Monday, June 11, 2012

do you ever feel like a prune?

dear emily,

my friends and i were bemoaning the recent pruning in our lives.   will we
be pruned until we turn into prunes, wrinkly old ladies in our caskets?

i can live with that.

someone said, "you're pruned if you do and pruned if you don't," which
is better than the alternative (death.)   the vine that isn't pruned, stops
yielding sweet fruit, which is a form of death.

so i want my epitat to say:  "she was old and wrinkly but still a little fruity."


"if a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit."  john 15:5


Susy said...

Love how you delivery serious messages with great humor. xo

Vee said...

Very cute! Only you! ☺

Sonja said...

A good hearty laugh from me... you DO have a way!! :)

Joan Elizabeth said...

Mmm there is a bit of pruning going on in my life at the moment ... doesn't feel nice but I am having faith it will be worth it.

Tamara Swerline said...

Pruning is never easy... for the branch...

Love this post, Lea!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Oh that is what I am still going through..thanks for the encouragement, maybe I should stop whining and give into the gardener and His pruning

Debbie said... it! LOTS of pruning going on over here.... : )

Darcie said...

Yes, fruity is a good thing, and you are one sweet fruit!

A Tale of Two Cities said...

When you put it that way, I guess I do want to undergo some pruning, although the wrinkling involved is not so appealing!

Single and Sane said...

I guess we're pruned 'til there's nothing left to prune. I like to think we have some years left before we actually start LOOKING like prunes. And I really hope I'm not in denial about that!


Lisa said...

I love that,"Pruned if you do and pruned if you don't". It seem the pruning never stops does it? Yes, the gifts are given but fruit is grown and for the fruit to grow the gardener has to work the garden. sigh.

Gloria said...

Big smiles here! :) YES, I do feel like a prune at times!

Great message here!! I hope you are having a beautiful day...:)


Thistle Cove Farm said...

love this Lea, oh! so welcoming and true.

Annmarie Pipa said... the twist!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Funny you should ask I often wake up feeling like a big prune. lol
What a awesome post!
You know honey I love you too and I am always excited when I see you have been by for a visit.
Can't wait to hear about your handsome son's wedding. I know you are beside yourself with excitement.
I am so happy for you. Their such a cute couple.
Love ya

Susan B said...

What a great post Lea! I so enjoy your humor. :)

Auntie Cake said...

Happy Friday Lea!

Anne @ confidence blog said...

I would like to be pruned, but lately I've been so rushed off my feet, I've had no time for it.

Yes, it's definitely better to be pruned. :-)

Libby said...

Perfectly said. Now, every time I see a prune, I'll wonder if I am wrinkled enough to please my Lord. If not, I'm sure He will continue the pruning. Thanks Lea..

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Laurie Eve Loftin said...

I've been immersing myself in John 15 lately. You might like this sermon by our former pastor Kent Hughes.
(look for the title How to Bear Fruit)

or this one by our current pastor Josh Moody.
(look for the title The Bible Explained: Abiding)

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

:o) yes, Lord, prune away! Despite the pruning away, in Him, we are made whole :o) Love your sense of humor!

Blessings & Aloha!

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

I used to pray when I was young, "Lord, treat me gently," and he did. Then when I was older He gave me a vision of a beautiful garden. He said, "This is my garden and I am the gardener. I prune every one of these plants. I will show you a plant I do not prune." And he showed me a decaying tree. "I am sure you do not want to be like this!" And He asked my permission to prune me so that I will BLOOM! It may be painful but the pruning God gives in our life is always best for us! Blessings! Patsy from
HeARTworks and