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Do you want God to tell you more about His specific plan for your life? You are not alone! Each day, as you spend 10 minutes in prayer asking God to mentor you in his specific purposes for your life, read about how God has mentored 60 influential Christian women such as Ruth Graham, Kay Warren, Liz Curtis Higgs, Kathy Peel, Cheri Fuller, Elisa Morgan, Becky Tirabassi, Lindy Michaelis Boone, Anne Ortlund, Florence Littauer, Denalyn Lucado, Arvella Schuller, Michelle McKinney Hammond, and others toward their life ...
Do you want God to tell you more about His specific plan for your life? You are not alone! Each day, as you spend 10 minutes in prayer asking God to mentor you in his specific purposes for your life, read about how God has mentored 60 influential Christian women such as Ruth Graham, Kay Warren, Liz Curtis Higgs, Kathy Peel, Cheri Fuller, Elisa Morgan, Becky Tirabassi, Lindy Michaelis Boone, Anne Ortlund, Florence Littauer, Denalyn Lucado, Arvella Schuller, Michelle McKinney Hammond, and others toward their life missions. He wants to mentor you too! Prepare to engage in intense thought and prayer for 60 days and then put the puzzle pieces together for an exercise of tremendous personal discovery of your distinctive life purposes. This prayer book will guide you daily to be still and listen for God to speak to you through: · Insights of sixty extraordinary, modern-day role models · Examples of sixty biblical characters · Sixty specific questions to ask yourself and to seek God’s answers for you · Sixty scriptural prayers for God’s leading · An eye-opening analysis of your life patterns, trends, and next five action steps
CONTENTS How to Use the Pathway to Purpose Series. . . . . 15
Series Foreword by Kay Warren. . . . . 19
Part One PRAYING GOD'S PURPOSES FOR YOUR LIFE Your Divine Appointments with God . . . . . 23
DAY 1: What Are You Afraid Of?. . . . . 29
Michelle Akers, Olympic soccer gold medalist DAY 2: What Consequences Have You Faced from a Life Mistake?. . . . . 33
Jill Savage, founder of Hearts at Home DAY 3: When Have You Persevered?. . . . . 37
Florence Littauer, founder of CLASS
(Christian Leaders, Authors, and Speakers Services)
DAY 4: What's Confused in Your Life?. . . . . 41
Anita Renfroe, retreat worship leader; humorist DAY 5: How Did God Use a Crisis or Problem to Bring Good into Your Life?. . . . . 45
Janet Thompson, founder of Woman to Woman Mentoring DAY 6: What Are a Few of Your Talents or Skills? . . . . 49
Sue Augustine, author of 5-Minute Retreats for Women DAY 7: How Do You Define Success?. . . . . 53
Laura Krauss Calenberg, cofounder of Models for Christ with her husband DAY 8: Who Is Your Hero or Role Model?. . . . . 57
Karen Braun, director of Mothers Who Care,
Canada and International DAY 9: What Comment or Conversation Has Had a Great Impact on You?. . . . 61
Denalyn Lucado, kindergarten teacher who ministers to single moms; wife of Max DAY 10: What Are Two of Your Best Personal Qualities?. . . . . 65
Sue Semrau, women's head basketball coach at Florida State University DAY 11: How Do You Self-Sabotage? . . . . . 69
Kay Warren, author; international advocate for those infected/affected by HIV/AIDS;
wife of Saddleback Church pastor, Rick DAY 12: What's Right and What's Wrong in Your Life? . . 73
Dr. RoseAnne Coleman,
founder of RoseAnne Coleman Ministries DAY 13: What Was a Turning Point in Your Life? . . . . . 77
Janet Congo, cofounder of LifeMates with her husband DAY 14: What Roadblocks Have You Encountered in Your Life?. . . . . 81
Ann Platz, interior designer; author of eleven books DAY 15: What Are Your Hobbies?. . . . . 85
Ronda Rich, one of USA's first female sportswriters;
award-winning journalist DAY 16: Who Is in Your Network?. . . . . 89
Andria Hall, former CNN/USA weekend anchor;
founder of SpeakEasy M.E.D.I.A.
