10 July: Knowing Your Purpose

If the events in your life have left you bewildered and wondering who’s on your side and who isn’t, today’s storyline shows someone who knows for sure who to trust, what they’re meant to be doing, and why…

READ NEHEMIAH 6  Make notes of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.


After our own son passed away suddenly, unexpectedly, and without a medical reason why, I came face-to-face with the very real possibility of death overtaking me at any time. I woke one day in 2011 with the question:

“If you had six months to live, what would you do?”

I was Area Finance Officer for North Europe at the time (overseeing the effective provision of finance information in eight country offices for our charity), but my answer didn’t include finance. Instead, I felt sure that I was meant to write. So what stands out for me in today’s chapter, is that Nehemiah was sure of what his Maker wanted from the life that he was given. When the opposition started and the intimidation began, Nehemiah knew his purpose and stuck to it.

Neh6 His story reminds me of my own writing project. I need to do as Nehemiah did and look up. [v9] After becoming sure of what my Creator expects, I need to fix my eyes on the One who commissioned me for the task set before me.[a] Knowing my purpose for this timeframe, will help me avoid being waylaid, or stopped completely, by any opposition pressing in from the side lines, or intimidation rising up within. [v13] Read More? …CLICK on “10 July – Additional Notes”

But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Wanting to speak directly to the One who made you to be like Him? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[b]


   1.   Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

Come, let’s bless the Lord, with all our soul, and with all that’s within us, bless His holy name. I bless You, Lord, with my heart and soul. I won’t forget all Your benefits – You pardon all my iniquities, and You heal even my inner ‘sin’. [Psalm 103:1-3]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: Victims of poverty in Indonesia[c]
  • Your Country: Gospel Outreach ministries
  • Yourself: Faithfulness in Discouraging Times
  • Your concerns for today
I have just one task, Lord, to love You with all my heart, soul, mind and strength and, in doing this, I’ll love others as You’ve loved me. [1 John 3:23]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

I want to turn back to You, Lord, with all my heart. I want to return to You because You are gracious and merciful. You’re slow to anger and You’re great in loving-kindness. Help me not to abuse Your grace and patience as You relent from doing me harm. [Joel 2:12-13]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.”

You preserve the souls of Your godly ones, Father God, and You’ll deliver me from the hand of the wicked. Your light is sown like seed for the righteous and gladness is given for the upright in heart. [Psalm 97:10-11]

 “For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

When questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, Jesus spoke what was previously written in God’s Word.[d] So, the final section on this page is about memorizing our Maker’s script through 10 topics. Following these will help you learn 52 portions from His Handbook in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Our Maker’s Handbook

Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You. [Psalm 119:11]

[a] Hebrews 12:2

[b] Matthew 6:5-15

[c] http://www.operationworld.org/country/indo/owtext.html

[d] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31

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