Brand New – FLOURISH

flourishmumspurpBrand new sure looks good on you! – Shake, Mercy Me

I simply love this song! One day, as I was singing along with the radio, the above line in the song jumped out at me and I thought it was the perfect audial to my visual. In other words, the lyrics matched the picture I wanted to paint with my words…

BRAND NEW

Brand new sure looks good on you! Most women, me included, enjoy shopping, but even if you don’t enjoy it, I think it’s safe to say that you love putting on new (I know I do!). New what? New anything, new clothes, new shoes, new jewelry, new perfume, new hair, new nails, new teeth, etc. We love NEW! You find this great outfit in the mall and you envision yourself in it and how you’ll look in it, how your hair will look, the accessories you’ll add, etc. You have a complete image in your mind of how cute you’ll look in that outfit.

Did you know that when people have on something new and they love (they must love it otherwise it’ll have the opposite result), it actually boosts their confidence? Research and studies confirm it and the outcome remains the same, “new”, in addition to them loving it (clothes, shoes, jewelry, etc.) has a positive effect on people and how they view themselves. Our society is largely dependent upon sight, therefore we are highly influenced by what we see as well. What we see has a profound impact on us, it can be mood altering and life changing.

Even as a technologically advanced society, there are some things we just cannot do, we’re incapable of doing it. We cannot go to Wal-Mart and buy a new personality because our current one is defective, we cannot pick up a clean perspective because ours is muddied, nor can we go to a service station and have a mechanic adjust our attitude.

The word of God tells us in Ephesians 4:22,23 “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”

Basically, when we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, our former way of living, thinking, and handling life in sin should end and the new way of living, thinking, handling life in Christ should start. After being born again, those old tendencies try to make numerous appearances in the new you, but you must stand your ground. Be determined not to return to your former way of life, otherwise you’ll find it impossible to personify the new you in Christ.

This is the approach I took when revamping the ministry, this is the direction I believe the Lord is leading us this year. We will always be Leading Young Women to Hope Ministries, but in this case, the key word is the last word “ministries” because multiple ministries will be birthed from Leading Young Women to Hope. I sought the Lord about what to call this newly birthed ministry, which would be the first of its kind parented by Leading Young Women to Hope. When you seek the Lord, He will indeed answer, and when He answered, He blew my mind (as He has a tendency to do), leaving me, once again, in awe of His glory.

He dropped the word flourish in my heart and it was epic, I’m talking the epitome of “ah-ha” moments, with bright glowing lights, heavenly angels singing, the whole nine. I wanted to see the definition of the word, so I looked it up and started to do some research. With everything I do in life, especially regarding ministry, my goal is to always look for Scripture references and biblical principles that support what I’m doing or saying. I’ve learned that if God is not your foundation, everything you build on top of it will surely fall.

After falling in love with the word flourish and its definition, my concern was not finding a Bible verse or biblical principle that would support it. Off the top of my head, I couldn’t think of a single Scripture that had the word flourish in it. My research began and just like that (snapping my fingers) it was over. The first Scripture I found containing the word flourish is the one that’s currently being used, it’s located in Psalm 115:14 which states “May the Lord cause you to flourish,” but it doesn’t stop there, it goes on to say “both you and your children.” WOW! God is the only man in the world who has the ability to knock me off my feet (no slight against my husband, lol!) but the Lord has left me speechless, quaking in the majesty of His wonder each time He graces me with His glorious presence. Thus, by the gentle nudging of God, FLOURISH came to be what you now see before you. Praise the Lord!

I’m excited to experience all that God has for FLOURISH but more importantly, having you with me on this journey is the icing on the cake. As the Lord orders our steps, let’s be ready ladies, it’s a new year, a new season in life, a new you – and the best is yet to come!

FLOURISH – Because it’s your time!®

Takiela

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