We Were Made to Thrive!

In September I introduced our theme for the 2019-2020 year – Thrive. Normally during late April and early May our discipleship programs are winding down…this year is a little different. As we continue to be in a waiting period for the all clear to be able to come out of our physical distancing cocoons, we are continuing to offer opportunities for us to THRIVE in our faith.
There is a song by Casting Crowns that has been playing in my mind on repeat for a while now. The words are this, “So living water flowing through God we thirst for more of You. Fill our hearts and flood our souls with one desire. Just to know You and to make You known we lift Your name on High. Shine like the sun made darkness run and hide. We know we were made for so much more than ordinary lives. It’s time for us to more than just survive. We were made to thrive!”
We were made to Thrive! To flourish! To prosper!
As we find ourselves continuing to be physically separated for what could be one more month (sigh) I am wondering what you are doing to continue to THRIVE in your faith? It is easy to focus on all the losses we are facing…not being with family, not gathering together for worship, not having play dates or being able to eat out at our favorite restaurants. But, I have also been thinking about all the hidden blessings that have come out of this season too…more phone calls with friends, family game night zoom calls, a cleaner house, more time to work on projects and more time to pray, read our bible and find ways to Thrive in our faith!
I believe we have the perfect opportunity to THRIVE – to flourish – to prosper in our faith right now. I invite you to find ways in which you can THRIVE in these coming weeks. Need some ideas? Here are a few…
•Join a small group bible study. There are a few happening that anyone can join or grab a few friends and start your own! (I have lots of resources and would be glad to set you up.)
•Pray through our church directory. Each day pray for three or four households, lifting up the names of each family member.
•Pick up the phone and call people. You can again call through the church directory – begin at your name and make a few calls a day.
•Write notes of encouragement. You can send to church friends or to nursing homes in and around Omaha. With the lock-down that is happening in many of those places wouldn’t it be nice to receive a lovely card, knowing that someone is thinking about you!
It may be difficult to see and experience the joy of the Easter season, especially if you are not looking for it. As we continue down this unknown path, for who knows how long, may we seek ways to THRIVE together!

Pastor Jenni

The righteous thrive like a palm tree and grow like a cedar tree in Lebanon.
Planted in the house of the LORD, they thrive in the courts of our God.
They will still bear fruit in old age, healthy and green
Psalm 92:12-14 (HCSB)
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