Have you ever felt like everything is falling apart? I know I have! I've found myself asking, "I don't know what I've done wrong, but I'm getting pounded." Sometimes it feels like everything in my life is being cut back. The good news is, God is preparing me to bear more fruit! He's cutting away the old and pruning what is fruitful so I can produce even more fruit. Sometimes these changes seem harsh or unnecessary - even unfair. But this is God's way of bringing changes into my life.

One more thing about fruit. Fruit is not typically enjoyed by the tree. Fruit most often nourishes others. As God is pruning and I begin to produce more fruit, it is for the benefit of others around me. And to bring enjoyment and glory to God!

John 15:1-2 "“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more."

James 1:2-4 "Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing."

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