Freedom from Suffering
July 4th is the day we celebrate our freedom in the USA so in seeking what to post He led us to one of our Streams devotional that we believe will speak to many of you.
Every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. (John 15:2)
A child of God was once overwhelmed by the number of afflictions that seemed to target her. As she walked past a vineyard during the rich glow of autumn, she noticed its untrimmed appearance and the abundance of leaves still on the vines. The ground had been overtaken by a tangle of weeds and grass, and the entire place appeared totally unkempt. While she pondered the sight, the heavenly Gardener whispered such a precious message to her that she could not help but share it.
The message was this: “My dear child, are you questioning the number of trials in your life? Remember the vineyard and learn from it. The gardener stops pruning and trimming the vine or weeding the soil only when he expects nothing more from the vine during that season. He leaves it alone, because its fruitfulness is gone and further effort now would yield no profit. In the same way, freedom from suffering leads to uselessness. Do you now want me to stop pruning your life? Shall I leave you alone?”
Then her comforted heart cried, “No!” Homera Homer-Dixon
It is the branch that bears the fruit,
That feels the knife,
To prune it for a larger growth,
A fuller life.
Though every budding twig be trimmed,
And every grace
Of swaying tendril, springing leaf,
May lose its place.
O you whose life of joy seems left,
With beauty shorn;
Whose aspirations lie in dust,
All bruised and torn,
Rejoice, though each desire, each dream,
Each hope of thine
Will fall and fade; it is the hand
Of Love Divine
That holds the knife, that cuts and breaks
With tenderest touch,
That you, whose life has borne some fruit,
Might now bear much.
Annie Johnson Flint
Dear bride, if you are in the midst of being pruned, you can find Freedom from suffering. Simply let go of everything so your arms are free to wrap your arms around your HH—as you feel His arms wrapped around you—suddenly you'll feel set free from your pain as this new bride wrote in a word of thanks below.
Thank You So Much
Thank you so much each Partner for your dedication, guidance, and prayers during my marriage restoration journey, especially Lota, who lovingly answered my questions during a crisis and encouraged me to keep seeking God. Thank you so much Lota and may God continue to bless you.
I recommend How God Can and Will Restore Your Marriage, it is more than just a book for marriage restoration, it is a book to restore your life and by studying it your life will never be the same. The intimacy I have obtained with my HH is incredible and everything starts to change and the miracles start to manifest, the pain is gone.
I recommend these courses and in my case, I was so encouraged to see situations very difficult, so I knew that mine could also be able to be restored. Like the marriage that was restored after 10 years— it encouraged me that it is never too late and that even though many years have passed in my case also, God can do it and He will.
My life was a disaster when I came here, I was so devastated and I had no hope. My EH lived in another country and told me he wanted a divorce because I ruined his life and he hated me. He never wanted to return to me nor our baby. It was humiliating how many OW existed and finding the book I was able to see my errors and change. When I finished the book and started the courses, my EH came to our country to see us! Only God could do that. Now we are in the country where he lives for a time and I know that God, in His timing, will do finish what He began.
Thank You, God, because You guided me that night in my desperation to this ministry, where I found You and You gave me hope. My marriage is not totally restored yet but I know You are working. Thank you for protecting me and holding me by the hand. I am nothing without You. Thank You, Lord, thank You for not abandoning me.
Luke 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”
Matthew 6:19–21 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”