The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar in lebanon.
Psalm 92:12 NIV
What each of us requires to flourish varies by degrees. Although we all want certain things, such as love, contentment, provision and time. There are certain elements that pertain to atmosphere and surroundings that are required for particular plants to thrive. In the verse above, it is interesting to note that the climate the Palm tree needs to thrive is a dry one which is exactly the opposite of the wet climate needed by a Cedar tree. But both flourish when planted by God. Righteousness is a big word but all it truly means is to be in “right standing,” which is essentially being planted in the right place to flourish. It is impossible to flourish without being planted properly.
“They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.” Psalm 1:3 NLT
We have the privilege of setting ourselves up to flourish by planting ourselves by rivers of living water. Living water is the pure, holy, perfect, Word of God. And wherever that may be flowing, is where we find the river, the source. As our lives demand so much time and attention, we often do not recognize the beautiful opportunity to be fed by the banks of the river as it comes near.
Amos 8:11 tells us that a famine is coming. But not a famine of food or water, but a famine of hearing the voice of the Lord. God does not suffer from famine. So His Word does not dry up. The famine is not one of speaking, but one of hearing. So as God speaks, many will not hear what He is saying.
But some will.
The vision God has given me for Flourish is a picture of women as strong and vibrant trees, planted by a deep and quiet, but powerful river. I see women with deep roots and strong branches, ripe with the fullness of God.
My heart and desire, as is my mother’s (Pastor Kathy Hayes), is not to mass produce ministry to women. For the vision we see cannot be stamped out but must be tended as a gardner would a beloved garden. This vision has caused us to invest more, plan better and prepare for the women who hear the call to Flourish. Although we wish that every woman was ready to go to another level, we understand that some do not recognize the season and so are not prepared to invest themselves. As God is faithful, their day will come.
But Flourish 2013 is for those who know that the time is now.
I will read an entire book and finding just ONE truth makes all the reading worth it. I go to a conference and just ONE moment of revelation makes all the difference in the world. Maybe I am a little odd but I am keen on digging in deep for the best soil. When I know by the Spirit that I am ONE connection away from my epitome I look for opportunities to excavate. I believe that a group of women are prepared and ready to roll up their sleeves and roll back the excuses in the way of uncovering greatness.
This is an invitation to Flourish. Is this your season?
I certainly hope so.
With much love and anticipation,