small thingsLet’s be honest, some days are hard. Some days whether back at home or in a far off land, it is all we can do to keep our heads above the water. All we can do to just get through.

This past year, as our family has sought to settle into life in a different country, and adjust to all that this brings. I have felt more often than not, that I was only surviving.

So I began to pray, and ask the Lord to help me not to just survive, but to thrive here. Prayed and asked that He would help me not to just get settled and to adjust, but to bloom here where He has planted us.

Then it happened, a good local friend wanted to encourage me one day. He had no clue what I had been praying, but said the exact words I’d been asking of God. He said, “You have not just survived here, but you have thrived.”

What a word of encouragement this was. How thankful I was that God had not only heard my prayer, but that He had sent someone along to let me know.

Living here, I’ve learned so many things. Yet, mostly I’m learning that God is in the here and now. I’m learning that today is the day the Lord has made, and that I am to rejoice and be glad in it. He’s teaching me that sufficient for the day are its troubles and thinking about tomorrow, won’t help.

He has taught me that to thrive, I have to depend upon Him. I have to rely upon His strength. I need to have my eyes trained on Him, and run hard this race He has placed before me. As I keep my gaze on the prize.

No matter where God has you in this world, He longs for us all not to just survive the day. He longs for us to thrive where He has us. But, we can not do this on our own. We need Him.

Living in a country prone for earthquakes, a country where closed borders have caused the country to dry up. A country where nothing is for certain, and everything takes longer.

It would be easy to just survive, and to be honest, there are certainly days when this is all I do. Yet, no matter where we are, no matter what God has called us to…. His grace is sufficient, His strength is perfect, and we can do far better than only making it through. We can thrive and bring glory unto Him.

I challenge you to pray and ask God to help you to thrive where He has you. It may be your home town. It may be far from loved ones. It could be in a foreign land. But wherever He has you… be all there.

Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith!!!