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January 25, 2009

Romans 10:1-8

 1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. 2 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. 5 For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “The man who does those things shall live by them.”6 But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down from above) or, ” ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach):

 

 

 

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Life Lessons

  • We should desire that others follow Jesus and find love and forgiveness.
  • No one can ever truly be self righteous.
  • We will never be declared innocent through good works.

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Finding Your Fulfilling Purpose- Janell Kremer

PSX_20140621_170124_wmAn Interview with Janell Kremer author of the Mustard Seed Family.

Q: Share a little background about yourself.

A: My name is Janell Kremer and I blog at mustardseedfamily.com.
I am a Suzy homemaker, hairstylist, teacher, mom, and wife. My daughter is almost 20 months old, and I’ve enjoyed staying home with her this last year. My husband is a musician, Mr. Fix-it, and an IT guru. I am currently pregnant with our second child and we looking forward to meeting this little miracle in April of 2015.
My blog is about mom life, where you will find great recipes, diy projects, hair tutorials, and more. Besides all that fun stuff I also share some of my heart, and a lot of my faith. My goal as a blogger is to create a place of inspiration where we can encourage one another and follow God’s calling in our lives.

Q: For God has “called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which as given to us in Christ Jesus before time began” (2 Timothy 1:9) When and how did you know what God’s plan was for you?

PicsArt_1403033371965_wmA: It took me a while to find God’s plan (while learning to give up my own), and I think it’s a continuous process that we have to choose daily. I know that I’m doing what God has called me to do because of the peace that I feel in my soul. Besides feeling at peace I have also come across many attacks from the devil to get me off the path. Those roadblocks only confirmed that I am doing what God has called me to do.

Q: Once the Lord spoke to you about your purpose did you obey right away or did you struggle?

A: I’ve struggled with obeying. I consider myself to at times act like Jonah and run away from God’s plan because it was scary. Once I started to trust and obey, God rewarded my obedience by blessing me in some way.

Q: What obstacles did you have to overcome and/or still run into?

A: My main obstacle is self-image. I am 8 years into recovery from anPicsArt_1404275638425_20140702095741536_wm (1) eating disorder and although I don’t starve myself or make myself puke anymore, I still have those thoughts in my head that I’m worthless. God is teaching me to fight those thoughts with scripture, and I can’t explain how incredibly powerful that has been.

Q: Is what you are doing currently fulfilling? In what ways?

A: Each day I face new challenges and struggles, but I do believe that what I’m doing matters. I may not see the fruits of my labor right away, but I believe that my faithfulness to God’s calling will produce an abundance of fruit later on. Being a stay-at-home-mom has been the best job that I’ve ever had, and I feel fulfilled by watching my daughter grow and learn things that I have taught her. Blogging has opened me up to a world of wonderful Christ-filled moms who are very supportive and wise. I feel as if entering that world is fulfilled the drive in me to show my creative side, which is necessary in order to keep my life balanced.

Q: Do you recall a time when you lacked peace about a job or situation and how God delivered you out of it?

A: I took a job at a daycare when I first became pregnant with my daughter. I was hired during the first interview which I found odd. Throughout my training I had an uneasy feeling about the atmosphere of that daycare that only got stronger the longer I was there. After four days I was assaulted by a ten year old child and decided that was my confirmation that this was the wrong job for me. I quit on the spot and felt peace immediately after doing so.

Q: What advice to you have for women who are still searching to fulfill their purpose?

A: Keep praying for God to reveal His purpose. Seek in not only 20141003_164607_wmthrough prayer, but also by reading the word of God daily. Also, give up your plans. They may be hindering you from God’s best for your life. Your plans may sound wonderful but if they aren’t in line with God’s will, your plans will never succeed.


 

I want to thank Janell for allowing me to interview her and I recommend following her blog as I do myself!

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Finding Your Fulfilling Purpose- Nichole Howson

photo 5aAn Interview with Nichole Howson, author and creator of defyingshadows.wordpress.com.  Nichole is a Business student who grew up in a town outside of Windsor, Ontario, on a dairy and cash crop farm where she learned what it means to work hard, and what is involved to be successful. She is an avid coffee lover who enjoys a good action film or a chick flick, depending on the day, and enjoys reading both non-fiction and fiction books in her spare time. She takes great joy in organizing, scheduling, and participating in social media. She has a passion for volunteerism, but more specifically helping those who are hurting, whether it is emotionally, physically, or mentally. Nichole hopes that her future career will embrace these passions, and allow her to help others in a larger capacity.

