Find Your Purpose

Find your purpose.

You, beloved, are so special! Your Father in heaven has created you, chosen you, and gifted you for a very special purpose.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

He knows the perfect plans He has for your life. Your Father wants to bless you, strengthen you, and He wants to use you for His Kingdom.

Through every moment, every struggle, every joy, He is equipping you. He is always with you–leading you, guiding you, and preparing you to fulfill your purpose in Him.

Oh what indescribable joy when we are living in His will! Invite His presence into your situation. Welcome His power into your life. Repent of all sin and run wholeheartedly for the God who loves you enough to die for you.

What is He preparing you to do? What is He asking of you? What does He want to accomplish in You?

Beloved, spend time with Him today and let Him reveal His plan for you. Let Him work in you today. If you follow Him, obey Him, and trust Him, He will reveal every step in His perfect timing. He will amaze you with wonders you can’t even imagine. Let Him overwhelm you!

Follow Him, obey Him, trust Him and He will reveal every step in His perfect timing…let Him amaze you!

I can’t tell you it will be easy, but I can promise you it will be worth it! Don’t trust me though–trust Him! Go to the Source of life and the Author and Perfecter of your faith, let Him speak to you and reveal wondrous things!

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Now may the God of peace—who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd, of the sheep, and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood—may He equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen. (Hebrews 13:20-21)

Abundant blessings,

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Daily Prayer~Complete Trust in Jesus

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Complete Trust in Jesus

This life is hard; full of painful trials, difficult situations, and all manner of temptation. But dear friend, you are not alone and you are not helpless. You have been given the Comforter, the Holy Spirit of God sustains you, strengthens you, and intercedes for you. Stand strong in this day of temptation, armed with truth, faith, and the Sword of the Spirit, God’s mighty, living, and active Word. The battle isn’t over yet, but the war is already won. Stand strong, don’t give up, and trust God with everything you are. He is worthy, and He is with you…trust Him!

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. (Ephesians 6:13)

In His Word: Ephesians 6

at His feet Daily Prayer

Father, I need Your presence and guidance for my life. On my own, I am weak, fearful, and unwise. Thank You for arming me for the battles I am facing, and for those I will face in the days ahead. Thank You for strengthening me with faith that I may stand firm on the truth of Your Word. Guard my mind and focus my thoughts on You that I may base every decision on Your wisdom and truth. Teach me to trust You completely in every way and in every circumstance, and when I am most under attack or tempted to fall, strengthen me to stand. IN the name above all names, JESUS! Amen.

I will follow Jesus

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I would love to pray for you or connect with you. Please leave a comment with a prayer request (or just your name, God knows your need!). It would be my honor and delight to lift you in prayer.

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Be blessed,

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Daily Prayer, Compassion and Comfort

Compassion and Comfort

Our God is the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort. So it is right and just that we would pray to Him seeking those things. Not just for ourselves, but also for others. Just as all believers share in Christ’s suffering, we also share in His great comfort. Are you in need? Don’t forget to pray for someone else facing the same situation. Lift them in prayer and take comfort as God transforms both of your lives! Then rejoice and praise Him together.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)

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Lord, You are my comfort, my strength and my defender. Hear my plea to You. You know my situation and my need. As I pour out my heart to You, help me remember my brothers and sisters around the world who are also in need of Your comfort. Bring to mind my friends, family, neighbors–everyone who You would have me pray for. Equip me to move beyond myself and my needs and remember the needs and sufferings of others. Lord, would You use my current trial to bring mature faith, selfless love, and total trust in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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I would love to pray for you or connect with you. Please leave a comment with a prayer request (or just your name, God knows your need!). It would be my honor and delight to lift you in prayer.

If you enjoy these prayers and are blessed, please share them! You can also find Faith to Soar on facebook, twitter, or pinterest and I hope you will join me online in following Jesus wherever He leads!

Be blessed,

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Finding Favor in the Eyes of God

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Finding Favor in the Eyes of God

David, even though he sinned greatly, found favor in God’s eyes. God Himself called David a man after His own heart! Why? Because he would do everything, anything, that God asked Him to do. He wanted to honor and please God more than anything else.

After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ (Acts 13:22)

Moses, left his homeland and all he knew to follow God to an unknown, foreign land because he loved him and trusted him. His faith and trust pleased the Lord and He blessed Moses. He knew him by name!

And the LORD said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” (Exodus 33:17)

God knows your name too! He loves you. He is calling you, asking you to follow Him, trust Him, and have faith in Him. He may not be asking you to serve as king, or lead a freedom march from captivity for thousands, but whatever He is asking you to do, whatever He wants, there are blessings beyond anything you can imagine in trusting Him, in obeying Him simply because it’s the right thing to do.

