Preparation for Purpose

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Create Your Change

There’s a book titled, “Don’t sweat the small stuff”. It is filled with constant reminders of how life unscripted can sometimes feel like it is coming after you. We have the power to create our own change if we just change our focus. Focus mainly on how we respond to situations.
#1 Do something different to get something different
Have you ever wondered why the same situations keep arising in your life? Me too. I realized that in order to grow, or even notice my growth, the situation must repeat itself. I started taking note, literally in my journal, of my reactions and responses in detail. This way I have a record of how long it lasted and what I did differently.
#2 Change my words
Words have power once they are released. I noticed that what I say about myself, I believe so I better treat myself better. If I say, “I can’t do this”, my body immediately responds in lack to completing the task or even doing it well enough to succeed. I was my own worst critic. In order to change that, I had to adopt new words and phrases as guidelines for what is me. In other words, break the victim mindset and embrace victory. Speak to it so that His grace and His sufficiency will abide in me. Our words create our future.
#3 Change my thoughts
To be in it to win it, you must tell the truth about what you feel at that time. Masking your emotions and insecurities will only hinder your advancement in anything you choose to do. I had to learn to take responsibility for my actions and choices that start with a mere thought. Believe it or not, everything I did in life started with a thought. Either I chose to be or chose not to be based on what I thought about myself in the situation.

I had to learn to exercise my faith in the small stuff consistently in order to build a bridge to the big stuff.



Giants aren’t real? Get rid of the fear.

Being given and also accepting a purpose driven life is one of the greatest rewards anyone can accomplish. We write down our goals, research the process, place it on a timeline and get to work. The one thing I forgot though, was that there would be challenges. Sometimes we throw in the towel too soon just because this issue was not part of the plan. Just because you are “of” God, does not mean life will be perfect for you. You are under God’s authority so use it.

Tests, trials and tribulations come to make us strong. Right? Acts 14:22 says “we all have to experience many hardships before we enter the Kingdom of God”. So I had to learn to keep on my armor of God everyday even when it was sunny outside. Take the story of David and Goliath; David heard the word from God and he made a decision to fight. There were naysayers in the land, even his brother, tried to talk him out of it. But people speak their fears over you because of where they are. Their faith is not your faith. When you listen to others, you accept their authority over you and surrender God’s. Don’t ever let fears voice be larger than God’s voice.

Do: Say, I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me(Philippians 4:13) Say this to yourself everyday until your spirit takes full hold of it. Believe it. Walk in the authority of it.

1 Pet 4:12-13 (NIV) “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed”. His glory is the good work that he placed in you to give back unto this earth. We are business owners, doctors, scientists, motivational speakers, television personalities, community activists, pastors, teachers, fitness professionals, farmers, philanthropists, etc.. Rise up and take your place in the land of the giants. Don’t let fear – false evidence appearing real – take you out of your zone to a state of demise (the end of existence or activity).

Stay on your knees consulting God for the people, places, and things that He desires to use in the earth to get you there. And listen. Own it. Fight with God’s heart and get rid of the spirit of fear.

Conquerors by Kirk Franklin,
We carried our cross
(We carried our cross)
Through stormy weather
(Through storm and rain)
Because of Christ
(Because of Christ)

Now we can say, now we can say)
That we are conquerors
See I know, I know conquerors
We are conquerors, conquerors

For no matter what we go through
Lord, I give my promise to You

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I Challenge “You” to spend time alone.

Have you ever looked out a window, or opened the door during a winter storm after it has stopped? The earth is so pure and clean with untouched white snow throughout the neighborhood. The air is still and so is everyone and everything in it. There is a calm that has settled all across the earth when we are forced to stay in. It is so surreal. That is what spending time alone feels like.

I challenge you to set aside quality time with yourself…just getting to know “me, “myself” and “I”, intimately, for one precious moment in time, JUST BECAUSE. Maybe you will begin to see what separates you from other people. Maybe you will begin to value your originality. Maybe you will begin to love yourself more than you love wearing the mask that you present to the world. Maybe you will have more vision. Maybe you will become more free, more confident, more productive, more fearless.

You will have more success in your life when you invest in you. Time is your greatest commodity in the earth. Use it wisely. Thank God for what you have. Trust God for what you need. Start by scheduling it once a month on a Sunday when you first rise in the morning or maybe on a Saturday night before you go to bed. It’s your will, it’s all about you, so you choose. There is no wrong answer. You cannot give of your resources, mentally and physically, nor your supply, spiritually, unless you are FIRST to you. Why should I do this?, you ask. Simply because you’re worthed!

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Why does life keep beating on me?

If you have asked yourself this question, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. About 3 in 10 women all contemplate the answer to this question coming up with countless answers that leave them depressed, defeated, destitute or dismayed. There is GOOD NEWS! You were chosen for greatness. You were born with a gift or talent that God ordained you to use in the earth, this day. But guess who else knows? Yeah…, the principalities of darkness.

The moment you were conceived in your mothers’ womb, you were marked for death, spiritually. What is the quickest and easiest way to destroy your spirit? By throwing random tests, trials and tribulations your way tailored made to rip the very fabric of your peace with God, your trust with God and your purpose in God apart. It is a struggle to maintain your faith when it has been shaken, rattled and rolled not once, twice but numerous times. In 2007, my faith was shaken so bad that I made a deal with God to stay long enough to see my son graduate and then I am done with this life. Do you know what I am talking about? Yes, suicide.

I found out that God’s love is pure, genuine and never ending -“He will never leave me nor forsake me” (Deuteronomy 31:6). Believe it or not, there is a method to the madness. All those years of tests, trials and tribulations were PREPARATION FOR MY PURPOSE. Joseph heard the promise at age 17 but didn’t receive the manifestation of the promise until age 30. (Genesis 12-41). How did he prepare? By surrendering his peace, his strength and his grace to God. After you surrender all, then on the puzzle pieces of your life, God can reveal his glory in you, to you.

And the bonus is that with the preparation and your obedience, comes great reward. In the birthing of your gift/talent, you will have two children – Manasseh and Ephraim. God will give you emotional healing and abundant fruitfulness. Meaning, he will take away the sting from the memories of past hurts (abuse, lies, cheating, backstabbing, divorce, deaths) and also bless you so that you don’t have room enough to receive. A swift promotion is what you will receive in the same land where you experienced the tests, trials and tribulations of your life. No hiding necessary. As you go forth, your name will be respected and your word received in delight in the perfect will of God.

You are who you are by the grace of God. Go and do his work with the gift/talent he planted in you on PURPOSE. Why? You are chosen for greatness!