Every Woman Can Flourish!

Jun 23, 2011
Every Woman Can Flourish!

Every Woman Has The Capacity to Flourish

It doesn’t matter who you are, where you are from, how much money you have or what your past was, you, my beloved, have the capacity to flourish. The reason why more of us are not living up to our potential is because we fail to see ourselves as we truly are. When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Or what do you perceive that you see? Are the thoughts that come to your mind defeating and negative or positive and empowering? Well, my sister, you are not who you think you are. Some of us are walking around with a midget mentality, but what we don’t realize is that we have the capacity of a giant. We are thinking small when we should be thinking BIG.

Capacity & Flourish-What do these words mean?
The word capacity means the power, ability, or the possibility of doing something (The American College Dictionary,Copyright 1964, Random House, Inc.). The word flourish means to thrive, prosper, be successful, be in one’s prime, be at the height of excellence, to grow luxuriantly, to thrive in growth(same reference). Let’s put these two words together. So when we say that you have the capacity to flourish we are saying that you have the power and ability to be a successful, prosperous thriving woman.  The time has come for our struggling and self-defeat to end.

“Big” Thinkers
A great example of people who chose to “think big” can be found in the Bible in Numbers 14. This is the story of two men, Joshua and Caleb. They were asked to sneak over to the enemies territory and “spy out the land”. When they returned to their home base, they gave their report of “giants” being in the land they wanted to invade. At that moment, those listening made a decision to go more by what they saw than believe for what was possible. The people heard the report and saw themselves as puny compared to their enemy. However, Joshua and Caleb chose to believe that with god on their side, they would be able to overcome the giants and take the land promised to them. How we see ourselves is the greatest factor that determines our success in life. If we see ourselves as puny and weak, then we will never have the confidence to go after the things that we have the potential to achieve. We should adopt the thinking of these spies-we are well able.
Another example is of David and Goliath (the entire story can be found in 1 Samuel 17). David, a young shepherd boy, was called on to defeat a giant who was well over 10 feet tall. If David had focused on his size verses the giants, he might have never had the confidence to fight him. What David CHOSE to focus on was how big the God was on the inside of him and had total confidence that he could do whatever God called him to do.  David might have been short in stature but he was big in faith.

The “Trap” of the Midget Mentality
If we don’t see ourselves as valuable and worthy we could also fall into the trap of looking for love and acceptance in all the wrong places. Take for example the woman at the well in John 4:1-26. She met Jesus there and He knew she was looking for love in all the wrong places. A woman with a midget mentality can fall into the trap of belittling herself, looking for love and acceptance from relationships with people instead of looking to God.

How to Shift from Midget to Giant

Step 1: Change your thoughts
The remedy to the overcoming the midget-mentality is to shift your thinking…it’s all about how you see yourself. We could be losing the battles in life based on our thinking. There are 3-tiers, or levels of learning. They are knowledge, wisdom then revelation. Start with the first step-knowledge. Read the Bible and get connected to a good church to learn about God and who He says He is and who you are in Him. The second tier is wisdom, which is simply applying the knowledge to your life. The third tier is revelation, which is simply knowing the purpose and reason why certain things are happening in your life.

Step 2: Change Your Words
We are challenging ourselves not only to change the way we think but to also change the way we speak. Flourishing will come from your words. We must change our vocabulary. Our words are very powerful and what we say about ourselves or a situation can directly affect the length of a trial and the outcome. If we speak like we cant, we won’t. Use the Word of God to decree and declare what needs to change.  We will have the fruit of our lips and that fruit can be bitter or tasty, depending on what we confess. The enemy will beat you down with lies until you buy into them. Its time for the oppression to end.  Say this about yourself: “I am capable of succeeding, prospering, thriving, expanding, developing, growing and blossoming.” When we speak out the Word of God, it says in Isaiah 55:11 that God Himself watches over His Word to perform it in our lives and that it will accomplish what it was sent to do.
Write your dreams and your visions down. There is power in writing things down. The more you write the more you expand. This year make an investment in yourself through education. This could mean anything from reading a few books that might challenge you to actually getting out there and taking a class or finishing your education. This is the kind of investment that will yield a big return. Start where you are at and grow from there. We won’t grow if you don’t use what you already have.

Step 3: Pray
And remember that prayer prepares the way. Prayer is the catalyst for change in our lives, in our families, in our communities and in our countries. Prayer is where you live in 2011. A good prayer tp pray is found in 1 Chronicles 4:10, often called the prayer of Jabez. Prayer prepares the way, loving-kindness draws others to God and only His grace saves.
God doesn’t do anything little, He is a visionary Himself. He also follows through on things. You are already on your way to flourishing if there is something in you that desires more. God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Heb 11:6).

How do we flourish?
The steps above are helpful to get us to a place of seeing ourselves the way God sees us. The next step is to go outside ourselves to make an impact on our surroundings.
Be vitally connected to the vine of Life-the Lord Jesus Christ. He is our source. Feed your spirit and mind on the Word and pray without ceasing. John 15:1-8; 1 Thessalonians 5:17. When we say “all things are possible” we mean that you have the capacity to have and do and be everything that God has designed you to have, do and be. 
Also let Him prune you. God is like a gardener and we are the flowers. In order for a rose bush to produce the best blossom it has to be trimmed occasionally. God does this same process in our lives. As the “Gardener of our Lives” He will cut away the things that are not healthy for us. He will remove the parts of us that are not producing good things. His process is painful but God always has our end in mind. When He looks at you He sees what you could be, not what you are right now. Old, unfruitful things must be cut away in order for new growth to occur. It is painful, but for our good.
So get out there and flourish!

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