Growth & Development

Freedom to Live Purposefully

Debbie Renee Howard

I pondered the questions: When will I know? Where will I be? What will it take? In response, I heard these words; You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart Jeremiah 29:13. Immediately, I felt my soul breathe a deep sigh of cleansing relief, and my spirit leaped for joy!

I reflected: Why was I waiting? What was I waiting to occur? Who was I waiting to validate me and what I already knew to do? Where was I ready to go? What relationships was I willing to release? Who are the people I am to connect with moving forward? These were the questions that served as a launching pad to my relentless journey in pursuing the Freedom to Live Purposefully.

Life is unsatisfactory if you can barely drag yourself out of bed to drive to a job you do not enjoy. Life is exhausting if individuals who surround you drain the life out of you. Life is unfulfilling if the busyness of daily tasks that do not align with your purpose or the things you desire to achieve is consuming your time. Unfortunately, it is easy and logical to take a well-paying job that does not seem so bad at first.

However, years pass, and you receive a promotion or two. You purchase a house, have children, and it appears that you will be stuck in that job forever. The financial comfort and routine ease have you settled in just right! Well, that was not my story exactly.

I had a career that I enjoy and is part of my purpose, yet I knew there was still more my heart was yearning for, there were even greater levels of service than what I was experiencing, and that Father God wanted me to release my gifts to impact the world.

Can you not discern this new day of destiny breaking forth around you? The early signs of my purposes and plans are bursting forth. The budding vines of new life are now blooming everywhere. The fragrance of their flowers whispers, “There is a change in the air.” Arise, my love, my beautiful companion, and run with me to the higher place. For now, is the time to arise and come away with me.” Song of Solomon 2:13 TPT

Our lives are full of knocks and scrapes, shocks, and collisions that Father God uses to develop us for the divine destiny He has purposed us to live and carry out. How well we respond to those shocks and collisions, also known as traumas, may impact how swiftly we reach our purposed destiny.

I know it’s easy to give up, throw in the towel, throw your hands up, tap out when life’s challenges seem pointless or too painful to bear. I encourage you to focus on the prophetic purpose, not the undeniable pain. Father God will use it for your good and His glory. Trust and believe, beloved, that He works all things together for good when you love Him and live according to your calling and purpose for being.

There is no such thing as wasted pain or experiences when you are a child of the King. Eliminate anything standing in the way of you pursuing your passion, purpose, and God-given abilities with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, even if the blockage is some residue within you. Embrace and engage the freedom to be who you are while becoming who you must be according to Father God’s divine purpose for you from the foundation of the world!

Deny not the barriers, hurdles, mindsets, or hindrances in your pathway to fulfillment of purpose; instead, acknowledge them, deal with them, and conquer them. Ask the Father God to work in you to make the changes you need to make. Although you are aware of some things, you may be oblivious to others, so ask the Holy Spirit to reveal your errors. You know what they are, and so does He. Father God is waiting for you to surrender your will. Believe that God’s best lies ahead, then get ready to receive all in store for you!

“You have the power to transform, emerge, and fulfill your highest vision for your life. To capture this power, you must develop a solid personal relationship with yourself and through partnering with Holy Spirit. You’ll tap into a wealth of inner strength that will allow you to take the necessary actions that build confidence and self-esteem. When you learn to stop hiding your power and use fear to your advantage, you’ll become less attached to what others want for you and more attached to what Abba wants for you and what you want for yourself. As this shift occurs, you’ll naturally begin to lead a more authentic and purpose-filled life.”  ~Cheryl Richardson, Stand Up for Your Life

You must ask the LORD, “When will I find my destiny and true purpose for my life?”

Once you uncover what talents naturally reside within you, you can then understand what you’re supposed to be doing with those gifts; this is your purpose in life.

I hear Father God saying, “I tell you, now is the time for you to chase after Me with your whole heart. For out of intimacy with Me, your destiny is released. When you join your heart to Mine, you will realize, actualize, maximize your purpose for being. As you abide in My love, you align your will with Mine, and my glory becomes evident, even in seasons of waiting.

Trust in Me and lay aside every anxiety and weight of impatience. Do not strive in your flesh or look to others to do what only I can do for you. Your help comes from Me, and I will send whom I select to assist you in your purpose. Expect my miracles to transpire in your life, for I am the Father of Love. Remember how I brought Abraham through the mysteries of my will, so now I will manifest the prophetic destiny of your life. What you see today will be changed in a moment. I will bring dramatic and rapid changes to your life because you have sought Me first and foremost.”

A Prayer for You:

Abba Father, remind your people in those moments, hours, days, weeks, months, or even years of preparation that You have a good plan and purpose for their life. Give them the grace to trust You in everything so that they do not waste time learning and re-learning the same lessons they need to know to fully carry out their destiny in the way you designed for them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Debbie Renee Howard is a woman of faith, an Executive Pastor, Speaker, Consultant, and Clarity & Transformation Coach. She has an innate ability to empower, inspire, develop and equip men and women to identify areas in their lives that lack purpose, and need healing. She achieves this through God’s Wisdom and her unique gift of insightful communication which provokes clarity and introspection.

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