This photo was taken in the hallway of a Liberty University dorm building. The girls decorate the outside of their doorways and the common theme currently is “founded, freed, flourishing.”
That will preach, yes?
I told Hannah I may have to use their theme in my blog post – thank you, Erika for the pretty artwork.
Since it is the season of gratitude and thanks-giving I cannot think of anything to be more grateful for than being found, freed, and flourishing in Christ.
I was blind but now I see.
I was lost but now am found.
Jesus Christ found me a very long time ago – and then stupidly, I got lost again. I lost my way. I left The Way and began wandering on side roads and blazing some trails that only led to destruction. But in His grace and mercy He stopped me (almost) dead in my tracks and said, “This is The Way now walk in it.”
I began my journey back to being …
When the Son sets you free – you will be FREE indeed!
What does that even mean? Free? There were no chains or shackles,
or, were there?
Guilt was the chain that held me. Grace was the key that freed me.
Flourishing means peace, or shalom, in every direction.
Peace, or shalom, is not just an absence of conflict, but a positive presence of the Lord’s blessing.
To know shalom is to know God’s favor. His face will shine with pleasure on you. His face will look in your direction. He is noticing you with approval.
To know shalom is to know God’s gracious presence in all areas of your life.
The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,
He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
Those who are planted in the house of the Lord
Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
They shall still bear fruit in old age;
They shall be fresh and flourishing,
To declare that the Lord is upright;
He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him. Psalm 92.12-15
So, if flourishing means peace “in every direction” then the righteous will have peace like a palm tree (I’ve never seen one having a breakdown); they (the righteous) will have peace in God’s courts; they (the righteous) will be fruitful in old age and they will be renewed and peaceful.
Those girls at Liberty University?