Praying for Purpose for Women: A Prayer Experience That Will Change Your Life Forever (Pathway to Purpose)

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This 60-day prayer experience can change a woman's life forever. Sixty influential Christian women—such as author Liz Curtis Higgs; author Ruth Graham, daughter of evangelist Billy Graham; singer and songwriter Babby Mason; and author Kay Warren, wife of Pastor Rick Warren— share how their lives have changed. This book can be used by itself as a daily devotional. However, if women read through Praying for Purpose for Women as a devotional while reading Pathway to Purpose for Women, their whole experience will be deepened and solidified.

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Katie Brazelton, PhD, MDiv, MA, is the author of the bestselling Pathway to Purpose for Women and its companion books, Praying for Purpose and Conversations on Purpose. The founder of Lie Purpose Coaching Centers International®, she lives in Southern California near her grown children, daughter-in-law, and grandson.

 

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Praying for Purpose for Women Copyright 2005 by Katherine F. Brazelton Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Brazelton, Katie, 1950-- Praying for purpose for women : a prayer experience that will change your life forever / Katie Brazelton. p. cm. --- (The pathway to purpose series) Includes bibliographical references. ISBN-10: 0-310-25652-6 (hardcover) ISBN-13: 978-0-310-25652-6 1. Christian women---Prayer-books and devotions---English. 2. Christian women--- Religious life. 3. Prayer---Christianity. 4. Vocation---Christianity. I. Title. II. Series. BV4844.B735 2005 248.8'43---dc22 2004024103 This edition printed on acid-free paper. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations marked NASB are taken from the New American Standard Bible. Copyright 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible: New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations marked MSG are taken from The Message. Copyright 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. Scripture quotations marked TLB are taken from The Living Bible. Copyright 1971 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois. All rights reserved. The website addresses recommended throughout this book are offered as a resource to you. These websites are not intended in any way to be or imply an endorsement on the part of Zondervan, nor do we vouch for their content for the life of this book. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means---electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other---except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Interior design by Beth Shagene Printed in the United States of America 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 /.DCI/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 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. Day 1 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?

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