To be honest, I have not been one to set goals or have a clear vision of what the coming years may hold. There are times I love to have a plan, but I fly by the seat of my pants most of the time. I realize that is not the best characteristic to have, but there are times I just love to be spontaneous. Thanks to my By Faith She friends, they have challenged me to be more intentional on what my life looks like as I walk hand in hand with the Lord daily.
Several years ago, Tammy asked me, “What’s your word for the new year?” I had no clue what she was even talking about! I quickly learned that she has been asking the Lord to give her a word to focus on throughout the year, you can read about it here. She prays for a word that can be a barometer for the many things this life throws at her.
I began that year to pray for a word. The Lord has given me words such as Simplicity and Intentional.
2018 brought change to our family with a new church and a new town. For the past several months I have been asking the Lord to show me my place, my purpose in this new season. That's when the Lord clearly showed me through Scripture and in my quiet time with Him my word for the year...PURPOSE. I am praying that the Lord shows me how His purpose for my life can be maximized this year.
It's so easy to let little, mundane tasks dominate all of my time. So this year, I want to focus in on specific areas of my life and how I can stay on track to the purpose God has called me to in each of them.
1. What is my PURPOSE as a Child of God?
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20
“Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
God’s Word is very clear on what my purpose is. Therefore, go and make disciples and be my witnesses to the ends of the earth!
2. What is my PURPOSE as a wife?
“A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.’ Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate” (Proverbs 31:10-31).
3. What is my PURPOSE as a mother?
“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” Proverbs 31:26-27
4. What is my PURPOSE as a Pastor’s Wife?
"Teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.” Titus 2:3-5
Ladies, we are called to help lead and guide the younger women. There is always someone younger than us, no matter what our age!
Now that I have a plan and Scripture to focus on, my prayer is when decisions and times of chaos come my way this year, I will filter every decision through these questions.
I am living my life in vain if I am not living with the purpose the Lord has given me. Nothing else matters except making an eternal impact while here on earth.
You can also read Audra's post about spending time with the Lord here. She includes a free calendar download.