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Flourishing within the home

… Your wife will be like a fruitful vine,
flourishing within your home. Psalm 128:3 (NLT)

= (of a person, animal, or other living organism) grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of a particularly favorable environment.
= developing rapidly and successfully.

Hebrew: Parah (paw-raw)
= a primitive root; to bear fruit (literally or figuratively); bear, bring forth (fruit), (be, cause to be, make) fruitful, grow, increase.

Photo taken from IAMPETH archive

When I saw the word flourish, this image came into my mind.

When something flourishes, it is often beautiful and admirable.

I definitely do not see myself “flourishing” at this moment. I feel I am far from flourishing. My patience with my son is getting shorter and shorter each day as he pushes his boundaries. That’s not what I envision myself to be. I wanted to be patient with the soon-to-be 2 years old, but I fall short.

The good news is, God is not done with me.

In order for me to flourish, I need to allow God to prune me. The process of pruning is painful, but it is necessary. Cutting off the parts that will stunt my growth.

Back to the picture of the bird, a penman put in many hours of practice and consciously studying his lines and being mindful of his strokes and pressures, making a beautiful bird flourish does not happen overnight. In the same way, I have to intentionally and consciously follow the Lord’s teachings and commands.

Let us not grow weary walking in the Lord and allow him to work in us and through us.


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