All posts tagged: God’s purpose for your life

Rejection or redirection?

Rejection is hard, and repeated rejection can be devastating unless we view it with a healthy perspective. I truly believe that through rejection God wants to show us that there is a better way to fulfill our desires and His plans for our life. Over the years, I have looked to people and church leaders that I believed could help me put in motion my plans to encourage women through various avenues. I gave a lot of time and energy communicating my thoughts to them. There were countless emails and one-on-one meetings in an attempt to connect and create what was on my heart. I tried so hard to make it happen and left no page unturned. However, instead of encouragement, I encountered rejection. Some felt threatened I was competing with them. Others wanted it done their way. Some just ignored me because, they already had a program in the church. But I was simply trying to do, what I believe God had put on my heart, and the repeated rejection was difficult to understand.  That is because, so …

Nick Vujicic: ‘Even though we don’t get a miracle, we can be one’

A recent survey conducted by Lifeway Research has concluded there seems to be one small positive coming out of the COVID pandemic — people are starting to think more about their purpose in life. According to its recent survey of 1,200 people, 57% of people stated that at least once a month they are wondering “How can I find more meaning and purpose in my life?” This is up from 51% of people who wondered that same thing in 2011. The pandemic is causing people to realize there is more to life than just satisfying their personal desires. As Christians, it is vital we grasp that God has a purpose and plan for our lives. In a prophetic word given to the prophet Jeremiah, we read that God’s purpose for Jeremiah’s life was not laid out when the prophet was born, in fact, God’s plan for Jeremiah was written up before he was even conceived (Jeremiah 1:5). When you were born, God wasn’t caught off guard and wondering what am I going to do with …

Do you see apples or do you see pies?

I was reading an interesting story on Charisma News about an interview with Barry Maracle, a pastor, author and prophet, who is convinced that God has a purpose for your life. Maracle shared a story about his Native American grandfather who was a pastor with the Assemblies of God. His grandfather would bring out a white board and put a small apple seed on it and ask his students what they saw. Immediately they all focussed their attention on the board. But gradually their eyes would shift to the tiny apple seed, and they would describe it. As his grandfather pushed them on what else they saw, some would speak of the giant tree that would spring from that tiny seed. But for his grandfather, even this wasn’t enough, they needed to see beyond that. “My grandpa would say, ‘No, you see bakeries.’ ‘You see apple pie.’ ‘You see everything that produces after its own kind,” said Maracle. Like that tree, we all have a greater purpose in life beyond growing and living. And for …

Embrace your journey

Sadly, for many years I believed that my purpose was tied into some far off destination that was going to drop into my lap someday. And, I stumbled over my wondering and worrying about what my purpose was and what my goals should be to help me accomplish whatever my purpose was. Even though I was married, had a family and worked part-time, I somehow excluded all this from being part of my purpose in life. Therefore discovering my purpose in life was on hold. It had to be on hold because I did not have the time nor energy to pursue anything else.  My hands were quite full. Then I made the fatal mistake of comparing myself to other women, who worked, had families and were in leadership roles in their community and accomplishing great things while successfully raising their kids and supporting their husbands. As former US President Teddy Roosevelt once quipped,  “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Comparing myself to these women caused me to stumble over what was right in front …

The importance of finding God’s purpose for your life

Viktor Frankl, who died in 1997 at the age of 92, was a holocaust survivor. He and his wife along with his parents and other Jewish family members were sent to Nazi concentration camps in 1942. Frankl, who even endured Auschwitz, was the only member of his family to survive the holocaust. After the war, he developed a form of therapy called logotherapy that was based on his time in the concentration camp. He along with others were able to mentally and physically survive their concentration camp experience by finding a purpose and meaning in the midst of the horror. In fact, he even wrote a book on this entitled “Man’s Search for Meaning” based on his concentration camp experience. He believed that within people there is an instinctive desire for meaning. We all need a purpose for our life and people attain happiness when they find that sense of meaning. He went on to suggest that many forms of mental illnesses such as depression can be attributed to this lack of meaning because without …

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If you want to know God’s will, start moving

Many of us can struggle trying to decide what God wants us to do. It is clear from Scripture that God has a purpose for each of us. The Prophet Jeremiah wrote: 11 ‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.’ (Jeremiah 29:11 NASV) God has a plan for each of us. He has a future destiny laid out for you. But knowing God’s purpose for our lives can be a struggle and many times we find ourselves sitting and doing nothing waiting for a messenger from heaven to hand deliver our instructions. I think that is a mistake. If you want to know God’s will for your life, get out of your chair and start moving. This is exactly the advice that King Solomon gave: The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. (Proverbs 16:9 NASV) We are told that we can make our plans, but God directs our …