Hello, my faithful readers! Today, I will be asking you five important questions that I was able to ponder myself as I was reading the book, “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren. It will take time to answer them truly and honestly according to your state of being.

It is not to have a quick answer and then move on like nothing happened. To get real results, it is critical to deeply meditate, frankly evaluate, and take positive actions. You will have a greater effect on your personal life. I know I did! So, with that said, let’s get to the heart of it!

  1. What will be the center of your life? “You can have a career, family, money, sports or hobby, or many other activities. However, none is strong enough to hold you together when life begins to break you apart. You need an unshakeable center. Let God be your center. When God’s at the center of your life, you worship. When he is not, you worry.” Rick Warren

  2. What will be the character of your life? Character is who you are than what you do. Make a list of the character qualities you want to work on and develop in your life.

  3. What will be the contribution to your life? This is about making a difference in the place you are serving. When you serve, you are meeting the needs of people and creating an overflow of gratefulness to God.

  4. What will be the communication of your life? Your life’s purpose statement is to share with others. Life lessons that will provide hope for others to be able to apply in their own lives.

  5. What will be the community of your life? We have been wired to be relational and it is important to connect with others. Finding the community in which to be part of and get involved will bring joy.

“For David, … served the purpose of God in his own generation.” Acts 13:26

Peace, Love, and Joy!

Sandra Ivette Miranda

He began his ministry hungry, although He is the Bread of Life.

He ended his ministry thirst, although He is the Water of Life.

I was tired, even though He is our rest.

He paid tribute, even though He is the King.

He was accused of having a demon,

although He freed others from demons.

He cried, even though He wipes away our tears.

He was sold for thirty pieces of silver, although He redeemed the world.

He was brought as a sheep to the slaughterhouse,

although He is the Good Shepherd.

He died, though by His death He destroyed the power of death.

This paradox that was written in the fourth century and it shows us that Jesus stripped himself of everything to experience what each of us goes through here on earth. It is because of this truth that He is our Mediator between God and men. "For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in everything as we are, but without sin." Hebrews 4:15

He is our advocate who intercedes for us to the Father. He made the greatest sacrifice in coming to earth as a man, limiting himself in a corruptible body, and going through the transition of time. He willingly came to reconcile us to the Father. His only purpose is to be an intermediary between the divine and the earthly. Why? Because he loved us and continues to love us unconditionally!

John 3:16 says, "For God so loves the world that he has given his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life." “For there is only one God, and only one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ, who gave himself as a ransom for all, of which he bore witness in due time." 1 Tim. 2:5-6

Peace, Love, and Joy! Sandra Ivette Miranda

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Hello, faithful readers! It is so good to be able to speak you about what’s in my heart. Today, I was talking to someone about the different experiences I had been able to embrace. One of them is to choose to be true to myself. What do I mean by that? I decided to evaluate what I will accept in my life and what I will not.

The word that comes to mind is integrity. In general, integrity is a word used to describe a person's commitment to honesty and willingness to do what’s right. For example, a person who abstains from cheating, lying, or stealing would be a person who acts with great integrity. Why is this important? Your actions, attitudes, and words reflect who you truly are.

How do you want to be known for? Fame, notoriety, and popularity are fleeting. Here today, gone tomorrow. What will last is your genuine character that have been tested and will continue to be examined until you pass away. Be known for what you are, what you care about, and what you are passionate about.

“Integrity is when what you think and what you say and what you do are one.” Naval Ravikant. Let it not be an internal battle of who you are vs what pleases others. Remember YOU must live with yourself. Rest in knowing that at the end of the day you did your best, what was right, and with no regrets. You will be at peace!

“In peace (and with a tranquil heart) I will both lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety and confident trust.” Psalms 10:11

Peace, Love, and Joy!

Sandra Ivette Miranda

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