Pondering Prosperity

Health challenges offered me an unwanted pause and much time to ponder. Mixed in with the frustration was appreciation for an uninvited respite. It’s rather amazing how much you can neglect and life still goes on! One benefit of my recovery time is a renewed determination to pause and ponder—to Selah.

In the coming weeks, I invite you to pause and ponder reflections in the Psalms with me, beginning today with Psalm 1:3:

He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.

  • Planted—intentionally placed.
  • Placed by streams—well-watered and nourished.
  • Nourishing fruit—feeding others from its branches.
  • Green branches—not withering, but healthy.
  • Health and prosperity—for the one who stays planted by the streams of life.

Think about how a prosperous life would look. For some it may be a bigger house, a better car, a larger bank account, more vacations. It could also mean improved health, greater respect, more opportunities. But we all know folks who have all that and are still impoverished.

I want soul prosperity—floods of joy, deep peace within, a hope-filled heart, life with purpose, loving relationships, and God’s blessing on whatever I do. I will be a planted tree that drinks deeply, bears fruit and green leaves… and everything I do will prosper.

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things
and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

3 John 1:2

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