Finding Purpose for Life

We didn’t know much when we first married. And through a series of poor choices, including buying a dog on credit, ended up losing everything. Our car, our furniture, our home. And our woes didn’t end there. Our marriage, after infidelity, nearly fell apart as well. By then we were parents. And faced with the dilemma of raising children alone, I nearly aborted our second child.

We had plenty of problems, debt, and pain. The only things we really lacked were peace and wisdom. And our story could have taken various paths at that point. Even going from bad to worse.

In our search to make sense of life we wondered, “Why are we even born, if it’s just to face so many difficulties, and go through senseless routines day after day? To then to just die and have it all end here?”

Until we heard two promises that answered our questions. And changed our lives forever.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life ( John 3:16).

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11)

We realized that’s what we wanted and needed. That was what we had been searching for our whole lives.

So when we heard his call of “Follow me,” we knew we wanted to spend our lives with him and for him. And this has brought us the hope, joy, and future we longed for.

In walking with Christ, learning to be like him and love as he loved — our lives are filled with purpose and meaning. And with the joy of helping others find this for their lives too.

And that’s why we started trying to live more intentionally.

Because we’re surrounded by a hurting, confused world. People are searching for answers. And for someone vulnerable enough to say, “I know what you mean. I’ve been there too. But there are answers. There is hope. There is a future.”

We want to live wide-awake, trying to become intentional in all we do. Because little things do matter. Small acts of kindness can touch hearts. Every dime we spend can make a difference. And sounding the message that God’s mercy and love are new every morning can offer someone the hope that perhaps life is worth living, after all.

Life is a beautiful gift. Too short for us to waste it. And too precious for us to live it without consciously appreciating and savoring it.

Let’s get intentional!

[Image taken from our back yard, ©TheScorziellos-Sheila]

10 thoughts on “Finding Purpose for Life

    1. Thank you so much Ellie. Your comment brought tears to my eyes. We are all flawed until Christ renews us. I don’t see myself as strong, because I tend to beat myself up over the past. The Lord has really been helping me to move beyond that. Helping me to focus on the renewal part. “That was you,” he says, “but not any more. So leave it in the past where it belongs.” Yet, I do know that he wants to use my history (or his-story) in my life to speak into other people’s life and offer hope and encouragement. Thank you for your encouragement and insight, which I know I can count on being honest and sincere. I appreciate it, and you, my friend!

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  1. Love the re-focus (wide awake intentionally living)! I must say your candor in this post caught me off guard, and I loved it. It’s what the world needs to hear and the Church needs to remember. We’re all a mess without Jesus, but when we surrender, He gives us an amazing testimony!

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    1. Thanks Vanessa! You really have the gift of encouraging, and I appreciate it! It just seems natural to me to share our past. I’m grateful for it, mistakes, pain, and all. Each experience, good and bad, has helped to shape my life, drawn me closer to the Lord, and hopefully helped me to become like him. It’s all part of my story – his story in my life. A new, fresh story each day. Old things are passed away. Behold, all things have become new (in Christ)! God bless.

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  2. Intentional living has become my motto. What am I spending my time on? Does it glorify the Lord and pleasing to Him? Does it matter in the whole scheme of things? I’m looking very closely at how I spend my time and on what. Already there are things that need to go, to make time for the things that really do matter. Nice post, Sheila! I appreciate how you made yourself transparent as well. Thank you and God Bless.

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    1. Good Susan, it means you’re already a member of the Wide-Awake Community!! And thank you for the encouragement about transparency. That is never easy. But our past (including mistakes) are part of who we are. And often the catalysts that helped us become better people. And I figure that maybe it will help people realize that if God could help straighten out messes like us, that there’s hope for anyone!! God bless, and I’ll be praying he helps you in your decluttering!

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      1. Thank you Sheila…I know God is doing some clean up work in my life. I’m so ready to do some interior major housecleaning,things that derail me from getting or focusing on those things that really matter.

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  3. This really inspired me and it helped me to know that I’m not alone in my struggles! I think the thing that always gets to me is the thought that I’m going through trials and tribulations for nothing. I especially love how you started, “wide awake intentional living!” Thank you for being so honest and vulnerable. Too many times, we don’t get the life saving advice that we need because we’re too afraid of what people will think if they know how messy our lives really are. This post helped me a lot!

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    1. Thank you so much Torre! I’ve had a lot of positive feedback on “Wide-Awake Intentional Living.” I had been feeling like the blog was lacking direction and focus. So I sat down and tried to pinpoint my passions. Then I wrote out main topics, trying to see which kind of gathered them all together. Intentional Living just kind of leaped out at me. And when I read through some old posts, I said hmmmm, I’ve actually been writing about this for years already. It just all clicked together. I’m slow at figuring things out, but I finally did it, lol!

      But I’m especially grateful that the post helped you. I know I personally relate better to bloggers who seem more real. And for me, looking honestly at my mistakes and messes helps me a lot. It shows me how much I need the Lord. And reminds me of how much he’s already done for me. And in all that, there is a great testimony for him. Like with the Apostle Paul. I sometimes wonder if he didn’t pour himself out so totally for Christ because he had been forgiven much. The most forgiven love the most. And the most forgiven have often been changed the most. There is a reason for it all. But like you said, it’s hard to remember in the thick of it all. God bless, dear friend, and remember there is beauty in the mess too!

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