You Were Made To Thrive

You Were Made To Thrive

There is a poem about a woman in Proverbs 31 that intimidates me. I have a hard time relating to the way she handles her day-to-day responsibilities like a boss. If my husband were to write of me in a similar fashion, it would read as follows:  

  • Her husband puts his confidence in her, unless she is cooking.
  • She never looks for wool or flax (or any textile for that matter) having never learned to sew. However, she does touch and faun over wool and cotton at Target, and plans to google what flax means.
  • Hy-Vee Aisles are her merchant fleet, bringing food to her table from afar.
  • She rises while it is mid-day.

It is easy to compare ourselves to the likes of the Proverbs 31 woman and fear we aren’t meeting the bar of a capable wife or woman. But as I started to get to know her, I began to appreciate a deeper meaning of who she was. My study Bible footnote reads, “the woman in the present passage is characterized by the deep and solid strength of her character.”

This year at Thrive, formerly known as Mothers & Others, we will celebrate women and take a closer look at what it means to grow in our current circumstances. Before House of Hope, I defined thriving in all the wrong ways, and felt a nagging suspicion that I wasn’t enough. I defined thriving by a to-do list and a trophy count. I busied my hands with pointless tasks in an attempt to feel significant and whole.

This is not the way.

We can learn and try a new way together.  We can practice deepening and strengthening our character. Our strong and dignified character which will witness to the goodness of Jesus. Our lives will tell a story of His love.

Join us May 5th, and see a fuller picture of thriving in God’s kingdom. A picture where your whole self is welcomed and celebrated.