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Today's Daily Devotional for Women - 3 Steps to Finding God's Purpose for Your Life

Hello gorgeous daughter of Christ!

In today’s daily devotional we’re going to discuss how to step into God’s purpose for your life. Tell me what you think in the comments section – I love hearing other perspectives!

Now outside God’s church, people in the world typically define your “purpose” as whatever you want it to be, right? You live life doing what you want to do when you want to do it as long as it makes you happy.

But here’s why that method is flawed. Happiness is a temporary emotion. It’s not everlasting. Joy is the feeling everyone looks for, which is personal satisfaction, contentment with your life, and that peaceful feeling of just being “good.” But you can’t get that everlasting feeling without being exactly what God created you to be, i.e., your authentic self.

When you hide who God made you to be, you end up feeling like you’re drifting along without a current, you feel like you don’t have a lot of self worth, you feel like you’re not substantial, you feel depressed and anxious and stressed and you don’t really know how to fix it. You feel unsatisfied and discontent with your life.

And there’s an easy solution to that. Realize that God didn’t create you to be inauthentic. God didn’t create you to hide who you really are. Every single one of us was created with a purpose. Romans 8:28 says in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. What is that purpose?

It’s the great commission Jesus talks about in Matthew 28:19-20, 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with youalways, to the very end of the age.”

This is your purpose. To tell others about the love of God. To tell them that Jesus loves them, and died for them, and if they believe in Him they can spend eternity with Him.

But the WAY you do this, the way you tell other’s about His name, is your specific calling.

Paul says we have one body, but many different spiritual gifts. 1 Corinthians 12:11-12 reads “All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines. 12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.”

Your piece of the puzzle is what God has called you to do. And how do you find out what your calling is? Look inside you. It’s already there. It’s what you’re passionate about, what you’re interested in. It's probably something you're afraid to do. Because it’s going to be impossible for you to accomplish it without God.

Someone has likely told you it isn't “good enough,” that you “won’t make money at it.” It's probably something that you think is just a hobby, but would do it for free. That's one of the biggest indicators of your passion. You would do it for free.

Here’s how you can find out.
  1. What do people say you’re good at?
  2. What are you passionate about doing? What would you do for free?
  3. How can you use those activities to tell others about God’s love?

Then after you know those answers, ask God to confirm His purpose for your life. Spend at least 7 days praying, fasting and worshiping to ask God to confirm it.

And when you do this, when you’re living in God’s purpose and being your authentic self and being exactly what God created you to be, you can finally unlock inner joy and contentment.

By achieving God’s purpose for your life, you can finally answer that gut feeling you have and start living your best self.

You can finally start reaching your full potential and becoming what God made you to be. You can breathe easier because you know you’re taking charge of your life instead of letting other people dictate whether you go left or right. Because let me tell you, even if you start by working on your purpose just 5 minutes a day, you’ll start to feel that bubble of excitement you’ve been missing for so long.

You can feel connected with your purpose, you can feel aligned with your core values, you can create a positive impact on the world by sharing God’s love through your natural gifts and abilities. You can reinvent yourself and be your best self.

And I want to remind you how SPECIAL you are in God’s eyes with this affirmation:

God has created me to do GREAT THINGS for His Kingdom. I have everything I need to step into my divine calling. I am equipped with all the talents, skills and abilities I need to ignite my passion and reach for God’s purpose in my life. Today I choose to believe in God’s calling and APPLY THAT FAITH to my walk so I can take the steps necessary to reach success.

A-men!

In tomorrow’s devotional, we’ll talk about the three biggest lies the enemy uses to keep you from living God’s purpose for your life.

God bless you always, sister of Christ.

You are the chosen daughter of a Risen King… And that makes you ROYALTY!

XOX,

Stephanie
 

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Today's Daily Devotional for Women - 4 Steps to BELIEVE In Your God-Given Purpose

Hello gorgeous daughter of Christ!

In today’s daily devotional, we’re going to discuss how to believe in God’s passion and purpose for your life even when everyone else thinks you’re crazy. Now in the world we live in, society tends to mold us into becoming whatever makes them comfortable; i.e., whatever isn’t too “different,” doesn’t “disrupt” anyone, and doesn’t make anyone “uncomfortable.”

