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My Life Recipe
September 5, 2014

What’s My life recipe?

Why am I really here?  What’s my purpose, and where do I fit in?   How can I know what God REALLY wants me to do?  AHHHHH!!!!!

I think everyone asks these questions from time to time but I’ve spent a great deal of my life insecure about the answers.  I was constantly seeking confirmation and direction from others to help me figure it all out.  My search for significance was outward not upward.

God does want me asking those questions – but only to HIM.  We are all designed to seek purpose in life and God actually intends for us to be driven by that desire but not to be anxious about it or try and create our own opportunities.   I think for a long time I was motivated by fear – what if I don’t discover what I’m good at or why God put me here in the first place?   And that’s precisely where Satan wanted to keep me – doubting and insecure.  

God had other plans.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.  As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”  Isaiah 55:8-9

The answers to my “greater life purpose recipe” actually came through a health crisis I experienced.  Over the course of a year, God taught me above all else to seek His Presence, not understanding.  Once I’m faithful with that, He can trust me with a little more of the larger plan for my life.  I think I get too caught up in the “Big Picture” that I forget all the little daily things that contribute to that big picture coming together.  I was expecting the “gourmet dish” without all the necessary ingredients that are used to make it.

So, at my lowest point in the health crisis, when I felt totally abandoned and I cried out to God – He did not disappoint.  I suddenly had the image of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night he was betrayed.   He took his disciples, (I had my friends and family), then he took just his chosen 3, (I had my close family), but then there came the point when he knew his Heavenly Father was calling him to go alone.  I was in that place and I felt God say to me,  “I need you to realize that I am ALL you need.  You and I need to go to a place together where no one else can go.  We need to work on some things together and you will see that I AM sufficient.  Seek Me first and I promise you will find that I alone am enough.”  

“I am He, I am He who will sustain you.  I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”  Isaiah 46:4

And so some healing began.  Ingredient by ingredient, He began to reveal a little bit of my “greater life purpose recipe”.  All the books I was reading, the Bible studies I was researching, the sermons I listened to, the songs I heard, all of them were starting to come together to reveal that recipe.  Then the “taste test came”.  That’s not fun.  He needed to make sure I was following the recipe correctly and that I understood why each ingredient was critical for the finished dish.  

So what have I learned so far about my purpose?  I’ve learned God starts small.  

1).  Be faithful everyday with what God has given me to do today.  The life I live each day is the training ground for whatever the grander plan is.  Yeah, maybe it seems routine and boring but it certainly is NOT insignificant.  Oh no, NOTHING we do is insignificant and EVERYTHING has a purpose.  So I must do those daily things with all my heart.  

2).  Be willing to get dirty!  Self -examination is key to figuring out what needs to be tweaked in my recipe.  I started to get up early every morning and do my Bible study and pray.  Intentionally choosing God each day to walk with me.  I began to memorize verses like Psalm 143:8 “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul”.  And all of Psalm 139.

We all have a grand purpose for being here and for some, it’s a burning desire to figure out and for others it’s scary.  Scary because of what God might require of us.  But know this, if God called you to it, He’ll walk you through it.  His plans, while at times scary and difficult, are always for our good and the best plan there is.  Once you start seeing some of the fruit from an obedient life, and glimpses of your grand plan it’s hard to contain your desire to be fully surrendered and committed to the process of refining.

So as it turns out, my life recipe is addicting, sweet and worth every ounce of  difficulty to discover and refine each ingredient.  It’s not done yet, but at least now I’m confident of who the real “Master Chef” is.  Thank goodness it’s not me and that He’s not done yet!!


“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well”.   Psalm 139: 13-14

Father, we thank you for your love for us, and for the longing you give us to find our greater purpose in life.  Help us Lord to know you, and to seek our purpose in you.  You alone know the plans you have for us.  Lord, there will be so many women who will be attending Living Proof Live who are in seasons of pain and suffering, feeing abandoned and asking why.  We lift these sweet sisters up to you, and ask that you draw them into a quiet place with you; into the only place where the answers they are seeking can be found.  We love you Father, and we will praise you in times of peace and abundance and in the midst of your refining fire. Teach us your ways that we might be a people who bring glory to your name! It is in that sweet name that we pray, amen.

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