Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Kris: Part 4 - Everyday Purpose

 
I'm late on getting Kris's final post up, but you know that whole "Thanksgiving Day" thing sort of took over our life for an entire week!  We had a fabulous time visiting with my family whom live three hours away, so it's always nice to get some time to hang out.  I hope you all had such a great Thanksgiving, counting your blessings with your loved ones. 
 
To wrap things up, I asked Kris how she stays grounded in this hectic world.  It's difficult for anyone to find ways to keep themselves grounded, but add a child into the mix and it's a baziliion times more difficult.  Kris says that she stays grounded by connecting with her purpose, and let me tell you she has some words of wisdom on the topic of purpose!  I know many people, including myself, who have struggled with finding their "purpose" in this world.
"If you don't know what your purpose is... it is what you do, where you are with what you're given.  I believe that purpose is not something that we pursue.  It is something that is given to us.  Every day. We often associate purpose with doing that which makes us happy.  Happy is an attitude, and it doesn't mean that if you're not happy doing what you do that you're not living your purpose.  Remember the King who died on the cross?  I wouldn't be happy if I had to do what He did.  I bet He wasn't happy about that either, but He fulfilled His purpose...He did not flaunt His power or abilities, did not doubt the life He was given...He was grounded in His purpose; lived it one day at a time."
Are you feeling convicted yet?  I am!  Sometimes is takes a friend to remind us of these things in life.  It's easy to get so wrapped up in making sure we're feeling "happy" and "fulfilled" that we miss every day opportunities to live out our true purpose right where God has us.
 
One last word from Kris regarding "purpose" in our hectic world:
"...connecting with our purpose is putting our mind where we are at the moment, and recognizing that you already possess everything necessary to do what is before you that day.  'Give us this day...'  You are equipped to do what you are put on this earth to do every day."
Kris and I share the same love of devotionals.  If you're searching for some new ways to find encouragement and lift your spirits every day, Kris and I both highly recommend the daily devotionals at Proverbs31.org and the book  Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young.  I've blogged about both of these HERE.
 
Kris's favorite Bible verse?
2 Timothy 1:7 "God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind"
 
Final words of encouragement to YOU from Kris:
"There will be times you will seriously doubt your capacity or adequacy and value.  When that happens - whether as a mom, a worker, a wife, a friend - tell yourself this 'how dare I doubt what God has created me to be or what God has equipped me with.' Then, stop listening to that voice in your head that's beating you down.  Instead, call a friend and ask for encouragement.  Ask for prayer.  Read scripture.  Listen to a voice other than your own."
Kris, thank you so much for sharing your family, your passions, and your words of wisdom from personal experience.  I truly value your insight and thank you for the reminder to live my purpose every day!
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