He removes any of my branches that don’t produce fruit, and he trims any branch that produces fruit so that it will produce even more fruit.

John 15:2 CEB

The worker in the vineyard knows that, as the days are very short and nights are long and chill. now, is the time to go out into the vineyard to tackle last year’s unwieldy growth and prepare the vines for the coming season. The plants have entered a period of dormancy when it’s safe to take a clean, sharp blade to those branches which fruited so well last summer, and those branches which are growing from, or in, the wrong place.

Take a look at the examples in the images.

Encounter - Part 1 of 5

When we meet a person and establish a relationship with them it’s quite common to get a touch of excitement, although I’m not so sure if that happens as much when we’re simply interacting online through social media. As you may be aware, developing all relationships takes time, effort and ‘know-how’.

The benefits of a timely review

It’s ‘this time of year’. The first task is always demanding – tidying away Christmas! I’ve enjoyed the colourful lights, decorations and trees. But there comes a time when things must come down and be packed away into the loft for another eleven months.

Ours is an age where ‘effort’ for many often amounts to no more than flicking a button, touching a screen or even giving a voice command. So, I find it interesting to meet people who go against the ‘minimalist’ trend, people whose own definition of effort entails hours of dedicated discipline and exercise to achieve their desired goals. How do they do that? Why do they do that? What is driving them to make such an extensive effort?