Faith

Meditate on Scripture Series

On this particular day, I was watching Daystar (Christian network), and a woman came on- screen giving her testimony. She gave details on some of her struggles and what she did about it.

This woman decided to take control of her situation– she prayed and meditated on scripture. She sought scriptures related to her problem, wrote them down and then she read and meditated on these daily. She prayed and asked God to break her chains (whatever is stopping you from moving forward) and He did.

(I followed her example. I prayed, meditated and my chains broke too. To God be the glory!)

This is where the idea for the “meditate on scripture series” was born. I created this series to help us understand the importance and the power that there is in the Word of God.

I will choose topics and create posts related to those.  Scripture will help us understand that our problem is nothing in comparison to what God can do for us. It will help us see ourselves as God sees us.

I invite you to join me on this journey. May this be a time for healing and spiritual growth.

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Joshua 1:8

 

Many things happen when we meditate on the Word.

Here are a few of the things I have experienced:

  1. He speaks to us personally
  2. We understand His Word
  3. Chains break and we heal
  4. We receive direction and wisdom
  5. The Word gives us hope
  6. We experience spiritual growth

If you’ve done a similar exercise, share your experience in the comment section.

 

 

Christian Life

Experiencing autumn through the eyes of a toddler

Previous seasons were just that, seasons. September meant that summer was over, we were going back to school, and we picked up routines where we left them in June.

Today, our family experiences the fall differently—through the eyes of a toddler.

At 21 months young, my son is full of energy and ready to discover the world. This is why we couldn’t pass up introducing my little one to a few fall activities.

Fall Foliage
In New England, we don’t have to drive too far to enjoy the changing colors. Everywhere you go, you can see various shades of red, orange, and brown. I can’t help but think about how detailed God is and how perfect His creation is.

Fall Foliage

Apple Picking
A trip to the orchard is a must. We visited the Old Frog Pond Farm in Harvard, Massachusetts, which is certified organic.

My little one seemed a bit overwhelmed at first and he was a bit shy to venture out on his own. He grasped my hand and led me to the trees of his choice. Then he’d stop and pick a couple of apples, place them in the bag, then pick another apple from the bag and toss it. As we tried to teach him that the ones in the bag stayed there, he’d get restless and do it again.

He was in observation mode, taking in his environment—he wanted to join other families on their walk and he liked to pick up apples that were on the ground. It made us stop and look too.

Also, we tasted a few apples. My little one didn’t like the taste too much, but he does enjoy a good apple pie. He is his mother’s son!

Hayride and Pumpkin Patch Visit
It was nice to experience our first-ever hayride as a family. We visited Langwater Farm in North Easton, Massachusetts and had a really great time.

Aboard the trailer, my son eyed everyone and everything. He watched the road, through the cracks on the trailer, disappearing underneath us as we traveled to the pumpkin patch. He would cling to me and stare at the greenery along our route. And he pointed to the tractor.

Once we arrived at the pumpkin patch, we started to walk and after a few minutes, he found his pumpkin. He grabbed it and dropped it a few times. He looked at it in amazement and smiled. It’s the little things in life that matter, right?

As we continued to explore the various pumpkin sizes, he would look around, point to an area and speak to us. He was telling us something – babbling, of course.

These are a few of the activities we enjoyed so far. Next on our list is, playing in a pile of leaves.

What activities have you enjoyed with your family this season?

 

God bless you & yours,

Ivette

 

Ministry

October is Pastor appreciation month

Every October many congregations in the United States celebrate “Clergy appreciation month”. This is the month when we recognize our pastor’s efforts and his dedication to our respective congregations.

While many celebrate it every year, there are a few who believe that we should celebrate our pastor at any time during the year. That’s fair!

Perhaps, instead of a month of appreciation, the members of the congregation can prayerfully consider supporting their pastor throughout the year. How?

Offer help to your pastor and his family on a weekly or monthly basis. If your pastor is like mine, he will have many unspoken needs. Each family (members) of the congregation can decide which date works best for them. Maybe, the Holy Spirit will lead you to meet a need that he has prayed for. Would you allow God to use you this way?

“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7

Unfortunately, this may not work for all congregations as the number of members at a church varies. However, good for us, there is no one-way to celebrate our pastor. (Tip: keep in mind your pastor’s personality, his likes and hobbies. That should help!)

 

Here are a few ideas to help you:

  • Hand-made greeting card expressing thanks
  • Gift card to a restaurant or retail store
  • Chocolate and/or flowers
  • Love Offering
  • A meal followed by cake or simply cake will do.
  • Weekend getaway for pastor and spouse
  • Offer to watch the children while they go out on a date.
  • Create a gift basket (using a theme)
  • Commemorative plaque
  • Photo album of significant moments in the past year.
  • Get the children involved:
    • Create greeting cards
    • Children’s choir to perform your pastor’s favorite songs
    • Recite pastor’s favored verses from the Bible
  • Donate monetarily to the church in your pastor’s name
  • Dedicate a special prayer service for pastoral family (Although, we should not forget to pray daily for our pastors.)

These are a few ideas to get you started. Do you have any ideas that you’d like to share? Post below.

God bless you & yours,

Ivette

Ministry

Why I launched this blog, “Living in His Purpose”?

