“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” Famous words from the beloved Forrest Gump. I find truth in these words because as they say “Life can change in the blink of an eye.” Life is full of surprises and can quickly change directions, but for me it doesn’t end there.

Life is not just endless days full of surprises and lack of direction. There is purpose and a beautiful story for each of us. God lovingly authored our stories even before we were born and reveals each chapter in His perfect timing. Our lives are made of ordinary as well as extraordinary days. Our story trumps uncertainty and lack of direction when we join in union with God’s story.

This year God chose the word “Purpose” as my OneWord. It always surprises me when God starts leaving hints especially when He waits until the last minute. A conversation with my daughter-in-law who mentioned the word “purpose” started the ball rolling. When I heard the word “purpose”, it triggered the sound of bells (really, it was quite amazing!). Then several morning devotionals focused on purpose as well as Scriptures placed strategically in my line of vision. God is so good.

Embracing a word for the year allows God to take you on a journey that only God truly knows the ending. He grants you new opportunities to grow in relationship with Him and refines you piece by piece. This year the journey involves purpose and is one that I have no doubt will refine who I am in Christ. I imagine there will be twists and turns along the way. As Forrest Gump said, “life is like a box of chocolates” but I would like to add that with God we will know what we are getting-unfailing love, hope for the future, endless peace and the gift of grace.

Our purpose, when aligned with Christ’s, will always lead us home. A place where we are known, loved and treasured. As 2017 begins, I am seeking purpose for my life, knowing that when I seek God with my whole being, God will uncover my story and lead me closer to Him. My purpose is not just the reason I exist, but is my identity in Christ. I can’t think of a better way to grow in purpose this year than to seek God first before all other things.

My verse this year is from Ephesians 1 and is a reminder of how we are known in Christ and His design for us for glorious living.

It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. Ephesians 1:11-12 MSG

As I step out in purpose, I pray for all of you beautiful readers.

Heavenly Father,

May your purpose be the one we seek in our everyday lives.

May your desire for us to be known join our desire to know you deeper.

Draw us ever closer to you this year as we step out and into the story you have for each of us.

We are so grateful for the gift of grace and redemption you grant us daily.

We love and praise you! Amen.

Stepping forward in grace and purpose!

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