Individual Purpose

Purposeful day it is for everybody, ya’ll here!!! No matter who we are in life, we each have a  divine reason for being and whether we volunteer our time or are employed by someone or we are an employer of others, we each can in someway bring contribution to what our Father is wanting to accomplish here in bringing heaven on earth!!! Now how awesome is that for everyone to be included in the purpose of life together with Jesus!!! Oh it just makes me smile!!!

As I continue in sharing about the different generalized areas of ministry that each of us individually will typically step in and out of in the course of our lives, I want to share these thoughts today about being an employee and an employer. Our Father will speak to each of us as we have need to hear His voice. Even if we volunteer in life for someone or for our Father in heaven, some of these same principles can apply to all of us:

“If you are a hired employee, God desires for you to “obey your earthly masters (in righteousness) and do it not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 3:22-24). God sees it all (Proverbs 15:3) – He sees faithfulness and hard work that can sometimes go unnoticed by employers and He says He will reward you for that, so you can rest in that if that is your case. He sees the way we treat our coworkers with love and kindness, praying for them and our employers, seeking their good and success. He also sees the ways someone may mistreat their employer such as using an employer’s time for personal matters and wasting an employer’s resources. For example: When your employer sends you to make purchases, do you use your employer’s money to buy you the more expensive when lesser would do and you would buy lesser if it was your own money? Do you steal from your employer? Are you lazy and fail to carry out his or her instructions for your work. God forgives, but it is good to confess (agree about) sin to Him (1 John 1 8-10), and He desires us to repent and make restitution (Exodus 22:3b) if we need to. From that day forward, we can seek to do our work to God’s glory (1 Corinthians 10:31) and work as we would want someone to work for us if we were an employer (Matthew 22:39). Let us be thankful (Colossians 3:15) for God’s provision of someone to hire us and provide for us financially. We can ask God to help us be a good employee. Here is a photo of some employees and employers working together doing some work on a home I recently purchased. Here they are working on steps, a walkway and a gate. I greatly appreciate their efforts for me in life as I could not do all this work without their help and expertise with the other things that I do as a self-employed person and a volunteer as our Father has called me to be in life!!! 

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 Where are you in life??? An employee, an employer, self-employed, a volunteer??? This you can know of our Father:

“God is not unjust; He will not forget your hard work and the love that you show Him as you help His people and continue to help them.”

Hebrews 6:10

If you are an employer, here are some thoughts from God’s Word to ponder in doing your work for our Father. God asks employers in Colossians 4:1 to provide your employees with what is right and fair, because you know you have a Master in heaven (the Lord). The Lord sees everything (Proverbs 15:3). Even if your employees don’t seem to appreciate what you do for them, God sees it and He appreciates it. He will reward you for it. Be considerate of your employees. Do you value each of your employees? Are you friendly to them and treat them respectfully? Do you show favoritism? Are you more concerned with using available resources to make yourself comfortable and promote your image while employees go without the tools and training they need to do their jobs more efficiently and successfully. Do you pray for your employees? Do you ask your employees to do things that are ungodly? Do you cheat your employees out of pay and benefits?   If you haven’t been a good employer, it is not too late to change. Confess your sin (1 John 1:8-10), repent and make restitution (Exodus 22:3b) if you need. We need to treat our employees the way that we would want to be treated if we were someone’s employee, as in fact we are (the Lord’s). Oh let us be thankful for the help God has given to us in the employees who work hard to make us successful. We can ask God to make us a good employer if we are called to that purpose, for “God works in us to will and act according to His purpose.” (Philippians 2:13)

God At Work

Let Your Life Be A Reflection

Wherever and whoever we are, we can each make a heavenly divine difference in raising up glory to our Father as this song says here and to that I say “WOOOHOOO, LET THE GLORY OF JESUS RISE WITH ALL OUR HEARTS INTO IT!!!” FATHER WILL BLESS YOU FOR YOUR EFFORTS, DEAR ONES!!! WE REAP WHAT WE SOW INTO LIFE!!! PROUD OF YOU FOR ALL YOU DO FOR JESUS AND TO BLESS OTHERS!!! MAY FATHER RAISE UP PEOPLE WHO ARE WILLING TO HELP YOU AS YOU HAVE NEED OF HELP IN YOUR PURPOSE IN LIFE AS HE HAS ME, TOO!!! BLESSED AND HAPPY IN LIFE WITH YA’S AND KEEPING GOING FOR JESUS!!!

