Pruning Is Necessary

Sometimes you have to simplify in order to expand….

There is a churning in my spirit that kind of seems to defy words.  A yearning to launch out, to expand, to delve deeper.  So I have found myself doing a lot of introspective looking.  What I found is that I have engaged in quite a few activities, projects,  groups and things that draw my time.  With each activity I found myself thinking the same series of questions…Does this matter to me? Does this help me reach a goal? Is this geared to my purpose? My Passion?

I found I was doing somethings on a whim, to join in or out of fun.  Nothing wrong with that but I also found that those things that are my passions where being put on the back burner for these other things.  This is when I realized that sometimes you have to simplify in order to expand.  Simplify what I am engaged in so that I can expand and grow that which is really purposeful and meaningful for me. Pruning time.

My mind went to the Bible, John 15:2 “He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t pruningproduce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.”  Notice what He does.  First, the cutting.  He identifies those things that aren’t productive.  Projects that are started on a whim and not leading anywhere.  Groups  I joined that talk about nothing.  He eliminates those things that don’t point towards the purpose, plans or growth of the tree.

Next, the pruning.  Growing up I had a plant, and I learned that periodically I had to nip the top of it.  Clipping it this way encouraged it to be bushy and produce more blossoms.  You’ll notice in that scripture that pruning is exactly what God does next.   I am identifying and reevaluation those things I am passionate about, things that cause my purpose to blossom, plans, goals and hearts desires.  I am being purposeful in how I proceed in these areas.

Pruning is strategic and done with a purpose and plan.  How you prune has a bearing on the shape a plant take as it grows.  Pruning something beautifulrequires vision.  I am seeking God, about those precious thoughts he has towards me and the wonderful plans he has for my life, and formulating a plan for how to grow forward.  To help me with this I am creating a Vision Board as a visual reminder of where I want to focus and how I plan to proceed.

At first it seemed like I was going backwards, but then I realized that pruning is about fine tuning. Honing in on what matters and planning how to carry it forward.

Pruning is necessary. Simplifying brightens the perspective and gives clarity in how to move forward.

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Change your MINDSET

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Just let it go

When you find you’ve taken on too much, added things you really aren’t interested in, obligated yourself where you really shouldn’t have; make a change. Let things go.  We are so guilty of feeling like we “have to” do/be/go so many things; we don’t. Let stuff go, re-capture your balance. Live a life you enjoy.

Don’t do things for the sake of being busy. Don’t find yourself so busy doing stuff not related to your goals, purpose and growth; that you don’t have time to pursue passion, dreams, and goals that fulfill your purpose.  Let go of those unnecessary things that bog down your life, things that weigh heavy on your spirit and suck time out of your day.  Release those things that clog up your mind and sap your joy.  Let it go…

 

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Yielding to fear – – NOT AN OPTION

JUST A REMINDER!!

Keep going.  There is no failure in trying.  The one who fails is the one who doesn’t try for fear of failing!!

Learn from trying, learn from failing – – learn how to succeed.

Give yourself permission to fail, you just don’t get permission to stop there!!

Don’t stop – get it, get it!! 😀

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Hashtag LoveTrumpsHate Hashtag MakeAmericaGreatAgain Hashtag WHEREISTHELOVE

I am not going to talk politics. I am talking love verses hate.

My heart is so heavy concerning so much that I see on Facebook, the news, and what I hear people saying and doing.  It is hate-filled and it breaks my heart.

Contrary to what many say Christianity is supposed to be about love, hope, faith and not judgement and condemnation.  Jesus came to save us all and commanded that we love our neighbor as we love ourselves.

The hashtag #lovetrumpshate is so prevalent right not; how come LOVE is not?   On both sides of the political line there is so much animosity, fear and hate.   How can we #makeAmericaGreatAgain with hatred, animosity and loveless acts? What the world needs now is LOVE!

Love does not have room for judgement or discrimination based upon color, sexual orientation, gender, religious beliefs, or political affiliations.  Love is just LOVE. You know…Love is kind, love is gentle, love is patient, love is….

Love is not name calling, derogatory language, slanderous remarks or self-righteous behavior.  Love is not loud, messy or disrespectful. You can disagree, and make your points clearly and stand up for what you believe without being disrespectful of others. You really can. A great man does not make his point by making others look small but by causing them to think. Love is not proud, love is not boastful, love is…

If people truly believe #lovetrumpshate or that it is time to #makeamericagreatagain then they will pattern their actions, thoughts and sayings after the tenants of love. That means loving one another in how they treat others, speak to others and carry themselves. Love is not easily angered, love protects, love hopes, love endures.

Love never fails.

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Self-discipline

This week I am going to focus on …discipline.  Self-discipline to be specific.

Holidays, weekends, and celebrations have quickly given me a reason to veer from my nutrition plans.  Not feeling well, schedule changes and “life” have caused me to fall off on my exercise goals and other projects.

So this week, I have re-engaged myself and I am going to make a concerted effort to hold myself accountable.  Self-restraint, self-discipline will be in charged and “feelings” will take a back seat.

It is fine to splurge sometimes; but now is not that time for me.  Truthfully, I have over splurged!  In order to reach goals and accomplish milestones; I must stay focused.

I realize there can always be an excuse or a reason for me to let myself off the hook; but if I am really serious about end result, I must use self-discipline!

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Gratitude Log

*I got this idea from a facebook post shared from 104.9 The River.

This is my GRATITUDE LOG.  Weekly, I will add one thing a week for which I am grateful.

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January 8 –

My Faith in God.  Because it gives me strength and hope to move from day to day.  My rock, my shelter, my comfort to endure and overcome in life. My joy. My peace of mind that keeps me from moment to moment.  Indeed in Him I live, and move and have my being.  My faith in God and his plans for me gives me great expectation and hope for the new year.

January 16 -,

I am grateful for forgiveness; both receiving God’s forgiveness for me and being able to forgive others.  For the longest time I would hold  grudge long after I forgot why I was mad/upset/whatever.  And if you didn’t ask or admit you were wrong or had mistreated me – WELLLLLL, I was never forgiving.  That only hurt me, that held my heart in bondage to hurt feelings and negative energy.  Recognizing that I fall far short of “perfection”; I knew I needed the forgiving mercy of God.  His Word says that in the same manner that I forgive others, will He forgive me.  I think that realization was the beginning to me opening my heart to trying to have a spirit of forgiveness.

January 23 –

I am grateful for my family!!! Oh My Gosh, I feel so blessed by the love and support that I have from my family.  My family is my Mom and two sisters, then my three children and their fiances, and then my grandson, and then my niece and her family and my sister’s husband and children.  Our family is growing leaps and bounds and I abstemiously love it.  Family is a treasure.

 

January 31 –

I am grateful for JOY!  Joy is not the same as happiness; Joy is deeper and underlying.  Joy is “I’ve had an awful day, but I am still smiling inside”.  Joy is not predicated by something great happening to or for you but a simple state of being.  Joy is something I fought to acquire and will fight at all cost to keep.  Joy, is priceless.

February 5 –

I am grateful for second chances!!!

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