Through this blog, “Living in His Purpose”, I will share my journey as a Christian with you. Perhaps, you’re a “newborn Christian” and you’re unsure of what your next steps in your walk will be? Or you are in need of encouragement?

Overall, my goal is to share God’s Truth with you and encourage you in your walk with Jesus.

Becoming a Christian and my passion for Jesus…..

Raised as a Catholic, I believed in God; but I didn’t live as God intended me to live – a Holy Life (1 Thess 4:7). I didn’t give spiritual growth any thought. My sister and I attended Sunday school, and we learned a few Bible stories, did our First Communion, and attended mass on Sundays. However, I was left longing for more and I couldn’t pinpoint it.

After moving out of the city, God led me to a Baptist church in my current town. One that will always be my “home church” as it was the first place where I experienced spiritual growth and Baptism. The feeling I had when I first walked in will always be with me – familial and loving. Exactly what a “family-in-Christ” should be!

It was a time (2010) of many life changes when I decided to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9) thus becoming a “newborn Christian” (2 Corinthians 5:17). This occurs when we repent of our sins (Luke 24:47) and vow to follow Jesus (Matthew 16:24). Our sins are forgiven (Acts 3:19-20) and He wipes our slate clean.

During this difficult time, I first recognized my need for a relationship with Christ.

About a year ago, God led me to a Pentecostal church – that was His doing, not mine! Never thought I would form part of this denomination. My plan was to raise my son (at the Baptist church) where I worshiped, and my husband was in agreement. He even considered visiting the church with our son and me! But God’s plans were not my plans and I have to respect that. While many, including myself, don’t understand the reason for this move; we need to obey God. It is difficult to understand the “whys” of God’s plan, but we have to move forward in faith.

As Isaiah 55:8-9 says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

I hope that this blog will serve as a medium through which we can encourage each other in our walks with Christ.

Of utmost importance is that we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.

To God be the glory!

 

Ministry

God called you to serve and it’s not what you expected. Now, what?

God has called you to serve in ministry. It’s not what you envisioned, you have no clue where to begin and your heart is not “into it”. Now, what?

You have been chosen and called (1 Sam. 3:8). A few things that you’re sure of: you love God, you desire to serve Him and it’s an honor, but it’s not the place where you want to serve, not the ministry that you want, not the way you want it and not with that group. Well, It’s not what you want; it’s what He wants. The sooner you come to terms with this, the easier it is to take up your ministry and move forward. (Trust me, it is very hard to digest! Almost a year later and I am still struggling to accept that God wants me serving where I am.)

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” Phillipians 2:5

What can you do to make this transition easier? Below are my key takeaways of this experience:

  • Ask God for Confirmation (Isa. 7:11): Has God revealed something to you? Ask Him for a specific sign that only you and Him will know about. You want to be sure that it is He who wants you to proceed with that ministry, move churches, go on that mission trip etc.
  • Obey (Gen. 17:9): As soon as you receive confirmation, make your move. Don’t delay- remember we are on God’s time! We can get bogged down by fear, doubt, “tying up loose ends”, etc. It will never be the right time for you, but in faith make that uncomfortable move and pray. Pray at all times. He will sustain you, just as He did Joshua when he was called to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land ( Jos 1:6-7 ).
  • Be open to change (Deut. 10:16): Change is inevitable,  uncomfortable and each individual handles it differently. Especially, when it is related to a personal decision, such as whereyou worship, it can be very hard. You are leaving your “home” church, this is where you started a relationship with God, and your family-in-Christ is there. How can you ask me to leave all that behind? It hurts and it is hard, but being open to change is a must. It will happen often!
  • Adjust your attitude (Eph. 4:23):  God isn’t changing His plans for you. You are a child of God and you need to obey. It is a long and painful process, but it will be worth it. As hard as it is, do it for His honor and glory. You were made to serve  just like Jesus.
  • Do what you can (Jn 12:1-11): Give your best in all you do for the Lord and do it with a kind and loving attitude (Rom. 14:17-19). It isn’t easy! You can easily get distracted by the amount of work there is to accomplish, the lack of resources, the negative criticism and the difficult people you have to work with. It can become overwhelming to the point where you don’t want to serve anymore! Hang in there (you can do it!) and do what you can. Do what He has called you to do!

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Phillipians 4:13

  • Don’t be discouraged (Jos 1:6-7): You will be criticized. It is harder when it comes from another Christian because you assume that the individual is working as God intended us to, as “one” (1 Pet. 3:8). Don’t let it discourage you! Keep moving forward and do the best you can.
  • Pray,  fast and keep your eyes on Jesus: Do not take your eyes off of Jesus!  Man isn’t perfect and he will disappoint you daily. Lean on Jesus — pray (Matt. 26:41), fast (Isa. 58:6), and read your Bible daily (Jos. 1:8). Your strength lies in your relationship with Jesus! He will equip you (2 Tim. 3:16-17) so that you are able to move forward in His will.

Just like anything else we may pursue, there are challenges, opportunities, and setbacks in ministry. However, we have Jesus. Lean on Him for discernment and understanding so that you can fulfill God’s will for your life.

What have you learned working in ministry? Any tips you’d like to share? Please comment below.

God bless you and yours,

 

Ivette