"May the Lord cause you to flourish,
both you and your children"
I was going through a really tough time at work, really tough, and so I got on my phone and set up a private messaging group of close Christian friends and shared what was happening. They supported me through that time with encouraging words, bible verses, prayers, declarations and pictures. I couldn't manage any journaling at the time, but I could read through the messages and listen to songs.
It sounds easy doesn't it? But at the time it was really hard. My head was filled with 'what ifs' and worries and it felt like hard work to turn my thoughts to promises. God is soooo good though and I was surrounded by good friends and colleagues who kept me going, words and song lyrics at church that were spot on for me and my circumstances, and even words through the post! The above card came from Joyce Meyer's ministry. 'Flourish' was a word that kept getting repeated during this time so when I saw that Rebecca at Grace and Salt Ink was personalising accessory pouches I got one.
God's plans are plans to prosper us, not to harm us (jeremiah 29:11). He is the one who "is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think, according to the power at work within us" (ephesians 3:20). He wants our lives to flourish. I now have a pencil case that reminds me of that promise!