Living With Purpose

There's typically a plan and a purpose to the daily chaos, right? We run around like a chicken with our head cut off most days of the week. Between errands, housework, cooking, work and other responsibilities, we're beat by week’s end! When the weekend rolls around, it's on to family commitments, church activities, social gatherings, etc. Sounds pretty familiar, right?

More Jesus. Less me.

How often do we take time to sit down and talk to God with such purpose? Are we thanking Him for beautiful weather or a magnificent sunset? Do we pray for the cranky person we meet while running errands? (after asking for abundant patience not to reach out and whack them!) Do we appreciate those with a servant heart in our lives? Maybe a cheerful bank teller or caring school teacher?

Being intentional in our relationship with Jesus quenches a thirsty soul!

I'm not saying we must do lots of 'things' to be a better Christian. Certainly not. We can't earn our salvation, it's a gift. But I can tell you that I've benefited tremendously by being purposeful in my relationship with Christ. And I often wonder how God can possibly speak to us, when the world we live in is always vying for our attention? God is always talking...it's just a matter of whether we are listening.  

More Jesus. Less me. That's my desire for you and me! 


Wherever you are in your walk with the Lord, I invite you to join me this year for a renewed focus on developing our God-given purposes and gifts.

Let's find a few extra minutes each day to spend time in purposeful worship. Develop a greater relationship with our Creator. Take a few extra minutes to get to know Jesus better. Sound stressful? Then start with something 'simple:'

  • Wake up a few moments early and jump-start the day with a Bible passage; then observe how it applies throughout your day.
  • Turn off the car radio and talk to God; He's listening! Kiddos in your car? Get them involved too!
  • Chat with the Lord while making dinner; tell Him about your day or pray for a loved one.
  • Turn off the TV for 30 minutes each night. As a family, reflect on how God has worked in your lives that day.
  • Be purposeful in your relationship with others. Write a little note, add a sticker to a lunch box, send a quick text. Show the people in your life that you are thinking of them.
  • Serve others joyfully throughout your week! Even when you feel they don't deserve it. Especially when they don't deserve it. Show them some love and bring out that servant heart of yours.

We may not hear God speaking directly to us like the thunderbolts and rumblings of Hollywood. But if we are silent and purposeful, we will learn to develop a better sense of His presence in our lives.

If you ask me, that is definitely time well spent!

Get your free copy of "The Grace Challenge!"

Bible study worksheets, Scripture cards and printable art to glorify Jesus in the middle of your busy, beautiful life. {Get it here.}

34 comments:

  1. Rhonda Baker10:04 AM

    I like the new blog Nicole. This is very nice - and will give me reminders!!!! Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thanks Rhonda! I'm glad you liked it! :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Alicia Myers4:35 PM

    Hi Nicole. I just found your blog and want you to know I really like your writing. This was my favorite. I often try to spend extra quiet time with the Lord, outside of reading the Bible and praying. It's amazing how in tune we can really get, not only does that put focus into our lives, but it really helps us stay sane to deal with all the craziness life throws at us! You need to write another post about faith soon!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thanks Alicia! I appreciate the kind comments. A new post on faith is coming soon! Please stop by often, would love to hear your thoughts.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Nicki,
    I feel that desire on my heart to come to Jesus every day too. I hear Him asking me to come to Him for the fun of it, not because it's an obligation. I can't imagine how it would feel if I knew a friend was just hanging out with me because they were obligated to. Here we have the chance to hang out with the awesome creator of the universe, and how often do we treat it as something we "have" to do instead of something we "get" to do. I love your ideas for ways to remember to check in with God. I think sharing the ways we fit in that quiet time with Him can help us all. I'm not a morning person, but I wanted more time with God in the morning before the chaos of the day begins. So I started by giving God those moments when I usually hit snooze. The first time my alarm went off, I sat up and spent that time with God praying, reading Bible verses, or other spiritual readings rather than laying there dreading getting out of bed. It was a really good gateway that then led (over time) to me getting out of bed early to spend some good quality time with Him. Praying you have a blessed week!
    Jenni

    ReplyDelete
  6. I love how you are walking with us through the spiritual practices you have found powerful and a treasure in your own life, Nicki! There are so many who do not know the first place to start. You've given us many ideas that are so non-threatening and yet so very valuable if we will put them into practice. You go, girl! Loving the way the Lord is leading you, my friend!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Well put. I've been thinking of getting up earlier just so I can have the quiet time I need to start my day right: prayer, scripture, etc. Thank you for your words! I will be looking at some of your other posts. I'm over from The Modest Mom.