Q: For God has “called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which as given to us in Christ Jesus before time began” (2 Timothy 1:9) When and how did you know what God’s plan was for you?

A: I knew that God had great plans for me when I was in High School. I knew I would be involved in a ministry but I was unsure as to what ministry it might be. I thought maybe I was meant to be a pastor, so when I started college I began attending Bible College.

I soon learned that God had a different plan for me. It wasn’t to be a pastor. I learned that my Ministry may not be as big as I thought, but it is most important to God.

Q: Once the Lord spoke to you about your purpose did you obey right away or did you struggle?

A: When I finally head the purpose that God had for me, I waited. I wasn’t sure if I was ready to open up about my deepest and darkest moments and bare my soul to world. I spent time in prayer and God showed me that although I felt I might not be ready, that I was in fact more than ready and should be excited to share my passions with others.

Q: What obstacles did you have to overcome and/or still run into?

A: Having a ministry that includes writing about Mental illness is purposehard. It is hard to hear the stories of others who are struggling. The first email I received sharing their heart breaking story, I cried. But I knew that I needed to pray. I prayed for that person. I prayed for me. I prayed and I asked God what wisdom He wanted to share with that person. I let God lead my words and when I did that, it suddenly became easier. Sure, it is still hard, but I have a peace that comes from my faith in Christ.

Q: Is what you are doing currently fulfilling? In what ways?

A: When I first started my Blog, I told my friends and family that this made me happy. It really did. It is so fulfilling knowing that you are doing what God wants for you. Knowing that you are fulfilling God’s purpose for you life.

Q: Do you recall a time when you lacked peace about a job or situation and how God delivered you out of it?

A: Ever since I started my blog, the Devil has been attacking me. I struggle with mental illness just as my followers do. The Devil attacked me and slowly slid anxiety, fear, and depression back into my life. Writing blog posts on being happy, or trusting God suddenly became so much harder. When I realized that I was under the attack of the Devil I prayed. I asked God to heal me and show me what He wants me to do next. When I put my trust in God, my peace was restored.

listen to his voiceQ: What advice to you have for women who are still searching to fulfill their purpose?

A: If you are still searching to fulfill your purpose, please keep praying! Even if you have found your purpose, keep praying. God will show you what He wants you to do. It might not be right away. He might only show you the first step in His plan, but follow Him and your purpose will be made clear.


I would like to thank Nichole for taking the time to be interviewed and sharing a piece of herself with all of you.

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Finding Your Fulfilling Purpose-Jackie Dixon

DSC_8662-3267286275-O copyAn Interview with Jackie Dixon, the head of VLX, a media & coaching organization focused on delivering information about body, beauty, and relationships to women around the world.

Q: Share a little background about yourself.

A: I was born and raised in the Washington, DC area and studied medical writing and technology at Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University. I’ve worked for years in ministry and as a professional model, and I’m passionate about teaching women how to take care of their bodies, beauty, and relationships in a Biblical way that honors God and frees them into all of the abundant life we can experience this side of heaven.

Q: For God has “called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which as given to us in Christ Jesus before time began” (2 Timothy 1:9) When and how did you know what God’s plan was for you?

A: My calling developed over time. I grew up watching many close relatives struggle with illnesses and disease. Sometimes they won their battles, and sometimes they went home. I remember crying out to God in the midst of all of this pain, asking for comfort, and asking for a role to play that would allow me to help, and reduce unnecessary suffering for others. In high school, this very clearly blossomed into a passion for health, and through a series of divinely guided decisions, I headed off to study medical writing at Johns Hopkins University – but that was only God’s Part 1. 🙂

Q: Once the Lord spoke to you about your purpose did you obey right away or did you struggle?

A: Well, first the purpose grew. While I was at Hopkins, I realized that health is complicated – that it involves much more than just our weight and blood pressure – and that even our efforts to care for our physical temples can be stymied by our deep emotional blocks and wounds.

