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WELCOME AUTHOR KRIS VALDEZ
Saturday, July 8, 2017 by Patti Shene

 

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Kris Valdez

 

What is your purpose? If I asked you, what has God created you for, would you have an answer? If you don’t you’re in the right place. If you do, then you’re also in the right place because we can refine it and push it forward. How do we discover our purpose, refine it and move it forward? Here are three steps to start penning our purpose.

 

1.Get alone with God. Find a spot free from distractions. Yes, this is challenge with all the beeps, tweets, tags, and pings we can get from our devices. It seems as if everything is an emergency and should have been handled yesterday. However, I challenge us to let go of what feels urgent for a little while and settle into what is important. Quieting the world and tuning into the still, small voice aching to be heard by our hearts. God wants nothing more than to give us wisdom. James 1:5 (NIV) says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” He freely gives wisdom and direction to all who ask. Wisdom isn’t just for the person preaching on television or only for the woman at church who seems to have it all together, you know the one I’m talking about. God is generous with His gifts and you are included in the word, “all”. The woman who has it all together is most certainly not me, but when I get alone with God, I’m filled with His presence and peace, which has allowed me to move along on to the next step in penning my purpose.?

2.Write it down. I have prayer journals piled on my bookshelf filled with my requests and rants to God. Only recently have I taken time out at the end of my journaling to begin listening to God. I leave space in the early morning dawn to sit quietly and write down what I’m hearing from God. It might have nothing to do with what I wrote about earlier or it might provide a glimpse into how I’m supposed to fix a problem which I played a part in or it might be a day for correction, which aren’t my favorite but deeply needed on my journey drawing closer to God. This exercise may seem awkward at first, at least it was for me. Ask God for the ability to hear His unique voice created especially for you. He created only one of you, so His voice has a connection to your heart meant for you and you alone. How God speaks to me, will not be how He speaks to you. Write down what you hear. In time, you and God will grow in tune with one another and this divine experience will become easier. Even if what you hear seems weird, go with it. God knows your heart and will speak to you. Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV) says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” This time of seeking God’s voice has become one of my favorite times of day and on some occasions has lasted even longer than the concerns I’ve laid at the cross. God knows the days when I need a little more encouragement and then there are the days where I need a little more movement, which leads to the last step.

3. Live it out. After we’ve heard from God, He expects action to follow the purpose He’s put on our lives. We could be the most brilliant author, but if we don’t put the words to page crafting the story God has put in our hearts, we are not living out our purpose. Even if the story is only meant for us and God, if He has called us to write it, we must. Living out the purpose we penned is about obedience and leaving the results up to God. In Proverbs 16:9 (NKJV), it says, “A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.” When we allow the Lord to direct our steps, we can rest assured that we are living out our purpose. If you need help staying on the journey to living it out, consider an accountability partner such as a friend, family member, someone in your church or even hire a coach to keep you moving forward in your purpose?

I challenge you to pen your purpose by getting alone with God, writing it down and living it out. Share in the comments below how you’ve penned your purpose to encourage others on their journey.

 

Kris Valdez is an award winning, certified coach, published author, and experienced speaker. She writes weekly on her blog at NotPerfectButPresent.com where she teaches women how to pursue their dreams authentically and in the present moment while honoring God.

 


Comments

Melissa Henderson From MechanicsvilleVA At 7/9/2017 1:26:51 PM

Thank you for this reminder to journal my thoughts and ideas. Prayer requests, prayer praises and every day thoughts are important to journal. I enjoy reading the writings that have been passed down from my parents. My parents are in heaven now. I am thankful to have their written thoughts.

Patti Shene From At 7/9/2017 10:52:30 AM

Hi Patty. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment for Kris.

Patty Wiseman From Texas At 7/9/2017 10:38:04 AM

Very uplifting blog! Well done!

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WHAT DOES ADVENT MEAN TO YOU?
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WELCOME AUTHOR PEG PHIFER
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WELCOME AUTHOR JANET K. BROWN
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AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY WRAPS UP PURE GENIUS SERIES
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SIX
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WELCOME AUTHOR BILL GARRISON
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WHAT DO YOU MISS?
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FIVE
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10/25/2014

DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
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WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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POINT TO POINT TO POINT
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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9/19/2014

BY THE NUMBERS
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WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
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WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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8/30/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
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WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
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8/16/2014

SITTING IDLE
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It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
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7/26/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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7/20/2014

WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
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7/14/2014

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
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6/27/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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6/20/2014

UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
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6/16/2014

REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
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6/7/2014

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
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5/30/2014

SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
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WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
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MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
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4/19/2014

PLAY BALL!
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4/17/2014

JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
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4/12/2014

ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
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THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
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3/29/2014

HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
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3/26/2014

HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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3/22/2014

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
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3/19/2014

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
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3/15/2014

WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
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3/13/2014

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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3/8/2014

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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3/1/2014

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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2/22/2014

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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2/15/2014

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
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2/12/2014

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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Baby, It's Cold Outside!
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2/5/2014

A Matter of Perspective
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2/1/2014

Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
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1/25/2014

Monopoly!
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1/21/2014

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
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1/17/2014

What Did You Mean By That?
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Wildlife Video
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1/10/2014

My Best Reads of 2013
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The Dumbest Kid in School
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1/3/2014

Good-bye to 2013
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1/1/2014

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
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12/22/2013

One Spectacular Christmas Display
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Where are You Going This Advent Season?
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Shared Experience
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11/24/2013

Facing the Monster
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10/25/2013

Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
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I'll Be Happy When...
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5/14/2013

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
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5/5/2013

I Can't Do This!
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5/2/2013

BREAKING THE RULES
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4/28/2013

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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4/21/2013

Vulnerability to Fear
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4/17/2013

Faith and Fear
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4/15/2013

Those Temporary Interruptions
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2/21/2013

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
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2/7/2013

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
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2/3/2013

Taking Stock
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1/30/2013

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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1/26/2013

Winter - Bah Humbug!
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1/22/2013

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
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1/16/2013

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
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1/12/2013

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
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1/9/2013

The last Day of the Christmas Season
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1/5/2013

Accountability in the Extreme
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1/2/2013

The day after Christmas
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12/26/2012

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
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12/22/2012

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
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Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
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Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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12/12/2012

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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12/8/2012

News From Nashville & Beyond
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12/4/2012

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
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11/13/2012

Welcome Home!
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11/13/2012

Confessions of a first book editor
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Going Home
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11/13/2012

GPCWC in Restospect
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11/13/2012

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
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11/13/2012

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
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11/13/2012

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
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11/13/2012

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
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11/13/2012

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
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