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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians "4:6"

Daenne Dolce

This title was inspired by the song He is Intentional by Travis Greene. The first time I heard this song I was like, I love this song, and I kept on saying the same thing each time I listen to it. Then, I started to realize that it was the story of my life. I started to believe the lyrics more each and every day and started to connect them to these following verses; "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus". Philippians 4:4-7

I was at a point in my life where no words of encouragement worked for me, nothing seemed to work the way I was expecting them to. Guess what? It took those moments for me to realize that He is always working for me even when there is no way, even through my brokenness. To see my article about brokenness click here.

I lived off my savings for a while counting every penny I used; a lot of people promised to help during that time, but only a few remembered. I now know that it wasn't them that didn't remember; God did things the way He wanted to do them. He provided for me every single day, He provided through strangers, He provided through people I never expected help, He did things His way. When I thought it was over and there was no way, God showed up and showed me that He is not done with me. He proved me that He is intentional and He is forever working on my behalf.

When it comes to academics, I used to always try to be at the top and boast about my intelligence. In the past, I never really fully acknowledge God for giving me intelligence or for doing well in school instead I would say I got this or I will ACE this exam.The times I would boast were more than the time I gave Him praise. I went through a rough time where I had to lean on God only and ask him for strength to study and for memory.

No one knows this, but for a period of time I would study and not retain anything or would not be able to study at all. It was really a rough time because not only did I not talk about with anyone, but I saw myself as a failure, because for a long time I found purpose in academics and this was part of what defined me. But, God gave me purpose and show me that I am more than grades and He is bigger than anything.

Now, I know that my academics DO NOT DEFINE ME, my future career DOES NOT DEFINE ME, my writing DO NOT DEFINE ME, my job DO NOT DEFINE ME, the family I come from DO NOT DEFINE ME, earthly things DO NOT DEFINE ME, nothing but GOD'S purpose for me DEFINE ME. I found that there is more to life.

Don't get me wrong, I am all for all the wonderful accomplishments one gets done in life. What I am saying is, don't let your career define you. If you are a singer, if you lose your voice then what? If you are a surgeon and you lose you hands, then what? If you are a football player and you lose your legs then what? If you are a nurse, and your lose your hands or sight then what?

I want you to take a minute to think about what you think your purpose in life is whether you are a Christian or not. When you find out, now pretend that you can't be that person anymore and ask yourself how happy you will be?

It's okay if this seem hard, trust me it took me a long time to figure out that my grades or going to med-school don't define me. Don't get this twisted, going to med-school is still my ultimate goal, but I found out that the Lord has chosen me to work for the advancement of His kingdom and there is no greater feeling than this.

Whatever I do now, I think about if I am making God smile( that is John motto, I am just stealing it for a sec). This is my daily goal, this is my ultimate purpose. so, If you find yourself thinking hard about how happy you will be without your now purpose, maybe it's time you rethink about certain things.

I learned that when I do things with God in mind, it brings me a peace I never knew existed. Do you know this peace?

If you know this peace, I am happy that you do, and keep on pressing toward the prize. If you don't, don't worry God is working for you REGARDLESS, just open your heart to receive this EVERLASTING peace.



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