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I recently taught a Gateway Equip class called The Name Changer.  I was teaching on the idea that a “name changing” encounter with God can become a “game changing” moment in our life.  You can listen to the two-part series if you are interested by clicking here.

Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 9.45.03 PMOn the evening I was preparing to teach class #2, I was participating in the worship set that always happens right before class.  As I got down on my knees I was asking the Lord if He would come into our class that night in a prophetic manner.  I had planned an activation where the people would ask God for a new name.  I wanted to be sure that He was up for the “challenge” and that I was leading to a place He wanted to go.  I put my face down close to the floor and just said, “Do you have a new name for me?”  I immediately heard the word, thrive.

It’s always amazing to me how our brains have this dynamic capacity to connect memories and thoughts.  I instantly had a flashback to something that happened to me when I was first diagnosed in 2009.  The morning after we told our children, I got up and went to the kitchen as usual.  At the end of the counter where Matthew would normally eat his cereal, there was a little poster he had made while I had been sleeping.  It said “She will survive.”

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Needless to say, that became a prophetic word over my life and many times I allowed myself to believe I would survive because Matthew believed first.  (You can read my original post about this experience on my first blog, Journey with Jan. I just read it again myself and it was a pretty remarkable day in my journey.)

So back to the present…

I immediately felt that God was saying in this moment I was more than a survivor.  I was actually a thriver. My face broke out in a smile and my praise lifted up to God.  I was feeling great and grateful.  After all, I had survived Stage IV breast cancer, been miraculously cured, regained my strength, my stamina and my zeal.  I felt more ready than ever to move on into the next season of thriving. During class #2 I shared my thrive story and celebrated the name that God spoke to me that night.

Of course, all of this happened just a few weeks before I discovered I was facing a recurrence of cancer. God is not surprised by the timing of my situation.  He intentionally went before me to declare a name changing moment in my life. He declared that in the face of another life-threatening moment, this time I would go through differently.

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Thrive – to grow or develop well or vigorously, luxuriant, to prosper, to have increase or success, to flourish.

I had the opportunity to attend the Hillsong Colour Conference in Sydney, Australia a few years ago with some of my Gateway Pink family.  The theme that year was flourish.  Bobby Houston kept saying “flourish baby flourish”.  We would kind of laugh and giggle because she was so much more extravagant in her expression than we would be – yet today – she popped in my head and I saw her say to me “flourish baby flourish.”

Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 9.43.29 PMLike it says in the Casting Crowns song, Thrive – It’s time for us to more than just survive.  We were made to thrive

Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers. Psalm 1:1:3

You are a thriver too!