Unfortunately, I had my own blocks and wounds to deal with, and out of confusion and exhaustion, I spent the first two years after Hopkins living in my parents’ basement, without a job, lost and stuck in my own deep wounds (that I didn’t even know I had!)

I had to work my way out of these wounds with God’s truth, grace, and love, and as I did, I realized that these issues were other sides of health that people needed help with.

Q: What obstacles did you have to overcome and/or still run into?

A: I had to deal with the fear of being bold with the truth. What if they don’t like it? What if they don’t want to hear it? What if no one cares? I have to tell myself over and over – and pray frequently! – that there are many people who do want this information and encouragement, and that even if they didn’t, the Word of God simply must be shared.

Q: Is what you are doing currently fulfilling? In what ways?

A: ABSOLUTELY!!! I speak on the topics of Biblical body care, beauty, and relationships, and coach women in groups and individually as well as lead them through an online course called Body Stewardship. Watching their eyes light up when they realize how much bigger God’s vision for their health in all these areas is, and then watching those who take action feel the freedom from being out of these sneaky shackles is AMAZING. It’s an incredible honor to work as God’s tool to set others free!

Q: Do you recall a time when you lacked peace about a job or situation and how God delivered you out of it?

A: I was working for a church and the time had come to leave – the job I was originally hired for had transformed and I was no longer doing work in my strong areas. But the ministry year was busy and I felt I would let my colleagues down if I left. However, I was in full-time grad school, in my first year of marriage, and had recently moved to a home an hour and a half from my work and school. It was just too much at one time, but I couldn’t see a reasonable way to escape. God came through big time! My husband is in the Marine Corps, and was offered a 6-month post in Florida. Suddenly I had a gracious way to leave my job, bring my life back into balance, and have the time to launch my company!

Q: What advice to you have for women who are still searching to fulfill their purpose?

A: Make sure it lines up with God’s word. I really believe God blesses things which align with His truth – and people are desperately searching for it!

Make sure you love it – you will need the passion to fuel you! Even the most blessed endeavors require some blood, sweat, and tears to bring them to life. Be sure that you are sufficiently interested in and passionate about the area you are working in, as that will get you through the valleys!

DO NOT GIVE UP!!! The marvelous callings of our hearts can change the world – and therefore there is much warfare and resistance against them, from inside our heads with all of our self-sabotages and doubts, to outside forces trying to discourage us. Take it slowly if you need to, but never give up, never give up, never give up!!!

That being said, don’t hold the original plan too tightly, as God may detour you and reveal a slightly different plan as you go along. Be persistent, but open. 🙂 After all, the goal is to serve Him, not to cling to our own objectives!


 

I would like to thank Jackie for her time in doing this interview and I encourage all of you to connect with her.

Website: http://jackiedixon.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JackieDixonVLX
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MmeJackieDixon

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There Was This Girl…

There once was a little girl; skinny, long stringy hair, and wore glasses who smiled just like the rest of them. But there were a few things different about her, she didn’t like to go home because she never knew what she would come home to. You could catch her wearing long sleeves in the middle of summer to hide the bruises, all the while telling herself if someone only asked why I would tell them. It was the late 70’s people didn’t get involved or ask questions.

Growing up in this environment had her seeking safety any where she could find it. She would stay with friends and family as often as she could anything but home. One day she noticed a church bus that would come around the neighborhood picking up kids to take them to Sunday School, so she started going as often as she could again anything but home! While going there she learned of Jesus’s love for her and that she had value something she never really felt before.

As she got older she still attended church once in awhile but the pressures of teenage life began to sat in and in walks this boy. He was funny, charming, and a football player and most of all he made her feel loved and worth something. Finally she had found someone to love her the way her parents neglected to do and one thing led to another she got pregnant at age 18.

The boy begins to disappear from the picture and quickly starts a relationship with another girl, so much for prince charming. She tells her mom who after calling her all kinds of horrible names instructs her to have an abortion. But because she knew in her heart that this baby was a person, who had value and deserved to be loved all things she was taught while attending Sunday School she refused to get an abortion.

Nine months later a beautiful baby girl was born, she looks down at the baby looking up at her and it was the first time she felt true love. She vowed to love her the way she was never loved…Soon after she finally had the courage to move out of her parents home to protect her daughter from them. With a police escort and time limit to grab what she could she was finally away from the home she never wanted to go to.

