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September/October 2017

I believe at some point in life—perhaps numerous times—we ask ourselves, “What is the purpose of my life? What can I do to fulfill my purpose?” Some may look for the answer by expecting a major revelation, a “wow” moment of realization. However, I tend to believe that our purpose is usually revealed by asking ourselves some basic questions: Where has God placed me at this time of my life? What talents do I possess? How can I best develop and use those talents in everyday life? How can my talents bless the kingdom of God?

You and I are each unique. None of us are identical in our temperaments and talents. Even as our lives began, God had a purpose in mind for our future. The psalmist wrote, “You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:13-14, NKJV). We were born with purpose, and when we fulfill that purpose—instruments in the hands of our Maker—we become a part of His masterpiece as Savior of mankind.

There are varied definitions of the word masterpiece, two of them being “an outstanding achievement” and “a fine example of skill or excellence.” When we refine our skills to best use the talents and abilities with which we’ve been blessed, God takes our efforts and uses them to bless His people.

I challenge you to slow down amidst the busyness of life and reexamine your purpose. Be the best you can be with what God has given you. It may not be easy, but with effort and persistence, your life can become the beautiful masterpiece as intended by almighty God!

 

Melody Reever, Editor

Featured Articles

Scary Dreams and Open Doors

Scary Dreams and Open Doors

September 5th 2017 @ 11:15 AM

by Rachael O’Neil

If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough. That’s how the saying goes, at least. Never in my wildest dreams could I have envisioned where I am today. As a young girl, some of my big dreams involved getting married (to a preacher) and one day starting a family—three or four kids sounded nice. I’d dedicate my life to serving God and the …Read More +

Celebrating Family

Celebrating Family

July 6th 2017 @ 11:55 AM

I was six years old when my family moved to the small town of Salem, Illinois. I’m not sure why my parents made the decision to leave both of their families and all they had ever known. However, they later knew without a doubt they had made the right decision.

My parents did not attend church, but someone told my mom about a Pentecostal church in town. She …Read More +

The Reverends and the Mrs.

The Reverends and the Mrs.

June 29th 2017 @ 11:05 AM

On February 12, 2008, a new season of life became reality for me—widowhood. The morning after my husband’s funeral, I wanted to pull the covers over my head and never get up. As I lay there praying, the Lord sent comforting verses of Scripture to my mind.

“I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5, NKJV).

“My grace is sufficient for you” (II Corinthians 12:9, …Read More +

Let God Write Your Love Story

Let God Write Your Love Story

May 5th 2017 @ 9:50 AM

God started the story almost two decades ago. A little boy and a little girl, hand in hand, walked down the aisle of Truth Tabernacle in Bakersfield, California. They were miniature bride and groom. It was a bit more exciting for her than it was for him, but he endured and made a good showing, then promptly went on with the task of growing up. She, however, never forgot …Read More +

Surrendering Sawyer

Surrendering Sawyer

March 3rd 2017 @ 10:45 AM

As I stood next to the hospital bed, looking over my sweet boy Sawyer, the doctor’s words from the previous day rang through my head: no hope, ventilator-dependent, heart and lung transplant, transfer from Dallas to Philadelphia, and no infant had ever survived these procedures. Tears began to stream down my face as hopeless desperation filled my mind and heart. For the past nine weeks, my faith had not …Read More +

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