"Some plants, vegetative and flowering, will grow weary over the course of several years, or even just a summer. Any bush, tree or plant is at risk for growing limp and lifeless."
"To rejuvenate your plants and give them the lush green and large blooms they deserve, simple pruning is in order."
"I am the true vine, and my father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful." John 15:1. 2Hmmm. So there is a verse about pruning. I don't like the thought of being cut. I once had a wart and although it was ugly and all, I hated thinking about having it cut. I had surgery on my foot and passed out when they took the ONE stitch out. Anything that causes pain is not fun to me. And certainly not rejuvenating.
"Cut along the prominent branches at the Y of the smaller limbs. Make a straight and clean cut."Um, God? I said I don't like to be cut on!
"For smaller plants with limbs less than 1/2 inch, the pruning shears work fine."Yeah, ok, I can take it. I know that must be me with the 1/2 inch branches. So bring on the shears.
"For branches larger than 1 inch, use the tree saw."
"Cut from the outer edges first and then deeper. Take away the branches that are most clustered first, along with the wilted or weakened ones from pest infestation. These limbs are browned, spotted or broken and hanging loose."
There are areas of our lives that may not even be noticeable to others, things that, left unattended, will grow out of control. It's time to clip those too.
Friend, God wants you and me to flourish and grow beautiful and strong. What are the extra "branches" that need to be "pruned" out of your life? Is it gossip or backbiting? Is it negative attitudes and behaviors? Jealousy or lust? Is it something that is done when nobody is looking? It doesn't matter, no branch is too big.
So... rejuvenation! I think I'll go spend some time with the Master Gardener.