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“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”  John 10:10

Is there anything more intoxicating that holding an armful of fragrant blooms? I love burying my face and letting the scent transport me back to the moments in my childhood when I first experienced the phenomenon.  There’s something positively decadent about the experience. It feels too much, too good and just too wonderful to contain.

That moment is what I think of when I read the verse from John listed above. It’s that kind of over the top, too good to believe, abundance that God wants to give us in life. Kind of like burying your face in a fistful of flowers. (Am I the only one who does that?)

I’ve realized though that too often we can settle for a just “good-enough” life. We stop dreaming and opt for ok. “It’s comfortable enough” we tell ourselves. We think “You’re too old, too young, too stuck, too…” and the list of limitations goes on.  Before you know it we’re living in a box of our own making. Bordered in by our own lack of imagination and faith.  What’s crazy though is sometimes we even have the audacity to look at our lives and blame God for the pieces we feel are missing.

How far from the truth that is!  His very goal is for us to live the life of our dreams and then some. He dreams bigger dreams for our lives that we can even imagine.  He is a God of abundance.

So as we prepare for Spring and watch the world to burst into bloom, my prayer is that each blossom reminds you of the over-the-top, abundant life that God dreams of for you!

Don’t settle for a solitary dandelion* when there are armfuls of peonies in your future!

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*I’m not hating on the dandelions. I think they’re just dandy.

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