When you trust God and respect Him enough to simply obey, He is pleased. And His reward? The greatest blessing we could ever hope for…His presence! He offers a deep, personal relationship and calls you His own.

Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation. Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (Proverbs 3:3-6)

Choose to trust God today, in every moment, in every circumstance.

Whatever He is asking of you, He will supply the strength, and the courage. All you need to do is take the first step in faith and leave the rest to Him! Trust Him!

Lord, I desire to please You more than I want admiration or respect from the world. I need Your presence and Your power in my life. Grow my faith in You, deepen my trust, and show me the path You have for me. I want to obey You and bring You glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

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at His feet Daily Prayer, Finding Favor

A Daily Choice

Today, we have a choice.  Will we grow closer to God?  Or will we drift away in the busyness of life?  

Every new day ushers in fresh opportunity.  I can choose to grow closer to God, or I can allow myself to fall away from God…It’s up to me to choose. And falling away doesn’t always happen in big leaps, but often in small, unnoticed, unintentional slips. Seemingly unimportant decisions that don’t line up with God’s Word, and move me in the wrong direction.  

Let it never be so! I want to be closer to God when I go to bed, than I was when I arose. Every day, every moment, I want to deepen my understanding, my love, and my devotion to Him. So today, I will choose, not based on my circumstances, but based on God’s character and goodness.  

·        I will choose to love God!  

He loved me enough to send His son to die in my place before I even knew Him- so no matter what is going on around me today, I will love Him.
·        I will choose to praise God!  
He has never let me down, and even in the struggles and pain of life, I know He loves me.  He will comfort me, protect me, and shelter me!  So even in the darkest, scariest times, I will praise Him- not because life is easy, but because He is worthy!
·        I will choose to love others!
I will share the love of God with others because God loves me, and His word tells me to!  So even when I am hurting, even when I’m scared, even when I don’t want to, in His strength, I will love those around me!
·        I will choose to rejoice!

This is the day that the LORD has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it! (Psalm 118:24).  I do not rejoice because my life is easy or only on the days that I “feel” happy.  I will rejoice because God is love and He is giving me the opportunity today to rejoice- so I choose to rejoice!


We are always, constantly moving in a direction–either toward God or away from Him, closer to family or further away, growing friendships or losing them. If we are not intentional about our relationships, we will become more distant with each passing day.

We live in an age of technological friendships and intense loneliness, but the Savior of the world, the lover of our souls, is always with us.  I don’t want to be so busy, I miss Him!  I want to be intentional with my time, my thoughts, and my focus.  And I choose God!

~In seasons of waiting, God renews my strength; in seasons of trial, God comforts me and brings peace—and in all things, no matter what, I will choose to trust Him and praise Him because He is faithful, He is trustworthy, and He is worthy to be praised! 
Father, thank You for loving me even before I knew You.  Thank You for always being my refuge, my comfort, and my rock.  Help me and strengthen me to serve You, trust You, and praise You no matter what my daily circumstances are!  In Jesus’ name, amen!

An Undivided Heart

Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.  (Psalm 86:11)

So many things are pulling at my heart, some good, some not, but I am called, just as every believer is, to love God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength—all of it!  God has been incredibly faithful to me and I am learning to rely on Him in every situation.  I want my heart to be complete and whole, without even a tiny piece divided, but I can’t do this on my own—only in His strength can I learn to love God completely.
Father, teach me to trust You and rely on You—You are faithful!  I admit my heart is divided and distracted.  Create in me a pure heart that is whole and teach me to love you with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength.  In Jesus’ name, Amen!

No Matter What…

No Matter What…
·         I will choose to praise God!  
He has never let me down and even in the struggles and in the pain, I know He loves me and will comfort me, protect me, and He loves me!  So even in the darkest, scariest times, I will praise Him- not because life is easy, but because He is worthy!
·         I will love God!  
He loved me enough to send His son to die in my place before I even knew Him- so no matter what is going on around me today, I will love Him.
·         I will love Others!
I will share the love of God with others because God loves me and His word tells me to!  So even when I am hurting, even when I’m scared, even when I don’t want, in His strength, I will love those around me!
  •          I will choose to rejoice in today!

This is the day that the LORD has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it! (Psalm 118:24).  I do not rejoice because my life is easy or only on the days that I “feel” happy, but I will rejoice because God is love and God is giving me the opportunity today to rejoice- so I choose to rejoice!
In seasons of blessing it is easy to forget how much God cares and how much I need Him.  In seasons of waiting, God renews my strength and my wisdom; and in seasons of trial, God comforts me and brings peace beyond human understanding—and in all things, no matter what, I will choose to trust Him and praise Him because He is faithful, He is trustworthy, and He is worthy to be praised! 

