Put off Pouting! Put on Pruning!

John 15:1-2

I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 

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. (NIV italics added for emphasis)

Now how often are you like me in thinking why doesn’t life just feel good? Like if I’m over here being a Sister Christ Jedi I should be feeling some super hero goodness, right? But then something happens that is painful and you and I are both like whoa! Hold up! Something can’t be right cause this hurts. I am not sure about you but for me after s really painful week or month or season I can get lost in the pouting. It’s like I have put on woe as me attitude. A few spats with the husband, a friend who misunderstands me, or a coworker who takes my words out of context and I am walking around pouting about life thinking, “joy? What’s that?”

Then I read John 15:1-2  that you read above. I realize that words like cut off and prune by nature can’t be things that feel good. What do you prune with? Sheers! What do they do? Cut! And they do it precisely.

But in my pouting I am hindering progress. It’s ok to cry or grieve when something is painful but we can check what we are wearing by our attitude. I can still have a positive attitudes, trust God, cling to him even through my tears and so can you. 

It really conforts me knowing that either God is getting rid of what doesn’t bear fruit in my life and also weeding out the things that hinder my growth. 

Dear Lord 

I love you so much. Thank you for caring about the fruitfulness of my life. Lord please help me in my pouting. It’s my go to place after I feel sorrow or despair. Help me to go to a place of allowing you to prune my life. Help me to trust you and comfort my pain in the process so that I can focus more on you and others. In Jesus Name. 

May you be blessed and encouraged.

2017© Annette Burke & 4Her Ministries. 

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