Don’t Just Survive. Choose to Thrive.

When you reflect on your life, would you say that you are thriving through it or are you really just trying to survive? Whether you are in a trial or not, do you make an effort to find joy in every day?

I get it. Life is hard. It’s so easy to become bitter and grumble through your current situation. Maybe you hate your job. Maybe your marriage is on the rocks. Maybe you don’t know how you are going to pay your rent. Or maybe it’s that you recently lost someone you love. No matter what you are going through, God didn’t create you to “just barely make it”. He didn’t create you to spend time “wishing away your days”. He doesn’t desire for you to always hope for the “next greatest thing”.

God desires for you to THRIVE. He wants you to live an abundant life. He has a specific purpose for each and every day you face and He has created you to live your life to the fullest. He encourages you to thrive through every day and yes, that includes thriving even when you are in the middle of a difficult trial.

Stop settling for less than what the Lord has already paid for. Because of what Jesus did on the cross, you get to live in complete victory. There are two people who will prevent a bountiful life from manifesting and that is the enemy and yourself. Make a decision today to thrive through the abundant life God has set out before you.

​​”I have come that they might have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10

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  • Sheryl
    Posted at 06:28h, 02 March Reply

    A wonderful reminder that I believe we each have to revisit from time to time.

  • Lavonne @ *Our Wish*
    Posted at 07:25h, 02 March Reply

    Great reminder. I also think it’s important though to really feel the hard times though, sometimes down to your soul, to engrave what it feels like to be at a low so we can truly appreciate the high. Sometimes when we are barely making it, that’s when we decide that something has to change, not only to thrive, but to strive for more. I believe that sometimes God just wants us to get out of the rut we are in and we have to do that on our own. We have to work for it. We can’t just sit back and “thrive” in our current situation but we have to want more for ourselves and strive to change it.

    • Sandra
      Posted at 17:23h, 02 March Reply

      I totally agree. It is important to see these things in context. It is only in hindsight that we realise that there is a more powerful force at work. No matter how badly we felt in a particular crisis we survived it. How? Because God was right with us. Yes we need the downs as well as the ups. How else can we compare them. It is also good practice to thank him for his presence in moments of despair. In the craziness of the moment we pray. We may not remember praying but we did.

      Personally I count my blessings everyday. I thank him for each day and my loving husband, my family and my friends. I thank him even when I cannot sleep, I thank him for the skills I have and the ones I have acquired over the years. It is unwise to take him for granted. Because without him I would not survived.

      Thank you for this reminder and this post. Keep up the amazing work. May God bless you your family in abundance.

  • Amanda
    Posted at 08:21h, 02 March Reply

    To be honest, I do feel like I’m just surviving right now. I like my job but having been feeling bitter and jealous about not being able to Just stay at home with my baby. Thanks for this reminder. I needed it! God is good and has me in this place for a reason.

  • Carissa Maul
    Posted at 09:51h, 02 March Reply

    I have been surviving…pushing…just getting by…and you’re so right He did not come for me to just live and “get by” He came so I could be ABUNDANT! Loved this today!!

  • the longest journey
    Posted at 10:29h, 02 March Reply

    You bring up a such a great point. There are days where I know I am just surviving and trying to get through the day/week/month. But, then after these low days I do appreciate the days where I am thriving much more. xo

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 11:07h, 02 March Reply

    I’m singing Casting Crowns THRIVE now in my head… your posts always make me think of great Christian songs 🙂 Artists need to come here to get inspired 🙂

  • tiffanyatouchofgrace
    Posted at 12:42h, 02 March Reply

    I know so many people who go through their lives just surviving. That’s not how I want to live at all. We all should Thrive!

  • bloggerlovestheking
    Posted at 15:55h, 02 March Reply

    So thankful that I can thrive through life because it can be truly hard during difficult situations.

  • Kirby
    Posted at 17:49h, 02 March Reply

    So grateful for this reminder to appreciate what we have in life. Life is hard, but there are many things to be thankful for – like your blog. Keep thriving.

  • Hannah Scarlett Smith
    Posted at 18:21h, 02 March Reply

    Completely true! Have important it is to be reminded.

