daily devotional

July is the 2nd half of 2019. This is your second chance January. What will you do with this fresh start? Regardless of your success or failure in the first half, you now have the opportunity starting today to make this the best year of your life. It is possible. You are capable. It won’t be easy, but my sister, you are worth it! I pray you take this opportunity and you run with it. I pray you stop running from the hard things, you face them head on and you make any necessary changes to start becoming the best version of you. I pray today you would receive courage from God like you’ve never felt before to step into your destiny and leave behind anything that has been holding you back. Right here, right now, may you truly begin to THRIVE.

Are you ready to thrive? You were meant to do more than just survive. You weren’t meant to fight and claw your way through this year, this month, this week, or even this day. You weren’t meant to wake up with dread and the weight of the world on your shoulders. You weren’t meant to be shackled by anxiety, worry, and fear. You were meant for so much more.

And you might be hearing this right now thinking, “Maybe you Pamela, but not me.” No! You too sister. You too. You were meant for so much more. I believe if you could get a glimpse of the life you were truly meant for you would never wake up feeling the same.

You were created for something special, custom made like none other. When you begin to THRIVE, waking up in the morning is a gift not a burden. Your load gets a little lighter and your hope gets a whole lot bigger.

So the question is, are you ready to thrive? There’s a cost to thriving, and the cost is letting go of some anxiety, letting go of some worry, letting go of some fear, and trusting. I’m asking if you’re willing to trust that God has a plan for your life right here right now, and it’s a good plan.

Now let me give you a huge disclosure with that, God’s good plan for your life doesn’t always include “easy.” This month is not guaranteed to go magically well. In fact Jesus tells us in John 16:33, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Trouble is guaranteed. Not maybe, not if you’re unlucky, not if you’re being punished … you WILL HAVE TROUBLE. But Jesus has offered us peace in knowing that he has already overcome it all. Whatever trouble you woke up with this morning, it’s already been overcome by Jesus.

And because of that we can greet the trouble that comes our way with a renewed perspective. It’s just crap. And crap is good for you. Crap is just fertilizer for your Big Life. You’ve been looking at it wrong. You know what makes every garden grow stronger, faster, bigger … crap. But the bag says fertilizer.

You may have woken up to large piles of fertilizer this morning. My sister, let me remind you, you can thrive in that. Because Jesus has already overcome the world, we can thrive here. This has already been covered by Jesus.

I don’t know what you may be facing right now, I’m don’t have to be aware of your current struggle to know it can be fertilizer and you can thrive. Decide now today is going to be a day of growth and you are going to get better. Decide now you will use whatever may come your way this month to help you thrive and step into the life you were created for.

You were meant to have life, and live it BIG time. That’s the promise of the Eternal God. John 10:10 says, “I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” That’s for you, insert your name. For me it says, “Jesus came so that Pamela could have life, and could have it abundantly.” Now it’s your turn: Jesus came so that ______________ could have life, and have it abundantly.

And that means you, you who are hearing this, you, can have life abundantly. Will you thrive? Surviving is for those who have no hope, and that’s not you. Not if you’re God’s child. You were meant to thrive. No more just getting through. This season of your life will pass and you know what, if you’re just surviving it, you’re going to miss the opportunity to grow and get better right now.

Are you saying, “If I can just finish this project. If I can just make this payment. If I can just finish this week. When this is done, then ….”

Ahhhh, my friend, if you’re not careful you’re going to live your entire life in survival mode and miss your purpose. And not only will you miss your purpose, you’ll miss the joy in life.

There’s joy in this day of life and it’s hard to find in survival mode. You’re not meant to just survive life, or your job, or school, or your family. You’re not made to just exist until you can get over this next hump, or get the next break, or make it to the next weekend, or make that payment. You were made to thrive. Buy into that idea!

Let today be day one of a better you. This new month is your ultimate opportunity. It’s absolutely no mistake you’re hearing this. A better, bigger life is calling you. It’s time to thrive. And don’t be looking for easy. Don’t be looking to just thrive in easy times. When you really thrive is when there’s some crap piled on top of you. You sister, you have been set up for success. All that stuff that’s been going wrong in your life, that’s just fertilizer. Now it’s time to thrive.

Are you with me? As a child of God you should be filled with hope and trust that he’s got a plan for your life. He’s already overcome the world, you don’t have to worry about it. Thrive.