Grace Diaries Lifestyle

Stop to Prune the Roses

25 February 2018

I have to admit cutting back in life is not always easy for me. I completely understand that it's necessary at times. Yet for whatever reason I tend to fight it a bit and just struggle through for the long haul until I eventually crash. Call it stubborn perhaps, but there is also a part of me that feels a sense of weakness when I can't handle it all. That whole comparison game kicks in where it appears everybody else seems to be handling it all just fine therefore I should too.

I'm not going to lie, I was a mess inside. Anxious, lacking concentration, and some days depression creeped in that left me only going through the motions.

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The truth of the matter is life gets overwhelmingly busy at times and trying to do it all is just not healthy. The end result will be stumped, fruitless and just plain messy. So rather than hanging on for dear life only to look back on something less fruitful I decided to just surrender to the need to take a break. I was going to choose to nurture the need and embrace what the regrouping process had to offer.

So I took a break from blogging...

to prune my family's rose bushes. 


And what an amazing experience it was!

In fact, it was a GOD THING!


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pruning rose bushes, overwhelmed life

Here is what Google says about the purpose of pruning:

"Pruning of trees should always be done with a purpose in mind. Some pruning is done to change or train a plants growing pattern or to restrict growth. Other forms of pruning may be required to maintain or improve plant health or the quality of flowers, fruit and foliage."

Now I prune our trees and bushes twice a year.  And while I happen to enjoy it I never really thought too much into depth as to why we do it. I mean yes, we know it's a nice little hair cut or manicure for the yard. But let's think about this...pruning is a necessary process in order to promote healthy growth! Otherwise they remain stagnant, dull, and lost in the midst of unnecessary weak stems that will suck the life out of it's full potential. And let's not forget the unproductive dead branches only cluttering precious space.

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Pruning eliminates distraction in order to

provide direction and strength where it matters most.

I found it interesting when I was pruning how some areas were hard to cut back. They just seemed too pretty and interesting to eliminate. But stepping back I could see from a bigger picture pretty or not it didn't really contribute to the rose bush as a whole. They only distracted the eye from the main attraction. Isn't that so true in areas of our lives? Not to say we can't have pretties or have fun interests, but if they distract your life off course it's not bringing value.

Now there were some areas on the rose bushes that were questionable on whether to cut back or not. I felt they had potential, but only time would tell so I decided to keep some and see where they would lead. I feel sometimes God allows us to keep some of those little extras in our life for that very reason. He sees potential and He is willing to see where we take it. It may or may not be a permanent branch. It just might be that extra growth required to support our core in a time of need.

Notice in Google's definition how it says:

"should always be done with a purpose in mind".

God has a purpose in mind for us. But it is up to us listen to His voice so He can guide us on when and what to cut back on as needed. Or to even weed out completely. We can't do it all, nor should we try. Otherwise something or someone will suffer.

So no, I don't plan on giving up blogging anytime soon. But I was struggling to juggle it all for a moment there with everything else going on in my life. It wasn't until I decided to surrender to that Voice telling me to stop to prune the roses did I realize what God was trying to teach me.

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jean jacket, navy floral jumpsuit, forever 21, red handbag,

Cutting back is not weakness,

it is an act of wisdom to promote healthy growth.

It wasn't much longer after that monumental day of pruning that I started to feel strong and productive again where it matters.

And you know what?

Our rose bushes did too. New healthy growth has already sprouted.

rose bush, pruning, spring sprouts

Do you struggle trying to do it all? What areas do you cut back in to spring back?

Annette ♥


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  • Reply Patricia Hobson 25 February 2018 at 10:38 PM

    I love Spring and all it’s glory, makes me feel good to even go to grocery store and see the tulips blooming. There is so much to learn with God’s creation. He is the vine we are the branches….boy do we need pruning every so often. Loved your blog!

    • Reply Annette 26 February 2018 at 10:22 AM

      Thank you for reading. xo

  • Reply Lisa 26 February 2018 at 9:59 AM

    I need that red statement bag asap! Such a cute look love!


    • Reply Annette 26 February 2018 at 10:22 AM

      Thank you Lisa.

  • Reply Torey Noora 26 February 2018 at 10:37 AM

    I love how to related this to our own lives and what God is doing! I can’t wait to get outside and start planting and pruning.

    • Reply Annette 26 February 2018 at 5:51 PM

      Thank you Torey. 🙂 I love spring…happy pruning. xo

  • Reply Cathy 26 February 2018 at 10:45 AM

    Love your pants and fabulous handbag! Sometimes it is good to take a break from work and prune roses, I need to do this!


    • Reply Annette 26 February 2018 at 5:51 PM

      Thank you Cathy. xo

  • Reply lydia 26 February 2018 at 10:49 AM

    Really really loved this post girl! You couldn’t have said everything better! Thanks so much for sharing, definitely feel inspired.

    xo, Lydia

    • Reply Annette 26 February 2018 at 5:52 PM

      Thank you Lydia, I appreciate your kind words. xo

  • Reply Oh to Be a Muse 26 February 2018 at 11:53 AM

    You actually pruned the roses! I thought the title was just about your outfit. 🙂 It’s always good to take a break from the hustle and bustle.

