lighten the fact that it still requires being cut and therefore leaves a mark.

In John 15, Jesus says 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.

Jesus is our vine - our lifeline.  God is our gardener - our caretaker.  And as the gardener, He cuts off every branch coming out of us that is not fruitful - every dead branch or branch that is leading us to a dead end.  So even though it hurts, it at least makes sense, right?  God wants good for us and wants life for us.  So He prunes us, bringing new life and new branches where dead ones previously resided.

But in my current season, He hasn't been cutting off dead branches.  He's been trimming off branches that are life giving.  Branches that seem to be God-given branches, which is hard to make sense out of...until you look closely at the verses again...

Let's reread verse 2 in the Amplified Version - "every branch that continues to bear fruit, He [repeatedly] prunes, so that it will bear more fruit [even richer and finer fruit]."

He also prunes every branch in me that does bear fruit, and prunes them repeatedly.  

Why?  So I will be even more fruitful.  So I will produce even richer and finer fruit.  

I read an article about pruning grapes that says this - "When it comes to pruning grapes, the most common mistake people make is not pruning hard enough. Light pruning doesn’t promote adequate fruiting whereas heavy pruning provides the greatest quality of grapes." (gardeningknowhow.com)

Thank you, Lord, that you know us better than we know ourselves.  Thank you Lord for having good things in store for us, even in the midst of our pain.  Thank you Lord, that while your heavy pruning hurts and leaves a mark, we can be confident that you are using it to produce the best quality of fruit in our lives.  Fruits that spread your love and your glory to the world around us.

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

 

For His glory and the next generation,

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Jeni Fobart
Executive Director
Titus2 Mentoring Women
jeni@titus2mentoringwomen.com

For resources to equip and guide you in your mentoring, go to www.titus2mentoringwomen.com
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Pruning May1

wordswag_1492827024647

Pruning

I am in a season of pruning - a season that's lasted way longer than I'd like.  Because when something gets pruned, it hurts.  It's being cut back, shaped up, refined.  All so that in the season ahead, it will be stronger, more beautiful, and more abundant.  But that doesn't lighten the fact that it still requires being cut and therefore leaves a mark.

In John 15, Jesus says 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.

Jesus is our vine - our lifeline.  God is our gardener - our caretaker.  And as the gardener, He cuts off every branch coming out of us that is not fruitful - every dead branch or branch that is leading us to a dead end.  So even though it hurts, it at least makes sense, right?  God wants good for us and wants life for us.  So He prunes us, bringing new life and new branches where dead ones previously resided.

But in my current season, He hasn't been cutting off dead branches.  He's been trimming off branches that are life giving.  Branches that seem to be God-given branches, which is hard to make sense out of...until you look closely at the verses again...

Let's reread verse 2 in the Amplified Version - "every branch that continues to bear fruit, He [repeatedly] prunes, so that it will bear more fruit [even richer and finer fruit]."

He also prunes every branch in me that does bear fruit, and prunes them repeatedly.  

Why?  So I will be even more fruitful.  So I will produce even richer and finer fruit.  

I read an article about pruning grapes that says this - "When it comes to pruning grapes, the most common mistake people make is not pruning hard enough. Light pruning doesn’t promote adequate fruiting whereas heavy pruning provides the greatest quality of grapes." (gardeningknowhow.com)

Thank you, Lord, that you know us better than we know ourselves.  Thank you Lord for having good things in store for us, even in the midst of our pain.  Thank you Lord, that while your heavy pruning hurts and leaves a mark, we can be confident that you are using it to produce the best quality of fruit in our lives.  Fruits that spread your love and your glory to the world around us.

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

 

For His glory and the next generation,

Screenshot 2016-06-20 at 11.52.45 AM - Edited
Jeni Fobart
Executive Director
Titus2 Mentoring Women
jeni@titus2mentoringwomen.com

For resources to equip and guide you in your mentoring, go to www.titus2mentoringwomen.com
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  1. Jan Barley May 3, 2017 at 8:07 am #

    Well, it will be very good fruit, because I have certainly benefited from your labor!
    Thank you for all you do to teach, strengthen and encourage us.

    Jan