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"Living with Purpose"

 

Living with purpose is the best way to plug into God's greatest plan for your life. And, once you know your purpose, there is so much more meaning to life. It may sound simplistic, but I believe it to be true.

"For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:10

Jesus helps us look beyond ourselves to find our purpose. You see, our purpose in life is a combination of 'out-of-this-world living' and 'living our lives for others'. In Matthew 22:37, Jesus unveils that purpose. He removes any doubts about what matters and what doesn't.

He states our purpose with crystal clarity. He says, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." He then goes on to say, "Love your neighbor as yourself." With these words, Jesus directs us to live for God and for others!

This month my husband, Brian, and I will celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary. My, oh my! How time flies! Traditionally speaking, the material that symbolizes the 13-year wedding anniversary is lace. It represents intricate beauty and requires special care, just like a relationship after 13 years together. For many, 13 is an unlucky number. But after 13 years of marriage, the bond of a couple meant for one another is stronger, more beautiful, and more purposeful than ever. The delicate lace is traditionally considered the theme for the 13th anniversary, representing how a couple's lives have become intricately woven together. I think Brian would agree, without a doubt, that God placed us together on purpose for a purpose.

So, I encourage you today to live your life with purpose. All you need is a heart that is willing to let God's light shine through you!

Many Blessings!

P.S. Happy 13th Wedding Anniversary to my husband, Brian! I love you!! "I have found the one whom my soul loves" Song of Solomon 3:4

 

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