“Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.”

– Ezekiel 47:12

There was a period of time when I was pastoring a very small church as a volunteer in an old American Legion building. The whole group was made up of young people with a lot of little kids running around, which was fun. We could not afford to hire a children’s minister, so my sister-in-law stepped into that role, and we just trusted God and remained faithful. You know what I felt called to do during that time? It felt as if I was being called to grow!

Personally, I spent three years of my life devouring books and surrounding myself with strong mentors who I wanted to learn from and emulate. When the time came, God released me into a new and even bigger calling that He felt I was ready for! I can’t tell you enough how important personal development is, especially when you’re in an in-between stage. You don’t have to compare yourself to others, beat yourself up, or blame your circumstances — you just grow as a person.

Friend, over the course of time, how big does a tree grow? What is the point at which a tree stops growing? The answer is when it dies. You can see a year of growth on every ring of a tree when you cut it down. Some rings are bigger, and some rings are smaller, but every year, it grows as big as it can. God wants you to continue to grow and expand your life. Allow Him to lead and bring you into all that He has for your life!


Father, help me find the right mentors for my continued growth.


In what ways is God leading your steps for continued growth?

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