Hello my friends! It has been quite some time since I've been in this space of writing / blogging! Listen, life has happened and life has gotten busy!
Sometimes we get distracted and sometimes we move farther away from the starting point of it all. I must admit, this is my story!
As I sit here preparing for TuNai's Closet relaunch, I realize that this foundation has to be set and solid. I can't move away from the basics. I have spent the last several months dealing with and handling the daily juggle of being a wife, mother, employee, entrePRAYneur, purpose driven business owner and minister within my church!
I know we all have heard April showers bring May flowers - well the “showering” during these past months is blooming some beautiful flowers!
In life, there are seasons we all go through and in the moments of showers- when the seeds we plant are watered- we must hold onto the fact that the flower and/or fruit is being produced. When we plant, we put our faith in the seed, soil and how we care for it. We believe and await the fruit and/or plant to blossom by faith...... this must become true for our seeds of faith in the “what“ and “who” we are becoming.
I am learning after heartache, release, forgiveness and inner healing, after being challenged by my daily duties and personal confession; that the woman who awaits on the other side is being produced!
It's in these seasons of showering that we can "trust the process" and await the blossom.
Pruning is the cutting away of dead, overgrown branches or stems which is done to increase fruitfulness and growth
Here are a few points to help assess to see if you are in season of pruning?
Are you discovering or walking out your purpose in life?
Are you be challenged / misunderstood / accused of something by family and friends?
Do you feel like no one understands your dreams / goals?
Do you feel alone even though you are surrounded by many?
Do you feel like you have everything but still lack or feel unfulfilled?
If any of these applies to you, perhaps you are in this season of pruning. Instead of allowing this season of pruning to disappoint you, allow it to encourage you! Continue to seek God intimately in prayer in your prayer closet and allow Holy Spirit to minister to your heart.
Go inside your closet, close the door and pray to your Father who is in secret and he who sees in secret will reward you openly ~ Matthew 6:6
Open the word of God and allow the word to become medicine to help you process the realities of life. Attach this door tag to your prayer space and let your family know "prayer is in progress".
Consider the following during your reflective or journal writing time:
What / who is God cutting away in my life?
What's dead in my life? What no longer serves me? (habits, relationships, friendships)
What have or who have you outgrown?
( I keep doing it or going back to it but it leaves me feeling crappy, or doesn't bring me peace)
The pruning process is not easy. It's painful, it hurts, it's difficult to acknowledge but the reward and what awaits on the other side is far more rewarding than what was cut off
Remember, pruning is the cutting away of dead, overgrown branches or stems which is done to increase fruitfulness and growth.
Late last year I cut my hair into a neck length bob! Clearly I was in a season of pruning and didn’t even know it.
My dead hair wasn’t healthy and no matter how much I tried to hold on to my dead ends its growth was hindered and it looked unhealthy. My dead hair was no longer serving me (disclaimer: I’m not saying go cut off your hair nor to go around cutting people off).
My hairstylist told me that after cutting it, it looked much healthier and would grow healthier too!
This process of pruning can be applied to our life - in all areas.
If you are in a season of April showers, let me encourage you to reflect on where you are and to consider the fact that perhaps this is Gods way of pruning you! Put your faith in HIM just as you would as you await the fruit you are waiting for after planting. The May flower(s) are on the way! Trust the process and know that you are not alone.
Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me~ John 15:2-6
Let's stay connected!
From religion into relationship. As I write to encourage you, I write to encourage and sustain myself.
Blessings + Love,