40 days of truth: day 13

I Can Flourish

The person who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence indeed is the Lord, is blessed.

He will be like a tree planted by water: it sends its roots out toward a stream, it doesn’t fear when heat comes, and its foliage remains green. It will not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit.

Jeremiah 17:7-8

I’ve spent many years attempting to find self-confidence. They were years of drought that caused a withering in me. And all these years later, I am still surrounded by a world seeking something that will not bear fruit, at least for long.

Trust your gut. • Trust your instinct. • Trust yourself but no one else.

You’ve got this. • Be all you can be. • Believe in yourself.

Things we tell one another to help prop us up, keep us going.

We don’t realize what we’re building.

Self-reliance comes from self-confidence and all the other self things we keep self-helping ourselves into.

There will be no true flourishing in the land of self.

So I’ll speak truth so that we can all walk out of our self-made lies and into truth.

Flourishing comes when I have confidence in God, not in me. When I trust Him above my gut, my instincts, my own smarty pants ways, then it won’t matter the conditions I’m living in – I will flourish. I will bear fruit in dry places, because my roots will go down deep to living water. When I stop trying to be all I can be and start leaning on Him to be all He is, there will be no withering in me.

I can flourish. Not in myself, but in Him.

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