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the difference between God's discipline versus His pruning
on 23 June 2001
As popular as The Prayer of Jabez is, its sequel, Secrets of the Vine is having the greater impact on my life. Because I've gotten into gardening while living in England, the clear descriptions of pruning a grapevine made sense. The author then takes us from plant pruning to people pruning. For the first time, I understood that "..our Father the Vinedresser is guided by similar principles [as the gardener]. To make room for the kind of abundance he created us for, He must first cut away parts of our lives that drain...from what's truly important." Instead of questioning God's actions, I've realized that in mature pruning "the pruning intensifies as God cuts closer to the core" of who I am. This is an easy, quick and captivating read, but the message, though a tough lesson to learn, is long-term and extremely freeing.