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January 9, 2017

Forty Days to Flourish: Day 1

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)

Good news!  God’s plan for you in 2017 is to really thrive, not just survive!  He wants you to flourish.  To flourish means to thrive with growth.  God wants you to thrive with growth in every area of your life.  But, how?  Whatever you nourish is going to flourish.  Over the next 40 days, we are going to discover how to nourish our lives in God’s Word so that we may flourish!  I promise you that this 40-day adventure could change your life for the next 40 years.  Each week, we will post a verse from Scripture online to meditate on for the entire week.  Think of it as nutrition for the soul.  Meditation is not emptying your mind, but filling it with the nutrition of God’s Word that will change your life.  Here’s an effective way to meditate on each week’s passage:

  1. Read it. – Think about the verse as you read it.
  2. Recite it. – Read it out loud a number of times, giving emphasis to different words in the passage.
  3. Remember it. – Commit the passage to memory so that you don’t even have to look at it. 
  4. Reflect it. – Let the passage sink from your head to your heart and begin to find expression in your life with everything that you do, say and think. Mull it over throughout your day at work and at home. Look for the practical ways this verse applies to your circumstances.

Start with the passage today.  As you read it, recite it, remember it and reflect it, you’ll begin to starve your fear and feed your faith.  You’ll begin to flourish as you nourish your life with food for the soul!