The Next Right Thing

KholeSix years ago, our family rescued a one-year old Australian Shepherd, named Khole. She teaches us all sorts of lessons about life and certainly keeps us on our toes. Her energy surpasses that of a 4-year-old, and her intelligence should be harnessed for the CIA (she is an expert at sniffing out food, special hidden toys and my favorite pair of shoes)

The lesson sweet Khole gave me THIS morning was on purpose and function.  Are you ready?

A question I get asked frequently when I counsel people is, “What is my purpose in life? How do I know what I am supposed to do next?”
Sometimes, this question may seem super complex but, in reality, the answer is quite simple.  Here is the illustration that spoke to me this morning on our daily adventure:
In the back of neighborhood, there is a special Preserve, where it’s just open field, swamp, and lots of rabbits and turtles.  It’s Khole’s favorite place in the world because she is free to be a DOG – a really agile, flexible, 4-legged creature that happens to be called a Tri- Black Aussie. She is gorgeous! Yep, I am a little partial.
Imagine this scene with me…….I always let Khole off the leash when we get to the Preserve because there are no people, cars or other dangerous things – just wild nature! This morning Khole was particularly frisky because we had a small “cool front” come down to south Texas and it dropped the heat and humidity so we could all breathe a little easier. Whew! As soon as Khole heard the snap of her leash being removed, she took off running. Full speed forward!!
Did I mention that Australian Shepherds are herding dogs and can out chase a fox or any other predator that is threatening? Well, Khole knows her purpose – and that is to RUN! And not just run, but leap like a gazelle while zipping around in wide oval circles. Every once in a while, she stops to make sure I am watching her- I think she likes to show off. But who wouldn’t if you could run and jump like her? It’s almost as if she is saying, “Look Mom, look what I can do!”
Khole’s purpose is hard wired in her. She doesn’t have to ask me if she can run fast and hard, she just does it. Khole is a suburban dog and has never seen a sheep, goat, cow or any other animal that needs corralling, however, she innately knows she has the ability to run in circles, up and down, and all around. Such an amazing thing to watch. Her leaping abilities put the biggest smile on your face because she looks like a black, sleek deer bouncing through the tall grass.
Khole’s purpose in this life is to run fast, protect, jump, gather and alert us to danger. I didn’t have to teach her this, it is all inside her. I believe the same is true for you and me. Our purpose is built into our DNA. We are hard-wired with a very special purpose – to know our Creator and have an intimate relationship with Him every day. Plain and simple really.

Sometimes, I think we complicate things.

I suppose the tricky part is learning who our Creator is and how to begin that intimate relationship. Maybe, you are like I was once, asking and searching for my purpose in everything and within every person. If you are a seeker, like me, here are 2 simple, yet profound steps that could start you on your journey – if you are willing.

#1. Read, and get familiar with the story of creation. It is found in the bible, in the book of Genesis. Specifically, chapters 1 and 2. God created all of creation, including mankind, and He desires to have relationship with those whom He formed.

(Psalm 139 is a good reference for this truth)

God breathed life into Adam and He became a living being.

Together Adam and Eve were designed for knowing and experiencing God’s breath on their lives. This was so they could walk with Him in the cool of the day and encounter His presence. The Creator of the Universe truly desires for us to know Him MORE!

#2. Get still and quiet and ask God to begin to speak with you about how much He loves you. Ask Him to reveal to you His plans for your life. (Jeremiah 29:11) This may take practice, but if you keep seeking and asking, you will begin to learn how to recognize Him communicating to you. With practice, you can learn how to perceive His presence in every moment of your life.

Sometimes, an empty journal is great to get you started because you can jot down your thoughts, feelings and questions.

As you begin to “unpack” your inner world, it always helpful to get it down on paper. This helps you understand yourself in a clearer way. You can also search and find other bible verses that tell you how much God loves you and write them out till you believe all of them.  There are other practices that may help you, but my goal with this article is to get you thinking and taking small actions – really, just the next step.

I am aware that we are all on a journey, a sacred journey of sorts, in knowing and understanding our purpose here.  I am confident, that if you truly seek the One who knows you better than anyone, it is possible, to not only understand your purpose but, to actually live and fulfill it.

Journey on everyone!!!!
Check out my book on Amazon – “Dear Shame, let’s break up!” Another great tool to help you on your path of self-discovery and purpose.
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Lisa Roitsch is a Christian counselor with the NCAA and loves to be outside, read great books and spend time with her family.  Bill & Lisa have been married since 1989 and have 3 grown daughters, and one son-in-love.  Together they love to dream and believe God for MORE!

