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Purpose: Five Minute Friday

Purpose: Five Minute Friday

About 8 years ago I met a wonderful man of God whose name is Ed Hird. Ed had written a book called Battle for the Soul of Canada, based on 1 and 2 Timothy. As he told me about his book I became impassioned to read it. I wasn’t disappointed. It made me realize that I hadn’t retired – I had become realigned to God’s purpose.

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From that time forward I knew that God wanted me to write for Him, to meet others and discuss His Word. I started to blog, to faithfully attend Christian writers’ conferences and God blessed me with new friends and great conversations.

As soon as I read Ed’s book I felt called to write a Bible study to go with it. In the pursuing years I have had it edited a number of times but couldn’t find any way to publish it except by PDF. For a long time I gave it away.

This year I finally had it published with the help of Ruth Snyder in both print edition and Kindle and I couldn’t be happier. Finally I can hold it in my hands, work through the study again myself and discover anew how a Timothea should live.

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God showed me my purpose that day and since then He has continued to lead me in new and exciting ways. (tweet this)

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What does the word “purpose” bring to your mind?

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Whole: Five Minute Friday

Whole: Five Minute Friday

I am giving myself a “whole” five minutes to write this post. Today I am rejoining Five Minute Friday where all we do is write.

The prompt is WHOLE.

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As soon as I saw that word I thought of my testimony. In 2001 I became whole. Before that I didn’t know who I was. I lived. I enjoyed. I cared. But I had no purpose – no idea why I was here.

In that moment in 2001 when I asked Jesus to reveal Himself to me – and He did – I became whole. I knew He created the universe. I understood God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. I felt renewed, energized and excited to see where God would lead me.

It has been an interesting time during those intervening years  – new friendships – real ones; creativity – in writing, in painting, in speaking and even culinary arts. New ideas. Learning and learning more of everything but especially His Word.

I know He is in charge. I know He has plans for our lives. I know He can change us. IF WE LET HIM. (tweet this)

My trust has expanded. My faith has exploded. My caring is growing.

I have learned to forgive. I have learned to open up my heart and soul.

I see more. I hear more.

I am at peace almost 100 percent of the time.

I love to be whole because now I am starting to know me and like me. I am more confident in new situations. I rely on God 24/7.

and in Christ you have been brought to fullness (Colossians 2:10, NIV).

Time is up.

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Blessings to everyone,

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SEEKING GOD’S PRESENCE

Seeking God’s presence…Through Prayer and Purpose at the feet of Jesus

by Janice Keats

When you are in listening distance of people talking about Jesus or the Gospel message, do you become inquisitive? Perhaps you are somehow undeniably drawn to the presence of the Holy Spirit and you are led to heart of the conversation.

A similar experience occurred when a sinful woman entered a room where Jesus was a dinner guest. While it may have been interesting to know that Jesus was dining with a Pharisee, what’s more interesting is that a woman who has been sinning all her life suddenly wanted to see Jesus.

“When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume and as she stood behind him at His feet weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them” (Luke 7:37-38 NIV).

The Pharisee wondered and waited to see how Jesus would react to the surprised visit. The Pharisee, in his own mind, was testing Jesus’ credibility as a prophet. So he waited for a response from Jesus to see if he really knew that this woman was a sinner.

Jesus responded with a challenge. In comparing the woman’s behavior to that of the Pharisee, Jesus was quick to point out that the woman’s love and actions were far greater than that of the Pharisee.

“Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet” (Luke 7:44-46 NIV).

The Pharisee was hospitable in inviting Jesus to dinner, and it very well may have been a three-course meal, but the sinful woman did so much more. She gave herself to Him. She brought the best perfume, she wept in repentance, and she met the Savior.

She must have heard that Jesus could offer something better than living a deliberate sinful life. She must have been tired of living a sinful life. Her mind was made up. “I am going to change my bad habits,” she may have said. “I want to know what this Jesus can do for me,” she may have determined.  She may have been prepared to repent of her sins but was she prepared to enter into the presence of the almighty and loving God? So much that the encounter resulted in tears in place of words?

Jesus didn’t have to wait to be told by the Pharisee what kind of life this woman was living. The master knew her yearning heart. The Lord’s forgiveness and everlasting love was hers without question!

What was the prayer? The unspoken moan and sorrow and act of repentance. What was the purpose? To seek Jesus wholeheartedly. There was no turning back!