FiveMinuteFriday _ Purpose


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On this date 37 years ago, he laid on that operating table, chest closed, waiting to wake up. He didn’t wake up. His life over. His purpose fulfilled. He was my dad.

It’s an honor to remember him each year on this date, to remember his purpose. He was a Young man. He was a father. He was a hard worker. He was a provider. He was even a pioneer. Because he was brave enough to offer his heart to his surgeon to practice bypass surgery. Because of him, and others like him, people today have successful heart surgeries. Even now, 37 years later, his purpose ripples on.

I didn’t know him for very long. 16 years. He was a good dad. Always encouraging me to pursue life by his example. And through his illness, I discovered my life’s work, My purpose. I am a nurse as a direct result of my dad’s illness. How amazing is that?

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Happy FiveMinuteFriday!

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August10

Arizona. Arizona. I’m in love with a place. Is it even possible to be in love with a place? I think yes. 

When #1 suggested Arizona, I was secretly screaming yes!  The Lord knows how much I wanted to go again. Somewhere. Anywhere! 

Now I’m here and it’s even better than I ever dreamed possible. But God is in the business of giving us more than we could ever dream possible. Isn’t he?

I found a church. I’m overjoyed with the church “I found.”

I knew. Deep, deep down in the bottom of my soul. Where the Spirit lives inside me. That this was going to be a new chapter in my story. That the Lord has something for me here in Arizona. 

2 Sundays in. I’ve already connected with a couple of great people at church. 1 of whom is a pastor. They’re starting a healthcare ministry. A healthcare ministry!

Statistically speaking. Only 37% of the population of Arizona does religion. 19% are catholic. 5% are other denominations. Phoenix is the 9th least  Bible believing city in the USA! NYC is the 10th least. That means more people in the Big Apple believe the Bible is true. Crazy! 

You guys! I’m so excited! This is the beginning of something big! Something amazing!

Today the pastor reminded me I am an exile on earth. My citizenship is in heaven. But while I’m an exile here, I can still do something. 

““Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”

‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:4-7‬ ‭ESV‬‬

I’m here for a reason. I can’t wait to see what happens! All in Lord! All in!

Happy Monday!

transformed by renewing my mind_day 23

One year ago, I said goodbye to a dream. I left Africa because the Lord said it was time for me to go home. I left people I loved, who loved me too, impossible me.

It has not been an easy transition for me, this coming home. Sometimes I still feel like a displaced person, not knowing where I belong.

I’m still having trouble accepting the Lord’s plan for me right now. It all seems so unimportant next to the dream of Africa. But this is not the way to think. Life carries on regardless of where I am.

And this kind of thinking is purely selfish as I know my family is very happy to have me here.

Last year, the Lord said come home, rest for a year, take care of yourself. Well, the year is up. I sure do hope He has something amazing for me to do this next year. I sure hope He puts a new dream in my heart, a new idea.

Here I am Lord!

His… Michelle
Philippians 1:20

This is day 23 of #Write31Days.Also sharing with the Thought Provoking Thursday crowd.

All posts can be found here.