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Dorina is a speaker, author, Bible teacher, foodie, podcaster, and trail runner. Her latest book, Walk Run Soar, is a devotional. She helps people chase God's glory down unexpected trails and flourish in their God-given callings. Dorina and her husband Shawn are raising three brave girls in Central California.

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  1. Dorina,

    This is a timely post as we approach Easter. Lysa Terkeurst in her book The Best Yes states that “Saying Yes to everything & everyone won’t make you wonder woman. It will make you a worn out woman.” Worn out women have nothing to give God, family, friends or church. We all need spiritual whitespace in our lives. Some type of margin to just be still & know that He is God. Time to abide with Jesus. Pruning is painful but Jesus truly understands pain. Lysa also explains in her book It’s Not Supposed to be This Way that Jesus was offered relief for the pain He was to endure on the cross. He chose not to take it. He wanted to feel ALL the pain & agony. In that way He can empathize with us in our pains. Each of us has varying seasons in our lives. We need to take time to embrace them & acknowledge what is necessary for that time. I had a season of giving up working. It was time to care for my aging dad. I grew spiritually & emotionally during that time. The pruning was worth it. Now when trials come I am ready.

    Blessings 🙂

  2. Like Beth, I will also share a book I’m reading that applies to this pruning process–Michelle DeRusha described open center pruning, a process that yields, over time, a tree with uniquely healthy and beautiful form, but honestly the images I saw online of this branch-by-branch process looked hideous.
    In my own experience, relinquishment becomes a metaphor for the stripping away that happens on the way to growth, and it has meant letting go of some things that looked really good to me and trusting that God knew what he was doing with those pruning shears He was wielding.

  3. Sometimes purning is good sometimes it not nice for us to go through it. But we all at times have to go through it. No matter who we are. Purne out the weeds sometimes in our lives. That should not be there. God maybe speaking and saying. Beautiful Women I want to be the Gardner in your life. Purne it take away all thoes weeds the Devil has put there. Especially all the lies he has told you. That you think will never get over. Or that you can’t come to God with. Gods words says in Matthew 11 verse 28 Come to Me all You who Labour and are heavy Laden and I will give You Rest. See God says come to him when you are heavy laden and tired you women with all your problems with. He will help you prune the weeds out of them. Help you water them into a beautiful Garden with beautiful trees and flowers. In your heart. Than the Old Devil can’t throw his weeds in and Choke you with bad thoughts. That I will never get over this or this problem or this grief. Yes you will and you will smile again. Because we have big big might God. Who loves us all. Who will help you pluck out all thoes weeds in your life. Water the beautiful Garden in your life. Which is your Heart. Love Dawn xxx

  4. Dorina,
    That tree is a pink magnolia and mine is just starting to burst open with blossoms, but I did have to do some pruning (which it probably didn’t like) in order for it to be fully beautiful in God’s time. Pruning hurts and when God asks me to cut out some activities in my life, my immediate reaction is to say, “But. God, I’m doing this for You.” To which, I think He would reply, “If you try to do it all you are robbing my other children from finding their spot in serving me.” So much for the myth that Do More = Better. I love the word abide. I believe if I could audibly hear God’s voice He would be telling me, “Let go of always doing and just BE, ABIDE here in my presence and wait with anticipation for what I will perform through you.” This year, I truly feel God calling me to abide more and do less. Abide = Better. Thank you for this reminder that God know what He is doing in the pruning process…I can trust the Master Gardner!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • Bev, I adore the magnolias! So full and vibrant in color. Yes, God has often showed me that when I prune and step away from something He has the opportunity to raise up a new leader in my place. This is what Flourishing Together is all about!

  5. Love this. It fits right in with my own studies for lent and my word for the year. I’m reading Andrew Murray’s Abide in Christ and Bonnie Gray’s Whispers of Rest. My word is abide. Murray is going through this passage in John 15 to talk about true abiding in Christ. I struggle with surrendering all of me, of truly trusting in Him. Bonnie’s book is teaching me to daily rest, to daily surrender, to daily trust, to abide in the One who is truly worthy of it. Thank you! Thoroughly enjoyed reading your beautiful words!

  6. Submitting to God’s pruning requires courage. Yes! Courage to trust Him. Courage to imagine the growth and fruitfulness that waits for but that we cannot yet see. Such good reminders, friend. Thank you. I’m excited to see what fruit God grows in you after this current season of pruning. xx