The parents of friend took her and the baby in and adopted them into the family. She now was loved by her daughter, her new adopted parents, adopted siblings, and in less than a year her future husband.

This little girl had a very tragic childhood that many of us would struggle to overcome but as you can see God was with her the whole time by placing people in her life when she needed them the most.


 

35b6a862b273ae9a3d433095290819e1I want to thank that bus driver for picking kids up and taking them to church. I want to thank the teachers that took time to love on this little girl and teach her God’s word. I want to thank all the friends and family who took her in their homes. I want to thank the cops who watched over her as she left and kept her safe. I want to thank the family that adopted her and now are closer than any blood relatives a person may have. I want to thank the man who chose to love not only her but also her daughter unconditionally.

If you are a follower of Christ and serve in some way don’t ever think that you’re not making a difference! That bus driver had no idea that every-time he picked this little girl up that was one less beating he just saved her from. Those Sunday School teachers had no idea that the words they taught her would help her to choose life over what the world wanted her to do. As servants you never know how God is going to use you but know that it will always be for HIS GOOD and HIS GLORY.

Thank you for all of you who serve the kingdom of God and I truly mean that from the bottom of my heart because this little girl is my mom and the baby she didn’t abort is me! 

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Finding Your Fulfilling Purpose-Joyce Brown

An Interview with Joyce Brown, creator of www.crazypastorswife.net and soon to be author.

Q: Share a little background about yourself.

A: I married my Pastor 14 years ago when he was an Army Chaplain. He retired in 2005 and we took a small “Baptist” church which is now “the Grace Place Church” and non-denominational.
I am writing a book with short funny stories about being married to a Pastor and the things that happen on Sundays and everyday. I find humor in everyday life!! I have 3 boys that I also write about. They keep me busy. Even at 36, 21 and 17.
http://www.crazypastorswife.net

Q: For God has “called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which as given to us in Christ Jesus before time began” (2 Timothy 1:9) When and how did you know what God’s plan was for you?

A: In 2005 after I became a Pastor’s Wife at a small church of 30 people. I knew God had a Bigger plan and he sure did because now we have over 2,000 members.

Q: Once the Lord spoke to you about your purpose did you obey right away or did you struggle?

A: I struggled with trying to the “Perfect Pastor’s Wife” I did not feel worthy.

Q: What obstacles did you have to overcome and/or still run into?

A: To be me! The woman God made me to be.

Q: Is what you are doing currently fulfilling? In what ways?

A: I am speaking, blogging, writing a book and teaching Bible studies.

Q: Do you recall a time when you lacked peace about a job or situation and how God delivered you out of it?

A: Yes, at times I get really down thinking we need to get out of ministry. But then God always shows me tag is not His will. And I need to just put my big girl panties on and deal with it!!

Q: What advice to you have for women who are still searching to fulfill their purpose?

A: Pray Pray Pray!! Read the Bible listen and sing worship music in your car at home wherever even if you can’t carry a tune like me. Seek wise counsel of Christian Women that are where you want to be Spiritually.

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Finding Your Fulfilling Purpose-Christy Cox

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An Interview With Christy Cox, author of Cries of Anguish & God’s Healing Truth.

Q: Share a little background about yourself.

A: I have been a Christian for 25 years, but many of those years, I did not walk strongly with God. I am a single mom with two adult children, ages 20 and 18. I served in the Air Force for 4 years working on F-15 jets after I graduated high school. Currently I manage 6 mobile home parks with two wonderful assistants, my Mom and my friend. And I am very excited to see all God has ahead for me and the new things He will teach me of Himself.

Q:  For God has “called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which as given to us in Christ Jesus before time began” (2 Timothy 1:9) When and how did you know what God’s plan was for you?

A: I knew the Lord wanted me to write a book at the end of 2011. He had put the burden heavy on my heart to use what He had been speaking to me in my journals. Then later, three different people told me out of the blue as I was praying for purpose and action that I should write a book.

Lastly the Lord gave me a scripture confirming it. Revelation 10:10 “Then I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth. But when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter.” My story was bittersweet, so when God gave me that verse speaking of the book and how it would feel writing it, it was His voice.

Later He gave me another verse towards the end of writing. Jeremiah 30:2 ““Thus speaks the Lord God of Israel, saying: ‘Write in a book for yourself all the words that I have spoken to you.”

