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Salt & Light Link Up #23

Discovering our God Given Purpose

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Today as I was sitting around the table with my mom and sister preparing gift boxes for a women’s retreat that we are leaving to for the weekend. A conversation about a sermon we had all listened to recently came up. Each of us gave our enthusiastic answer as to why we loved the teaching and what we took away from it.

 

I told them that I had to listen to it twice. The first time was of me listening in awe. The second time was for me to go back for the meat of the word and to soak it all up.

 

This is generally my reaction to any sermon that is about living out our passions, walking in our gifts, and/or pursuing our purpose. Listening to such sermons that has the backbone with the word of God gives me a rush. Passion and Purpose for life is what my mind craves to learn about and what my soul hungers for.

 

Why?

 

Because for years I sat in self pity that I never knew what my purpose was. I had no idea what made my soul happy or my heart content. I was literally living a day by day life with a mentality that this is just who I am. Work, babies, marriage, and learn how to be ok with everything in between.

 

What I didn’t want to cope with was the fact that it was a non stop battle to live that way. Inside of me was a constant yearning and an indescribable hunger pain to do more and be more. It was a constant battle to fight the thoughts that I could be anything more. I was loosing the war constantly trying to convince myself that passion and purpose doesn’t exist; that it was just something that other people were really good at.

 

But God…….

 

Need I say more? With God, our worth is exposed, our purposed is given through visions, and our passion is laid out before us. Our good works is diligently done for His purpose because of His passion for us. From there, there is no longer thirst or hunger, no confusion, or doubt, just completeness of knowing the plans have been set and I am the purpose for them!

 

Karissa’s post this week described every bit of the in between that I have experienced. And to be completely honest with you, thoughts I still struggle with when I am not allowing God to take the lead.

 

Karissa’s post is full of transparency and grace about struggling to discover your God given gifts.

 

Here is Karissa’s post featuring on Salt & Light Link Up….

 

Have you ever experienced that internal struggle?  You know… wanting to do something important?  Wanting to matter? Wanting to live life on purpose, but just not knowing how?

 

Yeah, I’ve been there too.  And it’s of God, right?  He wired us this way.  He made us to be productive.  Adam was given a task when God created Him, and we are given things to do too.  (Genesis 2, Ephesians 2:10)

 

That alone is pretty amazing, right?

 

And then to add the fact that we- as those who are redeemed- get to live our lives to glorify God is just incredible.  (1 Corinthians 6:20)

 

God wants us to live life on purpose.  He wants us to live with a desire to glorify Him with the things we have been given.

 

So Why The Struggle?

 

So why do we struggle to know and walk in the purpose God has given us?

 

If you’ve been following my blog for any period of time you know that I am a big proponent of taking the time to understand who we are in Christ, how God made us as individuals, and what God is calling us to step into.  Taking the time out to “Unravel your Identity” is good… when done in submission to and with the Lord Himself.  (Because that, of course, is the only way it CAN be done!)

 

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    Maree Dee
    October 20, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    I too listen twice to get the full meaning. You just reminded me of one I wanted to re-listen too. I hope you have an wonderful weekend.
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      [email protected]
      October 22, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      Listening to a really good sermon just makes it so much more filling to my soul and spirit!! =)

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    Lisa notes
    October 19, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Life seems to go easier when we’re aware of our purpose. “God wants us to live life on purpose. He wants us to live with a desire to glorify Him with the things we have been given.” Thankfully he also walks with us through seasons of uncertainty when we aren’t sure what our purpose is. May those seasons be short. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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    Karissa
    October 19, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Thanks so much Carmen for featuring my post! What an honor! 🙂

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      [email protected]
      October 22, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      I am honor to share it. The Lord has really been speaking to me lately about my purpose and our purpose as writers, so your post really spoke to me in a timely manner.

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    Summer
    October 19, 2017 at 8:50 am

    I am the same way about experiencing something twice. I believe everything is better the second time around. Whether I’m reading, listening to a sermon or studying, the Word of God is just too rich to digest it all at once! Thank you for the link up today!

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    Michele Morin
    October 19, 2017 at 5:17 am

    Thanks for sharing Karissa’s heart hunger and her journey toward finding her purpose. I think many people populate the sidelines for lack of this very thing.
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      [email protected]
      October 22, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      Yes, I think too and I pray we as writers can encourage many with our God given purpose. =) Thank you for linking up and commenting.

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