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Day 40 – Living with Purpose by Marie Valdez

Psalm 33:11

 11 But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever,
       the purposes of his heart through all generations.

Have you ever asked yourself what was I born for?

What is life all about? Why am I really alive anyway and what am I living for?

With the loss of a close family member, we could ask ourselves why did they die and not me?

What do you live for? What gets you out of bed in the morning? Is it the alarm clock or a calling that gets you up each and every day?

Everyone of us all need some motivating passion, something that gives our life purpose.

Rick Warrren said “Purposes are eternal”

 

Unfortunately some people do not know what they are lving for?

I once read that there are three types of people in the world.

1. There are people who have no purpose in life, they drift aimlessly through life, they go to school, go to work, find a spouse and eventually die never to find out why or what they were created for, they simply exist day by day and they are the most miserable of all people in life because they are people without a purpose. They are people who say just live and let live!

2. There are also people with the wrong purpose, they are super achievers, they climb the ladder of financial, political, social & religious success. They have a purpose, but their purpose is directly related to their performance. And it does not matter how many people they step on to get there. The more they acheive the better they feel about themsleves. They end up frustrated in life, they burn out, they end up experiencing the most trauma in life. Because one day they wake up and realise they have been pursuing the wrong purpose in life.

Proverbs 17:24

A discerning man keeps wisdom in view, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.

 3. Lastly, this type of person is the most fulfilled, because this person knows why they were created. The greatest discovery a person can find is in Christ.

I had to learn this as I was involved in too many ministries and because of that I was effective in none. It’s important to know how God fashioned you so you can be the most effective!

Our Heavenly Father always knows how to deal with us for our best and for our eternal good. People, events or situations in our life that will result in us becoming more and more like Jesus. He knows best what tools to use on us as He sharpens us to look more and more like His Son.

We have one responsibility, and that is to glorify God with our life.

As believers we know what we live for, and we can say as the Apostle Paul said “To live is Christ, and to die is gain”

No-one who lives completely for Him is ever disappointed.

May God continue to use you for His purposes!!

God bless,

Marie Valdez

UK/Ireland Region

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Day 39- Balancing Your Life (Watching Your Step) by Sonia Ortiz

Live life with a sense of responsibility…. Ephesians 5:15

It takes time and effort to develop balance in life.

As we walk we need to watch where we step so we don’t fall or slip and loose our balance.

The balance in our everyday life is very important to evaluate how good or how bad we are doing so that way we can restore and strengthen our weakest areas in our life. 

In the spiritual side it is the same, we need to take care of our walk with the Lord, so we can stay in God’s will.

As Christians we should not lack the spiritual balance to measure our walk. 

Are we walking right?

We should be capable to of looking back into our past with a self examinating attitude, looking at  the good and the bad in our lives.

Looking back into my life, when I first started I was just a young woman without experience in my marriage and in ministry.  The responsibility made me have balance in my life and now is not just about my husband and our family; it’s about our family in Victory Outreach.  It hasn’t been easy to keep the balance throughout the years. 

Sister Julie has been a great example in my life, a woman of a great responsibility within the ministry. When she shares her heart she expresses how she gives quality time to her husband, children and grandkids without losing the focus in ministry. She has been able to keep a balance in the ministry and with her family.

How to do it? 

Examine ourselves through the word of God.

“Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves.”

2 Corinthians 13:5

What can we examine in our lives?,

 Three areas:

  1. Spiritual
  2. Physical
  3.  Emotional

1)      Spiritual:

a)      Praying

b)      Fasting

c)      Reading the bible

d)      Surpassing Sin and bad habits

2)      Physical:

Taking care of our body to live a longer healthier life.  How is your body? Is it strong and ready to run with the projects that God has given you? 

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.”  1 Corinthians 6:19

3)      Emotional:

The people live 10% in the spirit, 20% in the flesh, and 70% in the soul.  The emotions are held in the soul, and as women we are more emotional than man, with more reason we need to have balance in our life.   David would remind his soul, not to forget the benefits of his God.  We are guide by the emotions and tend to forget the word of God and his promises. 

“Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” Psalm 103:1.

Talking about examining our lives, we realize how important it is that God dominates all the areas in our lives, and this way we can take secure steps into our future.

