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Bonita Jewel is an author and blogger who writes on a variety of themes, including writing and editing, literature, parenting, and purpose. After living in India from the age of 16 to 28, she returned to California with her husband and three children. She is an MFA candidate, studying Creative Writing. Bonita freelances as an editor, ghostwriter, and writing coach. Her greatest passions are family, faith, writing, and reading. She loves the magic and mystery of the written word. Please connect with Bonita at: https://www.facebook.com/BonitaJewelAuthor

Live Life on Purpose

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Have you ever been challenged to live life “on purpose?”

If not, I challenge you now.

God has placed us here on earth for a reason. And when we discover that reason and live our lives to that godly end, we find true satisfaction. …

In ancient days, craftsmen, artisans, and musicians proclaimed their godly purpose in life by what they produced. That’s why the great classics of the world reflect a spiritual tribute to who God is. Through their endeavors, their work was beautiful and eternal.

In the twenty-first century, few artists are creating works that will attain “classic” status. Why? Because most composers, sculptors, writers, and artists don’t create their works to glorify God. …

God’s desire is for you and each member of your family to be purposeful human beings. To work toward meaningful goals and experience the joy of achievement.

So learn to live your life on purpose, and teach your children to do the same.

  • Write out some obtainable goals and work toward them.
  • Read books that motivate you toward your goals.
  • Pray for God’s guidance for your “on purpose” life.

by Emilie Barnes, from In the Stillness of Quiet Moments

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Find Your Solitude

1563834599699_verse_imageOne of the great virtues of the Christian life is learning how to appreciate solitude. As our society gets more technologically advanced, it is becoming more difficult to be alone.

You can’t to a movie anymore without being shaken out of your seat by the loud blasting of special effects. Music has become so loud that it hurts our eats. We’re on call 24/7 with our smartphones, tablets, and computers.

Many times, GOd’s most meaningful touches on our lives come when we are all alone. …

Take time to go for a long walk in the mountains, in the woods, or by the beach and be alone with Your creator. Schedule a time just as you would a business appointment.

Some of my most creative times happen when I’m alone with God, and I’m sure the same will be true for you.

Prayer:

Lord God, our quiet times alone together are some of my most precious experiences. I cherish my time with you. Amen.

by Emilie Barnes, from In the Stillness of Quiet Moments

The Peace God Gives – a Devotional

1563833627409_verse_imageThe peace God gives is built on the awareness that we all have purpose and cause for existing. As we mature in our spiritual nature and learn what this life is all about, we discover that only our heavenly Father can give us lasting calmness within. Once we realize this, we no longer toss and turn, trying to find an answer to our daily struggles.

We have reconciled with God through Jesus, His Son, that life has meaning in Him, and we are created in God’s image.

We know Jesus, the Alpha and Omega.

We finally know who we are. We have inner tranquility of mind, soul, and spirit. There is a calmness to our presence that is recognizable as God’s peace.

When our lives reflect God’s love and joy, those around us will be drawn to us and see the outward expression of this fruit of the Spirit.

They’ll want to know where they can get it — a perfect opportunity for us to share our Lord’s love and provisions.

Lord, may I continue to be willing and patient to develop my life toward the precious virtue of peace. Help me to always point people to You as the source of ultimate peace. Amen.

by Emilie Barnes, from In the Stillness of Quiet Moments

Lose My Soul

 

“Lord forgive us when we get consumed by the things of this world,
That fight for our love, and our passion,
As our eyes are open wide and on you.
Grant us the privilege of your world view,
And may your kingdom be, what wakes us up, and lays us down.”

– Toby Mac “Lose My Soul”

Lord forgive us when we get consumed
By the things of this world and fight for our love and our passion
As our eyes open wide on You, grant us the privilege of Your world
And may Your kingdom be what wakes us up and lays us down
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Read more at http://www.songlyrics.com/tobymac/lose-my-soul-lyrics/#RD0RQLMZQUXD8cQ3.99
Lord forgive us when we get consumed
By the things of this world and fight for our love and our passion
As our eyes open wide on You, grant us the privilege of Your world
And may Your kingdom be what wakes us up and lays us down
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Read more at http://www.songlyrics.com/tobymac/lose-my-soul-lyrics/#RD0RQLMZQUXD8cQ3.99
Lord forgive us when we get consumed
By the things of this world and fight for our love and our passion
As our eyes open wide on You, grant us the privilege of Your world
And may Your kingdom be what wakes us up and lays us down
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Read more at http://www.songlyrics.com/tobymac/lose-my-soul-lyrics/#RD0RQLMZQUXD8cQ3.99

Pursue Peace – A Devotional

1563833548176_verse_imagePeace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. – John 14:27

The world likes peace. They like the idea of it, and they like to talk about it. Peace symbols adorn buses, backpacks, and bumper stickers. Peace is pleaded for everywhere and in every language.

Lasting peace is certainly what we need, and isn’t it true that it is also what we crave? However, most people are looking for it in the world or through the world’s offerings. And they often equate happiness or the fulfillment of their desires as peace.

But peace defined by the fruit of the Spirit is an assured quietness of the soul. It is the opposite of our earthly struggles and is best described as a “wellness between oneself and God.”

It isn’t about reaching career goals or having life easy. It is about a healthy relationship with our Creator.

– by Emilie Barnes, from In the Stillness of Quiet Moments

Share Your Cup – a Devotional

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When the Lord fills our cup, He intends us to pour it out. He encourages us to fill the cups of others with His love. And when we do, the sweetness of His love and peace flows from cup to cup.

Don’t let this time in your life go unchallenged by change. Even in seasons of despair, reach up and grab on to helping others with the gifts God has given to you.

Prayer:

Giver of all gifts, my prayer is that each person I meet will discover and use the gifts You have given them to help someone along the way.

And help me use my gifts to point people to you. Amen.

  • by Emilie Barnes, from In the Stillness of Quiet Moments