By Carol DeForest Shinde
I have so much going on in my mind right now. I just started doing my course for Extraordinary Women. I went into this study with the desire to use it to minister to other women I come in contact with. I did not expect to get the double blessing of learning things for myself and my heart being touched to change my own ways in things.
One question that resonates within me is “What do I believe is the purpose of my life?”. At one time I would answer that question simply. I would tell people I was an administrative assistant for the Vice President of Operations for a global company. But was that my purpose? No. That was my job. It is not who I am. I am a mother so I could say my purpose in life is to be the best mother that I can be. Again, that’s just a part of who I am. I’m a mother, a friend, and about to get remarried but these are not my purposes.
.In this day and age, people believe our identity is what we say, do, and think. They believe our purpose in life is to work at life, do the best we can with what we have, and hopefully, when the time comes for us to no longer be here, we’ll have done enough to meet the requirements God has set for humankind. So, again, what is our purpose?
.If people saw me today, they would probably think my life doesn’t have much purpose. Quite honestly, I used to believe that of myself. You see, I have an autoimmune deficiency which keeps me from being able to work. My life consists of sitting in a recliner or being in bed. I struggle with severe fatigue and pain most of the time.
To those who have their health, I might be considered nothing but a barnacle on society. I just kind of grow on people but I don’t really have a purpose, according to them.
I beg to differ. My purpose in life is to love God with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength. My purpose is to boldly share my hope in Christ without reservation. My purpose is to know that I have a purpose because God created me. My purpose is to share with you that you are deeply loved and have a purpose as well. God wants a relationship with you. It’s not all about what we can and cannot do; it’s about what Jesus did for us. “For God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but will have everlasting life.” (John 3:16).
I’ve heard that verse since I was a little child. Each season of my life it takes on a deeper meaning. I realize my salvation is not based on what I do or who I am. It is based only on Jesus and who He is.
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is a single mother to her 8-year-old son and will be getting married
very soon to a wonderful man who understands the ups and downs of
chronic illness. Although Carol has a number of health issues, including
dysautonomia, she refuses to let them have her.
Carol has been featured on www.OptimalHealthSeekers.com radio and you can listen to her interview here: Carol Shinde: Spirit of the Pheonix. Writing since she was a teenager, Carol started blogging about 5 years ago. Having an affinity to singing, music has been a major part of her life since she was 2-years-old and continues to play an important role to this day.
God is ABSOLUTELY her strength and her song. Hear her sing here.