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Flour●ish [flùrrish] To grow well or luxuriantly; to thrive. To do, or fare well; to prosper.

You are meant to flourish! Perhaps that’s not how you woke up feeling this week. Perhaps life has been hard recently. Perhaps there have been more days spent struggling to breathe and tread water than feeling like you’re thriving and prospering. Perhaps you feel like you’re not cut out for this. Did you know that when you live with constant stress and hurt, your brain actually translates it into physical hurt? Studies have been done relating the neural similarities between physical and social pain. They found that even though the physical pain may eventually go away, the memory lasts forever. Emotions are powerful things. What can we do when our mama heart is worn down or hurt? How do we find hope in hopeless situations?

The Bible reminds us that God will provide for us, strengthen us, grow us. “ ‘And I will be to her a wall of fire all around,’ declares the Lord. ‘And I will be the glory in her midst.’ ” – Zechariah 2:5 / “Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish.” – Psalm 92:13

There are many things we can’t control. When life gets hard, there are steps we can take to help heal the hurt, and move past it. Allow yourself to feel it; it doesn’t make you weak. Don’t be ashamed to seek professional help. Counselors and psychologists aren’t evil; don’t be ashamed to seek help. Never be ashamed to invest in you! Slow down. Don’t be in a hurry to “fix” yourself; healing takes time. Look for ways to help others who might struggle with the same problem. As hard as life may have been for you in the past, you never know how your words and wisdom might help another mama in the midst of a similar battle. Find a support group, and meet with them regularly. Encouragement, sounding boards, understanding, empathy, connection, someone to walk the road with you... Find those people. Most importantly, this: allow yourself to grow in your relationship with Christ. Dig deep into who He is!

“Let God have control of your life. He can do more with it than you can.” – Dwight L. Moody

Don’t just survive, thrive. Anything less will always leave you unsatisfied. Press past the pain, and live. What you pay attention to will flourish. When you learn to give it all to God, trust that He will make something beautiful from it; like wildflowers, growing where people never thought they would. Suddenly, life will begin to bloom and flourish.

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