To His feet,

Sonia Ortiz

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Day 39- Balancing Your Life by Mireille Cicilia

Kids, marriage, work, ministry, disciples, finances, trials, challenges…..

Prayer, community, fasting, mission, UWC, fellowship…..

Live life with a sense of responsibility, not as those who do not know the meaning of life but as those who do . Ephesians 5:15

I’m married for 5 years now, and as I look back in keeping my life in balance it was as if I was in a roller coaster. I remember the thing I asked the most in prayer was for God to help me balance my life. Being a wife, mother of two babies being involved in ministry and working at the same time it got chaotic at times.

I thank God for this book the purpose driven life I got this book couple of years ago and I treasure it like a personal journal that reminds me of Why I am here on earth, what my purpose is in life and my mission here on earth. I recommend it to all my disciples because it explains in a simple way how to life our Christian life and what God expects from us.

So the things that kept me focused as I was trying to find a Balance in life:

1. Spending time with others, have community

Talk about parenthood, marriage, ministry etc. with others that have been there already. Just as the bible says that the older women should be teaching the younger women.

The bible says. “Encourage each other and give each other strength” I Thes.5:11

2. Give yourself a regular spiritual check-up

2 Cor.3:15 “Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along talking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups…. Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it.”

God places a high value on the habit of self-evaluation. For self evaluation we should check our five vital signs of: Worship, how do we worship God has our worship become like a routine, or just that beautiful song but empty words, or a sing-along song that everyone else likes. We need to worship God in spirit and in truth that’s what the bible tells us. When we sing we need to sing from within, out of gratitude unto God for saving and keeping us.

Fellowship do we still fellowship or do we draw back from others, do we have our own way of thinking or maybe a select group of people we fellowship with. The bible tells us that  “How pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity”psalm133:1

Growth in character  we can’t remain the same, we need to make sure we grow. Have someone speak in your life to direct you and disciple you.

Ministry do ministry out of gratitude for what God has done, that is the least we can give, our lives just as he has given us life eternal.

Mission make it your mission to go on mission trips to refuel the passion and compassion not only physical but also in our finances.

3. Write down your progress in a journal

“It’s crucial that we keep a firm grip on what we’ve heard so that we don’t drift off” Hebr. 2:1

I remember the times I’ve had my valley experiences, and I had to go back to the promises God gave me when I was in the UTC. Habakuk 2:2,3 I had to read them and pray for God to ignite the passion and faith I had when he gave me those promises. Promises are like stepping stones that build up faith, but also encourage you to continue the journey. Writing helps clarify  what God is doing in your life.

Your life is a journey, and a journey deserves a journal”(Purpose driven life)

                                                        ~~~

4. Pass on what you know to others

You owe it to future generations to preserve the testimony of how God helped you fulfill his purposes on earth.

God is calling us to be his messengers. To preach the word to a dying world out there, but what about when they get in? We need to disciple, teach, instill within the generation to come, the new breed of people God is bringing in, the values God has given us as a ministry.

As we commit our self to what God has called us for. He will take care of our, unsaved families, our children, our finances etc.

The more we know the more God expects from us to help others.

“The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.”Prov.11:25

God wants us to introduce people to Christ, bring them into his fellowship, help them grow to maturity and discover their place of service, and then send them to reach others, too.          

“Let’s take a good look at our lives and reorder our lives under God”

This is what purpose driven life is all about.

By Mireille Cicilia

G.A.N.G. Girl regional Spain

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Day 38- Becoming a World Class Christian by Donna Valdez

What type of Christian do you want to be?

We have not been put on this earth to build a name for ourselves or build a mass fortune. God didn’t save us and leave us here just to fill the building or sit in a pew, we were made for a mission!

There is a big difference between having a “tunnel vision” and a “world vision”. Jesus’

mission is world redemption, that is, to reach every ethnic people; and He has commissioned the church to embrace and execute His mission.

However, to accomplish this mission we need a world-visionary mindset. What is your life worldview like? Is it microscopic or macroscopic?

Our Lord Jesus Christ has the world in his heart.  

In Acts 1:7-8, Jesus commands his disciples with the following instruction: “It is not for

you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will

receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you and you will be my witnesses in

Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Today, our Lord Jesus has commissioned the church to share the Good News worldwide.