Q: Once the Lord spoke to you about your purpose did you obey right away or did you struggle?

A: I felt led to obey right away. What I struggled with was endurance and many obstacles that kept pushing off what I desired to do. Once I know what the Lord is telling me to do, I don’t usually delay. It’s the deciding mode that takes time. Is this really You Lord or just me? What’s the direction or focus, etc.? As soon as I know it’s the Lord leading, God lets me run with it.

Q: What obstacles did you have to overcome and/or still run into?

A: The very first obstacle I faced was my son’s health crisis. I literally came back from a conference ready to start writing the next day and my whole life changed for 7 months. However, God wanted me to use that whole season in the book. But at the time, it just felt like another delay.

Busyness with work trying to steal my time away has been a constant obstacle. But the hardest obstacle to overcome is discouragement. The second guessing, thinking “Who is going to care about this anyway?” “Who do I think I am writing something about God?” The sense of inadequacy was always there. In those moments, I would pray for God to remind me of His words for me to go forth and ask the Holy Spirit to do for me what I cannot do. There was so much I didn’t know how to do, but trusting that God would show up at the next step of faith.

Q: Is what you are doing currently fulfilling? In what ways?

A: I feel fulfilled right now because I am obeying God in finishing this book and sense I am right in the center of His will. I have no idea what God is planning on doing with it, but it will always be my stone of remembrance of God’s presence being revealed in new ways to me. I don’t know what other blessings of fulfillment lie ahead after this book is out, but I know He has a purpose for me in it.

Another purpose God showed me during this journey is to walk in the gift He’s given to me, which is to give a word in season to those who are weary. When God gives me the verse to send to someone, it is always a sweet blessing. The confirmation of knowing that I actually discerned God’s voice in those moments and that someone else is lifted up by the Word of God is amazing. I believe God wants us all to have those wonderful moments of God doing something through us for another with the gifts He’s given to each of us. It lets us experience God’s presence in the moment and joy in blessing another. God even led me to a verse to describe what this gift looks like for me and what my heart is passionate about.

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Isaiah 50:4 “The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the learned, That I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to hear as the learned.”

Q: Do you recall a time when you lacked peace about a job or situation and how God delivered you out of it?

A: Many times I have lacked peace in regards to my job in property management. I have to make many decisions and need wisdom all the time. I pray constantly for God to speak or to reveal truth or to just work out the situation for me. God has done that over and over for me. He defends me from sometimes evil forces (people). I lack peace and start fearing when I forget that God is greater than the people, greater than my bosses, and greater than my own weaknesses. Those are the moments I need a verse to stand on and lift the situation up in prayer.

Q: What advice to you have for women who are still searching to fulfill their purpose?

A: Sometimes taking an inventory of the spiritual gifts God has already given to you and what your God-given passions are can start to open your eyes to your calling. Then seeing what scriptures speak on those gifts, God may stir something in your heart. Prayer to ask God to show you how and where to start using those gifts He’s given you and the opportunity to develop them. He doesn’t start with the big things, He starts with the small and sees if we will be faithful in doing them. And then He will entrust more into our hands.


 

I would like to thank Christy for taking the time to be interviewed and she is also running a special giveaway for a chance to win a copy of her book.a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Website: http://www.livinginthepromises.com/
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How Rude!

A very important pet peeve of mine is DON’T BE RUDE!! The other day I was out shopping with my two kids who are 3 years old and one 16 months old, oh and yes I’m also 6 months pregnant. Needlessly to say getting in and out of the car can be a task so I try to plan it out beforehand to make it as easy as possible. This is how the plan normally goes…

I try to find a parking spot next to a shopping cart and also not right up front so I wouldn’t be in the way of someone. To be considerate I also try not to park next to other cars because I’m nice like that or I really don’t want to risk hitting there car with my door.  With this plan I normally am able to get in and out pretty easily and quickly.

However on this particular trip I was leaving and I pulled my cart with kids inside next to the car so I could easily lift them out and right into the car.  Before I could even open my car door a lady parked right beside me to the point now I’m stuck and unable to open the door!!! What made it worse was that there were plenty of closer parking spaces open!! ARGH!!! She looked at me while I tried to squeeze out with my cart so she could open her door to get out. I was steaming at this point and when she got out she didn’t say one word to me. I looked my daughters and very loudly sad “Some People are so RUDE!”

