Tuesday, February 17, 2015

It's the Roots That Are Important

It's been a while since I posted something, so here goes.

I was in a coffee shop today, and a man--who happened to be a pastor--was relating a story.  He asked a botanist to plant a white pear tree in the yard.   It was a pretty tree that stood about 5' 10" tall, but once it was planted the botanist began to cut off EVERY branch.

The pastor wondered about this since leaves are needed for photosynthesis.  So he questioned the botanist.  The botanist's response was, "The roots are the most important."

Times of pruning are tough.  Whether you believe in God or not, life has a way of stripping you and the strip down is no fun.  (That's the main reason I had stopped blogging.)  However, if we take the time to reflect, we can find that our character has been strengthened, and we are able to encourage others in ways we could not before.

1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.  (John 15:1-2, 5, KJV)


  1. We have to be rooted and grounded in this day and age. if not we'll fall for anything. :)

    keep writing girly.


    1. Thanks, Marie. To reiterate what you said elsewhere, "Slowly but surely." :)

      hugs back,

  2. I have felt that life is too overwhelming or that no one reads/cares what I post so I have thought about quitting. I've also been going through a tough patch. Hang in there.


    1. Hey Mellie,

      Life gets that way but don't stop. Take a break if you need to but don't quit. As I heard someone else say, "Only YOU can say what you need to say." There are people waiting to hear from you because your expressions will resonate with them.

      As for the tough patch, remember 1 Cor. 2:9
      "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."

      Thanks for the encouragement, Mellie.


  3. Beautiful post, Clarissa! Blogging can be very therapeutic. Keep encouraging! God gives us bread crumbs sometimes to follow so that we don't become overwhelmed. Praying for you! #bloggercaregroup

    1. Ahhhh, those bread crumbs. I need to stop using them as tasty morsels of distraction. :D God's teaching and reminding me through various people to stop being overly focused on the big picture and follow the path He's put before me.

      Thanks for being one of those people, and I appreciate the prayers!