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I’ve had several jobs during my life time – dish washer, waitress, data entry clerk, surgical technician, and a career as a registered nurse. With each of these positions, there was always something lacking. I felt a yearning for something more, a feeling that I was meant to be doing something else. Deep down inside I knew what it was. I knew because I had been doing it since the age of ten. The something else I was meant to do was write.

It began with poetry, and then progressed to short stories – just a page or two. I remember walking into bookstores and seeing the selection of books displayed on the tables. I told myself that one day my book would be displayed on one of those tables as well.

By the time I was in my early twenties, I was a data entry clerk by day and an aspiring freelance writer by night. I submitted short stories to various magazine publications on a regular basis – and was rejected by them just as often. I also freelanced for a local newspaper for a brief period of time.

I tried to remain faithful to my purpose. I enrolled in the university and majored in mass communications. But life has a way of distracting you. At the time, I was a divorced mother of three with a full-time job (that had nothing to do with writing by the way). I became exhausted trying to juggle school, family and work so I chose to discontinue my education.

After working for eight years as a data entry clerk, I returned to college and became a surgical/ob technician, later graduating with a degree as a registered nurse (again…nothing to do with writing).

In 2008, my youngest child graduated from high school. I continued working as a nurse until the restlessness began two years later. I realized that my dream of becoming a published author remained unfulfilled. Sure, I had freelanced for a local newspaper briefly, but I wanted to write a book. My unfulfilled prediction of seeing my own book sitting on a table in a bookstore began to nag at my soul.

I had worked as a nurse for sixteen years, and maintained an on again/off again relationship with writing that had lasted for more than forty-one years. I began to ponder why I had pursued a career as a registered nurse instead of pursuing my dream of becoming a writer.

I looked to God for the answer and for His guidance, and I found it in Revelations Chapter 4, Verse 11: “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Through these words of wisdom, I came to understand why my purpose had remained unfulfilled.

Although God had instilled the gift of writing in me, it had not been my time to use it. I had strayed away from Him, and had abused the gift He’d given me by using it to write about ungodly things. Once I rededicated myself to Jesus Christ, the new me began to infuse itself into my writing.

After eight months of prayer, I ended my nursing career and fully embraced my God- given purpose. I began writing for the glory of God. My affirmation that I was on the right track came when my debut novel Yesterday’s Eyes was published in 2012.

Today, as I journey through the second half of my life, I continue to fulfill my purpose. I have a part time job that involves writing ninety percent of the time, I am a freelance content writer, and I have recently expanded my purpose to include the world of content editing which I discovered I enjoy a great deal.

Trusting in the Lord has become a lesson in faith and a victory for me. With God’s help, I am able to identify and remove anything that threatens to distract me from my true purpose. I now reject the toxicity of phrases like ‘later’, ‘one day’, and ‘when I retire’.

Today is the day!

Through my writing, I can be used by God for His glory over and over. Fulfilling my purpose has not made me financially rich, but I am rich in spirit and I am doing what I was meant to do. Even though it took forty-one years for me to embrace my true purpose, I can say quite happily, “Better late than never”.

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A troubled spirit combined with a fragile heart keeps the soul in a state of weariness. You might pretend that everything is alright but you can never be delivered from this type of bondage by pretending.

As a work in progress, I continually pray the same prayer that David prayed in Psalms 51:10: “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” (KJV)

Through the power of Jesus, your spirit can be renewed. Your heart can be cleansed from all the negative, unproductive clutter that’s been residing in it.

These lyrics from the song “Awesome” by Pastor Charles Jenkins say it all:

“My God is Awesome

He can move mountains

Keep me in the valley

Hide me from the rain

My God is Awesome

Heals me when I’m broken

Strength where I’ve been weakened

Forever He will reign…”

If you’re still dealing with a mountain of burdens, if you feel like you’re drowning in the storms of life, if you’re feeling broken and weak, and you’re still holding on to memories of mistreatment from the past, it’s time to let go.

It’s time to let Jesus shine His light into the dark recesses of your heart. Let Him remove all the neatly organized grudges you’ve been holding onto.

Suppression can be fatal.

The feelings you’ve been harboring in your heart are manifesting themselves in the form of:

Depression

Obesity

Strife

Heart disease

High blood pressure

Stomach ulcers

Addictions, and a host of other physical and mental ailments.

If God has blessed you to see another day, it is because He is giving you another opportunity to surrender yourself to Jesus and be delivered.

2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”  (KJV)

Today is your day. Be delivered from the old you and start enjoying the new you – the one who’s been finally set free.

