Merry Christmas from my home to yours!
When I think back over 2015, I am amazed at all that God has done in my life. It makes me think of sharing good news!
Yet at this time of year, I think of “the good news of great joy” expressed in the verses of Luke 2:10-11, when the angel speaks to the shepherds in the field near the town of Bethlehem, “But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” The angel had some mighty good news to share. Jesus, the little babe in the manager, was to be their provider of life, their Savior, their Way, their gift for life everlasting. And the good news, He is still for every man, woman, and child today.
Invite Him in, if you have never done so, receive Him, to be your Lord of Lords and King of Kings, your Savior. He offers a life here on earth and forever with Him.
My good news is not as grand as the angels, but it is worth recognizing the GIVER and giving Him praise. I thank God for what He has done in my life over 2015! Let me share with you a piece of what I wrote on for Hearts with a Purpose Newsletter in July.
A few days prior to the New Year (2015) I sensed God was pressing this verse upon me, “Behold, the former things have come to pass, now I declare new things; Before they spring forth I proclaim them to you.” Isaiah 42:9. I wondered what new things God was planning for me. I was expecting and anticipating changes with my business, Hearts with a Purpose. I knew a new website was on the list. I knew I needed a newer vehicle. I had prayed and had been saving and planning to purchase one by May of 2015. That was my plan. My way to keep saving money was having an extra job on weekends. I worked at the front desk at a local Inn. I loved the outreach to people, but the job was draining me. So my plans were to exit the job in May of 2015.
God being God, He knows how to change things up according to His plan for our lives. So I found myself a little perplexed on January 1, 2015, when I sensed God was nudging me to leave the Inn. I did whine and fuss on this one, yet I sensed God was pushing me out the Inn door for my benefit. I chose to heed the nudge and leave that position on New Year’s Day. My thoughts tumbled wondering how my newer vehicle was going to occur. Yet God already knew the “how to” in providing my car need. My coaching business grew!!
Then God chose to change up my life and expand my family with a son-in-love, Jon, in March. I flew out to Colorado to participate and be with my daughter, Merrily, on her wedding day. Meanwhile, I still wondered about that newer vehicle and prayed.
And then God had another major change up occur in my life. A man named Bill and I had a walk and a talk. We had met over two years ago at church. We had several conversations sprinkled out over time and I always enjoyed our talks. We both knew then a friendship had been formed.
We both have journeyed through several similar grief areas. Thankfully, we allowed God to meet us in the pain and heal our hearts. Bill proposed in July. We were married on September 12th. We rejoice in what God has allowed in bringing us together to glorify Him.
Let me close with more of the story. About that newer vehicle, remember? Bill just so happens to be an expert with vehicles. In April he asked me what type of car I was looking for. I expressed my desires and budgeted amount. Bill went on the hunt and found my wheels.
And to think when I began to pray for my car in January, never did I expect a man to come with it? Yet, I am ever so thankful that God overrode my plans. “The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps” (Proverbs 16:9, NASB). And I am ever thankful that God allowed Bill and my paths to cross.
We both continue to work in our own business. Serve in our ministry areas. Watch God answer our prayers. Engage, visit, love, and pray for our children and grandchildren.
Indeed, God is the healer and restorer of the heart. He promises to those that love Him to work all things out together for their good. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
How about you, are you living your life on purpose?
Will you believe His Word that He has a plan for your life?
Is your heart singing in your daily work?
If not, what’s stopping you from being coached towards your life purpose?