You Have A God-given Purpose

As important as it is to love others, and build them up with our gentle and encouraging words, it is important for us to also love ourselves as God created us. Believe in the beauty that the Lord can shine through us. You have a life WORTH living! He made each of us with a purpose according to His divine plan.

“I urge you to live a life  worthy of the calling you have received. Be

completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with

one another in love.” Ephesians 4:1-2 NIV

Now, maybe you are still searching for your purpose. Waiting…wondering… all the while God may very well be shaping and developing you. It can be so frustrating as a human who simply cannot understand how God works all the time. What am I supposed to do, Lord? What am I supposed to BE? I will go deeper into this topic at another time; about purpose. For now, REST in understanding the simplicity of this verse:

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,

which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 NIV

You were created by God! He is glad. He is joyful that He made you with all your abilities, talents, and even quirks that make you…YOU! You are His “handiwork” that He created in Jesus “to do good works”. These works God had planned for you long ago. He will use you when it is time…when you are ready… and it will be BEAUTIFUL.

     As these lush trees know their time of foliage is becoming short, they will surrender to the seasons knowing that in time, they will flourish beautifully yet again. 

~Priscilla Gonzalez~

So until then, put your faith, trust, and hope in Him. He created the vast universe, after all! And if you trust Him with your soul’s eternity, then how much easier it should be to trust Him with our earthly bodies and temporary lives! Surrender to His plan and daily live within His commandments. Ask the Holy Spirit’s guidance for every decision in every moment! If you surrender and obey, He will bless you.

“in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Proverbs 3:6 NIV

Some people have passed this area in their lives. They know what they are supposed to do! They have heard God’s gentle, yet powerful voice. Praise God for that! However, for some of us, we doubt. It seems much too difficult so we have fear. We doubt ourselves… our ability, our strength, our capacity to fulfill our God-given purpose.

Wait a minute…

If this is God’s plan for you, then why do you doubt? If He knows all that was and is to come, then surely He knows you can succeed at the plan He created for you. Not by your own strength, but through HIM, by HIS strength, and by HIS utmost capacity to fulfill His purpose for you.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Philippians 4:13

Recently, I heard a pastor’s sermon about fear and faith, and his words have stuck with me. He said, “Where there is faith, there is no fear!” Amen to that! That means if you truly have faith in the God of this universe, the God who knows all that was and is to come, the God that wins in the “end”… then there is NO room for fear. There is NO room for doubt.

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we

ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…”

Ephesians 3:20 NIV

Wow, I love that verse. He can do so much more than you can ever imagine, or dream up, for your own life. If you are living within His will, He is at work within you.

If you simply surrender to His plan for your life, whether you have discovered it or not, then He will equip you.

Surrender! Put your faith and trust in Him, and not in yourself. God does NOT, and will NOT, fail. Ever.

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart,

but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”

Proverbs 19:21 NIV

Selah

Choosing Love & Grace in Motherhood

Many times, as a mom, I must consciously choose love and grace in the chaotic moments of life. I must push away the frustration, and smother the anger that wants to arise. I must purposely choose to use my greatest ability…to just love.

Let’s face it…Whether we are stay-at-home moms or working moms, and no matter how many kids we have, life as a mom can get chaotic… PERIOD. No matter what anyone says, it DOESN’T quite get easier!

I say this, not to see the glass as half empty, but because it’s true! Whoever started saying “it gets easier” to exhausted moms at their wit’s end had good intentions, I’m sure. It is most definitely a hard adjustment in the beginning as we cry out for sleep. That part will get easier.

Babies, toddlers, teens… They are constantly growing, going through phase after phase, stage after stage. No matter how much of an expert you become at handling the newborn’s schedule, next comes growth spurts and teething as babies…

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then comes potty training and the tantrum era (“terrible two’s” or threes AND fours in my son’s case)…

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Then, our children hit preschool or school age in which we need to have the patience to help them learn (whether we send them to school or teach them in the comfort of our own home) all while maintaining discipline, manners, hygiene, nutrition, and so much more!

Then, they become preteens, then teens… oh man! And even if you find all the tips and tricks that help you with one child’s stage, your other child (or children) may end up having a completely different personality, and you may have to learn all new ways to cope! It just never ends, but call me crazy… I really don’t want it to actually end anyways.

