Living life with Purpose from a place of Gratitude

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It’s the beginning of a new year, and we all know what that means.

Resolutions.

But, I don’t believe in resolutions.

Never have.

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.

According to Merriamwebster.com, the word resolution means “the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc. : the act of resolving something.”aqxfqklmyytahetleifd

 

 

purpose-wordlePurpose, however, is defined as ” the reason why something is done or used : the aim or intention of something.”

Purpose. That’s my word. I am living my life with PURPOSE this year.

I am doing things with AIM.

With INTENTION.

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.

Living in GRATITUDE.
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2017 – let’s do this.

Living the Gifts of Christmas – Fruit of the Spirit

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7.

This verse sums it up. It conveys how I feel today. God’s peace is better than anything the world can offer. And, when we allow Him, He does guard our hearts from the concerns and worries of the world.

I have had a hard week. News from doctors can do that to you. But, through it all, I have felt a certain calm I didn’t think I could have. And I know why.

fruit_of_the_spiritThe conscious decision to live in the Fruit of the Spirit has made such a difference. When I would begin to feel anxiety or a little fear, I would hear God’s word in my head and I knew everything would be okay. I have been quoting the verse from Philippians 4:6.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

So, I’ve prayed. I’ve been thankful and I’ve counted gifts with Ann Voskamp to remind me of all I have.

Peace. Living it in the face of the unknown is a new experience for me.6209755662_62d571579c_z

Claiming it even when I didn’t want to helped me find it.

If Jesus promised me peace then who am I to question it. John 14:27 may be my new favorite verse. At least for this week of my look at the fruit of the spirit.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

While I don’t know that I enjoyed learning the value of this fruit in this way, I do know the peace of God is ours for the taking.

What a gift!

Lynn

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