I’ve been fighting a cold for the last week. My energy is still very low and I don’t feel like doing much of anything. It’s a good thing tomorrow is a holiday in our homeschooling since I don’t have lesson plans created for the week. As I was reflecting on what I wanted to share with you, I’m sort of writing a take off from last week. I believe God has three very distinct truths to share with you today. I know I needed to be reminded of these myself.
You Are Here For A Purpose
Life can become so mundane as we move through our normal, daily patterns that we may often wonder why on earth we are here. I’ve struggled with this very question all too recently. But what I am learning is that God has a purpose for me here on this earth. It may not look grandiose by any means. It may not draw the attention of lots of people, or the recognition of just a few, but my life has purpose and meaning. So does yours.
Perhaps as a mom, homeschooler, wife or woman of God you are searching for purpose and meaning outside your normal day-to-day. Perhaps you are waiting to have your book published. Maybe you are waiting for your next ministry assignment. Perhaps you have gained a wealth of knowledge and expertise in a certain field but haven’t yet found the perfect job.
While you are waiting for God to bring clarity, may I share with you what a wise man once said,
“You are here to love God, and be loved by Him;
to know God and be known by Him.”
Right now, in this very moment, your purpose is to love God and allow Him to love you back. He thinks you are pretty awesome and His love for you is unconditional, no matter what mistakes you made today. He is loving, patient and kind and will never love you any less.
Your purpose is also to get to know God, and allow Him to know you. How do you do this? By spending time with Him. Think of your best friend and how she brings purpose and meaning to your life. This friendship must be cultivated through the giving and receiving of time spent one with the other. God wants to meet with you in the secret place where He can share His heart with you. He already knows you, inside and out, but He delights in having real and intimate conversations with you.
God Will Lead You Through UnFamiliar Places
Perhaps you are at a time in your life where everything that you once knew is no more. Or perhaps everything just looks different and you are having a hard time navigating your new normal.
I’ve been navigating some new normals in my own life over the last few years. They are not places were I would have wanted things to change, but I’ve learned a hard lesson in that I am not in charge of my future. Even though things have been hard at times, I know I can trust in the One who holds my future.
Our marriage has been rocked with financial trouble and now my husband’s disability. We still love one another and are committed to our marriage, but it’s been a long, hard journey. God has been by our side every step of the way, and although there is no end in site for my husband’s condition, we know that there is a purpose for his suffering.
You Will See Beauty Again If You Keep Looking
I decided a few years ago that I was going to allow God to teach me to see beauty, despite the muck and mire of my life; despite the pain and the ashes of past hurt. It hasn’t always been an easy journey. Sometimes I’d rather not open my eyes because when I do, all I see is the chaos that surrounds me and nothing seems to change. But God has been teaching me to see with new eyes, to see with HIS eyes. God is beauty, and what He beholds is beautiful.
I know there is a lot of hurt and pain in this world. Perhaps your own life is full of pain that I couldn’t even begin to understand. I don’t want to minimize your pain at all, but what I want to do is ask you to keep looking. Take your pain to the Lord and ask Him to help you to see with His eyes. I promise you that He will allow you to see beauty again if you just keep looking.
That is one of the reasons why I share my weekly gratitude list here on Mondays. Most of the time what I share is very small and seemingly insignificant, but I believe that by intentionally sharing the beauty in the small things, we are given the faith to believe that the larger areas of our lives can be beautiful once again. Beauty is not found in what you see, but in how you see.
Can you identify with any of these simple truths? I would love for you to share in the comments. Please let me know how I can pray for you.
And now I continue to list the beauty that I’m finding in my every day life.
321. Coming home to a clean kitchen. (My husband is the best!)
322. Realizing where my son needs help in math.
323. Having all of our bills paid with a little bit left over. (A rarity.)
324. Coffee flavored ice cream. (Coffee flavored anything really!)
325. My son’s willingness to read more.
326. Giving myself permission to rest.
327. Trying a new recipe that was a hit.
328. Flowers blooming where once there was just weeds.
329. My youngest son growing into a man (too fast)!
330. He knows the ache in my heart.
It is time to share the glimpses of beauty found this week.
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