• “Jesus came!—-And came for me. Simple words! and yet expressing Depths of holy mystery, Depths of wondrous love and blessing. Holy Spirit , make me see All His coming means for me, ‘ Take the things of Christ , I pray, Show them to my heart today.” – Francis R. Havergal

The Pruning Shears by Nancy Leigh DeMoss 08/05/11

Nancy Leigh DeMoss: Whenever I see a gardener cut away extra growth, everything looks so barren. For a little while the plants are less attractive than they were before. But we trust that pruning will eventually make the plants fuller and more beautiful.

Jesus compares pruning with some of the problems that come into our lives. He says, “I am the vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch that bears fruit, He prunes.”

If we want to bear fruit, we need to accept God’s chastening hand in our lives. But if we try to run from our problems or resent them, we’ll end up like dry, shriveled branches.

Do you want God’s fullness and beauty to be seen in your life? Even if those plans involve some pruning shears?

With Seeking Him, I’m Nancy Leigh DeMoss.

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  • “We say, then, to anyone who is under trial, give Him time to steep the soul in His eternal truth. Go into the open air, look up into the depths of the sky, or out upon the wideness of the sea, or on the strength of the hills that is His also; or, if bound in the body, go forth in the spirit; spirit is not bound. Give Him time and, as surely as dawn follows night, there will break upon the heart a sense of certainty that cannot be shaken.” – Amy Carmichael

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You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord. — Leviticus 19:18 (NKJV)

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