Sunday, May 23, 2010

{Scripture Challenge 2} Challenge Word #11, Purpose

Challenge Word #11: Purpose

Dictionary.com defines purpose as “the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc.”

So, what is your purpose in life? Is it to glorify God in all you do? Do you know God’s purpose for your life or are you constantly searching for something? We are to bring glory to God in all we do thus leading others to Him. God will use every person for His purpose and to display His glory. He will use our obedience and our disobedience. Think of how God used even Pharaoh to display His purpose and power. Exodus 9:16 says “But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” As God sent each of the plagues, His power was displayed and His name was proclaimed. If you have time, I encourage you to read Exodus 9-12:30.

We can plan all we want. Some of us would even love to see God’s billboard that tells us His purpose for us but as Proverbs 19:21 says “Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.” Are you a planner? Do you know where you are going each day? Are you seeking His purpose or are you busy, busy, busy but not really getting anywhere?

And how about suffering? Even in our suffering, He has a purpose. Do you look “up” when you suffer or do you turn to the world? Do you seek His purpose for the suffering or do you wallow in self pity and complain to others? There is no doubt that suffering is painful but it is temporary, and the delights of God’s glory will last forever. Romans 8:18 says “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”

God has a purpose in everything He does and in every life He creates. He gives each of us gifts, talents, and abilities. We are to use them for His purpose and His glory. Are you doing that? Will you ask Him where He wants to use you in the days and months ahead? Ask Him to help you follow His purpose for you. He will do that; just ask! Philippians 2:13 says “For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.”

For my page this week, I used several different paper companies (Webster's Pages, October Afternoon, and Paper Trey Ink). I also used three different stamp sets from Layers of Colors--Butterfly Collector, Flutterescent, and Creative Flourish. I used Versamark to decorate the PTI cardstock with the Creative Flourish stamp.
Papers: Webster's Pages Seaside Retreat & Garden Gala pack, Paper Trey Ink kraft cs, October Afternoon Thrift Shop
Stamps: Layers of Color Butterfly Collector, Layers of Color Flutterescent, Layers of Color Creative Flourish
Stamp Ink: Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress Ink vintage photo, SU creamy caramel
Embellishments: Stickles platinum, Melissa Frances lace, Basic Grey Piper microchip alpha stickers, Hero Arts flowers, SEI rhinestone brads, sewing machine


For my scriptures, I chose Proverbs 19:21 and Philippians 2:13 (both listed above). And if you have read this far, then you will be excited to know that for this challenge I am giving away a RAK! For anyone that completes a page for {Challenge 11, Purpose} and uploads it via Inlinkz below by Saturday, June 5th, at 11:59 p.m. CST, you will be entered in a drawing to win the following goodies:
This might be your first week joining in on the challenge or it may be your third year following these challenges. Whatever it is--awesome! Just upload your page for this challenge, and be entered to win!

Now remember, when sharing your page for this challenge be sure to use Keyword SCRC210 when posting in galleries. Also, please leave a link here using our new link system by Inlinkz!

I pray you enjoy seeking God and His purpose for you! And remember to see all of our previous lessons, visit this post here. I will be back with another study on June 6th along with the name of our RAK winner! Joyfully in Jesus,



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6 comments:

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [23 May 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Danielle said...

Patter!!!!! I so miss you :) You are always in my thoughts and prayers. I hope that you and your family are well.

Grace said...

Great page Patter! I love the Scriptures you chose and your colors are so beautiful!!! Thanks for all you do to share the love of God through your work!!!

Gwen said...

This was a fun one for me, love the verse I found while searching! It brought back good memories of how God really showed my family His purposes for them! He can be trusted!!

Melissa said...

love your card and the verse you chose. thanks for sharing!

NickelNook said...

Your page is wonderful Patter! Webster's Pages and October Afternoon are two of my favorites! I just love your verses and your sharing...thank you! I've been busy, busy and have this page up now too! I did not want to be late again!lol...Nancy :o)

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