Hi, friends! First off, thanks a ton for giving grace on sharing this word so late with you. No excuses! Let’s get to it, because it’s a real good one that you’re going to want to think and pray on long after January is over. (I did back date just to keep things in order for my sake.)
“The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God.” Psalm 92:12-13, ESV
I first came into contact with this word on Christmas Day. I received a heaven-inspired bracelet from a Christian jewelry company that stamped this word on a gold disc. I had no idea how it applied to my life at the time, but I trusted the Lord to reveal it. Like all twelve of the words from 2019 that I journaled about privately over 365 days, I knew the Holy Spirit would be faithful in helping me navigate the significance of this word.
He did and I am so excited to backtrack and share a little more about how I believe this heaven-inspired word will encourage you in your daily walk with Christ. Around here I believe we are all called to walk by faith, pursue our purpose and live in joy, and this word will help you do just that.
So, friend, flourish. It reminds me of a garden. In fact, the Bible talks numerous times about gardens and more specifically, well-watered gardens. I like to believe I have a green thumb, so every time I hear this word I imagine walking through a garden, my fingers gliding over green plants and my bare feet sinking into the soft dirt. It’s hot, the sun beating on each plant, but there’s evidence of rain. Rain makes things grow and flourish. You may have felt you’ve been in a rainy season. The floods have almost drown you, the rain beat down on every hope and dream, every desire. But, I have good news – while the rain might have been unbearable, it wasn’t meant to stop you. It’s helped you flourish and like a well-watered garden, you will grow to be who God intends for you to be. How do you grow into a well-watered garden? By spending time with Christ and His Word. Reading scripture, worshipping and praying are key in your flourishing. The more you spend time with Him, the more He waters and blesses you.
Even though January is over, I pray you lean into this word. May the Holy Spirit recall it to your mind as you walk through this year. And, may you bloom and flourish like a well-watered garden.