Jul 30


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 NIV

The phone rang earlier than usual and its brrrrrinnng was my wake-up call.  “Did you survive that storm last night?” Amanda wanted to know.  My girlfriend described golf-ball size hailstones in her yard, while I looked out the blinds to survey the damage at my house.  I didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary.  “The storm must not have come this way,” I explained. 


Later that afternoon I left to run errands.  Just a few miles down the road were sticks and tree branches everywhere I looked.  As I took note of limb after limb, I discovered a common denominator.  Most of them were already dead; there were no green leaves.  The storm pruned the trees of dead growth.   


Looking at the storm’s aftermath reminded me that God uses storms in my life to prune me as well.  During those storms, He removes lifeless sections that bear no fruit.  After the storm the sun comes out, and I can stretch my branches to grow taller, fuller, and be more fruitful.  


Do you hear the brrrrrrinnnng of a wake-up call?  Perhaps there is a storm in which you were not aware.  If you find yourself with a broken branch, don’t worry.  God is just preparing you to grow fruit. 


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  • Leah Jul 30 at 10:37 am

    Great thoughts!! It seems that the Lord is allowing a lot of storms and a lot of pruning in many lives right now. Satan surely seems to be working more diligently than ever.


  • Mary Lou Jul 30 at 11:38 am

    Carol, this was so good. It is so true. What a beautiful illustration. This post blessed my day. Thank you for sharing your thoughts in such a great way. May you have a blessed day.

  • Why 2nd Cup of Coffee? Jul 30 at 12:17 pm

    Ironically, sometimes getting rid of the deadwood in our lives in painful! Or we keep trying to patch it back on for security. Great post. It really spoke to me, as you can tell.

  • Becoming Me Jul 30 at 2:28 pm

    Beautiful post

  • Tiffanie Jul 30 at 2:29 pm

    Thanks for this post. In the midst of em, storms sure can seem like the end of the world, or punishment from God. This was a great illustration and reminder that His purpose is to refine us, not to destroy us.

  • Carol Davis Jul 30 at 4:13 pm

    Mmmm…great reminder Carol!! Thanks so much!

  • ocean mommy Jul 30 at 4:21 pm

    Great post Carol. 🙂

    I needed a “fresh” perspective on this process.


  • Laurie Ann Jul 31 at 1:57 am

    Awesome illustration and great post, Carol. I was blessed by that.

  • HisPrincess Jul 31 at 4:14 am

    I think I’m mid storm at the moment. Thanks for that perspective. Hopefully I will begin to bear fruit soon!

  • Kimberly Jul 31 at 2:28 pm

    Pruning is not something I sign up for too willingly all of the time, but I so desperately need it. I am so glad He is faithful to give me exactly what I need…which is definitely a good pruning!

    Love you,

  • Christina Jul 31 at 5:51 pm

    Glad to hear you are okay. Great analogy. This is exactly what God does so we can be thankful for the storms that prune us and help us grow.

  • Peggy Jul 31 at 11:52 pm

    Blessings Carol…glad you are safe
    and on ALERT! You have such a brillant way of making spiritual
    applications out of the simple and making the thoughts profound!

    I didn’t realized that the pruning was of dead stuff that’s not bearing fruit! Thanks!

    Just me…inviting you to a special day on this FRIDAY! C’mon over and visit me and make my day!

  • Carmen Jul 31 at 11:54 pm

    You’re pruned if ya do…pruned if ya don’t!

    But He is the faithful Lover of the garden, isn’t He? His ways are just out of our finite imaginations…

  • Darlene Aug 1 at 12:53 am

    I think I am being pruned now… and it is not easy to see or should I say take. I have limbs that are not completely dead that need to be pruned away. This is so hard. But, thankfully HE knows how much we can take and it clipping me limb by limb instead all at one time. Thanks for the encouragement.
    Looking for calm….

  • Michelle Aug 1 at 3:00 am

    I love this. God is preparing me to bear new fruit. I can’t wait to see what grows!

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