Society tells us to get a job that’s “respectable,” a career that’s steady and where we’re working for a big company and spending time trying to please our boss so we get promoted.

AKA – Be just like everyone else instead of standing out and shining the way God created you to.

But being ordinary and being just like everyone else is not what God calls us to do at all!

Romans 12:2 saysDo not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God—what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.

We can NOT go by what the world tells us. We have to go only by what God says. So if God says for you to be loud and different and FIERCE – even if it makes other people uncomfortable – do it! What’s the point of molding into what everyone else wants you to be? They’re still going to judge you even if you’re doing exactly what they tell you to do. You know who won’t judge you? God. Because He created you – knit you together in your mother’s womb – to be your authentic self. So be it!

But here’s the real question. How do you “be it” when everyone else is telling you that it’s too much? It’s not possible? It’s too DIFFERENT and unreliable? Number 1 - You have to believe what GOD says about your gifts – not what PEOPLE say about your gifts.

Romans 12:6-8 says 6 And we have different gifts according to the grace given to us. If the gift is prophecy, that individual must use it in proportion to his faith.7 If it is service, he must serve; if it is teaching, he must teach;8 if it is exhortation, he must exhort; if it is contributing, he must do so with sincerity; if it is leadership, he must do so with diligence; if it is showing mercy, he must do so with cheerfulness.”

Your gift isn’t an accident. It’s given to you according to grace. And you MUST use it!

2 Timothy 1:6-7 says 6 Because of this I remind you to rekindle God’s gift that you possess through the laying on of my hands.7 For God did not give us a Spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

Use your self control and your power and the Spirit within you to retrain your mind to speak LIFE into your talents and abilities. When the thought comes in that says “this isn’t good enough,” remind yourself that God has given you your gift by grace and that your gift is full of POWER.

If you still have trouble believing God made you with this gift, read Ephesians 2:10, which says 10 For we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.”

God prepared you in ADVANCE to do good works. He masterfully made you with your gifts and abilities to share His love with the world! You are a masterpiece!

A second way to believe in your gifts when everyone else thinks you’re crazy? Keep your mindset right. Because what we think about most is what will actually come to pass.

You have to be very careful about the thoughts you think and the words you say. The quickest and easiest way to believe in God’s purpose for your life when everyone else is saying you’re crazy is for you to THINK your purpose is worthy and that you WILL achieve it.

Colossians 3:1 – 3 says “Therefore, if you have been raised with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Keep thinking about things above, not things on the earth, 3 for you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”

This means that through your faith in Christ, through His love that surrounds you, you no longer live by the rules of this earth. You are now the daughter of a Risen King. You are ABOVE what’s down here. So keep your mind thinking of what’s above – God’s purpose for your life. The gifts the Holy Spirit has placed inside of you. Don’t worry about what other people are saying down here. Think only of what God says about you up there!

The 3rd way to believe in your purpose when everyone else says you’re crazy - Do not hang around people who don’t support your vision.

This isn’t to say you should cut anybody out of your life. What I’m saying is they shouldn’t be in your close circle. Remember, the greatest sum of your company is what you will become. As the great Dr. Eric Thomas says, some of you need to change your circle of influence.

If you spend 24 hours a day around people who say you can’t achieve your dream, then you’re going to believe them. But if you spend 24 hours a day around other people who believe in God’s purpose for your life, and who are ACTIVELY pursuing God’s purpose for THEIR life, and praying and fasting and worshiping God each step of the way – you will do this as well.

1 Corinthians 15:33 says “Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.”

Proverbs 13:20 says “The one who associates with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.”

Romans 16:17 says “17 Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who create dissensions and obstacles contrary to the teaching that you learned. Avoid them!”

The Bible is very clear that the company you keep will affect who you are. So if you want to believe in your purpose – you have to keep company with people who believe in your purpose too.

The 4th way to believe in your purpose is towatch motivational videos and read motivational messages from people who are living in their passion – like Eric Thomas, Joyce Meyers, Paula White, Joel Osteen, and what we send out here on Godlywood Girl. It goes back to what we talked about earlier. The greatest sum of your company influences who you are. So the more motivational messages you listen to that empower your purpose, the more empowered in your purpose you’ll be.

And I want to remind you how SPECIAL you are in God’s eyes with this affirmation:

I am created for a divine purpose. And by saying yes to that purpose, God has abundance and prosperity in store for me. I will soar on wings of eagles. I will run and not grow weak. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. And I am made to succeed.

