Posted by: macahajo | December 12, 2016

what are you living for?

In October, I read “A Faulty Focus”, the 7th chapter of Calm My Anxious Heart. The author, Linda Dillow writes, “We’ve forgotten who we are and that we’re here for a reason. We don’t stop to think about what we do; and worse, we don’t even pray about it.” She goes on to say, “If we haven’t chosen what we are living for, we’re living life by default, acting out the scripts handed to us by family, other people’s agendas, and the pressures of circumstances.” She encourages the reader to develop a personal purpose statement.

It was a good study as I’ve been thinking and praying much about my life lately, considering my schedule and what I’m intentionally doing (or how I want to be more intentional). As I’ve prayed and reflected, the verses that are important to me include: 

Titus 2:3-5 “Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.”

Deuteronomy 6:5-7: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”

Psalm 82:3: “Defend the weak and the Fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.”

James 2:14-17 “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food,  and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

As I’ve prayed and reflected, these are my life verses & are the foundation for the purpose of my life: to love my God and my family well, and to minister among the poor, using my gifts and strengths, for God’s glory.


What are your life verses? Do you have a personal purpose statement?

Sincerly, Cathy Lynn


  1. Thank you for this challenge! I need to write down my life verses & my personal purpose statement. Thank you for sharing!

    • Hi Liz,
      Thanks for your note! Let’s Face-time soon! I would love to hear your life verses and your personal purpose statement!
      Love you,

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