We are called to be “World-Class Christians!”

You were made for a mission. And you have the Great Commission responsibility.

I believe God is looking for women of vision “who can see” with their spiritual eyes and catch the wind of God’s Spirit. These women like the eagle are dependable, focused and fearless when it comes to their God given assignments.

I pray that God will bless us with the vision, dependability and boldness of an eagle to be used for kingdom work in these last days.

God bless,

Donna Valdez

UK/Ireland G.A.N.G. Girls

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Day 37- Sharing Your Life Message by Angie Cruz

Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony of God in them,

 God wants to speak to the world through you.

YOUR LIFE MESSAGE INCLUDES YOUR TESTIMONY.

            Years ago, I was bound by the hand of the enemy. I was involved in a miserable life of drugs and gang violence. At 15, I was pregnant. At 16, I was a teenage mother. My boyfriend, who is now my husband, physically and verbally abused me. It was a sad, bitter, lonely life. I felt there was no way out; no way someone can help me or set me free. Looking for a way out we left the gang, and we joined a car club. We thought we were headed for a new life, but it was the same old story with a different title. We were no longer claiming the gang, but we were claiming our car club. We were lost and hopeless.

            One day, an ex-homeboy, came and knocked at our house door. He offered us the one and only thing that could help us, he offered us the love of Jesus. He began to tell us that Jesus could give us happiness, joy, and freedom. All we needed to do was accept Jesus as our savior. So, I did. The instant I gave my life to Jesus, I felt that happiness, joy, freedom, and peace I could not get anywhere else. He not only rescued me from a life of pain and heartache, but he called me to the ministry.

YOUR LIFE MESSAGE INCLUDES YOUR LIFE LESSONS.

Through the death of my loving 25 year old Brother whom was shot & killed by a drive by shooting,,, 
also the death of my loving Mother struck w/ cancer,,,   I was able to value life my children, husband & friends. Because you see, We never know when the Lord will take them home.
one of my boys back slid, got involved in drugs his marriage destroyed, it was so painful to see my grandchildren heartbroken. Me having low self esteem, insecurities,,,, for reals.

YOUR LIFE MESSAGE INCLUDES SHARING YOUR GODLY PASSIONS.

 “GOD GIVES US PASSIONS SO THAT EVERYTHING HE WANTS DONE IN THE WORLD WILL GET DONE.”

            The importance of having Passion! A Passion to inspire others. We as regional leaders have Passion therefore we must transmit it to our women in leadership. They will catch it. We have a commitment with God, a task to evangelize and disciple to reach the hurting people of the world with a message of hope and the plan of Jesus Christ…

In these times of fasting and prayer I have an expectation, a desire that the rest of this year will be the best one ever. A time that our spirit is sensitive and we are filled with a brokenness in our heart. We must pray that God will give us a clear Vision that we remain focused and we may walk according to the plan and purpose of God in our lives. That we may do it with wisdom, humility, compassion, and above all passion, so, that everything we do may be with love, dedication, and joy.

God is a passionate God. He passionately loves some things and passionately hates other things. As we grow closer to him, He will give us a passion for something he cares about deeply. So, in turn, we can be spokesmen for him in the world. It may be a passion about a problem, a purpose, a principle, or a group of people. Whatever it is, you will feel compelled to speak up about it and do what you can to make a difference.  

Love,

Angie Cruz

POINT TO PONDER: God works best when I admit my weaknesses.
 
VERSE TO REMEMBER: “My grace is sufficient for you, my power is made perfect in weakness.”
 
QUESTION TO CONSIDER: Am I limiting God’s power in my life by trying to hide my weakness? What do I need to be honest about in order to help others?

 

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Day 36 – Made for a Mission by Eva Bernal

I don’t care about my own life.  The most important thing is that I complete my mission, the work that the Lord Jesus gave me—to tell people the good news about God’s grace.  Acts 20: 24

“Houston, we have a problem.” 

This was the infamous phrase coined after the Apollo 13 moon flight.  Originally it was a report of a life threatening fault.  Now it is used humorously to report any kind of problem.

