Skip to main content

Do YOU want to blossom? Off with the old

     When Craig and I moved two years ago we inherited the previous owners landscaping. It was actually lovely but had been a tad neglected. On the side of our porch there were several bush roses that were overgrown and one was dead. Along the fence there was what looked to be a climbing rose struggling to live. Craig decided to prune away the dead parts and see if it would come back to life.

   

     Wowzers! Not only did it return but it tripled in size and looks gorgeous.

     Every time I enter our house I look to the side and there it is reminding me of what happens when we get rid of the dead. Forever. Trim it. Prune it. And every time it starts looking dead. Prune it again.

     I keep thinking of all the many Bible verses that talk about getting rid of the old and putting on the new. And passages where God promises that He will prune us and help us to become the new person He has designed us to be.

     I know in my own life that I have held on too long to things that keep me from growing and flourishing. I have to eliminate the dead.

     In John 15, Jesus tells His disciples, "Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it that it may bear more fruit. "

     It is the desire of my heart that I bear more fruit. That I keep growing and that I don't let those dead parts overtake or choke out any good.
   

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

What Goes Around, Comes Around

Yesterday was an interesting travel day. I am attending a conference in the lovely Pocano Mountains in Pennsylvania. My husband was asking why they would have it in PA in January. I think he was hoping for warm weather. That is partly because we are from the west and the mountains are big and the passes are more difficult. It was an easy drive on highway the entire way though and the mountains are more like hills. You are gradually climbing. I kept thinking how gorgeous it must be in the fall with all the colorful leaves on the many, many trees.

My husband, Craig was returning from a business trip and was going to meet me at Newark airport. His flight would get in about an hour before mine and then he would be able to come with me. Yay!

I got up at 4am Boise time and went to the airport and had no issues getting on my flight. I benefit from Craig's air miles and am a lifetime 1K so I am able to get on the plane first. I got on the plane, found my seat and put my briefcase in the …

Did I Mention Food?

Writing a book on Hospitality encompasses far more than I ever thought it would. I mean I began with the idea that we should all invite others into our home and make them feel welcome. Like they can come any time and put their feet up and have no worries. I wanted to convey somehow that we can also be helpful to our neighbors and friends especially in a time of need.

       So I began writing. I had my chapters planned. HA. I had no idea what this project would entail. I decided that it would be a good idea to add a few recipes and home ideas to help people who struggle with having people over. Maybe it would make them more at ease inviting people. Wow, it just exploded. The more things I added...the more I wanted to add. Now there are over 35 recipes, how to's, testimonies of people telling how others helped them in hard times and quotes and Bible verses encouraging us to show hospitality to those around us.


       The photography for such a project has been amazing. I hav…

Slaying Goliath

David slays Goliath. One of the very favorite Sunday school stories for kids. I am sure there were some great flannel graphs for this. What kid wouldn't want to hear a story of a young lad killing a giant with a sling shot?! I did not go to church when I was young but even I had heard the story.


Now, as an adult, having read through the book of 1 Samuel a few times (it is a fav), I read through that story and think its great, yeah but the other night I was reading and other aspects of the story really hit me. In chapter 16 the Lord tells Samuel to go to Bethlehem, that he has chosen one of Jesse's sons to be king over Israel. Samuel looks at the oldest and thinks he is the one but then the Lord says in verse 7, "Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."

Now David was the youngest of Jesse's sons and a shepherd.…