Picture Scripture - Tree 1.4

By Chris Baxter


Picture: Tree (the pruning)

Scripture: John 15:1-7; Ephesians 4:31-32; Romans 8:11-14; Romans 8:28

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Take a minute to think about a gifted gardener pruning his or her carefully sustained rose bushes. Just like this wisdom-driven physical clipping, God’s all wise spiritual pruning is for our good (although most often, it does not feel good!). When these non-fruit bearing branches are broken off however, the result is both beautiful and beneficial not only to you, but to all those you encounter.

Is there a time in your life that you experienced God’s pruning? Explain.

Can you trust God in the pruning process even if you cannot understand what He is doing? Why or why not?

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Daily Prayer

Speaking...without words

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.  Psalm 19:1-4

Dear Lord,

Your creation speaks...without words! The sun shouts, "Marvelous Maker;" the moon proclaims, "Faithful Sustainer," the stars sing, "Light of the World!" Cause each of us to gaze at your beauty, recognize you as the Author and Artist, and then worship you with reverence, all day and all night. Amen.