2 Breaths…..21 Grams

Life

Lord, I passionately love you and I am bonded to you! I want to embrace you, for now you have become my power! You are as real to me as bedrock beneath my feet, like a castle on a cliff, my forever firm fortress, my mountain of hiding, my pathway of escape, my tower of rescue where none can reach me.
You are my secret strength and shield around me, you are my salvation’s ray of brightness shining on the hillside, always the champion of my cause. All I need to do is to call to you, singing to you, the one praiseworthy God. When I do, I am safe and sound in you.
For when the ropes of death wrapped around me and terrifying torrents of destruction overwhelmed me, taking me to death’s door, I cried out to you in my distress, the delivering God.
And from your temple-throne you heard my troubled cry. My sobs came right into your heart and you turned your face to rescue me!
Psalm 18:1-6 Passion Translation

His magnificent beauty has blinded me over the past few weeks, and I am unable to see anything other than His persistent kindness and mercy. Even through our suffering and pain, He is only a breath away. A tender Father who is watching us and is ever near – He is uncompromising because He longs for ALL of us.
Please do not doubt that He does not see you, hear you and love you fervently!
His love captures you and keeps you in the vilest and darkest times…..only believe!

The human soul is said to weigh 21 grams and the breath of YHWH is expressed in 2 syllables…..inhale and exhale – 2 breaths!

L. Roitsch

WHY is it so HARD?

Everything we need

I have the lovely pleasure and honor every week to minister hope to others. As I share with men and woman alike, the love of God, His hope and power, I hear a phrase repeatedly, “It’s so hard!”  These words always cause an agitation inside of me anytime I hear them – especially when it is coming from someone who professes to be a follower of Jesus.

As believers and disciples, we have beautiful promises given to us. One of them is that our heavenly Father has given us ALL things that pertain to life and godliness.  This promise is found in 2 Peter 1:3.  “By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.”

Wow! Isn’t this an incredible revelation of the deep mercy of our God?  He has called us to live a different life AND equipped us with everything we need to walk it out.  It is only hard, when we don’t realize the promises and power that is available to us on a daily basis.

So instead of professing over ourselves, “it is sooooo hard” perhaps, the better declaration would be, “thank you Father, that with you and through you, I can make changes in my life for the better.” I really believe that every time we focus on the negative, we empower that in our life.However, if we chose to shift our perspective and focus on what God can do, that we cannot do apart from Him, we automatically empower HIS life to flow in and through us.  All this is so that we can accomplish the difficult, the unmanageable, or the stubborn things of our life.

“Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”  Matthew 19:26

This is why we are admonished to dwell on things that come from God, not on the challenges and/or problems of this earth. Because whatever we focus on will grow and magnify in our life.

“Set your mind on things above, not on the things of the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”  Col. 3:2-3

I love to meditate on the truth and reality that my life is hidden with Jesus in God. I close my eyes, take a deep breath, and imagine the truth of this promise.  I think on it, till I see it!  As we meditate on God’s truths, and actually see them in a way that they become a part of us, then transformation begins to occur.

Now, whenever trials present themselves, and they will, this truth flows out of my mouth – God has given me His power, His love and mercy to walk through it and transform me for the better!

Moving forward, any time you are tempted to say “it is so hard” remember, that God’s divine power and love has given you everything you need to live a victorious life – an over-coming life!

If you would like to know the power and love of God, simply stop and pray this prayer from your heart.

“Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God and you are God. I confess with my mouth that You, Jesus, are Lord, the Ruler over all. You are the Christ, the Son of God.  You came into this world to show us the way we are to live and to provide eternal life to those who would accept you.  I believe in my heart that God raised you from the dead and you are alive forevermore, seated on your throne in heaven next to the Father. I believe your blood was shed on the cross to cleanse me from all my sin.  I receive you as my personal Lord, King and Commander. I invite you into my life as the Lord and Ruler of my life. I no longer choose to be in charge of my life. I give it to you. I invite you, Jesus, to have first place in my heart and my life. Restore me to a right relationship as a child of my heavenly Father.” Mark 1:15; Romans 10:9; John 3:16; John 1:11, 12

As you thank Him from your heart, you will walk in a greater dimension of joy and peace. Walking in gratitude daily is one of the keys to living free from depression and anxiety. Give Him thanks in all things!

You can do this my friend. I believe it is possible. It has worked in my life and it will work in yours. Dare to believe ALL the promises in God’s holy word. His truths will radically transform, convert and change you into someone you won’t even recognize!

 

L. Roitsch – December 2017

Power of His Love Ministries