year wordWhen you think of the word “thrive” what image comes to mind? For me it’s always been a tree in summer. I can see its sturdy trunk and dark green leaves dancing in the sunlight. Birds flit in and out of its branches. It’s strong . . . solid . . . alive.

When God gave me “thrive” as my word for 2017 late last December, the verses from Psalm 1 came to mind.

” . . . like trees planted along the riverbank,
    bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
    and they prosper in all they do.”

That’s what a person who follows God’s way, who delights in his Word, is like. That’s what I would love my spiritual life to model.

A tree.

Firmly planted.




Summer is a great season for growth. We see it all around us–flowers blooming, trees thriving, new birth bursting forth in the fields and gardens, birds and wildlife bringing forth their young. Life is teeming all around us, and I love it.

But I confess, my spiritual life in summer does not always mirror the physical world around me. It’s often too easy to get off track . . . lose focus. Schedules turn upside down, vacations interrupt routine, and children demand more of my time and energy. So what’s the answer? How can we thrive in the midst of change and, at times, chaos?

That’s what we want to explore on the blog this summer. During the months of June, July and August we’ll be hearing from a variety of voices in our Equip Her community on this topic. I hope you will join us and that together we will be women who THRIVE!



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