Father, thank You for loving me even before I knew You.  Thank You for always being my refuge, my comfort, and my rock.  Help me and strengthen me to serve You, trust You, and praise You no matter what my daily circumstances are!  In Jesus’ name, amen!

Enjoying the Light




He redeemed my soul from going down to the pit, and I will live to
enjoy the light. 
(Job 33:28)

 

 
I  have been in the pit and I will not go back! 
I will live to enjoy the light!!

 

In 2011, my son was healed after a challenging time of life threatening medical issues.  We witnessed true miracles and at the amazement of doctors and nurses, he recovered and came home and we rejoiced!  However, when the answer to our prayers came and true miraculous healing was given, rejoicing and relief was followed by a very dark, deep pit that almost engulfed me.

Once home, life went “back to normal” –my husband went back to work and family returned home—life as usual resumed.  But what should have been a time of rejoicing and praise was marred by my inability to re-join normal everyday life.  I had “shut down” during the hospital stays and near death experiences in ICU and had been going purely on adrenaline and auto-pilot.  God’s strength had sustained me, but now I was home and I didn’t know how to fix what was now broken in me. 

Thankfully, God lifted me not only out of that pit but took me high above it to a place of peace and rest in Him and I have been learning to enjoy the precious gift of every moment of life.  He has deepened my faith and taught me to trust Him in much more deeper ways than I could ever have imagined!   

 It has not been easy though and I am now dealing with my own health issues due to fibromyalgia, and the ugly pit of depression is trying to rear its ugly head.  Each and every day is a battle to focus on the positive and to allow God to continue holding me and teaching me through this– and this is a battle I must and will win!  The grace of Christ truly is sufficient, and in my weakness I am made stronger through my dependence on Him– and for that I am so incredibly grateful!

 We have known all along that since the doctors didn’t know what caused his previous medical problems, there was always the possibility that something could happen again.   A few weeks ago, just after Thanksgiving, my son again faced life-threatening medical issues and spent 5 days in the hospital.  But thankfully, through God’s grace and the selfless gift of blood donors, he is home and getting stronger by the day! 

The doctors still do not know for sure what is going on in his body and we are trusting that God will give his doctors wisdom and lead them in the right direction.  Thankfully, they do think they know the cause of his internal bleeding, have stopped it and think they know how to make sure it doesn’t happen again and for that we praise God!  While the doctors don’t know the outcome, we know God does and He will sustain us and uplift us with His mighty hand!!

I know this without doubt or fear because I’ve already felt it and seen it!  I know that no matter what, God is in control and will work all things for good.  So while I know we have more tests and unknown trials ahead, I can stand strong knowing God is already there and He is shining His light on my path-He will direct my steps and allow me to not only see but to enjoy the beautiful, warmth of His light!
 
I realize I have a choice.  I can focus on the fear, worry, anxiety, and doubt.  I can allow my thoughts to take me to a dark place feeling lost and alone–but those are lies and there is a much better option!  I can choose to silence the enemy and believe the words of my God who has been so faithful and has always been there for me- His Word reveals just how close He is and gives glimpses of the amazing light that is available for me– I CHOOSE LIGHT! 

 
I will walk in the light that gives me strength, the light that gives me hope, and the light that gives life–and I will not just walk- I will dance and live to enjoy the light!  Not because my circumstances have changed, but because Jesus, who holds my hand and never leaves me, says I can!  The enemy will try and pull me back toward that dark pit, but I refuse to go.  I refuse to listen to lies when I have the perfect truth to cling to–that is clinging to me and will never let me go!!

I pray for so many others who are facing pain and trials and approaching this Christmas with a heavy heart- I pray we will all learn to trust Jesus a little more and learn to live to enjoy the light! I pray for comfort and peace for every hurting heart!!

 Thank You Jesus for always holding me close even when I am fearful, you are there.  Help me walk, skip and dance in the light every moment of every day and help me enjoy Your light–enjoy You!  I don’t just get to see in the light-I get to enjoy it! Thank You!! Teach me to enjoy Your light!  As the sun warms my face may Your light warm my soul!  I love You Jesus, I need You Jesus, and I thank You Jesus that You are my light!

Trusting in the Darkness

I usually enjoy summer storms and love listening to the rain, but the other night brought severe thunderstorms with intense cracks of lightning, floor-shaking thunder booms, and sheets of raining pelting the house. Thankfully we were safely home and not out driving in it, but we were home alone since my husband is traveling for work. 

The boys and I watched the storm through the windows with interest and excitement until the lights began to flicker. We raced for flashlights and candles before the lights went out putting us in complete darkness. The only light available came from the almost constant lightning and the only noise was the thunder. 

