Your Life Has Purpose

God created us for purpose.  As believers we know that, but the struggle gets real with all the tasks that have to be completed day in and day out. It can be easy to lose focus.

Here are three simple truths to encourage and help you live today with purpose

 

  1. Open Your Hands to Do Whatever Whenever.

Serving others is always the call for every believer wherever they are. Galatians 5:13 says we have been “set free.” The text goes on to say, “do not indulge the flesh” but “serve” one another humbly in love.”  Often, we love to hear the “set free” part but quickly forget the “serve humbly” part. Why? Because service requires movement. Service is opposite of sitting. Ask the Lord wherever you find yourself today to give you eyes to see what needs to be done and how you can help wherever you are: at church, at work, at home, etc. Open your hands and be ready and willing to do whatever needs to be done whenever it needs to be done.

 

2. Love The People God Has Placed Before Your Very Eyes.

Having grown up in church all my life, one of the hardest truths for me to live out at times has been to love people like I love myself.  It is easy to love people who have things in common with me and like me. But oh friend, can’t it be difficult to love people who are not kind to us? To love people who simply don’t like us? And yet, it’s in loving the people God has placed before our very eyes that don’t like us, have opinions about us, who don’t have the same things in common with us where we find God’s love is greater than any other love. Who is the person God has placed before your very eyes consistently to love? Ask Him to show you how you can show love to that person.

 

3. Start Depending On God’s Holy Spirit And Not Yourself.

Before Jesus ascended to heaven after his resurrection, he told the disciples to wait for the power from on high. He said, “you will be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8). Believers are witnesses for Jesus. If you are a believer and follower of Christ, you have been called by God to be a witness. Being a witness for Jesus can come at the most inconvenient time in our day. Can’t it! But, in surrendering over our will to God’s will, we let God be in control and lead us. Ask God through prayer to guide your decisions, lead you to where He wants you to go, to do what He wants you to do. Believe you have God’s power to help you.

You have purpose today and everyday. Believe it!!! Live it!!

My Bible, My Most Treasured Possession

This Bible has been with me through thick and thin for two decades. It is my most treasured  possession.

I never thought I would see a time when christians would literally come to church without a bible.

But its so common now, I expect to see more in church on a Sunday with just a phone without a bible. It kind of makes me sad. I am not knocking media or phones, but I can testify, that when you hear the rustle of the pages, when your fingers touch the page you have turned to time and time again and your eyes re-read notes or dates marked of times when you were going through something, or the word encouraged you, you can’t help but jump into praise as you remember how faithful God has been to you in your life to lovingly and patiently speak to you through those tattered and torn pages. Something happens deep down inside my heart when I open my bible and hold it with my hands and see it with my own eyes. It never gets a virus. It never needs wi-fi. It’s perfect just like it is and ready for the taking. An iPhone has nothing on it.

A New Thing

A New THING…..

Isaiah 43:19 says, “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?”

Do we perceive the new things God is doing in our lives?

Do we see him at work?

Sometimes, in my own life, I’ve experienced a restless feeling. Usually, when God was moving me to something new is when I begin to feel this kind of restlessness. It was a sense he was preparing me for new opportunities. Opening doorways that haven’t opened before. Closing or shifting old ones when I was unsure of my next step.

During times like these, I open my bible pray, “LORD, GIVE ME EYES TO SEE THE NEW THING YOU ARE DOING IN AND AROUND ME.” 

The LORD did a new thing with Israel when he pulled them out of slavery in Egypt. But the people didn’t really know where he was taking them. They had heard, but they had not seen it with their own eyes. It was new, but even though it was new, it was uncertain.

Sometimes, new is scary. Sometimes new is Uncertain.

I take joy and comfort in whenever I read back through the life story of the Israelites.

If God made a way for them in the wilderness, even despite their mess ups, God can make a way for you and me too in our own lives. He can and IS still doing NEW THINGS in our lives and the lives around us. One of the ways God continues to show us he makes things new that I haven’t thought much about is when he does something new others lives. Sometimes the newness that springs forth in their life, makes our heart rejoice and turn our eyes back on God, our Father. It’s in those times where He uses their newness to cause us to look at the new things he is doing in our life.

 

THINK ABOUT 

What new thing do you see God doing in your family life?

What new thing do you see God doing in the lives outside your home?

What new thing is he doing in your life?

  PRAY ABOUT

God, Your word says, you are a God who is always doing new things. You are constantly working things out in our lives for your glory. Give me eyes to see even the tiniest of details in my life and the lives of others that is new. In Jesus name, Amen

  ACT UPON

Bible Journaling is a way my creative brain slows down and can focus on a specific passage. I love art anyway, so sometimes it’s a way I incorporate it all.I don’t illustrate my bible everyday, but when I do, I am able to focus on a specific passage, phrase, or word that God makes come alive when I read it.

Below is my use of Illustrated Faith supplies for Isaiah 43:19.