Growing & Flourishing

 

Psalm 92:12-15 Amplified Bible (AMP)

1The [uncompromisingly] righteous shall flourish like the palm tree [be long-lived, stately, upright, useful, and fruitful];  they shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon [majestic, stable, durable, and incorruptible].

13 Planted in the house of the Lord, they shall flourish in the courts of our God.

14 [Growing in grace] they shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap [of spiritual vitality] and [rich in the] verdure [of trust, love, and contentment].

15 [They are living memorials] to show that the Lord is upright and faithful to His promises; He is my Rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

 

Growth has been impressed upon my heart here recently.  Most likely because my Little Bits are growing up so swiftly!  Honestly, I think they get a bit bigger with every sleep.  Looking back, I recall how tiny Ben was when we first met.  He was nearly 4 and fitting into 18-24 mos sized clothing.  How one meal at McDonald's actually gave his face some color.  He was hesitant to smile and petrified of me (don't worry I've since worked through that emotional trauma- I'm not a bitter Bittner).  Looking further back I remember the miracle that God performed in our Jasmine.  She hadn't moved in the womb until she was 7 1/2 mos old.  Doctors used the phrase "persistent vegetative" and urged for her abortion.  My heart is constantly thankful that the decision for the life of this precious child was not left up to the medical staff, but to a brave woman who stood fast on God's word and carried Jasmine to full term.  Jasmine amazed everyone in delivery and continues to amaze everyone today.  She is a living memorial indeed, made to show off the faithfulness of our Daddy God.  As you can tell I am one proud mama!

 The Little Bits Then and Now! Ben, 3 yrs old (top left) in the welfare institution of Bao Ji, China.  Jasmine (top right) just three mos old and loving life.  (bottom row) Ben, now 6 and Jasmine nearly 5 and FLOURISHING!

The Little Bits Then and Now! Ben, 3 yrs old (top left) in the welfare institution of Bao Ji, China.  Jasmine (top right) just three mos old and loving life.  (bottom row) Ben, now 6 and Jasmine nearly 5 and FLOURISHING!


As much as we all love watching the growth of the little ones around us- how much more do you think that our Daddy God loves to watch us grow up in our faith?  If there is a heavenly instagram your picture is on it all the time with the hashtags- #Ilovemykid #growingupsofast #thiskidisawesome .  He is cheering you on!  Carrying on like one of those ultra-enthusiastic, over the top parents at the little kids soccer game, waving His shirt around and singing "Ole ole ole ole" as we toddle our way down the pitch.

Our life is about growing and flourishing.  Don't allow yourself to be content with where you are.  No believer this side of heaven can claim to have arrived and stop growing in their faith.  We must be planted in the House of the Lord, watered with the Word, and living in the light of the Son.  The world needs you.  You exist to display the love, the grace, the all out splendor, and faithfulness of our Father to a world that is in desperate need.

My prayer is that your heart will be stirred, that you will be drawn into His presence and there found worshipping in the truest sense of the word.  If you are not planted in a local church for some reason or another set your mind that you will gather with the church this weekend.  Growth is best achieved in the House of the Lord.  If I can help you in anyway to find a local church please don't hesitate to contact me.  I love to see people flourish!

You are loved.

Jessie