Once I got into the car and headed home I begin to feel very convicted about what I had said and my attitude poor this women. So that night I did some scripture searching on how my heart should have been in the situation.  Here are a few things I found…

but I say unto you, Love your enemies, and pray for them that persecute you; (Matthew 5:44)

above all things being fervent in your love among yourselves; for love covereth a multitude of sins: (1 Peter 4:8)

And of course 1 Corinthians 13

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After reading all of these and many more verses on how important to be loving towards others, it got me to really think about this lady’s life.  I don’t know if she is a fellow believer going through a really hard time or a non-believer walking in darkness (1 John 2:11). Am I saying that from now on I am always going to love on everyone, of course not! I am human and unfortunately have moments where I am less than Christ like this just means that I will be praying for the Lord to change my heart and to see people, yes even rude people through His eyes.

What do you do to remind you that God loves and cares for everyone and so should we?

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Gone Fishin’ (for compliments)

I d0020fe789bc25963fe24740d9744755bon’t know about you but I am so blessed to be married to such a godly man who runs our household very well. With that said he is not one to shower me with compliments  needlessly and with my unnecessary need for affirmation I go fishing for them. Here is an example of a conversation we may have where I have gone fishin’.

imagesMe: “How was dinner?”
Husband: “It was fine.”
Me: “But you don’t love it? Would you want me to make it again?”
Husband: “I don’t care honey, I loved it! Is that what you want me to say.”
Me: “Only if you mean it.”

As I am reading this I realize how annoying I am. My poor husband comes home from a long day of work and all he wants to do is eat dinner and here I am drilling him with questions just so I can get some kind of compliment out of him. Good Grief, I need help! Even when I do finally catch a compliment from him because I went fishing for it doesn’t have the same effect as when he gives me one completely on his own. For example:

Text Messages:
Me: “Please pray for me!! Can’t find my licenses anywhere, can I not have just one good day where nothing goes wrong?”
Me: “I feel like I’m in an emotional boxing match with the devil and I’m not sure how much longer I’m going to last.”
Husband: “Praise God!! You must be doing something right, keep blogging!”

When my husband compliments me on my walk with the Lord that trumps any compliment he could ever give me on what I made for dinner. Those are the compliments I should seek and the only way I will get those is if I keep my focus on the Lord and serving Him. Not by nagging my poor husband or striving to please him just so he can say “That was yummy”.

Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife. ~Proverbs 21:19

Lord, Please help me to keep my eyes on you and to seek to only please you! I know that in pleasing you it will in return please my husband. Help me to not fish for compliments with husband or anyone else for that matter and if I do relieve it to me so I may put a stop to it. In Jesus name Amen!

 

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Finding Your Fulfilling Purpose

“who saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before times eternal,”
2 Timothy 1:9

Reading this verse made me question what God’s purpose for my life wastumblr_m8lzbhQQ2x1rr4b87 and was I fulfilling it? I really struggled that staying home taking care of the kids was my full purpose in life that there  had to be more something bigger I was meant to do. My husband goes to work everyday and comes home with a new story about who he shared the Gospel with and I think to myself how rewarding that must feel going to bat for God everyday.

It wasn’t until I shared my concerns with my pastor’s wife when she so lovingly explained to me that every victory my husband has is a victory I share with him. He wouldn’t be able to do what he does with out the support of me praying for him and taking care of the kids and household. She also went on to explain that since my children are so young God may have me in a season where my family is my purpose and when they are older perhaps God will have different plans. I was so encouraged by what she had to say and the fact that she too struggled with the same thing when her children were young. (Shows the importance of sharing with one or two trusted people because if I was left alone with my thoughts I could of easily fallen into a depression.)

having the eyes of your heart enlightened, that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, (Ephesians 1:18)

So with a new outlook on my life I am finding fulfillment in the smallest of things. When my daughter remembers something we learned in home school or when my youngest prays when we have a meal.

jeremiah 29 11Since I struggled to find my fulfilling purpose at first, I will be doing a series every Friday of other women who found God’s purpose for their lives. I hope this series encourages you to listen for God’s voice and obey so you may live up to your potential!

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