Friday, July 6, 2018

Supercuts!


John 15:1-2
I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.

Pictured above is our granddaughter, Virginia's, hair after I've washed, conditioned and de-tangled it.  Ugh!  I can tell right away that she is in dire need of a trim.

"Virginia," I announce, "we're going to Supercuts in the morning.  We've got to get rid of those ragged split ends."

"But Gammie, I like my long hair," she protests.  "You won't let the hair cut lady take off too much, will you?"

"No, I won't, honey," I assure her.  Though I think to myself it would probably be best to lop of at least three inches from her tresses, I promise Virginia that we'll only remove an inch and a half.

When we arrive at Supercuts, I tell the hairdresser how much to trim from Virginia's hair.  She readily cooperates, but not before explaining to us that the persistent knots and snarls are due as much to chlorine exposure, which dries out the shafts, as it is to split ends.  "We have a special shampoo and conditioner designed for kids who do lots of swimming in the summer.  I highly recommend these for her."

Of course, she would!  And of course, this Gammie purchases both at the end of our visit, but I'm getting ahead of myself.

First, it's the actual haircut!









Ah!  Now that's better!  Virginia loves her new look, especially since the length has been preserved to a great degree.  And she is so happy to be able to comb it out herself, painlessly, for a change.


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In light of Virginia's recent "pruning," maybe it's time we examine the spiritual health of our hearts and minds.  Are there emotional tangles?  Snarled thoughts?  Stubborn knots of pain or fear?

Let God in!  Allow Him to clip away at those negative "split ends" that keep us from being fully connected to Him.

In God's capable hands, a little trim goes a long way.  He will give us the ultimate Supercut!

Amen!

26 comments:

  1. Indeed Martha. We all need to examine our hearts for a spiritual health check. Especially since we often seem to make the same mistakes time and again.

    Good lesson in this post. Thank you.

    God bless you and your family.

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    1. I'm so glad you are in agreement, Victor. Yes, we do have that annoying habit of making the same mistakes, and having to ask God's forgiveness and guidance once again.
      Love and blessings!

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  2. Sweet, sweet.

    8 year old granddaughter #5 got 12" cut off this week - her auntie took her, she surprised her mama, and grandma clapped in appreciation from afar.

    10" was donated. Love that.

    She and your little sweetie are kindred spirits, for sure!

    ;-}

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    1. Wow, donated? What an absolutely wonderful idea, Linda! And I'll readily agree that we both have little sweeties for granddaughters, no doubt about it.
      Love and blessings!

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  3. She's so lovely, Martha!
    Emotional tangles? Yes. Snarled thoughts? Yep. Stubborn knots? Guilty, as charged. This is a wonderful analogy!

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    1. Thank you, Myra! Yep, I get those snarls and tangles, too, as do we all. Glad you appreciated the analogy!
      Love and blessings!

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  4. Your granddaughter has beautiful hair. The cut really is cute! I agree with your lesson here, as we do need to be mindful of those same things in our daily lives. Excellent!

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    1. Her hair is beautiful, but fine and thin, just like mine. So glad you liked the lesson here, Terri. I so love being able to take every day things and find a Biblical truth in it.
      Love and blessings!

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  5. Love the lesson. Love the trim.
    Hugs!

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  6. What a great analogy! There is a Buddhist phrase -- "Everything is workable" -- meaning that everything can be a learning opportunity. I love the way that you so often take something quite ordinary, like a haircut, and turn it into an insightful spiritual inquiry.

    And her hair looks great.

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    1. Galen, I honestly believe that that's exactly what God wishes me to do. He is everywhere and in everything when we take the time to pause and consider His presence in our day to day lives. He longs to love us, and I long to love Him.
      Love and blessings!

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  7. great lessons and wonderful model! I love how you take an ordinary conversation/event into such a spiritual lesson. Your writing reminds me God is in everything!

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    1. And Jean, that's just what I said in response to Galen's comment right above yours. God is in it all, always and everywhere, seeking us out, opening our eyes to His lessons all around us. Oh, how we are the most fortunate of folks!
      Love and blessings!

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  8. My hair doesn't take that much time to deal with it. Oh yeah...what hair? :) I remember those days when our daughter cried bloody murder whenever it was time for us to comb out her "bristle", thick hair. Great application also Martha.

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    1. Lol, Bill, you sound just like Danny - what hair?
      Glad you enjoyed the application of the lesson here, too.
      Love and blessings!

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  9. Martha, you've presented a great word picture/object lesson for all of us. Oh, yeah, I've got some "snarls", "tangles", "split ends" that only God can prune away. So, yeah, it's time to let God do His work.

    Love and blessings!

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    1. Amen, Kim! Time to let God go to work on us any way He pleases.
      Love and blessings!

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  10. Pruning always hurts for a moment but later the abundance that comes forth is absolutely beautiful...biggr, Fuller, healthier and deeper.

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    1. Yes, it does, Marla, but it is so, so necessary if we wish to bear much fruit for God. I know I do!
      Love and blessings!

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    1. Thank you, Sandi! I think so, too.
      Love and blessings!

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  12. Yep, need those split ends trimmed so we can be free of those snarls and tangles! Great analogy, Martha! Blessings!

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    1. So glad you liked the analogy, Deb!
      Love and blessings!

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  13. What a great story! Loved this. And Virginia's hair is so lovely. What fun to have a pretty little granddaughter to enjoy and treasure. You are blessed with not just one, but 3!! Yes, we must let Jesus help us keep our snarls and tangles pruned. I think I am overdue.

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    1. You may think you're overdue, Pamela, but by your recent posts, I'd say you're in snarl-free mode! Thanks for stopping by.
      Love and blessings!

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