Carla Y. Nix

Walking In My Purpose

Posts Tagged ‘purpose’

Working Together For Your Good

Posted by hashiki on January 15, 2009

Just like John 3:16, I believe that most people (well many) can rattle off to you from the top of their heads Romans 8:28.   Don’t feel bad if you can’t, just open the link and read.  You’ll say, “oh yeah, I know those words”.  Many times we speak them and read them, and they are just words to us.  Good words.  Encouraging words.  We even speak them, particularly Romans 8:28, as an affirmation and a statement of faith, when we are facing uncertain and trying times.

Today, I am rejoicing at a divine realization and ephiphany that God has made clear to me regarding Romans 8:28 in my life. 

Read the rest of this entry »

Advertisements

Posted in Christian Living, faith, Just Plain Life! | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

THERE’S A PURPOSE FOR EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE

Posted by hashiki on December 2, 2008

fall-of-autumn-leaves-wallpaperI am not a cold weather person.  I truly, truly, most definitely detest the cold and dreary atmosphere of Winter.  I don’t normally enjoy Autumn either.  However, I do love the beautiful vibrant natural colors that we see on the leaves on trees, and on the ground.

My personality is such that I am pretty much an extremist. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Christian Living, faith, Just Plain Life! | Tagged: , , , , , | 6 Comments »

It’s Not About Me

Posted by hashiki on November 30, 2008

We are all called by God for His purpose.  There are three (3) levels of our overall calling:

1.  We are called to Salvation

2.  We are called to Preparation

3.  We are called to Service

In that order!  We all have a work to do.  But not just any work.  Not even our own work.  But God’s work.  And He calls us in the above order for us to accomplish this work.

We say it all of the time.  I know that I do…………..”It’s not about me”.  And for me, I mean that.  But, it has now taken on a new complexity for me.  A higher level of dimension.  A stronger meaning!

My prayer has long, and even up to recently, been “Lord, help me to do my work.  Help me to do all of this work.  Help me to do my life assignments.”  And I meant those words sincerely.  But, now I realize that my prayer has to change to, and mean, “Lord, help me to do YOUR work.”

Once we accept salvation, we must then go into the ongoing phase of preparation before we can adequately serve.  Way too often, we are eager to serve, but we are reluctant about accepting the preparation period.  It can’t work like that.

When God calls us, He does so with the end in mind.  He knows the outcome.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) 

The KJV of that verse also states that He knows His thoughts towards us with an “expected end”.  He knows the outcome.  Therefore, when He calls us to do something, He knows that we can do it.  He knows this simply because He is God, but also because He equips us.  He has set up and ordained our PREPARATION. 

That is what ANOINTING is.  Some think that, as in Old Testament times, it is something that is only bestowed upon certain people (i.e., Kings, Prophets).  See, they were set apart and distinguished from others to do God’s work.  But, that was under the dispensation of the Law…….we are now under Grace, and God anoints His children.

Your anointing is what enables you to perform the work of God.  Unfortunately, that anointing isn’t always apparent or visible because we don’t allow God to fully work through us.  We want to work and act on our own, and then ask God to follow us and help us.

If we subject and submit ourselves to His anointing, it would be blaringly clear to all.  We have to allow ourselves to receive the preparation that is necessary to make us successful in His service.  Too often, we want the title, but we don’t want to do the work that is necessary to deserve it. 

Preparation is not always easy.  It hurts sometimes.  I can always go back to the very true analogy of a woman giving birth.  A couple of weeks ago, I heard Joyce Meyer speak of a very “smart, intelligent, well-learned, highly educated, and successful” lady that she knew.  She said that when the woman became pregnant with her first child (and it was probably her last), she would share with Joyce her fears.  She would say that she was so afraid that the labor and childbirth would hurt.  Joyce told her, “Let me relieve your fears.  It will!”  She told her that she didn’t have to carry that fear anymore……….oh, not the fear of the pain of labor …. but the fear of thinking that it would indeed hurt!

Labor is the body’s way of preparation for childbirth.  Yes, it hurts!  Don’t let anyone fool you……it hurts!  But, look at the beautiful result of all of that pain.  We soon forget the pain and begin to rejoice over the birth of our blessing.

Preparation……..often hurts!  It gets us ready, fit, and certified to do the work that God has called us to.

We can take comfort in God’s words to Jeremiah.  He knows us.  He took the intimate act of forming us.  He made us.  He has given us what we need.  We don’t have to be afraid.  We should go forth and do what He has for us to do.

This is our purpose.  To fulfill God’s purpose for our lives!

Blessings!

Carla

 

Posted in Christian Living, faith | Tagged: , , , , | Leave a Comment »

STIR UP THE GIFT!

Posted by hashiki on November 29, 2008

“A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.” Proverbs 18:16 KJV

“If you are intelligent but are not exercising your gift, you’re probably going to be poor. If you’re educated but have not developed your talent, you’re likely going to be depressed, frustrated, and tired.” ~ Dr. Myles Monroe

I can remember as far back as 28 years ago, my pastor would often say to me, “Your gift will make room for you.” At that young age of 17, I did not know what gift he was talking about (I didn’t know what my gift was), nor did I know how it would make room for me. All in all, I had absolutely no idea what Pastor Washington was talking about.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Christian Living, faith, Just Plain Life! | Tagged: , , , | 2 Comments »

THE LIVES THAT NEVER WERE

Posted by hashiki on September 10, 2008

I had an interesting conversation with Anaiah (my 10 year old daughter) this morning as I combed her hair for school.  I don’t know why or how this particular subject came up, but it did.  We ended up talking about the names that were selected for my children should they have been another gender.

See, unlike most expectant parents today, I did not know the gender of my babies until they were born.  When Jerry and Tiffanie were born in 1985 and 1987, routine ultrasounds were not conducted.  They were only done as a part of treatment, I suppose, if something was wrong during the pregnancy.  When I was pregnant with Anaiah in 1997, I did have regular ultrasounds because my pregnancy was considered a high risk one.  I was OLD – (smile)  – I was 35 during the pregnancy, turned 36 less than a week after the birth.  But, I also had hypertension by then as well.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in faith, Just Plain Life! | Tagged: , | Leave a Comment »