Pruned from the Vine

Quarantine Day 63: NYC

Happy Thursday everyone! I just Uber Eats’d my brother in Ohio, four pints of edible cookie dough. So, if you’re wondering the type of day I’m having…I’m feeling impulsive.

ANYWHO! Tonight, I’m super excited to share tonight’s post with you! And it’s over on WINE Ministry’s website! (Women In the New Evangelization) is an awesome online ministry, and I’m honored to be a contributor!

The Post is titled: Pruned from the Vine

It’s a vey timely piece, offering a new perspective to the quarantine reality we’re all facing. It’s one of my favorite pieces I’ve ever written, so I hope you take 4 minutes and check it out!

Alright, I hope you have a fabulous weekend! And if you missed last night’s recipe….you’re definitely going to want to check it out!!

I mean hello, gorgeous!!

STAY WELL! Hugs and love xox


“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5

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Here was yesterday’s video!

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I had so much fun going through the FabFitFun winter box — it’s filled with awesome products — from beauty, to fitness, fashion, skincare, home — all full size, valued at over $250, but sold for only $39.99 when you use my code “SANTABABY!”

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60 responses to “Pruned from the Vine”

    • Oh thank you so much Lohluh!! I appreciate you taking the time to read it! Big hugs to you xox

  1. My church in CA uses that passage as our theme and mission statement. (John 15:1-8).

    I think people would be surprised to know that even the best fruit bearing branches have to be trimmed. Otherwise they get fat and take nutrients from other healthy branches. Yes, God might remove the nasty influences like alcohol and toxic relationships, but He has also taken away good things like careers, good relationships, and even good health. Not because God hates us, but be removing successes, He makes us even more successful. Counterintuitive, but true. Just ask Joni Earickson Tada or Kathleen Wolf. 🙂

    And congratulations on your article!

    • Oh that’s so awesome! It’s a powerful verse for sure. How interesting. You’re right – He removes that which impedes our growth! Hugs and love xox

    • Hahahaha oh my gosh that made me chuckle! 🙂 stay well and thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox

    • Thank you so much Kyndl! Oh I’m so glad it resonated with her! 🙂 glad you stopped by! Hugs and love xox

  2. Caralyn, after reading your post on pruning, I stopped and thought. Pruning occurs either in the Fall or Spring. The whole world was placed on pause and reset. Many things we took for granted were pruned. It is my belief that we will see many good things coming from the first quarantine of the world of sick and healthy people. God didn’t cause the pandemic but he is definitely going to use it for good.

    Stay safe! Hugs and love! xoxo

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to read it! OH WOW what a realization!!! You’re right – He is definitely going to use it for good. That, I am sure of! what an incredible fact. stay well! Hugs and love xox

  3. Okay are you ready for Texas to come to New York? LOL! The reason you prune is to get rid of all the diseased/broken branches, fungus and anything else the seasons have brought. The same way with shredding a pasture. You shred to get rid of all the say ragweed here, or Mesquite trees. Those trees have thorns on them 3 inches long. Then you plant like rye grass in the pasture and the cattle will then eat it, not having to go around all the other stuff, because there are things they eat and things they won’t.

    Also pruning/shredding allows the water to soak into the ground giving the roots what they need, and during pollinating season the bees can get to everything easier without having to go through the fungus and the like. So that is the education part of it.

    Now apply it to us, and the same thing happens. Our souls actually become able to receive all God has for them, as well as our lives. In other words, the bad stuff is gone, and God can begin to water and pollinate the good in us. When this happens just like in a plant or pasture, we are going to become actually a beautiful plant or pasture, having in it only that which is supposed to be there. God is not going to have to work through all the other stuff.

    Kind of like weeding out a garden. Great post and love you more, God Bless, SR

    • Thank you SR for this awesome Texan comment!! So interesting. I am literally fascinated by this! Thank you for sharing that!! Love you friend! Hugs and love xox

  4. wonderful post, Caralyn. It must be odd reading it today thinking back on when you wrote it 30 days ago. Hopefully we all come out of this pruning process stronger and more grateful for what we have.

    • Hi Jim! Thank you so much 🙂 Yeah — it was such an interesting exercise to write it, then…and to read it, now! Perspective is a wild thing! i pray so too! stay well! Hugs and love xox

    • aw thank you so much Greg, I appreciate you taking the time to read it! Hugs and love xox

      • And while we’re on that topic, I appreciate you always replying to every comment. For someone who gets as many comments as you, that’s real dedication.

    • Thank you so much! 🙂 I really appreciate that! #NYTough! Hugs and love xox

    • Hey Mitch! thanks so much!! 🙂 absolutely! congrats on your film! that’s so so SO exciting! i’ll absolutely give it a watch! wooooo!!! Hugs and love xox

    • thank you so much Teresa!! I appreciate you taking the time to read it! Hugs and love xox

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