Thursday 25 January 2018

Finding Purpose
Finding purpose dispute your pain and struggles

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Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God;

I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. ~ Isaiah 41:10

Did you hear that I'm writing a book?

I know, kind of crazy.

Really crazy actually. I'm excited and terrified by it all. This has been a physically and emotionally difficult process and have been filled with such doubt throughout this past year about what I am doing.

Purpose has been on my mind quite a bit. Wanting to know if I am on the right track, am I making a difference, am I completing of completeing what I think is in front of me?

I had set a deadline to submit the manuscript of my book to the publisher on December 14th 2017. As that day neared friends encouraged me to lift the pressure off of myself and extend that deadline. My husband urged the same when he saw me sitting in my office late into the evening frustrated with myself when the words wouldn't come and the clock loudly ticked the passing minutes of the last hours of the deadline. I knew that I wasn't ready, the book wasn't ready, and my friends and husband were right.

So, I pushed off my deadline. Twice.

I am so very close to being finished and though I know that this manuscript will never be 100% perfect I want it to be something good, inspirational even.

With a very full life and some physical limitations it's creation has been slow. But I am proud of myself for not setting it aside and giving up. I find ideas throughout my days and write myself notes and reminders of the things I want to share in the pages of the book as they come to mind. And when I do have a couple of hours to focus on placing those thoughts and words into it's pages I take that opportunity. Little by little progress is being made on this book. I am learning patience with myself .... with snippets of fear and frustration mingled in between :)

Today I was blessed with an afternoon to sit at the computer and write about p

urpose, and knowing that we all still have a reason and a calling no matter how difficult life may seem or how very much you may struggle to simply get through your day. Although I expand on the thought more in the chapter, and pray that someday you can read these words and those that tail after it in the pages of my book, for now I want to place those first words here for any of you who may be feeling a little lost and unsure of the direction you should take ....

Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God;

I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. ~ Isaiah 41:10

What uplifting words these are! Because of this assurance I have joy and purpose, two beautiful edifying elements of this life that are available to everyone.


The word can seems so big and intimidating. We all want to know our reason for being. But what if our purpose isn't that complicated or scary? What if it we knew we could have an inspiring impact on someone else simply because we were there, diligently stepping through our day in joy?

Do more than just exist. You can live a full and worthwhile life despite your struggles, and perhaps you will find that you have that full life because of them!

* My book My New Normal: Learning to Thrive with Chronic Illness can be purchased at Westbow and Amazon or most other online retailers.