    ReplyDelete
  8. It is so much FUN isn't it Jenni? It's not a chore, or something we should do to check off a list. Jesus is way more important than something to just be added to a to do list. I love how you have been listening to Him Jenni. And how you are intentionally going out of your way to follow His promptings. That's awesome! Isn't it a great feeling when you really start planning intentional time with Jesus? I had a woman say to me that she never has time to read her bible. I asked her when was the last time she worked out? or watched TV? or read a good book? When was the last time she checked out her news feed on Facebook? Well, sufficed to say she didn't answer me, just said that she got the message loud and clear. We fill our days with so much 'stuff.' I say, it's time to get the priorities in check and "stuff" is all good, just after a little time with Jesus! :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. I am so glad you are trying to find time to carve out with the Lord Kathryn. It's such a tough balance between things we need to do (like love on the littles in life and take care of the home) to things we must do, like take time to spiritually recharge so we can give more to the ones we love. :) Praying you can carve a little time out with Him in your day, even if it's during a nap, or a lunch break. Whatever it might be, may you find the joy of just spending time with the Lord for the pure pleasure of it. And may you find the spiritual recharge that goes along with it! Blessings! xoxo

    ReplyDelete
  10. Thanks lady! It's been a journey for sure. And my desire is to want people to desire HIM more! Not to feel like they are marking their time with the Lord off of a to do list, or have it be a chore. As we both know, it is a fruitful blessing to spend time with Him. Heck, I even like to take time to pray for people while I'm folding laundry. Has been a great way to just turn something I hate into something I cherish!

    ReplyDelete
  11. I'm all about intentionality. It can make such a difference! Thanks for sharing such specific ways we can be more purposeful in our relationship with the Lord. These are good!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Nicki,


    So happy to have come over from the #RaRaLinkUp. Sitting here with my cup of coffee sipping it slowly as I bask in Jesus. Thank you for practical ways to practice His presence. May His presence flood your atmosphere today.

    ReplyDelete
  13. May His presence flood your atmosphere today...I like that Tyra! May your life be filled with more precious moments with the One who matters most! xoxo

    ReplyDelete
  14. Being intentional is hard work, isn't it Lisa? But if we can put energy into our to do lists and family and work, and eating healthy and spending intentional time with our favorite people...I think we should be able to handle more intentional time with the One who gave us life! :) That's my 2 cents anyway. lol Blessings!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Thank you for giving me some practical, little ways I can add more Jesus into my day. #RaRaLinkup

    ReplyDelete
  16. Visiting you today via #RaRaLinkup

    I'm inspired and encouraged by your heart for being intentional. Def an area I need to allow God to overflow grace. It's so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and start to lose focus of what matters most. Thank you for this timely reminder Nicki!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Nicki, I love the intentionality you convey within this post. Yes, let's spend more time with Jesus. Let's focus our hearts. Let's give our all. I cheer your words of encouragement my friend! Thank you for joining the #RaRalinkup on Purposeful Faith; I LOVE having you!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Stopping by from #TellHisStory. Happy Wednesday to you Nicki. May today be purposeful and full of grace.

    ReplyDelete
  19. What a great list of suggestions! You've inspired me!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Glad you were able to find it helpful Lisa! :)

    ReplyDelete
  21. Right back at ya lady! :)

    ReplyDelete
  22. You are seriously a cheerleader. Were you one in high school too my new friend? I am guessing YES! :) Thanks for the kind words. Have a great day.

    ReplyDelete
  23. It's all the little ways that can make a big difference Stephanie! :)

    ReplyDelete
  24. Oh yes grace Tina, lots and lots of grace. We can't get all legalistic about our walk, that's for sure. But my desire is that we all want more of HIM each day! Blessings!

    ReplyDelete
  25. Thanks for the encouragement to live life purposefully! I found you at WFMW linkup.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Praying you can be more purposeful in your own walk this week Gina!

    ReplyDelete
  27. No. I played sports. But, I have always had an encouragers heart. I feel really alive when I am encouraging others, you know? Did you play sports? Cheer?

    ReplyDelete
  28. Yes! More Jesus and less me! Those are some great tips to make it happen :)

    ReplyDelete
  29. I have realized God has wired me to be an encourager too. It warms my heart so to cheer others on. :) Yeah, I was a cheer gal for part of my school time, the other part as an athlete.

    ReplyDelete
  30. In this life, with all of it's pulls and demands, I have to be very intentional in the time I spend with Jesus and my family. Thank you for sharing your journey.

    ReplyDelete
  31. Yes it really is hard work to make time. And takes some reworking of our schedules. But so glad you can do your best in all your stress to spend some time with Jesus Barbie. xoxo

    ReplyDelete
  32. Thank you for this post. I just listened to a NEW YEAR sermon now that it is February and time to regroup...renew...refresh with reminders of what is truly important. The sermon challenge (echoing what I just read here) Slow down...abide in the TRUE VINE..take a walk with God...forget myself and all I want Him to do for me. Take a walk with God...just to be with Him and spend time with Him and listen to Him.
    Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  33. Don't you love how God works like that, Lisa? How He often sends messages to us through others, in so many different ways in a short period of time to reiterate something He wants you to do/pray/act on? I feel humbled that He would use me to reaffirm the stirrings within your heart. Thanks for sharing. Blessings to you as you prepare to spend more time with the King!

    ReplyDelete

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...