Hello, neighbors! This is my first post in almost 3 years! What happened to me? The backstory is pretty humbling…
Prior to my previous post, God was dropping some pretty loud hints that I needed to step back from writing and give more attention to my health and family. I didn’t. I’m an all-or-nothing kind of girl. I’m passionate even to a fault sometimes. I convinced myself that I was still able to keep on pushing myself to the same high intensity that I had been for months. God knew that I hadn’t been giving my body the rest it needed and it created all kinds of havoc. Actually, spiritually speaking I wasn’t being exactly obedient to His leading, and that is an open door to reap what I had sown.
So I became very sick with adrenal fatigue. I didn’t see the spiritual reaping at the time, or maybe I just didn’t want to, but I completely blamed everything on natural circumstances which I listed in my last post. Yes, our bodies can become taxed by a number of reasons, but after I finally let go of this blog I could see what God was showing me.
I didn’t want to stop blogging, but He made it so clear to me that daily rest was to be a priority. I have told Him many times that I will give Him everything. As a result, I have seen God move mightily in my life when I have yielded to Him. I remember finding freedom when the Holy Spirit led me to cut up an idol years ago.
So I surrendered this blog completely to Him, even if that meant I would never come back to it. I didn’t allow myself to touch my blog. Not respond to a single comment. Not tweet a single post. I was being “pruned.” We don’t talk about it very much, but it’s right there in the Word:
Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. John 15:2 ESV
The Blessings of God’s Pruning
God put back into balance the areas of my life that had tilted. The only reason this reshaping happened was because I yielded to Him. I saw the peace I was seeking in my everyday life. I saw the blessing of His pruning:
- Gave us another Baker boy after 6 years of infertility.
- Healed me from Adrenal Fatigue and other hormone imbalances.
- A fresh vision for my family, including making my boys disciples of Jesus.
- Granted me the desire of my heart to become a morning person.
I am grateful for your prayers, and so blessed by those of you who wrote me saying you were praying for me. 🙂 I am astounded that even though I didn’t touch this blog for a couple of years, God still used it to minister encouragement to people all over the globe. Welcome, new subscribers! I am praying daily for you.
I’m excited to share a big announcement with you in my next post, but in the meantime, tell me: Have you ever had the experience of being pruned by God? What happened?