When I was a little girl I loved nothing more than climbing in the branches of a backyard tree and hiding away. I read books there, slipping into a world of characters and story. I hung upside down with my knees locked securely over a branch and swung in the wind.
When I became a woman I realized the power of another tree. It was my family tree, gnarled and fractured for generations before me. I prayed for a strong, fruitful branch to grow so that my babies would laugh, feel secure, and grow up in a home that was stable and filled with love.
Growing a new branch of your family tree doesn’t start at the roots. You can’t go back and fix what is already so deeply embedded, but you graft in a new branch, and no matter how long it’s been there, fresh growth will appear.
What are the things that hurt you as a child? Have you carried those into the next generation, even if in a different form? Prune those branches.
Graft in the Holy Spirit. Graft in God’s love. Graft in self-control. Graft in joy. Peace. Wisdom.
And watch it grow, shading the next generation with it’s healthy leaves.
To live free: Prune from your life those things that once hurt you. Don’t pass them down to another generation.
Scripture: Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5 (NIV)
Just You and God: It’s easy to be honest about what someone did to hurt you, but be honest with yourself as well. Did you hate chaos, but yell at your children? Did you hate addiction, but use substances to numb your emotions? Show your Heavenly Father the places where you desire to grow and heal.
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