I remember as a young girl in elementary school how intrigued I was with the first American astronaut to orbit the earth, John Glenn.  I have a copy of the full page newspaper report in my old scrapbook.  The paper is brittle and yellow now, showing its age.  (Yeah, I know what you’re thinking!)  But what I think I admired most about the event was the determination of this individual to stick to his goal and accomplish such a great feat.  There was much preparation made in order to orbit the earth in a space capsule, and great care went into making sure the mission was accomplished. 

So what’s the potential problem with understanding the mission we were made for?  Well, as Rick Warren explains it, we are actually responsible for a two-fold mission. 

The first mission is to the Body of Christ.  The second is to the lost world.

Why don’t we get this?  We are so comfortable “ministering” in our local church and yet neglecting the lost and dying outside the church walls.  And you know I don’t mean going out with an evangelistic team and standing on the street corner with a stack of flyers in our hands. I’m not saying corporate evangelism isn’t valid or necessary, it is.   But we need to win lost souls.  We need to.  Personally.   We need to lead people to Christ one soul at a time.  Not just in a neighborhood on the other side of town where they don’t know our life and our walk personally, but in our neighborhood where we live. How about winning souls at our job, our school, our market, or our favorite restaurant?  How about winning our earthly family, the ones who really know us? 

I think fear trips us up sometimes.  The fear of rejection, you know.  Or the lack of desire or compassion might be a problem.  Pastor Warren explains to us the Importance of the Mission and I really appreciate these two points:  Our Mission has Eternal Significance and Our Mission Gives our Life Meaning.  I don’t know, this is what does it for me, I guess.  Fears, rejection, lack of desire or compassion are such “of this world” emotions.  I’m stirred when the Holy Spirit reminds me I’m “not of this world” and I want to take others with me to the other world—to Heaven.

So at this time, I’m working on my next door neighbor. We’ve been chatting lately about this and that, but I have a plan.  When the time is ripe, I’m going to present the wonderful gospel to her.  In the meantime, I’m digging through my recipes to make her some butter ball cookies for Easter.  You know, there’s nothing like newborn babes in the Kingdom of God.  By the way, speaking of beautiful newborn babes………….

My grandson, Landon Bernal

Love you in Jesus,

Eva Bernal

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Day 35- God’s Power In Your Weakness by Athena Velazquez

5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born

I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” 6 “Ah,

Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.

” 7 But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must

Go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not

Be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the

LORD.  9 Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth

 and said to me, “Now, I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See,

today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear

down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.” Jeremiah 1:5-10

Admitting the “Thorn” in our lives

This chapter ministered to my life, as I read this chapter I began to

reflect on my life.  I reflected on High School, the UTC, Youth Ministry,

and Leadership, I always had this thorn of being “SHY”!

I would ditch a class in school if I had to give a presentation in class,

I would remember being so afraid to blast at a rally when I was in the

UTC, or ministering at my local church at Women’s Trainings.  The

difference between school and church was that I actually did not run

from the challenge in ministry, because I knew that God was in me and

it would be him operating in my life.

Paul admitted that he had a thorn, and everyone that reads God’s word

knows he had weaknesses but we all know as well that it was God that

worked in his life.  Paul is probably one of the characters in the bible that

most people in our ministry can relate to, for the simple reason that

in Paul’s weaknesses, God was made strong and glorified.

Being a Influence through our Weakness

I love this part in Day 35 of this book; the reason is that it provokes you to

allow God to use your weakness.  I remember always telling God in my prayers

that I just want to Him to be glorified through my life.  I knew that if I was doing

God’s Will that anyone who knew me would know that it was God’s power and

not my own and because of that people would know that God could do the same

in their lives.

We all have weaknesses, and our weaknesses come in different shapes and sizes, mine maybe being shy and yours can be something else.  A weakness is whatever limits you and you can do nothing to change it.  This is why God is so awesome cause God is not limited by our limitations.

We have got to be ok with our weaknesses cause God has deliberately given them to us in order to demonstrate his power through us.

Let’s allow God to be glorified in our lives as he continues to use the weak to shame the strong.

27But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”                          1 Corinthians 1:27 (NIV)

 “If we stay focused on our weaknesses we just might miss our destiny”

Being used through my weaknesses,

 Athena Velazquez

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