Friday, August 11, 2017

How To Find Your Purpose: Everyone's Got An Answer

It's mind-blowing to me, as I strive to seek what our purpose(and more specifically MY purpose) is, how many people say they have THE answer....and literally dozens of different answers are given. Yet, so many times any one answer leaves me hanging(often sending me into a spiral of more questioning and confusion.)


The 3A's: Creating a Purposeful Life Through Attention, Acceptance & Authenticity


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Six Ways To Discover Your Life Purpose













“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” 
― Ralph Waldo Emerson


“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” 
― Eleanor Roosevelt


God has a plan and purpose for your life. Do not minimize your importance in His plans:
 + One purpose in life is to get close to God.- 

You are created to know God (Isaiah 43:6-7)

+ One purpose in life is to praise and worship God. - You are created to praise God (Psalm 86:12)

One purpose in life is to grow in character.- 

You are created to grow in the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)

One purpose in life is to tell others about Jesus’ love for them. - 

You are created to spread the gospel (Psalm 96:3)

One purpose in life is to develop your gifts. - 

You are created to use talents God gave you (Romans 12:4-8)



I'm discovering that each of us look at life through different rose-colored glasses. Sometimes that glass is quite distorted. Sometimes it seems like only a mirror reflection of ourselves can be seen. Sometime the glass is cracked or even shattered. Purpose in life is a bizarre thing. We can see it as something simple and easy to find. Or we can look at it and say purpose is a very complicated and difficult to identify. I could spend my whole life searching, but I don't know if I truly will ever discover the full extent and meaning of the word "purpose". And it seems like the old saying "the older we get, the wiser we get" isn't so true. In fact, life tends to be more confusing as I get older. Maybe because I have experienced so much in my almost 56 years. I feel like each of us has a different purpose and that purpose can change on a dime, day by day, moment by moment. Trying to tack it down to one thing, one event, one place, one person, one goal is like trying to catch the wind. It's crazy...but hey, life is a bit crazy, isn't it?

   

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Purpose in Waiting On That Good Seed To Bloom

Spring is a time for planting seeds, expecting growth, and preparing for expansion; but sometimes waiting is crucial in the germination process.  This means that we should strive to be patient with our spiritual development, as God is patient toward us (James. 1:2-4).


Raising our children is like planting and sowing seeds of the precious gift of life. But, this is often a LONG calling for many parents...much longer than the 18 years required for most parents. Even though I know better, it's very hard to believe any sowing, watering, or fertilizing I did through the years(of parenting) was meaningful if I don't see flowers immediately. But I KNOW that is not the nature of plants. That's not how gardening works. A beautiful, blooming garden takes time and effort

Waiting For the Flowers to Bloom
 
When it seems that the blessings in my own life are few, I start counting my blessings every day. Fruit will come. But it's not likely to be today. And I don't need to keep watering and fertilizing on an issue nonstop until I see fruit. That will drown a seed. It's OK to sow a seed, water a little, and walk away. After all, any fruit is a result of God's light causing the growth. So I stand back and wait for Him to work. And seek peace in the waiting.

While We Wait 
God will make a way to grow His seeds of love! Remember who it is that we worship, and who it is that we serve!  I stand in my faith not literally, but through endurance of grace I make it through! Tribulation was never meant to be endured without God!

Embracing My Family
A family is like a garden. Older plants give seed to new ones. Some are different than others, but all have a very special purpose in their lifetime. So always admire the good things of each family member; for we do not know when their blooming will begin or ends. Today is the day we should call them, just to say that we love them. Today is the day we go and do something out of charity that we are not obligated to do. Today is the day we go and spend time with them just because.


God has a purpose. God has a plan. 
Are you waiting for a change or a breakthrough? Are you longing for a little relief or an answer to a long-awaited desire? Maybe you question why there are no flowers and green leaves in your own life. While we wait for our flowers and watch for progress, keep soaking up the water. Let your roots sink in deep. Allow the sun to shine down on the dry, crispy limbs of our lives. And wait. Our turn is coming. When God begins to produce blossoms in our life it will be better than what we had in mind in the first place.
 

