Saturday, November 10, 2012

Book Giveaway, Day Seven

Photo courtesty Erik Thorson copyright 2012
Sometimes a pair of pruning shears will work. Other times it takes an axe. When we're working on our five acres of trees, shrubs, and flowers, cleaning up and pruning necessitates a lot of tools.

If the plants are young and healthy, just a pair of snips or pruning shears will keep the overgrowth in check and keep them growing strong. Sometimes all it takes is a quick and gentle deadheading session to keep the blooms coming.

But for those aging plants full of dead wood, a more serious approach is needed. This is especially true if a plant has been allowed to grow unchecked until it is unbalanced. Those plants become unhealthy and prone to disease. As hard as it is to clean them out, it is necessary for the health of the tree.

Today I'm thankful for the painful but needed pruning God does in my life. He is the Master Gardener, the keeper of Eden restored, the One who guards my soul. After decades of serving Him, I am still learning how to yield my life to Him and allow Him to cut away anything that keeps me from growing and blooming for Him.

It is my prayer for you, as well, that as you are established in God, you will display His glory in every season, no matter where you're planted.

He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
 Which yields it fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
and in whatever he does, he prospers.
Psalm 1:3

Don't forget to enter the giveaway for a free, hardcover copy of Song in the Night. There are four ways to enter the book giveaway:  leave me a comment,  "like" us on Facebook  become a member of this blog, or send me an e-mail at

Song in the Night is the true account of our son's devastating spinal cord injury in 1997, the fight to keep the doctor from pulling the plug, and God's subsequent miraculous work in our lives. You will be encouraged and inspired by our story.

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