Tag Archives: God’s purpose

There is Purpose in your Pain

Is there a redeeming purpose in pain? A good question. This blogger has some answers. What he says is worth consideration.

Cory Lebovitz

I was reminded again this weekend of the power found in our story.  God is able to take and redeem the most difficult of experiences and situations and bring about something beautiful amidst the pain.  If you have experienced pain, loss, disappointment – that experience is not void of purpose. Understanding the journey of pain wont solve your pressure in this moment.  It will perhaps reveal something of God’s leading in your life and how God might use you down the road.

There seems to be a process to our pain: Pain – Sadness – Comfort – Redemption. Each of these have a season where they become prominent in our lives. Knowing the process of pain does not make suffering any easier. It simply gives vision for what is to come.

Pain is the first and most obvious stage in the process.  Whether it comes in the form of trauma or…

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Sifting and Winnowing

Another great blog post by Karen. Perhaps we all need to go down to the Water for some sifting.

WordServe Water Cooler

Photo/KatenJordanMy heart pounded as I braved my re-entry into my writing space. I simply did not want to work on another uninspired blog post. Why, I didn’t know. But I knew I needed to identify the source of my resistance to what I’m passionate about—writing.

From my office chair, I scribbled a few forced phrases—those anticipated first and necessary words. The ones I demanded myself to write. It was a painful hour.

Even though they were interesting, they weren’t satisfying. And I grieved once again for inspiration that would give me life—meaningful thoughts flowing from a grateful heart. But the words I produced were stale and stodgy. Would anyone be blessed by reading them? I thought not.

The next morning, I awoke to another day of blank pages. So I confessed to my husband, Dan, “I’m really struggling with the blog posts I should have already written.”

“Why? What’s the…

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Seven Steps to Guaranteed Success as a Writer

Excellent post. I found much to like about this article—and some helpful wisdom. Although success in writing can be measured in many ways, the best one, at least for me, is when my work accomplishes the purpose God has for it.

WordServe Water Cooler

Every author seems to have a different idea of what “success” in their field means to him or her. For some, selling at least five thousand (in Canada) or ten thousand (in the States) books, thereby qualifying them to claim the lofty title of “Bestselling Author” is the goal on which they set their sights. For others, maybe it’s a hundred thousand copies, or a million.

For some, it isn’t about the numbers, but about awards. But which award is the one that will make them feel as though they have finally arrived? Is it the Carol? The Christie? The Pulitzer? I’ve noticed several big-name authors who have won awards in the past entering the contests again, so maybe one award isn’t enough. What, then, is the magic number?

Or maybe it’s a certain amount of positive feedback, a sufficient number of glowing reviews on Amazon or Goodreads, recognition at…

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A Better Purpose

Saving the WorldA Better Purpose

God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him (John 3:17, New International Version).

Scripture: John 3:16-21
Song: “Bind Our Hearts with One Great Purpose”

Our meeting with the new store manager for W. T. Grant concerned all of us—especially me. I had been the first employee hired when Grants decided to build this newest store in Reedley, California—as a test case; we were an experiment.

Apprehension filled the room as Mr. Akins walked in. Business was slow, and our jobs were on the line. Did Grants plan to cut their losses, lay off half the employees, or simply close the store? None of us knew what to expect.

The new manager looked around the room, smiled, and then told us his plan. He had come to save our jobs and the company, but he needed our help, our sacrificial help. With a show of hands, we gladly pledged our support.

Jesus also came to save lives, not condemn them to a horrible fate. Salvation is God’s divine plan for the world, but He calls for our help in sharing the good news. When we work together as believers, we show others that God’s true purpose is salvation, not condemnation.

Most precious God, fill me with Your love that I might tell my friends why Jesus was sent into the world. In His name, amen.

“A Better Purpose” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2006 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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