A-men!

In tomorrow’s devotional, we’ll talk about how to breathe life into God’s purpose for your life.

God bless you always, sister of Christ.

You are the chosen daughter of a Risen King… And that makes you ROYALTY!

XOX,

Stephanie

PS - Unfortunately because of my schedule I don’t always have time to come and post in this group. BUT you can always get in touch with me on Instagram or Twitter (GodlywoodGirl). Just send me any questions you have! XOX!
 

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Today's Daily Devotional for Women - 4 Ways to BREATHE LIFE Into Your God-Given Passion

Hello gorgeous daughter of Christ!

In today’s daily devotional we’re going to discuss how to breathe life into your passion and purpose for Christ.

So people tell us to have passion about something, all we have to do is “think it will happen,” right? But here’s the problem with that. While we do need to believe in our vision – which is what I taught you how to do yesterday – you also have to BREATHE LIFE into it by applying your belief through hard work.

Once you’ve found your passion and purpose for Christ, you must breathe life into it. If you aren’t working towards it every day, it will wither away and die. Just like your body needs food every day to stay nourished, God’s purpose for your life needs to be nourished every day in order to grow strong and have a chance to succeed. You do that by:

Step 1. Write down your passion and purpose. Keep it in your line of sight so you are thinking about it each day. Habakkuk 2:2 says to write the vision down and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it! Write it down clearly and visually so that anybody can take a look at it and see the picture God wants you to paint.

Step 2. Create a prayer asking God to bless it, grow it and nurture it. Pray that prayer every morning when you wake up and every night before you go to sleep. The formula that we use is the Lords Prayer found in Matthew 6:9–13. It reads "Pray then like this: 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

Step 3. Spend 5 minutes each morning and evening stepping into your vision by reading your passion and purpose statement out loud and imagining it. Proverbs 4:25 – 26 says “Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. 26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.” Keep your mind focused on your passion and your purpose so you unlock your vision and breathe life into the dream God gave you.

Step 4. Invest the time to cultivate your passion and talents and become the best at it you can be. Put in the work to become an expert. One researcher says it takes 10,000 hours of doing something before you really master it. Work on it for at least 5 minutes each day this week, then 10 minutes next week, 20 minutes the next, and keep working at it until you master it.

Colossians 3:17 says “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Romans 12:11 – 12 says “Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.”

Proverbs 14:23 – 24 says “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. The wealth of the wise is their crown, but the folly of fools yields folly.”

We can’t just talk about it, we can’t just envision it, we can’t just believe in it – although all these things are important. We also have to work hard at it. That’s how God is going to bless us with an opportunity to reach success.

Step 5 - Don't ever let it go. Temporary defeats are just that - temporary. It's not supposed to be easy. Success is hard for everyone. But when you are faithful with what God has for you now, He will elevate you into what He has in store for your future. Work in your purpose with the resources you have now. Start being faithful in the small things - and He will bless you with the big things. God will use your passion to make all things possible.

Luke 16:10 says “The one who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and the one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.”

Do great things for God with what you have now. Understand, sister of Christ. The next opportunity will not open up until you honor God with the opportunities He’s put into your life right now. The next resources will not come your way until you honor God with the resources you have now.

Start with what you already have. Your purpose for God all starts with the natural gifts and abilities God has put inside of you! If you’re keeping them hidden from the world, how can He use them to show others His love? How can He give you even MORE when you aren’t even being faithful with what you have?

Because trust me – He wants to bless you!

And I want you to remind you how SPECIAL you are in God’s eyes with this affirmation:

I will work through the pain. I understand that my destiny, my legacy, my victory is my birth right. And nobody can take it away from me except me. Romans 8 says nothing can separate me from the love of Christ. God wants me to succeed.

A-men!

If you aren’t already signed up for my free upcoming webinar that teaches you HOW to achieve God’s purpose for your life – even if everyone else thinks you’re crazy – sign up for it by visiting bit.ly/liveyourpurpose.

In tomorrow’s devotional, we’ll talk about the 4 stages necessary to becoming exactly what God created you to be.

God bless you always, sister of Christ.

You are the chosen daughter of a Risen King… And that makes you ROYALTY!

XOX,

Stephanie
 

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