Thrive – A Review

Perennial Plant that Thrive in Summer Heat | Signals AZ

Thrive was the word given to me for this year to “Thrive, not just survive” . So six months on how are you doing, how am I doing? Are we thriving?

Six months and it has been mixed, it started with us still in Lockdown, then slowly there were tentative steps into re-opening, re-starting, and then re-entering the big world again. One thing I was absolutely sure of was that I didn’t want to go back to the pressures of ‘pre-Covid’ life and that every season I want to thrive.

So how do you Thrive in this new way of living? How are you planning on Thriving this Summer? Using the Acrostic Letters of the word THRIVE, let me share with you how I hope to thrive this summer.

T – Time with God – always first and foremost to seek Him first, to build relationship, to build trust. How do I do that? With daily, intentional bible study and I have also started using a Pause App on my phone which is building a practice of pausing & reconnecting with God throughout the day or before starting a new task/event

H -Hope – Building Hope is not an easy thing, it takes discipline to turn your eyes away from your immediate circumstances and onto God, it takes discipline to remind yourself of God’s past faithfulness, as He has been with you before; He will be with you again and to remind yourself that no matter what is happening in the world God is still on the Throne, He is King and He is over all.

R – Rest – Building rest into your life also takes practice, but the benefits far outweigh any work involved in planning rest periods into your day, into your week, your month and into the season. Summer is often a time when people go off on holiday and this is important; it is important to take a break from the normal routines of life and to slow, to think of other things and to feed your soul with beauty and joy.

I – Intentional – for all these things I am building into my life, I have to be intentional, I have to actually have a plan, write it down and review it. Every season I write down goals for different aspects of my life and review them as the season goes on, add to them perhaps, this includes what I am going to study in the Bible, what books I may want to read, what fruits of the Spirit I wish to work on, what relationships are needing prayer and attention, as well as work and church life and rest periods

V – Victory – So easy to keep slipping at the same things isn’t it? So easy to write it off as just ‘my weakness’, whereas in actual fact there is victory found in Jesus. We can forge new pathways in our thinking; and instead of always going into our default of self-defeating attitudes and behaviours, we can forge new ways. For this I have to identify what these faults/weaknesses/areas of sin are and then find ways to counteract them, often this starts with my ‘stinking thinking’ and how to speak God’s truth into those thoughts and areas.

E – Encourage – A great way to thrive is to encourage others. Get alongside others, share your own struggles, encourage them in theirs, open the Word together, pray together, make space for one another to listen and to hear the unspoken words and also to joy together, praise together, laugh together.

A Time for Everything

For everything there is a season,
    a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
    A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
    A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
    A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
    A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to quit searching.
    A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
    A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate.
    A time for war and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8

Praying for you my dear friend, that you too will find ways to Thrive this summer, drop me a comment below on how you plan to do that, so we may encourage each other.

Tomorrow

Image result for do not worry about tomorrow bible verse

Hello & welcome, today I am joining with the  #FiveMinuteFriday  Group. We gather every week to freewrite for five minutes flat on a single writing prompt. This week’s prompt is: Tomorrow.

Well, in a week that has seen more change with each passing hour it is impossible to predict what tomorrow may bring! At work all week every hour brought e-mails regarding the changing situation, changing plans, changing procedures till now – lock-down!

It is certainly a time of trial, a time to dig deep, a time to really place our trust in the Living Eternal God who changes not and a time to take each day one day at a time.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:34

Tomorrow will have its own problems, its own challenges and sometimes we may worry about those and all the “what-ifs”, we fear whether we will we have the resilience to cope with one more thing on top of all the other things.

But Christ promised strength for TODAY, bread for TODAY. He promised that He would equip us for every good work which was the theme for me for New Year (Equipped).

In what appears to be the last days, facing trials of an unprecedented nature, does our faith fly out the window and we give in to the fear, or are we standing strong, knowing our God has prepared us for such a time as this? We are not exempt from the trials, we don’t sail through unscathed, we are human too, we feel the pain of loss of work, loss of services, loss of life as we have known it and even sadly loss of loved ones. We feel that, we go through that, but we still stand knowing that :

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings,

because we know that suffering produces perseverance;

 perseverance, character;

and character, hope.

 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Romans 5:3-5

We place our hope in God, our hope for tomorrow, our hope for the future, our hope for what is still to come we place in God knowing His love has been poured out into our hearts and that will sustain us in the days and tomorrows ahead.

Week 1 – Sitting; Day 5 – Waiting

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His Word I put my hope. I wait for the Lord more than the watchmen wait for the morning; more than the watchmen wait for the morning.

Psalm 130:5-6

So Matilda waits. By now she must feel the flutterings of the heartbeats of her tiny chicks in their shells. She has hope within her waiting, not long now and her patient endurance will have paid off and the chicks will hatch.

What about us, do we have hope in our waiting? Do we have those little flutterings of hope, little glimpses of God’s promises, little glimpses of what He can do?

Is our hope in His word, is it straining within us, so that it is with our whole being that we are waiting?

Do we know that our hope placed in His Word, will not disappoint?

So let us strain forward, let us look to His Word, let us place our hope in His faithful love towards us and turn our waiting into hopeful waiting.

Lord, I wait for You this day, I place my hope in You, give me a joyful, hopeful waiting time. Amen.

Week 1 – Sitting; Day 4 – Patience

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends; with the Lord a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow to keep His promises, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:8-9

What do you think Matilda was doing on that nest? Do you think she was scoring off the days? No, she was being patient, sitting and keeping on sitting, warming and rolling the eggs beneath her.

We are so impatient aren’t we?

We want God’s answers now! We want to see Him work, come in and transform a situation and now would be a good time!

What about that promise God gave us years ago, have we forgotten it, given up on it?

Do doubts and fears come in because we allow our immediate feelings and reactions to come in and control our situations?

Or can we encourage our hearts that with the Lord, one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day? Can we trust that His timing is perfect and He will show up on time, at just the right time?!

Lord, help me to trust Your timings and to be patient in hope to trust Your promises. Amen.