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Planned with Purpose (Anxiety-Free Monday, Wk #8)

I am not a huge fan of cleaning.

I mean, I try to keep our house in decent-ish order, as in keeping the dishes contained to their sink/cabinet areas and preventing any accidental science experiments from growing in the back of the fridge.

However, as much as I loathe the day-to-day cleaning experiences, I do occasionally get in a mood to sort, organize and purge. In those moments, nothing can stop me from tearing apart the nearest coat closet or office desk drawer.

As an army family, we move a lot– and when we move, that is the ideal time to clean. And purge.

It’s funny because each time we go through this, I ALWAYS find several items that are just lying around which make me think: “Now WHY do we even OWN that?!?” (Fact of the matter is, we have probably held onto to said item and actually moved it from a previous house, yet never used it.)

It is then that the non-purposeful item makes a trip to our local Christian thrift store or Goodwill to fulfill its purpose somewhere else instead of sitting idly on a shelf or in the bottom of my closet.

As I was reflecting on the latest chapter of our bible study in “Calm My Anxious Heart” by Linda Dillow, I couldn’t help but think… How many people in this world are living their lives like those “why-do-we-even-have-this” items?

We are all designed with a purpose. God has a purpose for YOU. He planned you with a purpose. Are you fulfilling it? Or simply drifting through life, waiting for the next steps to happen?

I don’t know about you, but I really want to be USEFUL to God, to be fulfilled by Him while fulfilling the purpose He has for me… I desire to be His good and faithful servant– not just watch life drift by as I figuratively collect dust and grow old.

When we float through life without a focus, contentment is impossible.

Over the last several years, God has continued to define His purpose in tangible ways. This week, we are challenged to write a purpose statement… It can be a word or a phrase or bible verse. Here are some examples taken from the chapter…

Johnathan Edwards wrote his as a list of resolutions. Better Scott Stam created her life-purpose statement in the form of a prayer. Others live by a Bible verse. Some people have a few sentences with key words in them. One of the purpose statements that really spoke to my heart was as follows: “Lord Jesus, I offer You all that I am, all that I have, all that I do, all that I suffer now and forever.”

After praying through this, I came up with a “rough draft” of my life purpose statement. (It’s still being refined and developed.)

“Father, my life is not own. I am bought with a price. I belong to you. Every day, I will love. I will grow. I will pray. I will encourage. All for You. My deepest desire is to please you and hear these words upon my arrival at heaven’s gate: ‘Well done my good and faithful servant.’  I vow to live Soli Deo Gloria– to the Glory of YOU alone.”

The Knoblochs and our life purpose statements… as permanent reminders.

Do you have a life purpose or mission statement? What is it?  Let’s encourage each other on this journey– leave your comments below!

Our lives are not meant to simply drift. When we have something to live for (Christ,) contentment comes much more easily. In life, we are not to collect dust or drift aimlessly or be shoved in the bottom of a hypothetical closet. We are ALL planned with purpose. What’s yours?

Praising Him for our Purpose,
SGK

“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” ~Proverbs 19:21

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If you are “Officially” participating in our weekly bible study, here is chapter 8’s homework in Calm My Anxious Heart! Enjoy!! 

Day 1: Study Guide~Question 1,  Memorize and meditate on 1 Peter 5: 6 -7., Question 2

Day 2: Question  3. a., b., c.

Day 3: Questions 4,5

Day 4: Questions 6, 7

Day 5: Questions 8, 9

 ***Extra***

Word Study:  1 Peter 5: 6 – 7
Exalt or lift up; Due time; Cast; Cares (He cares for you)

Word Study:  Philippians 1: 9 – 11
Love; Abound; Knowledge; Depth of insight (Judgement); Discern (approve); Best (excellent); Pure (Sincere); Blameless (without offense); Filled; Fruit of righteousness

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Wake Up & See (Five Minute Friday)

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for… Ok, at least the moment I really look forward to all week– It’s Five Minute Friday!

For those of you just joining our 7 Days Time Journey… Each Friday, I link up with The Gypsy Mama. She gives us a prompt. Then we write. For five minutes flat. No overthinking, no  excessive editing.

It’s been a crazy week in the world of ministry, so enough chitty chatting from my end. Let’s get to it.

Todays prompt: SEE

GO!

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Beep, beep, beep! My alarm. My arms flail towards my nightstand, slapping my phone to make it stop. Very slowly, I open my eyes. For a few brief moments, my vision is blurry. But soon my eyes adjust to the world around me and I can see. It’s going to be a good day.

But sometimes it doesn’t quite happen so nicely. Ever had anyone come into the room and throw on the light with no warning? OW! GEEZ! OK, I’m up! (And you better run, cuz I am coming after you. THAT HURT.)

That method words to help me wake up and see as well… but it is a lot less pleasant.

Waking up is hard to do. (Isn’t that  a song? Oh wait…) If we are completely honest with ourselves, we could probably agree that most of us are living in darkness, blind to the world around us. But we all have One thing that can clear up our sight and wake us up immediately– but way less painfully than just throwing on the light.

Jesus.

That’s right. Jesus is our light to help us see. And He wakes us up ever-so-gently. (Unless we refuse to wake up and see at all– but that’s another blog post.)

Amazing Grace was (and still is) one of my favorite hymns when I was growing up. In fact, I used to sit on the sink counter, and sing it alongside my Daddy as we “shaved” our faces together. “Twas blind, but now I see.” 

What an incredible promise. Jesus can gently and lovingly be the light that helps us wake up and see the world around us.

All we have to do is open our eyes.

STOP!

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Ahhh… The Five Minute Friday rush never gets old. Such a refreshing exercise! Oh, and by the way…  Don’t be shy… If you feel so led, leave a comment below. Seriously, hearing from you wonderful Jesus cheerleaders is so encouraging and keeps us rocking and rolling here at 7 Days Time.

Praying that your weekend rocks and I will see you right back here on Monday.

Five Minute Friday High Five,
SGK

“We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!” -1 Corinthians 13:12 (MSG)

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