Day 33: How Real Servants Act

Who comes to mind when you think of a ‘real servant’? For me, it’s Mother Theresa. She was wonderful and probably changed the world – but how did she do it? When I read this title I wondered a little about how exactly a ‘real servant’ was meant to act. Is it really that simple? Well I learned that it may not be so much about how we act but more about our motives.

You may remember that recently I had to scale back and rethink my life. I took some things out and left others in. Basically, if I hadn’t felt God specifically tell me I should be doing it, I removed it. This may seem very cut and dried but I have young children and so I’m very protective of my time while they’re in this important stage of life. I was reluctant to read this chapter, wondering whether it was going to make me feel bad for putting up some healthy boundaries. I was happy to find some wonderful wisdom to be used in the areas we’ve chosen to be active in: Continue reading

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Day 32: Using What God Gave you

Man, we’re nearing the end of our Purpose Driven Life journey already! I’m actually quite excited because I feel like once I’ve finished this project (40 days of purpose, blogged) I can move onto the next one and I’m really looking forward to finding out what it is! I’ve learned so much by undertaking this journey. The process has taken much longer than I thought (blogging daily is tough! Three times a week seems much more manageable) but I’ve learned a lot about myself and my purpose and also about blogging. As much as I love blogging (and I certainly do), I have a long way to go.

Anyway, back to the Purpose;

God ordained our purpose before we were born. He decided exactly what He wanted us to do and designed us accordingly. Once we surrender our life to Him, nothing can stand in the way. I love this Danish proverb: What you are is God’s gift to you; what you do with yourself is your gift to God. Continue reading

Day 29: Accepting Your Assignment

We were shaped for serving God. No wonder we so often feel a sense that we could be doing more – it’s an innate part of who we are!

For some, the thought that we were put on earth to ‘make a contribution’ may be an exciting thought, fuelling their passion. Others may find it to be confronting and a bit overwhelming. Whatever your response, the excellent news is that if we were created to make a contribution, everything¬† we need is within us. Continue reading

Day 28: It Takes Time

I felt a small sense of relief when I read this title. Perhaps because I usually feel like I’m the slowest person on the planet to cotton-on to what God is teaching me. Also because I’m never at the level of spiritual ‘maturity’ I would like to be (or think I should be at). Does this resonate with anyone else?

As always, God’s thinking is so much bigger than ours and because He looks at our lives from an eternal perspective, He’s in no rush to ‘grow us up’ – He’s much more interested in the depth, strength and completeness of our growth (a lot like this beautiful oak tree).

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Day 27: Defeating Temptation

We’re all tempted, we all have our struggles and often we feel like we’re the only ones ‘bad enough’ to have them. Here’s the good news: EVERYONE is tempted, EVERYONE has failed and best of all, God already has a plan.

God is so gracious – He never leaves us without an exit. Even though it doesn’t feel like it at times (which is a lie straight from the devil), there is ALWAYS a way out. Continue reading

Day 26: Growing Through Temptation

What went through your mind when you read this post title? We all have our temptations but we usually don’t want anyone to know about them.

The great thing about temptation is that we ALL have them and when our life is surrendered to Jesus, temptation becomes a valuable source of growth.

The Purpose Driven Life says; “While temptation is Satan’s primary weapon to destroy you, God wants to use it to develop you. Every time you choose to do good instead of sin, you are growing in the character of Christ. Continue reading

Day 25: Transformed by Trouble

I don’t know about you, but stress and anxiety are things I battle most days. Sometimes I overcome, other times I don’t. Today is one of those days where I have to fight it every inch of the way. From the moment I awoke this morning, probably until I fall asleep tonight, I’ll be battling thoughts and feelings of anxiety, stress and overwhelm. Continue reading

Day 24: Transformed by Truth

Hi all!

I’m geniunely excited about today’s post… I have a strong desire to have a ‘prisoner-setting free, feeding the hungry’ kinda life. In chapter 24, Rick Warren has laid out practical steps to making this happen. It’s not what you may be thinking though. This is no ‘Five Steps To Becoming A Humanitarian’ story. This is a ‘How To Have God Flow Through Your Daily Life’ story – and that’s what I’m going to need if I’m going to be of any use.. Continue reading