Sunday, April 22, 2012

Full Bloom - Intro

Earlier this month I wrote about a new ministry that my friend Amy and I started called Butler Praise and Coffee. In March Amy had a breakfast where she invited a bunch of her friends and shared a devotional. I loved it! I wanted it to happen again and again and I wanted to be a part of it.

The afternoon of that breakfast I was working on a craft that involved some flowers when the word BLOOM popped in my head and it wouldn't go away. I was wondering "what in the world is the word BLOOM floating around in my head for!?" And then a word for each letter came to mind. I decided I better just stop my craft and write down those words. It was a while before I got back to my crafting because I wrote up the majority of a message that flowed out of the word BLOOM and I knew I should tell Amy that I had a message for her next breakfast. And that's how I got to be a part of the team that put together Butler Praise and Coffee... and that's also how I ended up being the one to share the message yesterday at our first official meeting.

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I'm going to share that message on my blog throughout this week. Today I'll give the intro and each day I'll post about a letter from the word bloom.


 Full Bloom 

Psalm 1:1-3 from The Message

How well God must like you— you don't hang out at Sin Saloon, you don't slink along Dead-End Road, you don't go to Smart-Mouth College.

Instead you thrill to God's Word,
      you chew on Scripture day and night.
   You're a tree replanted in Eden,
      bearing fresh fruit every month,
   Never dropping a leaf,
      always in blossom.

This passage gives us some good advice on how to live a life that is always in blossom but I want to give a few other practical things we can do daily to help us bloom.

Blossom and bloom are synonyms.

So what does “bloom” mean and what does a life in bloom look like? I want to start by defining some words...

Bloom as a noun means:
A flourishing, healthy condition; the time or period of greatest beauty, artistry, etc.

Bloom as a verb means:
To flourish or thrive.

That sounds good enough on it's own but I always like to go one step further and define some words that are in the definition. I like to get a full understanding of what things mean and this is a great way to do that because I could explain what it means to flourish and thrive but the definitions give a great picture of each of those words.

to be in its or in one's prime; be at the height of fame, excellence, influence, etc.
to be successful; prosper.
to grow luxuriantly, or thrive in growth, as a plant.

Synonyms of flourish are grow and increase. Antonyms are fade and decline. If you are not blooming you are fading.

to prosper; be fortunate or successful.

When we are in full bloom we will flourish and thrive. We will be successful and have influence. We will prosper. We will be in a period of greatest beauty.

So how do we bloom?

I'll start answering that tomorrow. :)

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