Monthly Archives: January 2015

What is Your Purpose?

UP-Purpose-DefinedW Are you living according to your purpose? If your answer is yes to that question, congratulations, you are likely among a very small percentage of people who are. Most people either a) don’t know their purpose, or b) do know, but can’t live it yet for a variety of reasons – time, money, health, other people, etc. For the past several years I have considered myself to be in the “b” category – and complained, saying “I don’t know which is worse, to not know my purpose or to know and not be able to fulfill it.” My purpose being to do write inspirational fiction (modern day novels based on Bible stories) to help others find a deeper faith in God. According to Deepak Chopra, “Everyone has a purpose in life . . . a unique gift or special talent to give to others. And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the ecstasy and exultation of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals.” It is when I first read that quote in his book, “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” that I knew my purpose. Now, how about the rest – fulfilling it? Well, lately I have found that I am grateful and glad to at least KNOW my purpose. And I have also realized that I need to have faith that it will be fulfilled if it is in accordance with God’s Will (which I believe it is, since He put the dream of doing it on my heart in the first place). And the more faith I have, the less I need to struggle with the “reasons” why it’s not happening faster! If you’re like me and know your purpose but aren’t fulfilling it yet, try to have faith while you take action on overcoming your obstacles – and remain grateful. As it says in Romans 8:28 (my favorite Bible passage): “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” And if you don’t know your purpose, there are hundreds of books and life coaches out there that can probably help – you just need to take action to begin the journey of investigation! I believe that God did put each of us here for a specific purpose and our gift back to Him is to live it.

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Winter wonders…

winter  Took the dog for a walk this afternoon as the sun started to set. It was quiet, not many people out on a cold, winter day. The kind of quiet that only winter brings. I could hear only the crunch of snow under my feet. The kind of quiet and cold that get your attention. I started out the week, the day, bemoaning winter – this is officially the last day of Christmas, time to take down the decorations, enter “ordinary time,” and I’m not too fond of the cold in general. (And my football lost the playoffs yesterday and are done). But there was something magical as I walked and admired the snowy landscape, the soft,  subtle pinks, purples, grays and browns, and the cold actually felt…refreshing. So I thanked God for my health as a I walked, (my poor husband lay sick in bed) and the warm house that awaited me (while many do not have even that), and the fact that with each day now it will get a little lighter, and for the 354 days that stretch ahead of me this year, “ordinary” days that can be filled with good times, joy, fun, laughter, love, fulfilling my purpose, getting closer to God – and most of all for getting my attention. “He says ‘Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10). I just need to listen and be grateful and all will be well. Happy Winter!

 

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The One Thing…

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????  Happy New Year! Hard to believe another whole year has gone by! I happened to be tuned into Dr. Charles Stanley’s broadcast this past Sunday and luckily stayed tuned in to listen to his son, Andy Stanley’s broadcast afterward. It was about starting the new year focused on your “one thing.” Most of us know what it is. For me, it’s staying focused on my journey as an author – to get my next book published, to begin writing the next one, to do more speaking engagements, author appearances, book signings, etc. To be further along at the end of 2015 than I was at the end of 2014. To not give up! To not get distracted or sidetracked. Andy Stanley quoted Nehemiah 6:3 in the Bible which I wrote down in my daily calendar and will make my new life verse this year: “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down.” Nehemiah was rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem to keep the enemy out; meanwhile the enemy was trying to tempt him to come down off the wall and secretly kill him because they knew he was Jerusalem’s only hope, as their leader, to fortify and protect the city. What are we tempted by, distracted by – and need to say NO to in order to continue to do our “great work?” Our one thing? Let’s start this New Year by resolving to stay on the wall, to do our great work and not come down!

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