The Gift of Walking

I read a story today that brought a tear to my eyes. It was the story about a little boy that wanted to give his friend a gift and he lived a few miles from the ocean. He had the idea of walking there and finding a treasure for her – a carefully chosen seashell of divine beauty. He found just the right one in his eyes and upon presenting it to her, she thanked him for the gift and she also made mention of how special it was that he walked several miles to the ocean with her in mind.

Heart Seashell

He lit up and said “The long walk was part of the gift!!!” As I thought about this story, I treasured the sacrifice of this boy’s heart and time that he had devoted to show his friend his love. I don’t know if he realized until it was mentioned to him that each step that he took to get the gift was treasured by his friend, but it made me greatly appreciate the sacrifices that people make in my life that go beyond the tangible as I reflected upon his joyful appreciative heart!!! It is my hope that he also recognized that the ability to walk and the process of walking there, taking in the divine life around him was also a gift to him personally!!! It was a love gift from our Father to him that enabled him to experience the beauty of love in life – the love of our Father for him and the beauty of living out love for others. Both ways, it was a blessing to him!!!

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Do you appreciate your everyday stepping through life as Father enables us to, dear ones??? Oh it is a sweet gift that we share of our Father together!!!

Heart of Seashells

My heart is very thankful for the steps taken that people put forth in various physical, mental, emotional and spiritual efforts to bless me – it is truly the heart of Christmas love lived out everyday in our lives together whether or not we give tangible gifts!!! I certainly realize there are people in my life that show me everyday that they love me beyond the tangible. How about you, dear family??? My point in all of this is that tangible gifts can be sooo sweet and truly touch a heart, but perhaps a great Christmas gift we can give to others that are dear to us this Christmas is in doing as this friend did in this story and just let it be known to the special ones in your life that the steps they have taken in life to bless you beyond tangible is greatly appreciated and not without notice!!! Bless you for your hearts of loving for Father, sweet family!!! Please know that wherever you are and even if nobody acknowledges to you personally your sacrifices on their behalf, Jesus notices!!! His heart wants you to know that He greatly appreciates what you do and He will reward you for what you do:

“God is not unjust, He will not forget your hard work and the love that you show Him as you help His people and continue to help them.”

Hebrews 6:10 NIV

God Sees You

Jesus Looking at Man

Girl Reaching to Jesus

Sweet Father’s Christmas love and friendship to you family of Jesus!!! YOU are a divine gift and blessing!!! I like this little song here that talks about the sweetness of trusting in Jesus!!! It just all makes me smile!!! 🙂

Out of the Pit to Victory

Have you ever felt like life has found you in the pit of despair??? If so, I want to encourage your heart today that there is a way out and His name is Jesus!!! He is the One who is able to raise us as His kids of faith up just as King David discovered and wrote about so many years ago:

“He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.”

Psalm 40:2 NIV

Joseph in the Bible is another man who certainly knew what it was like to have the enemy seek to put his life in the pit which is exactly what happened when his brothers out of their jealousy hated Joseph and cast him into a pit (there was no water in it). I find it interesting that it says there was no water in it and when a life is in the pits of the enemy, it is in great need of our Father’s living waters there to float one to the top to raise up out of it!!!

Joseph in pit

In Joseph’s situation, our Father was with Joseph as his brothers decided to take him out of the pit and sell him for 20 shekels of silver to some passing Ishmaelites on their way to Egypt.