    • Reply Annette 26 February 2018 at 5:55 PM

      Lol it just so happened to work out that way in my favor. 🙂

  • Reply Stephanie 26 February 2018 at 1:33 PM

    I’m not sure you even can comprehend how badly I needed to read this today. God always shows us the most fascinating things at the most unsuspecting times, don’t you think? I love how pruning your rose bushes and taking a step back from blogging allowed you to experience His calm, comforting presence. Here’s hoping you have a spectacular week!

    • Reply Annette 26 February 2018 at 5:58 PM

      Thank you Stephanie. I’m so glad it resonated with you. God is so good like that. I’m alway in awe with the ways He shows me things. Thank you for reading. Have an amazing week as well. xo

  • Reply Tonya 26 February 2018 at 3:22 PM

    Thanks for sharing a personal side. I took a break this week as well to focus on family. It was much needed! ❤️

    • Reply Annette 26 February 2018 at 5:59 PM

      Thank you Tonya. Those family moments are so important. So happy to hear you were able to have a break with them.

  • Reply Kait Elizabeth 26 February 2018 at 3:58 PM

    This is a beautiful post and a wonderful reminder. Hugs, Kait

    • Reply Annette 26 February 2018 at 5:59 PM

      Thank you Kait. xo

  • Reply Whit 26 February 2018 at 9:51 PM

    that bag is the perfect pop of color! LOVE!


    • Reply Annette 28 February 2018 at 12:01 PM

      Thank you Whit.

  • Reply Helen 26 February 2018 at 11:39 PM

    Such a cute outfit! Love the bag too. Great job in putting them all together. It really looks god on you!

    • Reply Annette 28 February 2018 at 12:01 PM

      Thank you Helen.

  • Reply Kileen 27 February 2018 at 2:40 AM

    Love this post girl! I love that you said that cutting back is not weakness, totally agree with that. I believe self care and self awareness is so important. When I overwork, I have to step back and allow myself to take a little break and then I can come back 100% again.

    cute & little

    • Reply Annette 28 February 2018 at 12:02 PM

      Thank you Kileen. I appreciate that. 🙂

  • Reply Nataly 27 February 2018 at 8:12 AM

    I love this look and post! Such a great read!

    • Reply Annette 28 February 2018 at 12:02 PM

      Thank you Nataly

  • Reply Lauren 27 February 2018 at 9:29 AM

    It’s great to cut back and relax sometimes!! Loving that outfit too.

    Lauren |

    • Reply Annette 28 February 2018 at 12:02 PM

      Thank you Lauren.

  • Reply Suzanne Spiegoski 27 February 2018 at 1:18 PM

    Love the bucket bag in this post but more of the story. Moody yet inspiring.

    • Reply Annette 28 February 2018 at 12:03 PM

      Thank you Suzanne. xo

  • Reply Amanda 27 February 2018 at 1:40 PM

    I definitely agree that cutting back is necessary sometimes. Taking a step back and giving yourself a chance to breathe and decompress is so important.

    • Reply Annette 28 February 2018 at 12:03 PM

      It really is. Thank you Amanda for reading. xo

  • Reply Azanique 27 February 2018 at 2:21 PM

    I need this outfit! What a fun print 🙂

    -xo, Azanique |

    • Reply Annette 28 February 2018 at 12:04 PM

      Thank you Azanique.

  • Reply sharon wu 27 February 2018 at 9:29 PM

    love that red bag! it’s so cute and perfect for spring. great styling too!

    • Reply Annette 28 February 2018 at 12:04 PM

      Thank you Sharon.

  • Reply DTKAustin 27 February 2018 at 10:02 PM

    I love everything about this look!! That red bag is so fabulous and such a great statement piece!

    • Reply Annette 28 February 2018 at 12:04 PM

      Thank you Ashley. xo

  • Reply Lacey 28 February 2018 at 7:32 AM

    This post is everything! I’ve been feeling so much of the same and I loved hearing how you deal with it all!



    • Reply Annette 28 February 2018 at 12:05 PM

      Thank you Lacey. I hope your able to step back a bit and catch a breather. xo

  • Reply Tomi 28 February 2018 at 1:37 PM

    I loved this! So important to take breaks from time to time. I thought you were just going to use this as a metaphor, but you really did it! haha. Thanks for being so authentic with us. xx

    Tomi //

    • Reply Annette 1 March 2018 at 2:25 PM

      Thank you Tomi. lol it was an actual experience that in return supported itself. God’s good like that. 🙂

  • Reply Stefanie 28 February 2018 at 3:44 PM

    I didn’t know this! I love your insight and how it’s relative to everyday life. I think rose bushes are so beautiful (if they’re taken care of!) I also love this outfit, especially that red bag!

    • Reply Annette 1 March 2018 at 2:26 PM

      Thank you Stefanie. Yes, rose bushes can really be gorgeous. Thank you for reading.

  • Reply the eye traveler 28 February 2018 at 5:57 PM

    I agree with you, it’s important to have a purpose in mind when you try to achieve anything. Thanks for sharing a piece of your mind <3

    • Reply Annette 1 March 2018 at 2:26 PM

      Thank you. xo

  • Reply Ruth Ridley 5 March 2018 at 10:19 AM

    I am loving this look!! these pants are amazing!!

    • Reply Annette 5 March 2018 at 4:10 PM

      Thank you Ruth. xo

  • Reply Julia Comil 7 March 2018 at 11:24 AM

    Such a great post and look!! Love the concept of pruning

    • Reply Annette 7 March 2018 at 5:38 PM

      Thank you Julia. xo

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