 

And occasionally, the Lord lets me see how it really works. 
He hath made everything beautiful in His time. Ecclesiastes 3:11a

Listen to Waiting On That Good Seed To Bloom(Podcast) - learning to wait and see the good seed that was sown in God’s love to bloom and be a blessing to others (and you too!) is not easy to do, but the reward is worth the waiting, no matter the amount of time it takes.
 

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Monday, March 13, 2017

A Purpose-Filled Life: My Bucket List (if God wrote it)

"I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe."
EPHESIANS 1:18-19 
Each of us are here for a reason and chosen for a purpose… Understanding our identity in Christ gives us purpose. God’s purpose is always unique and always makes our ordinary lives extraordinary. Our shared and primary purpose can be lived out in 5 ways: 
  • We were planned for God's pleasure
    • so your first purpose is to offer real worship. (Colossians 1:16) - Worship, while it can be an intentional choice, is generally a result of witnessing something 'awesome,' or awe inspiring and proclaiming His glory!
  • We were formed for God's family
  • We were created to converse with/become more like Christ,
    • so your third purpose is to have a real relationship/discipleship(Acts 17:27; 1 John 2:6) - To be a Christ-like people, we must also have the mind of Christ. This is vital to our ability to respond to God’s call and challenge as His people.
  • We were shaped for loving/serving God and others
    • so your fourth purpose is to practice real ministry.  (Mark 12:30-31;  Ephesians 4:11-13)- God is looking for opportunities to reveal His glory through His people. 
  • We were made for a mission
    • so your fifth purpose is to live out real evangelism. (Mark 16:15) - This is the Great Commission to the whole Church, to share the gospel with unsaved.

God has a specific purpose for each of us, a unique calling for every individual. Our secondary callings are unique and birthed out of our submission to the primary calling, as well as our gifts, dreams, passions, and personalities.


Time flies when we’re busy and life continues on, whether or not we take time to follow our dreams, calling, or purpose. That is why I recently took part in an online Bible study, called "What if God Wrote Your Bucket List?" We studied many topics and by the end of the study, were asked to write down what we felt God was calling us to do on this earth. At first, this seemed like an unfathomable task. The struggle of knowing what I desire, of God's calling for us as believers, as well as the gifts I know God has given me caused me to stress over feeling guilty and confused. But after much prayer and having some questions that were answered during the study, I realized that as long as my list connected with one of the five main purposes of God for all believers(listed above), it is still in line with Him writing it on my heart, too! I also realized that even those things that may seem impossible with man, I had to remember that all things are possible with God, and I can trust Him to provide. The list below is what I have felt called to write down for now...as God may redirect some of the things on the list, as He leads me through life. Also, it must be said that none of these MUST take place for me to be happy and serve God. My happiness stands alone on assurance of my salvation through Jesus Christ! Here is my list(In no particular order).
  1. Experience the joy of knowing my son is saved and enjoying the unity of that bond of a common love for God for many, many years on this earth.
  2. Travel around the U.S. in a small RV with my husband (and occasionally with other family members) after retirement.
  3. Live on the road with no schedule or time-limits.
  4. See the beauty of God’s creation, from mountain tops to deserts to extraordinary natural landmarks.
  5. Take some chances with adventurous activities; try things I’ve never tried before; ie: sailing on the ocean, fishing for a large fish(bluefin tuna, marlin, tarpon, etc.), participate in a long-distance bikeathon, etc.
  6. Travel to another country - Holy Land, Italy, France, Canada
  7. Serve/Minister those in need in a disaster relief program
  8. Live off the grid for a time period - ie. no electronics, communication with the outside world, etc., and get more connected with God.
  9. Minister to and encourage moms with “different” or “challenging” children.
  10. Hear my son record Christian music in a professional studio. See him thrive in music.
  11. See my son marry a woman who loves Jesus with all of her heart.
  12. Doing more random acts of kindness(Pay more attention to people around me).
  13. Live as though every moment of every day I could not live without the Lord...having His Word and promises in my heart and mind at all times, commuting with him continually.
  14. Live, exercise, and eat healthily on a regular basis.
Proverbs 16:9 - "The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps."
Have you ever considered what your bucket list would look like, if God wrote it for you? Have you ever written it down? What kinds of things are on your "bucket list"? Feel free to share in the comment section.
 
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