For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the
mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and
all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.Isaiah 55:12
Sometimes we need new eyes. A perspective shift that recalibrates our hearts to the rhythm of God’s goodness surrounding us. To
tune our hearts to better hear the music of the divine echoing
throughout this world. That we might let that goodness seep into our
bones and into our hearts so we can remember what it feels like to
We think flourishing looks a lot like:
Celebrating Lavishly: Celebrating breathes life into our days.
Could it be that commemorating moments might help us to become more
alive, to remember what is good and become masterful at recognizing it?
How would life change to regularly invite friends into our stolen
moments with uninhibited dancing and the best food, while gathered
around the biggest table with the deepest conversations? Lavish
celebrations can be sacred markers that help remind us who we are.
Embracing Rest: Perhaps it is time to let go of exhaustion as a
status symbol and productivity as a measure of worth. What if one of
the most life-giving activities that would contribute to our flourishing
is welcoming rhythms of rest and play into our lives? Creating healthy
rhythms in our life is one way we nourish the weary spots in our soul.
Noticing Goodness: Could it be possible that we don’t need new
things but rather new eyes to see what we already have? What if we
regained our sense of vision, an acute resolve to find hope in the
cracks and mire of the mundane? Noticing what is good gives us the gift
of perspective and reminds us the sacred is closer than we think.
We become more ourselves when we celebrate, rest and notice, and that looks a lot like flourishing.
But this flourishing isn’t the precious or exhausting kind. This is a
fierce flourishing. It is a deep-in-your-guts experience of gratitude
and hope compelling you to raise your hands and dance freer than you
ever have before. It is a fierce protection of your most important
moments, an invitation to rest and an opportunity to enjoy the people
who are right in front of you.
This year at MOPS, may we become a home for found wanderers, redeemed
prisoners, explorers at the edge of their comfort – all of us who were
one-time captives now celebrating our unearned freedom, because we have
regained the eyes to see. May this year unfold into radical expressions
of your own unique Fierce Flourishing.
feel stuck in the everyday motions of life.
Wake, play, cook, and clean. Corral
Kids. Drive to activities. Lather, rinse, repeat. Some days, I long for something to shake up
my routine when what I really need is a fresh perspective. Being a mom is beautiful and hard and
exhausting and wonderful. I need to tune
my heart to what God is telling me and listen wholeheartedly. For it is then that a fierce flourishing will
This year, I
challenge you to:
Celebrate Lavishly—Life is too short to not have
fun! Dance in the kitchen, sing in the
car, wear sparkly nail polish. Enjoy
your friends and family without thinking about your worries. Psalm 150:1-6 says, “Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty
heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent
greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise
him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him
with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!” This is the type of noisy, amazing, fun
celebration that I want!
Embrace Rest—As moms, it is easy for our “to do” lists to
grow longer and longer. Instead of
racing around during nap time, take a few moments to relax. Your laundry isn’t going anywhere. The dishes will keep. Ecclesiastes
2:24-25 says, “There is nothing
better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in
his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, for apart from
him who can eat or who can have enjoyment?” So sit down and enjoy a tea party with your
kiddos or grab a good book for a few minutes while the kids sleep.
Goodness—Take time to slow down and enjoy
the small things. As you’re stuck in traffic, savor these
moments with your sweet kiddos, even though it’s frustrating. Instead of staying cooped up on rainy days,
get outside and play in the rain. 1
Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in
all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I’m not saying it always easy, but it’s
always worth it.
get ready to be stronger, braver, kinder, and unstoppable. This year, we will be fierce!