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“For they are transplanted to the Lord’s own house. They flourish in the courts of our God.” Psalms 92:13

My father was a traveling evangelist, so I grew up moving from place to place through many states we would travel. Being on the go was an exciting life, especially spending the winter in Florida as a homeschooler close to Disney World! Those were the best memories! It also meant saying goodbye to people that I grew very close to which would make my heart ache. I always loved people, and I especially loved the House of God. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to spend the rest of my days involved in ministry inside His house.

I love the promise that He makes to us in His word that if we will plant ourselves in His House and put his Kingdom first, He will give us the desires of our hearts and cause us to flourish. The meaning of the word Flourish is: “to grow well,” and “to be healthy.”

To grow well as an individual or a family can often be a challenge in His house.  The Church is made up of broken people just like you and me. We long for a safe place to rest our weary heads. We all desire a place where we can feel comfortable being ourselves, discovering the gifts that God placed in us. We can sometimes feel vulnerable and raw depending on a person’s past experiences with church. Sometimes we can be tempted to isolate ourselves, hiding under the masquerade of a private relationship with God, thus leaving His Church out of the picture. However, that temptation is a lie from the enemy. Satan knows that the moment you discover your identity as a son and daughter walking in the confidence and authority of the Lord, that that is a powerful weapon in the hands of Jesus! God even promises in verse 14 that in our old age we will bring forth fruit. What a promise!

His house is where we belong.  It is where our deepest soul needs are met. Only He can satisfy every longing of our heart, and His House is where He meets us and heals us.


Prayer: May we have a revelation of being at home in your house. Let us see a picture of what you see when you look at us as sons and daughters at the table: belonging and flourishing, no longer disconnected and orphaned, but living in a secure home.    

Beth Collins