Prune is the prompt word for Day 26 of #write28days. The word made me first think of our blueberry bushes. Early on, a nearby berry farmer told us to wait five years after planting before doing any pruning. So we heeded his advice.
Our daughter came and pruned some for us, but I don’t think we got to all of them. Nevertheless, we get lots of blueberries every year. We have now had them in the ground for eight years, so some probably will need pruning again this fall.
Speaking of pruning, the forest line is creeping closer and closer to our house. We need to prune some trees, but others, along with the scrub brush, need to come down. I would like to have a small area surrounding the house with a few flowers and edible plants. Then, we could leave the rest to the forest.
Sometimes we don’t prune soon enough, but sometimes we might be too quick and do it at the wrong time. We wouldn’t want to cut away branches in the spring when they have blossoms. That would certainly make for a poor harvest.
Our square foot gardens have a lot of runaway weeds. They seem to take over so quickly, but the lavender and oregano are growing nicely. This year I want to move the gardens back up the hill closer to the back door. That way it will be easier to care for them and bring in the harvest.
Aren’t our lives like that? Sometimes the weeds and cares of our lives threaten to choke us.
Prune Away Time Wasters
Maybe we just haven’t taken the time to examine what might be helpful and what might be draining our energy. We might need to just let some things go in order to use our energy wisely. For me, I know that I waste time scrolling through Facebook and Instagram. Don’t get me wrong. I think there is a place for them. I have some very close friends I communicate with through Facebook messenger.
What I am talking about is the amount of time wasted when I sit down for “just a few minutes” and it turns into hours. Instead, of mindlessly scrolling, I could set a timer to remind me to stop. Then I could use the time I regained to work on other areas of my home.
Don’t Prune Mindlessly or Give Up
Other times we may get so tired of all the things seeming to pull on us that we just start cutting away aimlessly. I’m thinking of how my kids and husband accused me of being on the warpath. I would get so tired of the messiness I would go on a rampage complaining loudly the whole time I was cleaning up.
But that kind of “pruning” doesn’t make for a happy or a neat, clean house. Nowadays it’s more like I’ve wasted time, and suddenly realize there’s so much work to do. Then I push myself to do things quickly. Or I get overwhelmed and give up, putting it off for another day.
Lately, I’ve been realizing that I’ve let myself be overwhelmed too much with what is not getting done in my house. I want to be a good steward of my home and my possessions. That includes getting rid of things that aren’t helpful or are just holding a space for no particular reason.
I have been going about it all wrong. Instead of heaping guilt on myself or others, I should have a plan.
There are many areas I could divide up and tackle one at a time. I should not expect to get rid of over 20 years of accumulation in one day. It would be so much better to picture in my mind how our house and possessions can serve us rather than hinder. Then take steps to eliminate what is unnecessary and find proper places for needed items.
But instead of working with a grumbling, complaining attitude, I can imagine how nice it will be when we are finished. Instead of wishing to hurry through the process, I could enjoy the time as I see progress made.
Do everything without grumbling and arguing, so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world, by holding firm to the word of life.
Rather than dreading the chores I could remember that God is with me and look for joy and blessings in the work. I could look for ways to make it enjoyable and just maybe recruit others as they see my joy.
So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
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