DAY 17: What Were You Born to Tell the World? . . . . . 93
Diane Dunne, former Chanel executive; now street preacher to New York City's homeless DAY 18: How Is God Developing Your Character? . . . . 97
Eva Marie Everson, who speaks on behalf of the National Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families DAY 19: What Has Been Your Favorite Job, Ministry,
or Community Volunteer Opportunity? . . . . 101
Barbara Smith, author of Cooking with Smitty's Mom;
mother of recording artist, Michael W. Smith DAY 20: In What Situation Was God's Power Evident to You?. . . . . 105
Fern Nichols, founder of Moms In Touch International DAY 21: Weighing Everything, What Do You Want Out of Life?. . . . . 110
Cheri Fuller, author of thirty-six books,
including When Mothers Pray DAY 22: What Strength of Yours Can Easily Become a Weakness?. . . . . 114
Ruth Graham, author of In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart; youngest daughter of Ruth and Billy Graham DAY 23: What's Going On in Your Quiet Time with the Lord?. . . . . 118
Jean Driscoll, Paralympian DAY 24: What Do You Need to Confess?. . . . . 122
Michelle McKinney Hammond, cohost of the Emmy-nominated talk show, Aspiring Women DAY 25: Where Have You Searched for Significance? . . 126
Tracy Hanson, professional golfer in the Ladies Professional Golf Association DAY 26: What Would You Like to Change About Yourself?. . . . . 130
Cheryl McGuinness, founder of Beauty Beyond the Ashes Ministry; wife of 9/11 pilot Tom DAY 27: When Have You Taken a Quantum Leap of Faith?. . . . . 134
Liz Curtis Higgs, author of twenty-two books for women and children DAY 28: Where Is Your Current Mission Field? . . . . . 138
Lindy Boone Michaelis, daughter of Pat Boone DAY 29: Other Than God and Your Family,
What Do You Value Most?. . . . . 142
Kay Rader, former world president of women's organizations for The Salvation Army DAY 30: What Equipping Do You Still Need for God's Work?. . . . . 146
Barb Lindquist, world's top-ranked, female,
professional, Olympic distance-triathlete DAY 31: What's Missing in Your Life?. . . . . 150
Lori Salierno, CEO of Celebrate Life International DAY 32: What Do You Want to Be Doing for God Ten Years from Now?. . . . . 154
Lisa Winters Cox, one of the original Doublemint twins;
Bible study teacher DAY 33: What Weakness of Yours Has God Turned into a Strength?. . . . . 158
Babbie Mason, Dove award-winning songwriter; singer DAY 34: How Balanced Is Your Life?. . . . . 162
Sandy Bloomfield-Demelli, Jewish convert; advisory council member for Shine magazine DAY 35: What Do You Need to Learn?. . . . . 166
Thelma Wells, author; Women of Faith conference speaker DAY 36: What Is Your Unhealthy Method of Escape? . . 170
Karen Hill, children's author; editorial assistant to author Max Lucado DAY 37: When Have You Obeyed God?. . . . . 174
Kathy Collard Miller, author of forty-seven books DAY 38: When Have You Experienced God's Timing in Your Life?. . . . . 178
Pam Rosewell Moore, helper/companion to Corrie ten Boom (Holocaust survivor) for seven years DAY 39: How Does God Get Through to You? . . . . . 182
Kali Schnieders, author of Truffles from Heaven and former Miss Missouri-World DAY 40: What Is the Root Cause of Your Anger? . . . . 186
Elisa Morgan, president of MOPS Int'l
(Mothers of Preschoolers)
DAY 41: How Would You Spend Your Last Week on Earth?. . . . . 190
Arvella Schuller, television producer for Hour of Power at the Crystal Cathedral; wife of Robert DAY 42: What Do You Need to Surrender?. . . . . 194
Mary Ann O'Roark, former executive editor of Guideposts DAY 43: How Do You Try to Steal God's Glory? . . . . 198
Anne Ortlund, cofounder of Renewal Ministries with her husband; author of twenty-seven books DAY 44: How Often and How Hard Do You Laugh? . . 202
LeAnn Thieman, nurse who helped rescue three hundred babies from Vietnam DAY 45: What Is Your Prized Excuse?. . . . . 206
Kathy Peel, founder and president of Family Manager, Inc.
DAY 46: What Are You Most Grateful For?. . . . 210
Charlotte Smith-Taylor, professional basketball player in the Women's National Basketball Association DAY 47: What Are Your Spiritual Gifts?. . . . 214
Jan Johnson, author of fourteen books and more than a thousand articles DAY 48: What Baggage Are You Carrying That You Don't Want?. . . . . 219
Leslie Parrott, author; codirector of the Center for Relationship Development at Seattle Pacific University with husband Les DAY 49: To Whom Has God Called You?. . . . . 223
Renee Stearns, attorney; often speaks on behalf of World Vision US, of which her husband Rich is president DAY 50: What Current Activity or Opportunity Might Be a Distraction?. . . . . 227
Kathy Ross, author; ministers through Reasons to Believe with her husband Hugh DAY 51: How Do You Prioritize Your Roles and Goals?. . . . . 231
Lisa Ryan, host of The 700 Club DAY 52: In What Circumstance Has God Been Faithful to You?. . . . . 236
Linda Evans Shepherd, founder of Right to the Heart Ministries and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association DAY 53: Starting Today, How Can You Better Prepare for God's Purpose for Your Life?. . . . . 240
Mary Lance Sisk, author of The Macedonian Project prayer journal DAY 54: What Are You Happy About?
