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An Encounter With The Majestic | Personal Experience

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January 18, 2017 Where Divine Destiny Meets Devoted Paths

Sometimes there is no substitute for personal experience. I remember a time when I was 16 and sitting with my sisters and a few of our closest friends. We were bored so we started brainstorming some adventurous options to fill our evening.  We all threw out our best ideas and nothing seemed to stick until bridge jumping was proposed.

Just the thought of it was exhilarating. Excitement filled the room and the energy surged as we piled into the car. We headed to a spot where the railroad tracks crossed a river. The closer we got to our destination, the darker it was and the more the adrenaline built.

We arrived to the riverside, parked the car and started through the tall grass to the bridge. One by one, we climbed a maintenance ladder leading us to the top of a lookout point. The platform wasn’t big but we managed to all snuggle in, each of us taking a turn up front to scope out the challenge at hand.

The one guy that had been there before, jumped right away to reassure us that it was safe enough. He put on a good show which bragged of his bravery. Another followed and survived. It was my turn to take the plunge. I stepped out. My heart was beating a mile a minute. I looked down and the water was rushing below.

There is Nothing Like Personal Experience

With one foot on the edge, I heard everyone chant “ONE! TWO! THREE!” and nothing. My hands seemed to have a mind of their own. They gripped the cold metal handrails in a self-preservation protest.

My mind told me I would be fine and my heart felt more alive than ever. Yet there was an inner battle raging which forced me back like a gut reaction. Despite my desire to be courageous, my mind was spinning with excuses to play it safe.

“I heard once that some kid jumped into a snake’s nest in the water. What if something like that happened?”

“This was crazy! Too far! Too dangerous! Too risky! What if… I could land on a passing log? What’s the point of jumping off this perfectly good bridge!”

“Maybe I could just sit on the sidelines for a second, have let my heart settle for a minute!”

Just then my younger sister whizzed by me with an impatience that shocked me out of my apprehensive mind space. All the sudden my focused changed and I realized how much fun everyone was having without me!

I didn’t want to be left out of anything that could potentially satisfy my desire to feel alive. But if I was going to jump off the bridge that night I needed to let go of the railings and the fears that held me back. All I had to do was take one small step off the edge and then gravity would do the rest. I still smile when I think about it.

An Encounter With The Majestic

My personal experience on the bridge that night reminds me a lot of my interaction with the majesty of God. No matter the source, majesty is very exciting to encounter. Think about the magnificence of a wild horse, the grandeur of a cliff side overlooking a valley or the magnificence of the waves in the ocean. There is something about the dignity, power and authority that draws you in like a magnet.

With some things in life, there is no substitute for the richness that personal experience offers.  Bridge jumping falls into this category, hands down.  The idea and logic of taking the plunge was nothing like being present on that platform and no picture could ever capture the feeling.  I have found, this is also true when it comes to the majesty of God.  It took bravery to stop judging Him by the words and actions of others.  I had to let go of so many misconceptions, fears and sometimes even pride to encounter Him on a personal level.

I could have played it safe but deep down I knew that my understanding of God’s character contradicted itself.  Either God was the all-powerful, limitless, creator of the universe who could not be tainted by imperfect institutions or people or He was made up and irrelevant.  I had to see for myself, so I took a baby step and started reading the Bible.  The more I read to more I realized I had no clue who GOD really was.

Nothing This World Can Satisfy

Surprisingly, as I read His Word I realized that God shared my distaste for the mundane path I was on.  His truth was jumping off the pages of the Bible to exposed the lies I had believed and the traps I was falling in.  I started to find comfort in all the rules I once hated because I felt God’s love trying to protect me.  Yet, I didn’t have to change and be good to win His attention.  Like gravity, His goodness and unconditional love began to sweep me off my feet. 

Only after I started personally encountering God myself did I understand the Bible’s explanation for that lingering emptiness I felt.  I was not living out the purpose I was created for.  The Bible says that it is our destiny to be God’s beloved and He eagerly waits to be ours.  For me, the word “destiny” reaches deep down to a longing for a supernatural mix of purpose and blessing and that is exactly what I found.

Jaco Costa Rica Personal Experience Majesty of God #DivineDestinyDevotedPathsFor I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord (Jeramiah 29:11-14a NIV)

I now know that no matter what I have done, where I have been, or what I did believe about Him, God does not change. He is not hiding his plan from me or from you. He announces it loud and clear. Nevertheless, we have to be brave and let go of our misconceptions, fears and sometimes logic to encounter Him as our own personal experience. For His ways are higher than ours. And nothing we can imagine can compare to what he has planned for us.

