Women of Purpose

Several weeks ago I started participating in a workshop entitled, “Pursue You UNIQUE PURPOSE.”  The workshop was led by a phenomenal professional Leader of Ministries Coaching & Training; she was able to share her knowledge and understanding of the topic in very real circumstances for us to see and use in our own individual lives, as well as our families, communities and our church.  The group of women I have had the pleasure of learning and growing with is invaluable to me not just as a person and woman, but deeper in the fact we share in community together through our church and our faith in God.  When our workshop came to a close many of us in attendance were saddened, as a result we committed to one another to meet monthly to discuss our progress, our struggles and most importantly to be in fellowship with one another.  In a world focused on the next big thing, how refreshing to connect with other women of faith to learn and grow not only individually but as a community.  Faith and belief in God is more than a religion and more than a fad, we are committed to be followers of Jesus Christ and to use the gifts He blessed us with for His glory.  This world was created by God, we were created to glorify God and we want to live into all that He created us to be.   Defining and exploring my spiritual gifts has provided a sense of freedom and elation as well as concerns; concerns of my humanism, the constant battle of being in the world but not of this world.  Knowing that my future is not this place but I am here to share the “Good News” of Jesus and the love He has for all.  I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend church from a very young age hearing and learning bible stories.  My parents made many sacrifices to send me and my brother to a Christian School, paying tuition and providing transportation to and from school for 7 years.  What a great example of love!  I was also blessed with the ability to attend a Christian College.  After College, I began searching for my place in the world and making choices trying to be an adult.  My Christian walk went on a hiatus, not that I am proud of that merely the truth.  God never stopped loving me and blessed me in spite of myself.  I never stopped believing in God I selfishly stopped talking with him, I continued the usual church going on holidays but I pretty much set out to find my own happiness all on my own.  I met interesting people and was exposed to different ways of life I had never really given any thoughts to, I experienced people of varied opinions politically, religious differences regarding denominations and practices, ethnicity  and sexual orientation.   I was interested in the differences in people and silly in a way, I was not scared of learning new things.  I was young and naïve just trying to figure life out, thinking I found the right people to teach me.  Looking back I don’t and well, shouldn’t have any regrets.  Those instances are what one might call regrets, I call lessons.  Some lessons required me to repeat them a few times but eventually I was able to grasp the knowledge I needed to become successful.  Looking back on those experiences it is so obvious that God was with me the entire journey; I can stand before my friends and family today knowing that I am a child of God and He never left me alone.  Only through the grace and mercy of God am I saved with the promise of life eternal.  Life is messy, life is difficult, life is learning, life is sharing and it is through all these things we can truly see the value, purity and unconditional love of God.   Life is good…it is because of sadness that we experience true happiness; it is only by losing something we are able to appreciate its value when found; growth requires a bit if rain and storms in order to see radiant colors, beautiful skies…Our creator is the Great Creator and He wants to share and spend eternity with all.  His love endures for all and His grace is sufficient for all!  Thanks for joining me on this my journey, I am still learning and growing and it is my hope to reach out to you, and tell you God is still performing miracles today; He loves you and has always loved you!  I am thankful to be a messenger sharing His love with you this very day. 

*A special note to my “Women of Purpose” I truly love each of you and I am so happy to be sharing my journey of purpose with each of you!

~Peace and Blessings~

 Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” NIV

Psalm 139:13-16, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.   My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.  Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

Genesis 1:31, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.  And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.” NIV

Hebrews 12:6, “because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” NIV

2 Corinthians 12:9, “But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” NIV

Websites for Spiritual Gifts Assessments:  Also, just Google or Bing (spiritual gifts)

http://www.spiritualgiftstest.com/

http://www.kodachrome.org/spiritgift/

http://www.umc.org/site/c.lwL4KnN1LtH/b.8051415/

Websites for Scripture passages:

http://www.biblegateway.com/