Suddenly, everything became completely still and eerily silent. And I became very aware that we were seemingly alone with no help. No electricity, no lights, no Internet or telephone, no way to anyone for help other than our cell phones, which already had low batteries.
Thankfully the storm calmed, but we were still in the dark and I was very aware of being alone.  Before panic could take root and our imaginations could get too far with the infinite list of what-ifs, we turned to the only true source of comfort and security- the One true source of help- God who is our very present help in trouble!  

God gently reminded me that I was not alone and that I am never alone. My Heavenly Father brought such sweet peace and comfort and all fear of being alone left me, and anyone who knows me well, knows what a big deal that is! The boys and I had a fun time just talking for a little while and then we decided to go to bed early since it was dark anyway. 

We took our main source of light with us (because He never leaves us!)  and also our flashlights and calmly and without fear, laid down to sleep, trusting God to keep us safe. Within just a few short minutes, the power came on and we knew the storm was over! 

God is so gracious and loving to us! He is a Holy God and could condemn us eternally for our sin- each and every one- yet He gives us a way to be washed clean and forgiven. And He doesn’t stop there! Once we accept His gift of life, He continues to bless us with more than we can ever ask for or even imagine- peace in the storm, joy in the pain, and strength to face every moment with courage and victory! 
My faith grew deeper that night and I am thankful God allowed the storm and the power to go out so that I could trust Him and lean on Him completely! I am also grateful He let the power come back on! 🙂

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deut. 31:6)

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deut. 31:8)

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave younever will I forsake you.”  (Hebrews 13:5)


Finding Contentment

Finding Contentment
 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:11-13)
I can do all things through Him who gives me strength!
I believe this. I know this. I trust this. Yet, I have not yet learned to be content in all circumstances as Paul did. I’m working on it, and I have moments, but I am still far from contentment in ALL circumstances.
I do have moments of pure contentment and they are very sweet. When my thoughts stay focused on my blessings and the things that truly matter I can’t help but feel content. I treasure my husband of 18 years and we are very much in love. We have 2 amazing boys who are becoming strong young men of integrity and most importantly they love the Lord.  We are healthy, we are together, and we are happy. We are abundantly blessed and I would not change a single detail. When I focus on these blessings, I feel nothing but glorious contentment and joy.
Unfortunately, I don’t dwell there. I give in to thoughts of discontent and dissatisfaction about insignificant things that do not matter and I begin thinking about what we don’t have. I start obsessing about needing something new, wondering what might be better, or how to fix or improve what we have. I start projects around the house with good intentions only to become distracted by another project that must be done and done right now. This leads to a trail of unfinished projects and wastefulness. And it is all just stuff. Our so called “treasures” where “moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal (Matthew 6:19)
  
We have countless books and homeschool curriculums lining our shelves, un-touched and un-read; boxes of pictures waiting for their special place in a frame or scrapbook; craft boxes full of fun and unusual creations waiting to be made; rooms only half decorated or not decorated at all; even moving boxes yet to be unpacked despite the fact we have been in our home for 10 months—all unfinished simply because another idea came to mind that “needed” my attention and screamed to be started.
So what’s the difference between the contented moments and the chaos? How do I end this cycle of discontent and unfinished projects? 
·       First, I must let Christ take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5) and allow Him to prioritize my thoughts, my plans, and my activities. I must stop before allowing myself to become consumed with an idea and ask Him, “Is this Your plan for me?”  If yes, then I can trust Him to lead and guide me. If no, then I will have His help in bringing me peace and re-directing my thoughts.
·       I must learn to pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17).  I have the power that raised Christ from the dead living in me, the Spirit of the One True God, the Creator, the Almighty. He made me and I can trust Him to take care of me and my needs!
·       I must learn, as Paul did, that “I can do ALL things in Christ” but I don’t have to do them all at once!  I am called to do all things to the best of my ability, as working for the Lord, not men (Colossians 3:23) and If I am to do my best to God’s glory, I can’t do everything.
·       Thankfulness. This is huge! I cannot be unhappy or discontent if I am literally counting my blessings and grateful for each one. 
·       The biggest difference? Where I choose to focus my thoughts. If I am focused on Christ, on loving Him and loving others, then I feel complete contentment. When my thoughts drift downward off Christ and selfishly onto myself, I become selfish and consumed with selfish things.  
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all  comprehension,will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:6-8)

Father, You have given us every good and perfect gift, more than we need or could ask for. You offer the gift of eternal life, unsurpassed joy and peace beyond what we can comprehend even in the most painful circumstances. Thank You for teaching us how to find true contentment in living out these simple truths. Please strengthen us to put them to use daily and stay focused on You! In the name of Jesus, AMEN.