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  1. “Near, the only way to harvest fruit…gentle”, this is absolutely beautiful! I can just envision God as my soul gardener having to draw near to me to gently prune and remove the weeds. As a sister-gardener, I know this is not something you can do from a distance. How comforting to know that God’s digs in, gets His hands dirty too, and breathes His breath of life on me as He transforms me into the image of His Son.

  2. I also have my best meditation and prayer times in my garden. The better it looks, the closer I am feeling to God.

  3. Hi Stephanie, I love this truth, “God as our Soul Gardener,” apart from Him we can do nothing. Praying for you and your family as you prepare to sell your home. A new and exciting season for your family.

  4. This speaks to me so much as I have been going through a rough and long season of growth and pruning if you will.. This is very encouraging to imagine God is there carefully guiding my healing.. Thanks for your insight 🙂 you make me want to become a gardener!

    • Camille,
      Prayers for healing, peace and contentment as you go through this season or trial. Trials are God’s way of pruning us and bringing us closer to Him. I, too am in a season/trial and feel the pruning and growth. May God bless you and your family!
      Blessings 🙂

  5. This is beautiful. My father gardens, and yet it took this post to reveal something new to me:

    I always thought of pruning, in the spiritual sense, as God cutting away what was unnecessary in me, the bad stuff, the mistaken stuff, so that I would be perfect.

    Perfect and small and stagnant.

    But of course that isn’t it at all. Pruning is taking away some things only in order to make room for fruit and to make room for growth–more and more and more, every day, sprouting and blossoming and rising up under the sun.

    Thank you for this.

  6. So true, that being in the garden can bring thoughts of our Master Gardener who knows just when to prune, to pick the produce and then weed. I’ve always had an affinity to growing things, and I think the Lord has the same attitude towards the growth in my spirit…to be transformed to the image of His Son. Thank you for these thoughts that bring me inspiration and encouragement to keep weeding that Christ may grow and make His home in my heart.

  7. So beautiful…..

    There is something so special about working in the garden that draws you even closer to God. To nurture and be a part of his creation is truly a blessing.


    All the very best of wishes to you and your family and prayers for your move.

  8. Stephanie,
    Prayers for a smooth transition and quick selling of your house!
    Reading this post I feel that God is pruning me now. I have had a rough year last year with work stresses and aging parent medical issues. Grateful that God thinks enough of me to prune and refine me to bring out the best in me even though I cringe during this trial!
    Blessings 🙂