Being forever thankful,
Is what God wants from us,
Never forgetting from where we came,
Or His boundless, saving love
All of heavens blessings
Poured down from heavens gates,
Everything we have in life,
He’s given with extra grace
We need to always thank Him
For this, and so much more
Not only for tangible things,
But because He is our Lord.
As you enter into the season of Thanksgiving, whether facing joy or pain, may you never lose your gratefulness for who God is in your life. There’s powerful hope in a grateful posture.
He sees you.
I had the privilege of being raised on a 54 acre apple ranch. We had lots of fun hiding in apple bins, engaging in crazy rotten apple fights, and climbing trees. But being raised on a ranch also involves a lot of hard work: picking apples, clearing poison oak from around the trees, and dragging pruned apple branches into large piles. I’m sure I was a whiner and complained often about all the “hard work” in those formative years.
Dragging the pruned apple branches was always interesting to me as I would watch my father cutting off so many branches in each tree; leaving the tree looking a little oddly shaped. He would explain that without cutting back the limbs the trees would only produce tiny apples and lots of them. But if he annually cut away, pruned the branches the tree, it would produce healthy apples that would be larger, better tasting, and would have better color. Dad was right, as Fall rolled around, those trees that had been pruned produced the best apples in the orchard. Those pruned trees would have filled out again looking healthy rather than being oddly shaped, and they produced apples longer into the season than those that had been left to fend for themselves.
This principle is also very real as we walk out our lives as Christ followers. Scripture says in John 15:2 “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.” Pruning can be a very personal experience as God works with us to produce good fruit. Pruning can mean that God will remove things in our lives that produce no fruit: Pointless or destructive habits, unproductive relationships, activities that sap our energy, or even areas where we’ve allowed a foothold of pride.
As unpleasant and confusing as pruning often is in hindsight we will be grateful because as Fall turns to Winter and then welcomes Spring you will reap a fresh harvest in your life for which you will be incredibly grateful.
Here’s a simple prayer:
“Lord, I want to give you all of the Glory through my life – but I must admit, I don’t like to see you coming with the pruning shears, nevertheless, help me to trust you more–that you are the Master of the Orchard, the Lord of my life, and the One who Loves and knows me best. So come, by the Holy Spirit, and work in my life so I can be a more Fruitful Branch in your Kingdom.”
FOR THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES ( Prunes). Hebrews 12:6 🙂
It was only an hour ago that I returned from a beautiful hike near Wallowa Lake. I’ve never been to this part of Oregon before but it is truly magnificent!
Whenever I am out and about I always ask the Lord to reveal His deeper truths by the things I see and experience each week. God is always faithful to provide me with the insights I have asked Him for, today was no exception! As my husband, Greg and I were hiking I saw all kinds of different terrain~ trees, moss, open areas, and something that caught my eye; masses of granite. Lots of hillsides of broken pieces of granite. It was truly ominous!
As I was passing by all these Granite slides God spoke to my heart and said, “Picture each stone in the slide as a person. Some are big, some are small, some broken, some seemingly perfect, while others are simply odd shapes, some even have moss on them! Yet I love them all individually.” Now look again at the mass of stones in the picture; you and I are one of them! Our Heavenly Father knows and loves us individually! Not as a mass, but as one “rock” at a time! I love His word picture to my heart!
“What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered.” Matt. 10:29-30
Yep~ He spoke to my heart and said He loves us, knows us, and remains mindful of us~~ Individually and always! 🙂
This is a reason to rejoice today!!