What Brings You Joy?. . . . . 244
LaVonna Floreal, Olympic silver medalist in the 100-meter hurdle DAY 55: What Ingrained Belief Do You Need to Challenge? . . . . . 248
Christine Wyrtzen, founder of Daughters of Promise;
recording artist DAY 56: What Do You Regret?. . . . .
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Part One Praying God's Purposes for Your Life For the next sixty days, absorb the wisdom of God's Word and the wisdom of a wide cross-section of Christian women who will share with you their journey on the pathway to purpose. As you do, pray intentionally for the Lord to direct you on your own specific journey.
WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?
What is the first fear that jumps into your mind? We all struggle with fears, some paralyzing, others mildly nagging. What about you? What is your greatest fear? Fear can motivate you to seek God's strength and power, or it can keep you from embracing new opportunities, including those that would help you fulfill his plan for your life.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE I cross paths with women every day who have fears like these: heights, snakes, public speaking, cancer, terrorism, financial ruin, spiders, bridges, or dogs. Some have a fear of flying,
falling, enclosed spaces, job loss, husband's death, being alone,
fish, or chemical warfare. You may know someone who has a fear of abandonment, rejection, being attacked, failure, success,
ridicule, or being found out that she's not smart. What about an extreme fear of dying, which causes you to avoid your annual checkup? Let's peek into the life of Michelle Akers, an Olympic soccer gold medalist, to see how she has wrestled with fear.
MICHELLE AKERS WAS AFRAID Michelle pursued and realized a successful career as an Olympian and world champion soccer player with the US women's national team. She spent fifteen years traveling around the world, living out of a suitcase, battling a serious illness
(Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome), and undergoing twenty-five surgeries on her knees, shoulder, and face. She is now retired and spends quality time with her husband,
family and friends, horses, and Australian shepherd dogs.
Michelle has a soft heart for kids going through difficult circumstances,
and so she participates in several summer soccer camps.
Michelle recalls that her initial impression of Christians was that they were extremely judgmental, rigid in their behavior,
and generally unimpressive in how they lived out their faith.
But after a series of tragedies and tough circumstances, Michelle came to understand God's abundant love, grace, and goodness
—and she chose to trust him with her life and heart.
Michelle admits that she continues to struggle with a stubborn,
independent streak, but for the most part, she is holding steady to the road that God has chosen for her and relies daily on the strength and courage he provides her.
As Michelle stood on the gold medal platform after the
1996 Atlanta games and acknowledged the stadium full of cheering crowds and media, she felt that God was saying, 'To whom much is given, much is required.' He impressed upon her the vastness of his chosen sphere of influence for her. She understood that her assignment was to inspire and encourage people who were struggling through difficult life circumstances,
especially those who wondered what their purpose was and how they were going to make it through another day. Since then,
she has been determined to implant the Joshua 1:9 promise
('God will be with you') in as many hearts as possible.
Michelle's greatest, unrelenting fear has been that she will get her heart broken. Some rough family relationships set the stage for disappointment and broken trust. After much counseling,
she is learning to put this fear behind her. Now, she has a deeper understanding of her relationship with God and with her husband, who 'would outrun a herd of wild horses and wrestle six lions to be sure she was loved and safe.'
Michelle sums up her feelings by saying: 'With God's promise to be with me echoing loud and clear every day of my life,
there is nothing too big, too terrible, too strong, or too disappointing for me to overcome.'
What Are You Afraid Of ?
The Israelite Spies Were Afraid Twelve spies were sent to explore the land of Canaan. Ten of them came back and instilled fear into the hearts of the Israelites with their reports of giants in the land. Only Caleb and Joshua were courageous. Read Numbers 13—14. If you had been one of the spies, would you have been described as courageous or fearful?
SCRIPTURE TO PONDER The LORD said . . . 'Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.' (Joshua 1:1, 9)
SUGGESTED PRAYER Dear Lord, you want me, _________ [your first name],
to be strong and courageous. You said, 'Do not be terrified;
do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.' Today I pray that I will learn to trust you more and more. Help me track my progress toward freedom from fear, so that I can always remember how far you've brought me. I thank you in advance for delivering me from my fears.
So . . . What Insight, Prayer, or Action Step Has God Laid on Your Heart Today?