Camels Took Joseph

Joseph was then sold in Egypt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh and captain of the guard. However, as gloomy as this story seems, there was victory for Joseph and his whole family because Joseph was a man of faith and hence, he was not paralyzed with fear!!! Step by step he kept faith in his Father and was raised up victorious, standing firm upon his ROCK!!! Wooohooo!!! I sooo love Father’s victory for his kids!!! Joseph understood that it was his Father’s grace that worked victory through the enemies tactic against him as a saint!!! This is evident in his words to his brothers whom he was finally reunited with during a great famine that came about in which he was made an Egyptian overseer of food distribution and was able to feed his precious family!!! He said to his brothers:

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is being done, the saving of many lives.”

Genesis 50:20 NIV

Joseph Reunited With Brothers

Joseph and Brothers

Oh it is just like our sweet Father to work good through all things for those who are called according to His purpose!!! That is His promise to us as His kids of faith!!! Bless Him for His faithfulness to us!!! He just makes me smile!!!

During Joseph’s time in prison, he accomplished much there because he enjoyed:

  • A personal vision from God. From his youth, Joseph knew that God had something special in mind for him.
  • A personal relationship with his Father. God’s Word says that “the Lord was with Joseph.”
  • A stronger character development because with each trial, Joseph grew stronger.
  • Practical ability and experience gained through his life as he took charge in prison.
  • A special giftedness from God. Joseph’s abilities to interpret dreams enabled him to make a difference in many lives.
  • A unique blessing from God. Four times the Bible expresses God’s blessing of Joseph with some version of “whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.”

The bottom line to being raised up out of the pits in life is keeping close to Jesus!!! He is our hope, our strong deliverer as this song says here. He is also our everlasting God through our faith in His finished work on the cross for each of us which is one big way He has forever lifted us all up out of the pit of life with the enemy!!! Now awesome is our God to do all of this for each of us His kids of faith!!! Do you feel there is a place in your life that is in a pit of despair, dear one??? If so, be encouraged that as you draw close to Jesus, He will help you!!! What step of faith is He asking you to take as you trust Him to raise you up and have you standing strong and firm in His place of victory for you??? He is always faithful to His kids who look to Him!!! Know you are loved with forever unfailing, unconditional love where you are and He has victory for you!!! We can trust Him!!! 🙂 Perhaps you know someone that could use some help out of a pit, if so, share the story of Joseph with them and encourage them to stay close to Jesus!!! He is always the victory!!!

Yay! It’s the First Day of the Week!!!

Thank God it’s Monday, precious family of saints!!!!!!! So often folks who work during the week, live for the weekends to live life without their main job or school. Sometimes people work over the weekends and rest on Mondays, picking up on Tuesdays as a new week.  Whatever your schedule, as you begin a new week, I greatly appreciate the perspective that Mondays or the first day of the week back is a blessing! They are great because of these reasons:

  • The journey through life is an exciting new adventure and journey – as much fun as arriving at the destination of the end of the week!
  • It’s opportunity for a fresh new start as past mistakes can be corrected this week. We have new chances to do what is right!!! A reminder of Christ’s grace for us!!!
  • We can write on a clean sheet of paper the things we want to accomplish for this week!
  • We can dream new dreams and goals!!!
  • We get to enter the arena of new life with the thrill of new action!!!
  • It is new opportunity to help others! The greatest joys in life come to us when we are seeking to bless others as our Father says:

“Those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”

Proverbs 11:25

Making Moments Matter

It is great opportunity for each one of us to have opportunity to encourage, strengthen, counsel and lift someone else! It is the day we have the opportunity to put into action what Jesus has taught us all and experience the joy of being able to add to the blessing of those our Father has placed around us! Now how awesome is that saints!!!

Working Hard for God

Have a great Monday and a great week as it is a new day of opportunity to enjoy the gift of life and be an awesome YOU as only YOU can with Jesus with ya!!!

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Much love to you all!!!