Flourishing Like a Palm Tree

Where did this title “Your Flourishing Life” originate?

Psalm 92:12-13 “The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God.”

For those who think that God is old and cranky and doesn’t delight in his children, this verse tells us that this is certainly not true!

Do a study on the palm tree and you will discover that apart from grasses, it is the most beneficial plant for sustaining life. In the near east it provides shade, food, and resources for weaving. It enjoys a long and productive lifespan. In fact, a single grove may produce for 100 years.

Now consider the famous Cedars of Lebanon. When we think of Lebanon we think of arid countryside, but that was not always the case. A thousand years before Christ these amazing trees sustained a multi-national economy throughout the near east. Their logs were shipped to Jerusalem for building Solomon’s Temple; they were shipped to Egypt and used in the embalming process. In fact, they were abundant until the early 1900s when they were harvested to become rails for the railway. The forests were desecrated, the springs vanished, the weather system altered, but their history is renown.

What does God says about righteous people? They will grow abundantly long-lived and long-blessed like the palm tree; they will flourish like Lebanon’s cedars.

The question becomes–if I am a person who pursues right living and I am not flourishing who moved? Did God–or did I?

About Your Flourishing Life

As a child, Marlee Huber loved to ramble through gardens sampling juicy berries and delighting in the heady fragrance of roses. As an adult, she thrills at maintaining a country garden in the foothills of the Washington Cascades. Something happened in 2012 that changed everything for Marlee. She followed the love of her life as he bicycled across the continent from their home in the NW to his brother's home in the Virginia. Ninety days later she came home and has never been the same. After photographing the backroads and hamlets across America--all on auto, she came home and took an online photography course, read dozens of books on technique and vision and stepped out into a new career. Her passion is coaching young people to discover their brilliance. She calls it Life-Themes Coaching and during one nearly half-day session, she unpacks what makes you brilliant and one of a kind. Then she matches the discoveries with a photography session where she tells the story of your life with her camera. In her personal life, she is a wife, mother, and grandmother delighting in her flourishing family!
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