“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity.

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An Overflow Lifestyle Set Ablaze | Now this is living!

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January 14, 2017 Where Divine Destiny Meets Devoted Paths

A Spiritual Overflow lifestyle | Completely reliant, willing to receive, completely messy, solid foundation, limitless, a little out of control…  Are you in?

I would rather be ashes than dust.
I would rather my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled in dry-rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
Man’s chief purpose is to live, not to exist.
I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time.
Jack London’s “Credo”, Jack London’s Tales of Adventure (New York: Doubleday, 1956), p. vii.

Do we play some significate role in this world or are we just here by chance? This is a question that I started asking when I was very young. Deep down I believe that everyone has an ingrained desire to live life to the full and to understand their purpose. Have you ever thought about were that comes from? Why aren’t we ok with just existing and surviving?  I never wanted to just exist and settle for the ordinary. Even in my darkest moments, I wanted to live to the fullest and be a light in this world. Jack London’s Credo fanned this desire in my innermost being.

What was the purpose to life? Once I knew what I was aiming at, I was sure I could be a lot more effective at getting there. The best I could figure, the difference between existing and blazing was an attitude, focus, deep rooted contentment, lasting joy and positive overflow lifestyle that touches others in my path. I know this may be over simplified but it was a good starting point for me.

Get Mark! Get set! Overflow!

In the beginning of my search, I avoided the “God road”. I saw the weakness in religion and didn’t want to be trapped or manipulated. Instead, I devoted myself to a more self-directed path that had little intention of encountering God at all. There were so many other good places to look, like financial success, victory, accomplishments, alluring promises of romance, indulging in physical desires and the list could go on and on. Unfortunately, the more I experienced the more I understood that very few options had enough substance to build a life around it. I did my best to resist the urges to settle but my chosen path was getting a little discouraging.

“For everyone who comes to Me and listens to My words [in order to heed their teaching] and does them, I will show you what he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug and went down deep and laid a foundation upon the rock; and when a flood arose, the torrent broke against that house and could not shake or move it, because it had been securely built or founded on a rock.” (Luke 6:47-48 AMP)

Considering God as the answer to life’s purpose

I am not sure when but slowly I started to recognize my longing for purpose as God’s voice. My heart also began to soften to the idea that God and His supernatural gift of love was the only adequate key to life. Nevertheless, this does not mean that we need to be holy robots. Stories about Jesus and God’s choice in who he asks to represent him shows us the very opposite. God loves us right where we are and His love alone can sustain us. Yes, He created us to complete good works but He also knows we will not achieve perfection here on this Earth. God is not overwhelmed or intimidated by our imperfections.

I saw a post on Facebook the other day that said it best. It was something like: “If people think you are too much, they are not your people!”. My friend, God is your people. He is for you not against you. You should not feel judged and put down by his rules and laws. Think about it. Jesus says that you can sum them up in one word: Love!

First love God and then love people. God’s intention is LOVE! We were created to love, be loved, worship something greater than us and be part of a bigger picture. And the God who created the universe and formed you in your mother’s womb, He is that something/ someone greater. This is the kind of story line that we can build our lives around and pour ourselves into. For you cannot out give God!

 

Gods Masterpiece spiritual overflow

An overflow lifestyle set ablaze

Who’s up for the challenge? An overflow lifestyle is completely reliant on our connection to and willing to receive from to God.  It is completely messy but has a very solid foundation. When submitted to God, it is also limitless and it will seem a little out of control. You will know you hit the mark when the overflow start looking like:

Love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22b-23 NIV)

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Life Is All About Perspective

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Where Divine Destiny Meets Devoted Paths

I wish we could sit down for a cup of coffee and talk about our life history and the events that have changed us.  There is something about processing our stories that really puts things into perspective.  It is funny how my story has changed over time.  My history hasn’t but I find myself skipping over events that once served as the key points.  Everything seems to be put into perspective as the picture gets wider.

Life Is All About Perspective

This makes me wonder how God sees our lives.  He has the benefit of living both inside and outside of time. So, His perspective is unique to say the least.  Have you ever considered which events, troubles and successes would make the cut if God were to tell your story?  That is a sobering thought but I think it is worth the meditation.   My perspective has changed quite a bit on this subject.

