It’s the beginning of a new year, and we all know what that means.
But, I don’t believe in resolutions.
I do, though, believe in purpose.
Living my life with one.
Finding mine in this crazy world.
I decided to look up the definitions of both words to see just what it is that people mean when they talk about resolutions or purpose. I was surprised.
Purpose. That’s my word. I am living my life with PURPOSE this year.
I am doing things with AIM.
I don’t have a problem to solve.
I don’t need a solution to something.
I need to live with purpose.
In all areas of my life.
but it is all because of grace.
Try it with me?
After all, the Bible tells us in Romans 8:28 that“…we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Then there are these verses that make it clear that God has a purpose for each of us.
“But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth” (Exodus 9:16).
“I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2).
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21).
“The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out” (Proverbs 20:5).
“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose” (Philippians 2:12-13).
“He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace” (2 Timothy 1:9).
Living with purpose.
As I prepare for the start of 2016, I look to this post to remind me.
And, in 2016, my goal is to live content and to resolve to put God above everything.
To truly live faith, family, friends.
Come on 2016. I. am. ready.
It hit me over the weekend.
I am content.
I mean it.
Deep down in my soul.
Fifty-six, claiming Philippians 4:11-13 for years.
Now. I am there.
I’ve searched for decades.
Tried new houses.
And I know why.
I can say now with confidence “ Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled…
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I am loved.
The God of the universe loves me.
I. Am. Loved.
I want to believe.
I John 4:8 declares it.
“The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” (emphasis mine)
I am His chosen, so I am loved.
In the Hosea study Jennifer Rothschild tells us “Just because. That is why He loves you.” (pg. 32)
Mindblowing, isn’t it?
Even in all my sin.
I am loved.
I am loved as Gomer was loved.
As Israel is loved.
Not because of my past, but because of His present.
Not because I am lovely, but because He was bruised.
I am loved and I am lovely.
Through Christ alone.
I am returned again and again to Jennifer’s explanation of this and I thank God for it. “God’s love never started. Because He is eternal-self-existent-so is His love. So, if He never started to love, He cannot cease to love.” (pg. 31)
I have no words.
No way to express what that means.
I am loved.
With an “everlasting” love (Jeremiah 31:3).
I am chosen.
These words from Jennifer Rothschild’s Hosea Bible study won’t let me go.
Her words that take me through the picture of being chosen by God give me hope.
Galatians 3:29. “If I belong to Christ, I am one of Abraham’s children and heirs according to the promise.”
I am chosen.
Words that bring peace to my soul.
Echoes of past mistakes.
Promises of bright tomorrows.
God chose me.
I am his first choice.
I am his best choice.
Remember the days of waiting to be chosen?
On the playing field as a child.
In PE as an adolescent.
For a date as a young adult.
Always afraid of being last,
or being passed over.
With God I am chosen first.
Not because of anything I have or haven’t done.
Because of who and what HE is.
I’m a Gomer Girl and I am a chosen princess of the King.
Jennifer says “God chose Israel, Hosea chose Gomer, and God chose you.” (pg. 28)
“For I am God and not man – the Holy One among you;” Hosea 11-9a.
God sees us through His son.
Man sees us through our mistakes.
Praise God He sees us as we are, covered in the blood of Jesus.
I am chosen.
I am loved.
I am a daughter of the King.
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 – “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”(NIV)
Every day I am thankful to God for giving me the daddy He did.
He was the strongest man I ever knew.
He taught my brother and me to be people of integrity.
He showed me how to love God.
Love my family.
Love my friends.
And, love myself.
When he died, I thought I would, too.
His death left a hole in my heart.
It made me angry with God.
I tried to run.
But there was nowhere to run.
Except into the arms of
the One who was and is and is to come.
He welcomed me.
He enveloped me.
He truly became my Abba.
I still miss my daddy.
I know I always will.
But, I also know I have a Father who is always with me.
And, a daddy I will see again in heaven one day.
So, on Father’s Day, I will honor the daddy I lost, rejoice in the Father I serve and love the man who is the father of my two sons.
He has taught our son to be a man and a father.
I am blessed.
So, Happy Father’s Day to all the dads in my life and to all the dads everywhere. May you know the love of your earthly family and feel the love of your heavenly Father today and every day.
It’s been five years now since mom went to be with God. I still miss her everyday, and I still talk to her on a regular basis. I visit the beach as often as I can, and when I am there I search for her favorite shell as a sign that she is with me. I know she is watching. I know she is smiling. And, I know, that she is whole and loving me and my family still because I see that love every time I hold me grandson, walk with my husband or share a laugh with my sons. I grateful God gave me time with her and grateful she knew how much she was loved.
“Honor your father and mother…” Exodus 20:12
The struggle had been painful and difficult for her and I know that she is now in Heaven where there is no more pain and she is no longer struggling to control her movements, she’s no longer falling, and she is at peace. I wish I could say the same for myself.
Remember the story about pursuing my passion; I did take that job as a teacher and it made all the difference in the world to my son. He finished school and his anger issues, while not completely gone, are controllable.
And, he has become the man I knew he could be. I did what I needed to do to take care of him and to be sure that he was okay. But in so doing…
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