Guarding Your God-Given Purpose without Apology

March 13, 2023

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It’s time to guard your God-given purpose with intensity. Let’s talk about it with Nicole O. Salmon

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Stop Obsessing Over the Impressive Stuff

I’ve always asked the Lord to do big, impressive stuff in my life. And to be honest, when He doesn’t answer the way I want Him to, I begin to feel defeated. I have a feeling I’m not the only one.

So, if we’re going to grow in integrity, one thing we’re going to have to admit is that the big, impressive stuff often distracts us from the obedience we’re called to choose on a daily basis. The Lord said that we aren’t to despise the small beginnings because He rejoices to see the work begin, and it’s time to honor how He moves in the smallest opportunities we encounter.

Today, we’re reflecting on Zechariah 4:6-10 (NLT)

Then he said to me, “This is what the Lord says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. Nothing, not even a mighty mountain, will stand in Zerubbabel’s way; it will become a level plain before him! And when Zerubbabel sets the final stone of the Temple in place, the people will shout: ‘May God bless it! May God bless it!’”

Then another message came to me from the Lord: “Zerubbabel is the one who laid the foundation of this Temple, and he will complete it. Then you will know that the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has sent me. Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.”

(The seven lamps represent the eyes of the Lord that search all around the world.)

Did ya’ll catch that?! Even after all the resistance Zerubbabel encountered in Ezra, chapters 3-4, the Lord says He rejoices to see him start again.

That is so good to me. Sis, I wanna invite you to get your eyes off the big impressive things and the rejection that accompanied when you felt that it didn’t go through because the Lord is rejoicing over you, especially as you begin to pick that thing back up. We are not to despise those small beginnings because He can move in that, and it won’t be by force, it won’t be by strength, but it will be by His Spirit.

Women You Should Know

Monique Anderson is a writer, Bible teacher, and evangelist. She is the creator and founder of the blog and ministry Yours Truly Moe. Yours Truly Moe was created to help believers better reflect the image of God and fulfill His purposes on earth. 

Monique is a partner and content creator for the YouVersion Bible App providing believers with biblical wisdom and encouragement for their everyday walk with Christ. In addition, she is a devotional writer for Alexis Goring’s Devotionals for the Heart website. 

Monique has a bible teaching series on YouTube called Good Food: Feasting on the Word of God and has also contributed her writing to the Make Me Available website, a global platform for believers in Christ. 

Monique resides in Hastings, NY, with her husband of seven years and her teenage stepdaughter. You can find more about her on her website, Facebook Page, YouTube Channel and Instagram feed.

Meet Nicole

Nicole O. Salmon is an author, entrepreneur, speaker, mother, and wife. She is on a serious mission to amplify the gospel’s relevance, empower individuals to live and lead authentically, and to equip leaders to develop purpose-led and spirit-filled lives.

Nicole is also a master strategist and affectionately known as The Purpose Coach for her work helping women across the world to gain in-depth insight into who they are so they can live their lives with clarity, consistency, and confidence. She’s even been led to extend those passions in her role as executive pastor at EKM Toronto Ontario in Canada. 

Before stepping into purpose and launching her own coaching firm in 2017, she worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 20 years with organizations serving communities experiencing marginalization. Nicole’s sophomore book is currently underway and under contract, and she is a regular contributor on the YouVersion Bible App with over 100,000 subscribers. 

Nicole is a certified life skills and marriage coach and the founder and host of the Preach Sis Summit, a global movement and annual activation event to help Christian women identify and amplify their voices. Her family is her first ministry. Together with her husband Evon and their four children she lives a full and purpose-filled life in Brampton, Ontario Canada. You can find more about Nicole here.

I asked Nicole:

  • How does prayer inform your purpose?
  • What does it look like to be out of alignment with your purpose?
  • What are some common pitfalls women fall into that keep them from seeing God’s will for their lives clearly?
  • How can we show up with integrity where we are right now, regardless of whether it feels like we’re living within our purpose or not? 
  • What are some of the things we should look for and prepare to contribute in order to enjoy meaningful connections? 
  • What scriptures have been informing your work lately and what would you like to say to our sisters who are listening as they get back to their Bible study and prayer? 

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There is nothing Liv loves to talk about more than the Word of God. She is a Bible teacher, speaker, and writer. Liv is passionate about helping women enjoy intimacy and confidence in Christ.  When Liv is not writing, teaching, or podcasting, you can find her hiking a mountain, taking a road trip with her husband, or curled up in the corner with a good book. You can connect with Liv on IG at @candidliv.

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In her personal and volunteer time, Tonya loves to communicate the gospel of Christ and share messages of hope through IG.

Tonya is the founder of CWMS, a mentorship network that allows Christian women to connect, share and grow as they journey with God. Connect with Tonya at tonya.impactfully.

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