Embracing Me is an opportunity for us to connect with ourselves...learning to embrace the God within. The post that I share with you are very real. The experiences of my life (whether good, bad or indifferent) sought to develop me into a Woman who honors the God that dwells inside of me.

For over 10 years I fought against sharing my life's experiences with the world but I also neglected to fully share my gifts. You may ask why I denied myself to live and the answer is fear! After relinquishing the fear of my own thoughts as well as the thoughts of others I have decided to do and be all that God has ordained. He chose me to share my testimonies through songs, poetry, short stories and encouraging words.

I invite you to travel with me as I journey into yet another fearful place, seeking to please the Father while providing healing, restoration and inspiration as chosen. It is my hope that these words will improve your daily living.

My charge to you: Think Well. Do Well. Speak Well. Be Well. Live Well.

"For as the rain and snow come down from the heavens, and return not there again, but water the earth and make it bring forth and sprout, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it." - Isaiah 55:10-11

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Living Your Life with Purpose...

 “...On Purpose for God’s Intended Purpose”
Setting Goals to Live Your Fullest Purpose-filled Life
We all were created with & for very real and intentional purpose or for some purposes.  Do you know what your purpose is?  Are you operating in that purpose?
Defining Purpose
Purpose (noun) has several meanings
1.       (Your) reason for existence
Why are you here?  Do you understand your reason for existing?
2.       Desired effect (the goal or intended outcome of something)
When God created YOU He anticipated a desired effect.  In other words, He had a goal or intended outcome for your life.  (Think about it)
Knowing your purpose or learning your purpose is not enough by itself.  You must be DETERMINED to LIVE with purpose, on purpose for the intent that you were created by acting with purpose. 
3.       Determination is to intend or to determine to do something
Determination is also the desire or the resolve necessary to accomplish a goal
Well, what is a goal?
1.       A target area (a place or space that one must go to acquire a desired result)
2.       Focal point (a distant place or space you see ahead and aim to reach by all means necessary)
3.       Successful end of a plan created to obtain a specific outcome
To live with purpose, on purpose, for God’s intended purpose requires:
1.       Knowing your purpose
2.       Accepting your purpose
3.       Operating, Functioning & Living in your purpose
Knowing, Accepting, Operating, Functioning and Living in your purpose all lead to a Purpose-filled life!
However, they all involve “Acting” which requires you to DO something.  Acting requires movement from you.  In this instance, purpose becomes a transitive verb.  It (purpose) becomes action.
Don’t just exist (be a bump on a log…moving through life routinely). 
Don’t let life or outward circumstances dictate the purpose of your life.
Be intentional to search yourself each day.  What are you searching for?  You are looking for those things that are in your heart.  What makes you happy?  What brings you joy?  What brings you excitement?  What brings you peace?  What brings you satisfaction?  What makes you feel that you are fulfilling your purpose?
Is it your job?  Is it serving others? Is it creating (art, songs, music, stories, plays, sewing, knitting, painting, collecting cars, riding motorcycles, cleaning, typing, working with children, playing the piano, cooking, planning other people’s special occasions…and the list goes on and on)
Whatever it is, your heart knows your purpose even if you try to deny it.  Your heart is connected to your purpose.  Your purpose is connected to God.  Let your heart lead you to your purpose.  Your purpose will always lead you to God.
Operating in your purpose requires you to plan and planning means setting goals and setting goals takes patience, persistence and perseverance.  Don’t allow a time table, a chart, doubt, fear, insecurities, attitude, perception, your thoughts or anyone else’s thoughts to deter you from planning to live out each day with purpose, on purpose for God’s intended purpose. 
Set a goal right now to start living your purpose TODAY!!!

Roses are Red,
Violets are Blue,
I have Purpose,
And so do YOU!
Be Blessed!
Stacie J. Whitaker-Harris
Minister of The Gospel, Poet, Author, Vocalist, Inspirationalist & Advocate for Social Equality