A New Storm, Another Opportunity

 

There is a significant difference between living my life on purpose and aimlessly moving through life without direction. I chose to embrace living my life with purpose.

I am committed to this primary purpose of being a disciple and a follower of Jesus Christ.  Only then do I get clarity about my purpose in God’s kingdom.

God does not call all to the same choices or life paths.  However, He does call us all to follow Jesus. Our spiritual journeys are about serving a God who is good, about knowing without a shadow of doubt that through Christ’s finished work on the cross, we are made righteous before that same God.  Through accepting Jesus by faith, God Son, we can know God himself has done this great work in us.  Our faith tells us He has great plans for us.  Because of our faith and through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are equipped to preserve and to fulfill God’s purpose for our life.

In spite of our challenges, trials, and sufferings, we can live with power, hope, and joy as He gives us opportunities.

Over my 60’s years as a follower of Jesus, my walk has had many challenges and taken many directions.  God has been very patient with me.  Each step has prepared me for this moment in time that I would like to share with you.  Again, God has given me with each challenge, each suffering, an each opportunity to grow more intimate in my relationship with Him.

A few weeks ago my neurologist gave me a message that at another time in my journey of faith that would have devastated me.  I have Lou Gehrig/ALS disease.  There is another test I must go through to determine the severity of the disease at this point.

When the doctor told me I knew immediately God was ready to complete His purpose for my life. I do believe the rest of my life is to take every opportunity aggressively to share with others on purpose about my God—the gospel of Jesus’ redemption.  I do not have the answers to the why, where, or how this is designed BUT my GOD Does.

My prayer is that I will fulfill God’s purpose on my final lap of my journey of faith on this side of heaven and that I will remain faithful.

 

Patricia Davis

 

Update:

This devotion was first published on September 8, 2016.  Patricia Davis went to be with the Lord on February 20, 2018.  She was a faithful servant of the Lord and shared her faith in word and deed and remained faithful even to her last breath on earth.  She was truly an inspiration to us all and when she passed over she was immediately in the presence of Jesus most likely in His arms.  She will be missed by her friends and family and I look forward to seeing her again in heaven.

Sandra Hardage