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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- Katy Kauffman

Author PictureAn Interview with Katy Kauffman, author of 2 Timothy: Winning the Victory. 

Q: Share a little background about yourself.

A: I’m Katy Kauffman, and I love studying God’s Word and writing about it. I have a ministry with my family in which we write and teach Bible studies. Our ministry is called Lighthouse Bible Studies, a dream almost twenty years in the making. It became a reality last year. I published my first Bible study through our ministry, and I’m working on the next one.

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 as a preteen that I was supposed to be a Bible teacher, but it wasn’t till I was in my late twenties that I understood that plan meant publishing Bible studies. I followed the direction I had, and God steered my family and me the rest of the way.

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

 

A: I wanted to do it! I loved His Word and wanted to share it. But I was scared and wondered whether I would be able to do it.

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

A: Fear, self-doubt, distractions, weaknesses, busy-ness

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

A: Yes, it is fulfilling. I know this is God’s path for me and what He wanted me to do. I can use the gifts He’s given me, I can bless others and learn from them too, I have a peace and joy that’s missing when I’m not writing or teaching.

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 prayed about whether to be a camp counselor at a place I thought was perfect. I knew God wanted me to pray about it, but I didn’t realize He didn’t have for me to do it. But not doing it steered me in a different direction, what He had for me. He wanted me to seek Him about it, but stay close to Him to know His will. He does show us the way!

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

A: Ask God to guide you, and start doing something at your church that you think He has gifted you for. What ministries would you like to be a part of, and seek God’s direction about it. Try something, and see if it works. When we take the first step in faith, based on what we know so far, God will lead us to take the next and the next.


 

I would like to thank Katy for taking her time to be interviewed here are so ways you can connect with Katy:

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You can also buy her latest book on Amazon.

 

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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.

Connect with Nichole!

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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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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

Connect with Christy

Website: http://www.livinginthepromises.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/livinginthepromises

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