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He Is

This poem is contributed by Fatima Manson, poet and freelance-editor:

Magnificent as He is
He is downgraded by many
The Creator of all things
But discredited by plenty
Mysterious yet seen
Denied and misread
He is forever crucified
Though His life He bled
His truth is ignored
And His name worshiped in vain
Forgotten by some
Still His love remains
He is a protector and healer
The warmth from the cold
Yet his word is taken for granted
As just another tale to be told
He lives within a realm
Some don’t think exist
They uphold scientific theories
While His seven days get dismissed
He left behind the manual for life
But we still cry anxious tears
How can one think there is no God?
Look around, His evidence is quite clear

© 2013 Fatima Manson

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Proverbs 4:23

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

 

Someone said, “What goes into the mind comes out in a life.” What kind of life are you living? Is it a life that puts Jesus Christ first?

How we live is a direct reflection of what we think and how we feel. A tree is known by the fruit it produces. And a bitter tree never produces anything sweet. Our private thoughts and feelings don’t lie.

But we do.

Some folks try to put on a warm and loving façade, but if their heart is cold, it’s just a matter of time before an icy chill begins to infiltrate the space around them.

Sometimes, it only takes seconds. Because a cold heart can not emit anything warm.

Today. It’s time for a change. It’s time for YOUR change.

You are still here, and God is still waiting. You don’t know what tomorrow is bringing, so don’t let your life be in vain.

Today. Understand that what you need is deliverance, deliverance from a cold heart, deliverance from dark and unkind thoughts, deliverance from unforgiveness, deliverance from bitterness – all rotten fruit.

Take the first step to freeing yourself. Surrender to the Saviour, and He will set you free.

Jesus tells us He is “the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6 (KJV)

Come out of the rotten ruins of darkness. Step into the light. Be healed. And be free.

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To satisfy the soul we must seek the eternal – not the temporal.

There are too many choices in the world today; most of them having to do with satisfying our fleshly desires. From clothing to furniture and everything in between, we are bombarded with options.

Take a simple thing like vanilla ice cream. When I go to the grocery store to buy a ½ gallon of vanilla ice cream, that’s all I want. But I must first sift through the different types of vanilla. I am offered French vanilla, vanilla bean, New York flavor, Home style, or soft churned (I’m sure I’m forgetting some).

We need to be careful not to get caught up in the materialistic whirlwind that will never provide satisfaction for the soul. Some of you are still dealing with that void. It’s still there, and you wonder why. That’s because it’s a spiritual void and you keep trying to fill it up with worldly things. It doesn’t work.

Our souls require spiritual food that can only come from the Word of God. And when we begin to receive His word on a regular basis and allow Jesus Christ to dwell within us, then and only then does that void begin to close.

Take inventory. Look at all your things. Then take a look inside.

Matthew 6:19-21 tells us, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  (NIV)

Now vanilla ice cream is a small example. And it’s not a sin to acquire things. The message is, let us be careful not to place heartfelt allegiance to the material things of this world – things that have no eternal significance. For in doing so we give our Father in Heaven a clear message that our heart is not with Him. And there can never be any satisfaction of the soul under those conditions.

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To Be Continued

We all have a story to tell. Never mind the beginning chapters; how will your story end?

Will it end with you being the same way – broke down, lost and confused – that you were at the beginning of the book? Or will you end on a triumphant note, standing tall, knowing at last who you are, why you were created, and where you’re headed.

The first few chapters of your novel may be painful, filled with all sorts of emotional issues and baggage weighing you down. Page 119 might take us with you on your treacherous journey through quicksand, but page 207 might find us standing along side you on solid, not sinking, ground.

That’s your story.

Someone else’s story might take them a little longer to reach victory. We may have to suffer with them through 300 pages of stumbling across rocky ground. And page 305 might find them still stumbling.

To those I say, put on the whole armour of God. The enemy is not playing with you. You need to get geared up.

Ephesians 6:13-17 tells us, “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:” (KJV)

Can you see the metaphor? The whole armour of God – that’s the protection of God in the form of His truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and Word (Bible). Clinging to all of these becomes our armour, our protection. It’s no wonder that we are told in Isaiah 54:17, “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper;…”

How will your story end? How do you want it to end? Surrender yourself to Jesus Christ. Trust and obey Him. He will grant you everlasting life – and that’s what I call a happy ending!

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A Truthful Life

We are always a work in progress. But through Christ’ strength, we can live a blameless life.

The Word tells us that if we will humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord, He will lift us up.  (James 4:10 KJV)

It calls for a surrendering of our own will and an obedience to Christ. 

By His lifting us up, Christ proves Philippians 4:13 -“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” – to be true. 

Yes, we are constantly a work in progress. But if we say we love the Lord, let us not make excuses for unjustifiable behavior. Let us continue striving to stay on the pathway of righteousness, settling for nothing less than a truthful life.

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