Opportunities to Prune

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I have been thinking about possible blog ideas for Summer. But, I know how sickly I am from Spring to Fall. With that said, I am holding off on all blogging commitments.

Will this mean I won’t blog during these months? Absolutely not! I am going to keep trying to get into the Word and self care. Facing these upcoming months, feels horrible. But, I am reminded of something –

I grow so much spiritually, emotionally, and mentally during these trying months. There is one word that always describes this season of life.


In John 15, we meet these words – “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me (v. 4).”

Fruit can be either good or bad. When farmers go out to pick fruit off a tree, it can be either in perfect condition or ruined due to a number of factors. We learn a whole lot about good and bad fruit in Galatians 5:13-24. If we could choose between love and hate for our children, which would we choose? We have an amazing Heavenly Father who wants the absolute best for us!

During my bumpy season of life, that is when I lean most on the Lord Jesus and am changed! I am never the same person once that 6+ month chronic illness flare ends. But, I have the option of developing amazing self care habits right now.

I have the opportunity to take every single symptom I want to vanish, and allow the Lord to use it for His good – just like Genesis 50:20 teaches us about Joseph’s testimony! “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives (NIV).”

I am excited yet curious to see where this season of life takes me, mostly only spiritually and relationally. If I could skip over the physical part, I totally would! But, I am going to smile and get ready for this pruning season. I am excited to see the exchange. To see patience replace the impatience, and work on my attitude to make it more like our Sweet Jesus!

And, growing in Christ centered community and accountability would be super good too.

Further Study: Philippians 2; Galatians 5; John 15

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Gracefully Overcoming is my corner of the web to share my journey with chronic and mental illness, , and how Jesus keeps reminding me who I am in Him. I can always be found at: www.gracefullyovercoming.blog/