I’ll start my list with Bible reading. This new year I’m reading the Psalms in a scriptural journal volume that is text on one side and blank on the other. Artistic talent is not one of my skills, but creativity is, so I’m giving it my best shot.
Next, I pray through my long list of people I care for that includes family and friends, neighbors, church needs, my publisher and editors, our country and government leaders. I add requests from fellow authors, Bible study friends, and other specific needs.
I deal with words all day long. My writing, I try to write something each day. Chapter critiques for friends. Journal entries. Then there are texts, email, blogs, social media, once in a while I gland at news that pops up. In the evenings, I read (two to three books a week), and do word search puzzles.
No wonder my eyes are weary by bedtime. Eyes. “Oh, Lord, thank You for my eyesight!”
Thousands and thousands of words whittled down to one for contemplation. THRIVE. Flourish is a synonym.
An online description says thrive is an intransitive verb that means to grow vigorously, to be successful or make steady progress; prosper. And good old Webster says basically the same thing.
Job 14:9―At the scent of water it [a tree] will flourish and produce sprigs like a plant. (NASB)
Job 22:8―The land belongs to the powerful, and the privileged thrive in it. (ISV)
Psalm 92:13―…[men] planted in the house of the Lord they will flourish in the courts of our God. (NIV)
I want to drink from the springs of God’s Word and pray I thrive. God is a mighty God. I am privileged to be planted in Nebraska and growing in a Bible teaching, God honoring body of believers who are flourishing.