The Draw to Surrender

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  1. This is very beautiful Julie. God uses nature, the growing, the passing, all to reveal so much about His nature and His work in us. I too witnessed a tree being taken down this week, not mine, but it also was sad. I didn’t relate the scripture as you so beautifully did, but to see any creation of God to die, whether by natural causes, disease or by severing is sad. The Earth is the Lords and the glory thereof.

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    1. Oh my Mary, your words “The Earth is the Lord’s and the glory thereof”. Yes, His creation is so precious in whatever form it takes. Thank you for joining me today. I appreciate your words of encouragement. In Christ, Julie

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  2. Oh Julie, I have the same response to nature and trees and flowers. I love how you connected the feelings to scripture. Wow! What a deep lesson for us. Holy Spirit, what would you like to prune from my life, to create a clear vision to You? God bless you, Julie. I’m praying for you right now, for your family, your ministry and your schedule. May the Lord have His way in every detail, for He loves us more than anyone else ever could and He wants and knows what is truly best. I join you in laying my schedule before the Lord. Oh God, may it be your time, your agenda, your plans, for you are worth it, Jesus!

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    1. Melissa, wow! Your words are just what I needed. Thank you for these prayers. I will be up early with Jesus to read yours and some other blogs. And my sister, I am praying for God to bless you abundantly with trust in His every plan for your life. Not sure if you are on Facebook, but I designated Monday as my day to pray for pastors and ministry leaders and Tuesday to pray for prodigals young and old. Haven’t heard from God the rest yet. Love in Christ, Julie

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  3. Dear Julie,
    Oh, how timely! My own post earlier this week was about our Master Gardener, and the glorious garden He has and is creating in each one of us. I love how you described the “clear line of sight” after the pruning. And while I would rather not be in this painful season of my life, at the same time I know that what He is pruning in me is only so that I can see Him more clearly. So, I don’t want to be anywhere else, except living in my true Vine. May I allow the surrenders to keep going deeper. Blessings to you dear friend.

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    1. Dearest Bettie, all I can say is God is on the move from PA to the midwest! Praise His holy name! I too find the pruning painful at times but so thankful He draws us deeper still. Praying for a supernatural rest in the deepest part of your soul this evening. In Christ, Julie

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  5. Julie, your post touches on social media. Perhaps, I am blessed in not having other social media platforms such as Facebook or Instagram. I try to schedule my time on WordPress so that it is optimized without more than 2-3 segments of time each day. The challenge for me is to keep with other bloggers and their posts. This could be a dilemma as my own blog grows.

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    1. Good morning, Richard. I join you in that thought, perhaps it is a blessing you only focus here in WordPress. As a speaker and a budding author, I am called to have a social media presence. There is just one of me, though. So as you know, I cannot keep up regularly with other blogs just as I cannot keep up on different social media platforms. It is a dilemma for me, one which I take to the Lord daily. Seems making long range plans doesn’t work for me in this season.

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  6. This is timely for me. I too feel sadness when trees are cut down. They are unique in the aura of presence that they provide. But I also appreciate the insight you gleaned from it. As I prepare for a fifth child, I have been pondering and praying about what needs to be removed or reduced. Social media will have to be one of them but it’s hard to take that step. It’s become so integral to my life. I’m sure there will be others to cut too and none will be easy.

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