  • seasaltsecrets
    Posted at 20:07h, 02 March Reply

    I love love love this sentiment! Such a powerful reminder!

  • Kerry
    Posted at 22:18h, 02 March Reply

    Thanks so much for this Caroline! It’s a great reminder to look past the bad to everything that is good. Even if it seems so far away right now!

  • Leslie
    Posted at 06:43h, 03 March Reply

    I need this type of motivation today. I have to remember to stop trying to do everything on my own and ask for help when I need it.

  • elleseesyou
    Posted at 06:43h, 03 March Reply

    life has been tough for me lately, so thank you for this!! time to thrive and not just survive.

  • Marissa
    Posted at 09:38h, 03 March Reply

    I really loved reading your break down of thriving – as some others have commented – I am not really a fan of the “Thrive” all the time mentality. There are times in life when surviving is really all we can do, as long as we do not let go of the Hope that has been give to us in the Blood of our Savior.

    Then again, if we are just going through the motions during a time of life when we should be joyful, then maybe we need to push past just surviving in order to thrive.

  • miragonz
    Posted at 09:53h, 03 March Reply

    Oh I so needed to read this today! We were hit with a financial burden yesterday and I will admit I let it steal my joy and cause me a ton of stress, so much so that my stomach was in knots most of the night. Thank you so much for sharing these timely words!

  • Sheila
    Posted at 14:29h, 03 March Reply

    It is amazing to me what the enemy will do take our focus off God and to make us believe we can only survive NOT thrive. I think a big part is identifying the enemy and seeing it for what it is. It is so easy to focus on what we don’t have versus what we do have with God. If we have the power of the Holy Spirit living in that just surviving or is that THRIVING? We can’t trust our emotions they will fail us every time Do you realize from the time we are born the Dr. or nurse gives us a score on how well we will thrive. From the time we are born the enemy is already plotting against us….there are days which are very difficult, hard, lonely stressful, painful, but I would rather THRIVE than just survive….God has used very difficult things in my life to teach me I’m not a survivor I’m a Thrivivor!!!!! ( Yes, I made up this word) Thanks for speaking God’s truth!

  • lifeofaministermom
    Posted at 14:56h, 03 March Reply

    It is truly a sad sight to see how many believers are satisfied with mediocrity. I’m guilty as well and forgetting what God has for me! This saying is one that I’ve used for a while and certainly appreciate the reminder!

  • Natural411
    Posted at 14:59h, 03 March Reply

    Awesome read….We all need to live in our purpose which airline feel will cause us Thrive

  • Justine Y @ Little Dove Creations
    Posted at 00:57h, 04 March Reply

    What a wonderful post, thank you for sharing this Caroline.There is a quote I love from one of the authorities of my church, “God didn’t design us to be sad. He created us to have joy!” I wholly believe this. We have such a caring, loving Heavenly Father, why would he want us to have or be or do any less than our best? Real, lasting happiness doesn’t come from things of the world, and it’s up to us to choose to be happy.

  • Kanika Dugal
    Posted at 01:19h, 04 March Reply

    Really Heart touching story of you. You can say Inspiring story. Thanks to god i’ll found this blog and get a chance to read such a nice post. Thanks you… Love it.

  • Jed Jurchenko
    Posted at 07:13h, 04 March Reply

    Thank you for the reminder that we can indeed, thrive in the midst of challenging circumstances. It’s something that I needed to be reminded of today 🙂

  • alyssa
    Posted at 12:28h, 04 March Reply

    I really like this thought! It’s so true, sometimes we just get in a rut, but it’s great to remember that our Savior died for us and that he knows exactly what we are going through. It’s great to know we have Him to turn to!

  • tommy guidroz
    Posted at 09:39h, 08 June Reply

    LOVE THIS! I was at a pretty tough spot a few years ago but had to look in the mirror and say I have complete control over all of this and recommitted myself to my Lord and my Life.

    Today I couldnt be happier!

  • Neelu Thapar
    Posted at 02:56h, 08 January Reply

    Nice thought…Feels very inspirinig… Thank you…

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