Seeing life's events in the light of God's Word.

Prepare to Blossom!


27323922253_5fab10b390Psalm 121:5- “The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand.”


In the Arizona summer, shade is at a premium. People often circle parking lots more than once, looking to park in the shadow of a tree, building, or another vehicle taller than their own.

Finding a shady place to park can be akin to winning the lottery in the Valley of the Sun.

Drivers emerge from their vehicles with smug looks of satisfaction and head inside to shop, knowing when they return their cars will be twenty degrees or so cooler than they would be otherwise.

Psalms 120-134 are songs the Jews sang when traveling the roads toward Jerusalem. They prepared the travelers’ hearts and put them in a right attitude as they brought their sacrifices to God.

The reference to the “right hand” is a biblical symbol of one’s power and strength. Shade is the reassurance that we are standing in God’s shadow.

He is the source of our strength.

In this life, he is preparing each of us as we travel toward Heaven.

He is our keeper, our shelter, our protector, our guard.

He is preparing us for eternal life with Him.

In His shade, we do not burn up.

We do not wither.

Instead we flourish and blossom!

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John 10:10b-“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

Last month, I attended a Ladies Retreat. It was a wonderful time of fellowship with other women from my church.

Just like all other retreats I have been to, we had a theme that gave direction to each “session” and guided our worship time together.

Our theme:  FLOURISH: Grow! Thrive! Multiply!

The following thoughts are my interpretation of our speaker, Annie Kingrey’s, message to those who attended the retreat-

If we spend time in God’s Word, it will be of great comfort to us when trials come in our lives. We won’t be uprooted. In fact, we can thrive!

Said another way:  If we will stay in The Word during the in-between times (the lulls) we will put down deep roots. Then, when the storms of life come along, we won’t be uprooted. 

When we hear of the death of a loved one, when we receive an unfavorable diagnosis, when our job is in jeopardy, God’s Word will take us far beyond merely “coping” or “making it through.”

He says we can FLOURISH—amid the storm-tossed seas of life.

God isn’t just in the business of helping us get by. He wants to do far more than that.

This may be a radically new perspective for many of us, but God wants us to live a VICTORIOUS life…here…and NOW.

When the seas are calm.

When the tempest is churning all about us.

On the good days.

On the bad days.

EVERY day.

“It’s time for us to more than just survive. We were made to thrive!

(Words from our theme song, Thrive, Mark Hall and Matthew West, 2014). 

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