In Pursuit of Purpose

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Jeremiah 29:11
I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. (MSG)

Although God knows all things from the beginning, we don’t always understand what the future holds or how God is going to work things out for our good. Yet, the bible teaches us that He has it all in control and He knows what He is doing. I have no doubt of this fact. However, sometimes I wish I had a clue of how He’s going to do it or when He’s going to do it. He works in His own timing and sometimes it seems to take an extremely long time. Lord, teach us how to wait on You!

I recognize that each day is a blessing. I personally don’t want to waste one second of my 24 hour day procrastinating, or being afraid to step out of my comfort zone, or regretting my past. These are traps that paralyze us from moving forward and I refuse to get caught up in that. It is counter productive and will stifle you, if you let it. So, from this day forward, with God’s help and direction, I will make the rest of my life, the best of my life.

I refuse to allow the fear of failure, or the fear of success to hinder me. I will see every stumbling block that is placed before me, as a stepping stone, and use it to keep moving forward. It is my desire to fulfill God’s divine purpose for my life. What that actually entails, I am still discovering. I am in pursuit of purpose and walking by faith and not by sight. I will keep my eyes on the prize. I will remain focused, as I work to fulfill the dreams that God has placed in my heart. My steps are ordered by The Lord. I will make it all the way to my destiny. I will not faint or fall short. I’m all in and I’m going all the way, on this Christian journey. I will remain faithful to my calling, no matter what. – jacquelineswow

T’was The Night Before Jesus Came

T’was the night before Jesus came and all through the house
Not a creature was praying, not one in the house.
Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care
In hopes that Jesus would not come there.

The children were dressing to crawl into bed,
Not once ever kneeling or bowing his head.
And Mom in her rocker with baby on her lap
Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap.

When out of the East there arose such a clatter,
I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash!

When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here.
With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray
I knew in a moment this must be THE DAY!

The light of His face made me cover my head
It was Jesus returning just like He said
And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth,
I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself.

In the Book of Life which He held in his hand,
Was written the name of every saved man.
He spoke not a word as he searched for my name;
When He said, “It’s not here” my head hung in shame.

The people whose names had been written with love,
He gathered to take to His Father above.

With those who were ready He rose without a sound
While all the rest of us were left standing around.

I fell to my knees, but it was too late;
I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate.
I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight;
Oh, if only I had been ready tonight.

In the words of this poem the meaning is clear;
The coming of Jesus is drawing near.
There’s only one life and when comes the last call,
We’ll find that the Bible was true, after all!

Author Unknown

From a prison in Arkansas

It’s Time To Let It Go

December 17
I will know peace when…I learn to let go.

When a thing has served it’s purpose, it will go away. Sometimes it will break. At other times, it will simply die off. Then there are those times when for no reason, it will simply fall apart. There will be tiny pieces that are missing, making it impossible to put the thing back together. When a thing no longer has any purpose in your life, it will go sour. Or it may run away. Or it may pack and leave very abruptly. When a thing has served it’s divine purpose in your life, there is no explanation. There is no excuse. It can not, will not, must not stay in your presence. If you try to hold on to something that has already fulfilled its purpose in your life, you are going to hurt yourself. If holding on is disturbing your piece of mind, it makes sense to let it go.
Until today, you may have been holding on to something or someone, not realizing that it’s purpose in your life has been served. Just for today, surrender all attachments to people and things that you have been struggling to hold on to.

Affirmation: Today I am devoted to releasing everyone and everything that does not serve a divine purpose in my life! – Iyanla Vanzant

Books I Recommend – Maximize The Moment

Maximize The Moment by T.D. Jakes is my book recommendation, for this week.We need to revive the art of reading. Knowledge is power and contrary to some critics, what you don’t know can hurt you. I found this book worth reading! It talks about how to take advantage of every opportunity that God places in your path, with a sense of urgency. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is not promised. All we have is right now. Commit to utilizing your time to the fullest. – jacquelineswow

Happy Thanksgiving

I am thankful that I serve a risen Saviour.
I am thankful that I am living, breathing and moving, on my own accord.
I am thankful for having a sound mind, and the ability to make sound decisions.
I am thankful for my health and strength.
I am thankful for the activity of my limbs; for eyes to see, ears to hear, legs to walk and a mouth to talk.
I am thankful that I am loved, I am blessed, I am protected, and I am redeemed.
I am thankful for unfailing love.
I am thankful for my family: my husband, children, grands and siblings.
I am thankful for my friends.
I am thankful for freedom.
I am thankful for the peace that surpasses all understanding.
I am thankful for joy unspeakable, and full of glory.
I am thankful that I can provide for myself.
I am thankful for food on my table, shelter and clothes on my back.
I am thankful for every kind act that has ever been extended to me.
I am thankful for you, too.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM ME AND MY FAMILY, TO YOU AND YOURS!

Comfort Zone

I used to have a comfort zone where I knew I couldn’t fail; the same four walls and busy work were really more like jail.
I longed so much to do the things I’d never done before, but I stayed inside my comfort zone and paced the same old floor.
I said it didn’t matter that I wasn’t doing much, I said I didn’t care for things like diamonds, furs and such.
I claimed to be so busy with the things inside the zone, but deep inside me, I longed for something special of my own.
I couldn’t let my life go by just watching others win. So I held my breath, I stepped outside, and let the change begin.
I took a step and with it found strength I’d never felt before.
I kissed my comfort zone good-bye and closed and locked the door.
If you are in a comfort zone, afraid to venture out, remember that all winners were at one time filled with doubt.
A step or two and words of praise can make your dreams come true.
Greet your future with a smile, success is there for you!
— Author Unknown.