I asked the Lord to give me a vision in order to help me understand things better and he gave me an image of an orange tree. I heard him say, “I am the vine and you are the branches.” I realized that God had been gently pruning me in order to get ready for my walk into freedom. He cut off and burnt the dead branches and pruned the areas of my my life that were stunted and were preventing new growth from happening. The Lord reminded me that this journey was not just about becoming free, but learning how to stay free in Him. True freedom does not happen overnight, but it was possible with Father God as my guide.
What is the Lord trying to prune that you are desperately holding onto and inadvertently you are choking your own growth?
Are there people or activities in your life that need to be pruned?
How will you water your own garden and face towards the sun in order to grow? What steps need to be taken for self care and maybe a brief pause in your life, while you concentrate on your own self care?
Ask yourself, “what is anxiety trying to fix?”
Tell Holy Spirit, “I don’t want to choose Anxiety anymore! How do I handle it?”
Do you struggle with letting yourself be at peace or rest like I do? Ask yourself , “why can’t I rest? Who modeled it and where did I learn it?”
Ask Holy Spirit, “what is the next step?”
Lord, I’m afraid that I won’t be able to make the mental mind shift to combat my anxiety and that I will always go down the same path. Give me strength to know that I can do this and help me see the victories along the way and not just at the finish line. I’m so afraid to go back. Lord please take my fear upon your shoulders and my doubt. Lift it away from my heart. Let the paths in my brain change and let me take the glorious path that you showed me.