Pruning Season

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For the past two months, I have been having a lot of time to myself outside in the wintry cold, and pruning at work. The orchard in my job is very expansive, so there are a large amount of trees to prune. When I would approach a tree for the first time, it would literally be a disaster. These branches and limbs would overflow in every which way possible. It was so disastrous, that I heard it speak under it’s breath, mocking me, “There’s no possible way you can fix this.” Despite it’s sneering remarks, I took my pruners with a great force of confidence and snipped away the intruding branches and twigs, and anything that was going to cause this tree to grow in a negative way. As the days grew longer and longer with pruning, I felt pain start to form in my back and my arms from overusing them. It required a great deal of persistence, but I was able to prune every resistant tree in the orchard.

With most events in my life, I of course thought of what I was doing with great depth. I began to compare this with scripture, like John 15:1-4,

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”

I begin to think about how God always puts us in a situation at one point in our lives where it feels as though we are truly broken. All the addictions that once held us in chains are now being cut and broken by Christ. All the sorrows, all the heartaches, all the sleepless nights, all the pain, all the illnesses, all the anxiety, all the voices in your head that tell you that you are not good enough or you’ll never amount to anything. There’s a point in our lives where God prunes all those negative branches in our life out. He cuts out all the intrusions that take you away from further seeking and serving his Kingdom, and provides more space for light to seep in so that you are able to grow. Without light, you cannot grow. Also, pruning is always done in the coldest and most brutal seasons. The storm takes over your life, and you feel as though you are being pushed in every aspect of your life. Until the sun starts poking through and life begins to grow within you, allowing you to bloom beautiful flowers that then turn into ripened, delicious fruit.

This all seems like such a complicated process, but that’s because it is! This all has to happen to us, though, so that we do not wither and die away, but that we are open to receive God’s light and love, which allows our spirits to grow!

For it says in Ephesians 5:14,

 “Wake up, sleeper,

rise from the dead,

and Christ will shine on you.”

Winter season is over, and the Spring time is here! Rise from your darkness, and live in the light that God has given you!

Love and Blessings,

Kat

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A New Found Hope for a New Year

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Ah, here we are. We’ve made it to a new year and maybe to some, a new life. I’m so happy to be alive and standing right now. New Year’s Eve was a magical event that played out right in my home. It was a time that was so dear and special to me because I was surrounded with my intermediate family and my boyfriend. We sat there with our tummies full, because we ate like Kings, and told each other what we felt like we learned and accomplished in the past year of 2014. We also spoke of our dreams and hopes for bettering ourselves and our lives for the new year of 2015.

Everyone had such diverse experiences and I almost choked on my words when it came to my turn, because I felt so emotional about what happened this past year. A lot of ups and a lot of downs, but I feel like I have become such a stronger person in my faith and in my character. I found a new hope that I would carry on and continue in this new year and every year after that. Once you have a grasp of life and your presence here on Earth, and just how powerful it is, you can never let that go. Our feet are planted on this Earth for a unique and specific reason for each and everyone, and we are meant to breathe in this life to it’s fullest. God is such a loving God, and he has blessed us with far more than we can even fathom.

To be able to take in every single moment, capture every special memory, and smile with the biggest gum-showing grin is what we were meant to do. That is what I thrive to do this year; to capture my special moments by developing  and growing in my Photography, to never take anything for granted, to meet someone new everyday and to love like I’ve never loved before.

And as the ball dropped and we all gathered around the living room counting down from “5.. 4.. 3.. 2.. 1”, I looked at every expression on every face. I felt the happiness and joy vibrate off the walls of the room, and I gave a sparkling peach juice toast to my dear boyfriend and leaned in for my first New Years kiss ever.

I couldn’t have asked for a different way in celebrating New Years, or a different set of people to spend it with.

So let’s raise our glasses and here’s a toast, 2015, We’re ready for you.

-Kat A.


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Enjoying every last drop of this year

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“What are you thinking about?”, he asks me as I realize that I have a large smile on my face as I breathe in the beautiful and warming atmosphere of the coffee shop we sit in. My eyes gaze around the room, admiring each little knick knack here and there, from the art displays on the walls, to the paper hearts hanging from the ceiling. I let my lungs fill with the sweetest smell of coffee as I breathe in the steam off of my worn out mug, and answer him with a “Nothing.”

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Thoughts swirl around my head as I let my imaginations run wild. I look at the little shops around us as I peer through the glass, imagining what it would be like to own a little apartment up above a small coffee shop like this. I then feel someone lightly tracing my skin on my hand and I look up to see Jake smiling at me. I so very much enjoy his company because it’s as though we don’t need to drown our days with conversation, we’re content with just being in each others presence. We don’t need to speak because we already know what the other is thinking about through little gestures. As I sit there soaking in every moment, he is also sitting there and doing the same.

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As we finish our lunch, and enjoy every savory morsel of it too, we prepare ourselves to go out and venture to different whereabouts in the beautiful area we know as the Hudson Valley. We walk around with pink noses and frosted fingertips in the historic town of Kingston. We admire the little shops here and there that are filled with different and unique characters. Nothing compares to this area in the wintertime, for even though this is the time of frostbitten toes and dead trees, there is still so much life and spirit around us as people smile and enjoy the festivities of the giving season.

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Jake takes a hold of my hand and walks me around this beautiful town, and tells me stories of his childhood, his favorite memories, classic Marvel comic book nerd talk, and of course… Yes, you guessed… A bit of Star Wars loving. I laugh at all his little quirks and smirks and let the cold wind kiss my face as Jack Frost gives me a small “Hello.”

“What do you want to do now?” Jake asks.

“Let’s go thrifting!” I reply.

Ah, the adventures of thrifting. We roamed around the isles of clothes that are filled with character and that have been loved on a bit more than brand new clothes in retail stores. There’s nothing like buying nifty things for much less than what you’d pay for in stores nowadays.

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Of course, we had to end this perfect day with watching Star Wars and splurging on some delightful vegan ice cream. This year, overall though, is ending and wrapping up quite nicely and I couldn’t ask for a better ending to a better year. But, hey, it can only get better, huh? I’m so looking forward to all the new and exciting adventures that are held for me this new coming year. It was so very nice knowing you, 2014, you will be remembered. Well, this insomniac needs a cat nap at least, for it’s already 5 in the morning. Goodnight to my other fellow insomniacs, and good morning to the early birds!

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