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Survive or Thrive

IMG_3091I went to a prayer breakfast the other day and the guest speaker said something that hit me over the head like a hammer.

“You can live without just surviving.”

Read that again, “You can live without just surviving.”

If that was the only message I got about this, I might have swept it under the rug.  It was not.

Two days later I heard Casting Crowns new song “Thrive” for the first time.

The song says, “It’s time for us to more than just survive.  We were made to thrive.”

Have I been surviving all these years – not living, not thriving – just surviving?

The long and short answer is – yes.

That is what I have been doing.  Now God is declaring new things.  I know He is and I know they are good, but to be in my world right now, there is a little bit of confusion, a little bit of hope, and a little bit of fear.

At times those feelings are under control.  Other times they feel like an all out whirlwind.

But God is good.  I have to trust that.  Sit.  Wait.  And know He is in control.

So I want to ask you something today.  Are you just surviving?  Or are you thriving?

We are all guilty of  “just surviving” at some point in our lives.  Sometimes that is all we can do.  I know this very well.  After Doug was killed, it was all I could do to breathe.  All I can say about that first year was that I took one breath and then I took another.  I guess that is surviving in the loosest sense of the word.  The next year I did more than breathe, but I still just survived.  The years since have become more and more “living” and less and less “surviving” but there is still a lot of “surviving” in my life.  I know it is still there, right under the surface of my skin, hidden from other eyes but very, very real to mine.  I survive – every day.  I don’t thrive.  I am living from one day to the next.  That is what I am doing.

God is telling me it is time to step out.


Baby steps, He tells me.

I don’t like baby steps.  I like to be all in – or all out.  But He knows what is best for me.  So I wait – freaking out a little bit – and once again concentrating on breathing – and trusting.

So, are you just surviving?  Or are you thriving?

What is it God wants you to do?  Are you hesitant to do it?  Are  you afraid? Are you just going through the motions, or are your motions going somewhere?

Always good to ask.  Pray today for God to reveal where you should “thrive.”

I am attaching the link to Casting Crowns “Thrive” here – listen and pray.

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This article was written by Nic