I have learned how fast they grow, and still “practice” treasuring even the difficult moments. Like while I was trying to write this post for example, my preschool aged son could not sit still and do a quiet activity while I tried to write because he had done all his letter and number tracing, and chores. I tried Legos and various other activities, but I guess I picked the wrong time of day to do this. If you have ever tried to work at home, or make an important phone call, or do anything with children around… then I’m sure you know that frustration can arise and even elevate to anger if you let it…

I kept getting impatient that he would not let me work, and then I look at him and laugh my head off! Why you might ask? Because I JUST realized his pants are on BACKWARDS! He went to the bathroom about a half hour ago and must not have paid much attention, but neither did I! This moment of humor made me relax. It also made me realize that I was not paying attention. It made me remember that he is so young. So young for such little time. I took this opportunity to snuggle him, and put the work away.

If he were perfect and did everything correctly, I would have no role, no chance to be a good influence and help shape his precious life. I would not have enjoyed that moment of laughter and snuggling as I told him he accidently put his pants on backwards, and that I was going to help him fix it. I was also able to “practice” patience, and show him love and grace instead of frustration.

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I have three young children, my oldest only 4, so as you can imagine my patience is often tested. It seems as though someone is always crying or needing something. Sometimes all three of them are crying! I have adjusted to three young ones very well, and even find myself often THRIVING with them. Maybe doing more than a typical new mom of 3, maybe less… I do homeschool preschool with my oldest, we take them all grocery shopping, go for walks, play outside, and go places on the weekends (the mall, the library, etc.) mostly with all three in tow. However, chaos arises whenever it pleases. Someone doesn’t want to put their shoes on, I forgot someone’s water, the baby gets hot or hungry, someone hits someone else, someone gets tired and throws a tantrum… the possibilities for chaos are endless!

Daily, I must make a conscious effort to show my children love and grace in these moments of chaos. Whether they do something wrong, act out, or cry, I must LOVE. I must show grace. I must get down on their level and redirect them. Guide them. Acknowledge their feelings, and help them navigate them. Sometimes I fail. Sometimes I yell. I am still learning…

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BUT the most beautiful moments are when I REMEMBER they are just young, beautiful, learning, growing children that God created. When I remember this, I show them love and grace in the situation. I help them through their little, yet big feelings. It can be made beautiful! You can change the path of a whole situation just by choosing love and grace. After all, isn’t that how our Heavenly Father treats us? With constant love and grace! When our children are young, we are their examples of Christ. To truly teach them who Jesus is, we need to be like Him. We need to instill these same characteristics into our children, but we first need to take control of ourselves.

We, also, are always learning and growing. It may be in different ways and different levels than our children, but we too must learn. Make that conscious effort. That choice. Choose love and grace over anger, and over impatience. Practice the fruits of the Spirit! “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23) Be the example of Christ that children need in their lives.

Pray. Push away the frustration, and smother the anger that wants to arise. Purposely choose to use YOUR greatest ability…to just love.

Selah

Introduction-My Prelude

Fresh start…

A handiwork….

I have blogged before, mostly for personal use, but I felt God calling me to more. I heard that gentle voice for a few years now, telling me that He wanted me to do more than just write about a personal story here and there.

I’ve always had a strong passion for two things… music and ministry. God has used me in both areas throughout my life, separately and together. Violinist, Composer, Women’s Prison Minister, Worship Leader, Music Teacher…

Secondly to those two passions, I have always enjoyed writing. I can reminisce about all the “books” I wrote as a child or teenager, that never were completed. I always thought I had such great ideas, would be so passionate in the beginning, and then would never complete the work because I didn’t have “the vision” of the complete work. I would start writing with no clear end or purpose in mind. Much like my relationship with blogging has been.

However, now it is time to begin a new venture! I have pushed aside the doubts and fears, and taken the leap! For Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” There is nothing to doubt or fear if it is from the Lord! Where there is faith there is no fear, and God has spoken that to me in so many ways.

I am going to start this venture, and enjoy it, inspire with it, learn with it, and endure it. However long or short God wants me on this journey, I am going to commit. My prayer is that this blog serves the Lord by blessing the readers. By blessing YOU! That each time you read a post of mine, YOU will be filled with “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23). That you will feel loved, find healing, find restoration, believe your worth, and live with purpose all through Christ.

I hope you will follow along, listen to, and be blessed by this new symphony that the Lord is allowing me to compose!

Selah (believed to be a musical interlude used in Psalms, or to mean “pause, and think about that”)