Day 9: What Makes God Smile?

The smile of God is the goal of your life.

The more I get to know God, the more I want to please Him.  His kind and gentle ways make it a pleasure to serve Him so I was looking forward to hearing what The Purpose Driven Life had to say about it.

I was astonished to realise that despite my flaws and shortcomings, God smiles down at me. What a beautiful thought!

The chapter uses Noah as an example of a man who pleased God. He was the ONLY one who loved God and on God’s request, he spent 120 years building an ark in the middle of dry land when he had no idea what rain was because it had never rained. He was incredible! Continue reading

Meet Josfa – Our Compassion Child

It’s Compassion Day today and I couldn’t let it go by without posting about it. I LOVE Compassion Day. Compassion is an incredible organisation, heading a movement towards eradicating poverty, one child at a time. They don’t only feed, clothe and educate these children, they love them, hug and kiss them, tell them how much God loves them and do whatever they can to help children realise their dreams. I thank God for Compassion. Through them, we can reach the world.

Semugaayi Josfa

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Day 8: Planned for God’s Purpose

As I begin week two of this 40 day Purpose Driven Life challenge, I’m realising that the more I read the book the more revelation is falling into place in my heart. Some of the queries I had have clicked and I’m enjoying discovering the freedom of fulfilling my purpose in God. Life’s exciting when you have the King on your side!

Chapter eight is lovely. It’s all about how much pleasure God takes in His people – that’s us!

The Lord takes pleasure in his people. Psalm 149:4

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You’ll Lose Sleep Over This

Human trafficking is one of those things. You don’t want to talk about it, you don’t want to think about it, you certainly don’t want to get involved in it. I suspect that the 27 million people living as slaves right now would rather not have to know about it either. Problem is, it’s their reality. Every moment of every day for the rest of their lives because 99% of human slaves are NEVER rescued.

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Day 7: The Reason for Everything

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‘It’s all for Him.’

What a beautiful statement. Everything is all for Him and I take great comfort in knowing that living my life for Him means that it will have a positive impact. I used to feel overwhelmed when reading about the AIDs orphans, human trafficking and poverty – these days I’m filled with hope. He has placed a desire to help within so many christians, knowing that if we rely on Him, together we can impact the world. Continue reading

Day 6: Life is a Temporary Assignment

As I’m reading through today’s chapter of The Purpose Driven Life, I can feel the excitement of new revelation and hope coarsing through my veins. This is really great stuff! If you haven’t already, can I encourage you to buy a copy of the book or download the first seven chapters for free from the official Rick Warren website here.

If you’ve missed the first few days, catch up here.

Today’s chapter is incredible – everything is coming together in my mind – hopefully in yours too.. I hope you don’t mind but I’m going to use a big chunk from the book today. This stuff is too good to miss!

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Day 5: Seeing Life From God’s View

Hi all! We’ve nearly finished our first week already. I hope you’re enjoying this  journey as much as I am..

‘The way you SEE your life SHAPES your life.’

How we perceive our life is very important. Everyone sees life differently, as a race or a carnival, even as a battle or a party. We need to allow God to show us how He sees our life.. that’s quite an exciting thought. I wonder how God sees my life?

TWFT explains that the bible gives us three metaphors to help us learn about God’s view on our life; life is a test, a trust and a temporary assignment.

I guess it’s pretty obvious when we look at the bible (and our own lives) that life is a test. Amongst others, Abraham, Jacob, Adam and Eve and Joseph all faced tests. Some passed, some failed. Tests build our character – Do you see what I’ve done? I’ve refined you, but not without fire… Isaiah 48:10 – and sometimes it’s hard, sometimes it hurts.

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Day 4: Made to Last Forever

This is not all there is’.

That’s a relief! Sometimes life can be overwhelming and under-rewarding but thankfully, after our lives have ended on earth, Eternity awaits and offers so much more than earth ever could.

TPDL explained today that the reason we feel cheated and that it’s unfair when a loved one dies is because God has ‘wired our brains’ to think that way. ‘God has…planted eternity in the human heart’ Ecc 3:11

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Day 2: You Are Not An Accident

I’ve mentioned before how excited I am to be a part of God’s plan to rescue the orphans, feed the hungry and free the slaves of this world. Discovering where I fit is a really important (and fun!) part of moving up and out of the comfort zone of home and into the world that needs us.

I’m reading Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life and blogging as I go – kinda like a book club.
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