Honestly, I didn’t always believe that God really cared about the details of my life, hardships, heartbreaks or desires.  I mostly thought of Him as a morality security system.  If I did something wrong, I was sure He would be notified and correct the issue.  Otherwise, I was sure that He was busy with something else.  So if you asked me about my divine destiny I would be at a loss for words.

Yet, the Bible makes it clear that God pays attention to us as individuals and not just as part of the whole mass of humanity.  It also says that He is not limited by time or business.  Yet, it was hard for me to digest thoughts of God watching me sleep and counting the hairs on my head.  I would almost dismiss verses like this subconsciously because I didn’t know what to do with them.  They just didn’t fit with my world view and what I “knew” about His character.

“I often think of the heavens your hands have made, and of the moon and stars you put in place.  Then I ask, “Why do you care about us humans?  Why are you concerned for us weaklings?” (Psalms 8:3-4 AMP)

What If the Bible is Right and God Does Care?

God does care.  He cares enough to give us freewill and enough to draw us closer every chance we give Him.  Even when I had no intention of turning to Him, He loved me.  When I was heartbroken he collected my tears and gently whispered promises of something better.

“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.  Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  (Romans 5:6-8 NIV)

I started a little collection of key verses that changed my heart towards God.  (Please take a minute to share your favorites in the comment box below.)  For me the Psalms 139 stands our the most and has completely changed my perspective.  In particular verses 17 and 18:

grains of sand perspective #DivineDestinyDevotedPaths“How precious to me are your thoughts, God!  How vast is the sum of them!  Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you.” (Psalm 139:17-18 NIV)
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.  And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29-31 NIV)
“You have taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Your bottle.  Are they not recorded in Your book?” (Psalms 56:8 AMP)
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.  I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.  You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” – (John 15:13-16 NIV)

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Devoted Paths | A lifestyle of spiritual overflow

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Live a life of Spiritual Overflow

Where Divine Destiny Aligns with Devoted Paths

Peter walking on water
Spiritual overflow does not come by chance.  We are constantly being depleted and our connection to God is the only long-term answer.  Our daily focus plays such a huge role in determining how we live and view the world around us. 

I am reminded of the story in the Bible where Jesus asks Peter to get out of the boat and walk to him on water.  The second that Peter began to take his eyes off Jesus he sank.  I can totally identify.  The wind and the waves can be so overwhelming sometimes.  It is so easy to focus on what’s next or what I need rather than the blessings.

Even in the worst storms this world has to offer, we have to focus on God’s character and promises.  Stop and consider how amazing it is that the God of the universe is constantly calling to us, ready to grab our hand in our moment of weakness. 

A Grateful Heart is a choice | Rejoice and Be Thankful

When Peter got back into the boat he had a choice.  He could sulk about his failure, try to get others to focus on him or he could join in as everyone praise Jesus.  A grateful heart opens us up to God’s supernatural power that will lift us above our circumstances.

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.  For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. (Romans 1:20-21 NIV)
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 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.  Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:4-9 NIV)

Spiritual overflow

Live a life of Spiritual Overflow

A few years ago, I heard a sermon on being thankful.  I remember being challenged to wake up with the intention of appreciating every moment in that day.  Starting from opening my eyes.  God thank you for my eye sight, my comfortable bed, clean sheets and pillows.  Thanks for my feet to stand on and legs that work.  Thanks for teeth to brush and a place to call home.  Thank you for making every day new and the sunlight to warm my skin.  And on and on…. 

Once started it did seem like I could have gone on and on but once I stopped it was like I needed jumper cables to start again.  I had a 1972 VW bus once with a bad alternator.  My daily essentials included jumper cables, an electrical battery charger, an exceptionally long extension cord and a knowledge of the nearest plug before I stopped the car.  If all else failed (heaven forbid) of if I stalled at a red light, I was a master at convincing people to help me push starting my Volkswagen it by popping the clutch.   

I tell you what, if that Bus taught me anything it was the advantage of keeping the engine running. Similarly, the more we thank God for the things commonly taken for granted, the easier it will be for us to keep an attitude of joyful generosity.  It is time for us to actively accept God’s favor with an open heart and arms lifted up.  No matter how much thanksgiving we give, it will never be more that what we have received.  It is impossible to out give God!

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. (Malachi 3:10 NIV)
Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. (Nehemiah 8: 10 NIV)

Better to Give than Receive

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10 NIV)

Now read it in the Amplified Version.  I encourage you to read it slow and soak in how each word is unpacked for us.

For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us]. (Ephesians 2:10 AMP)

When I read this Bible verse, I know that I am not on this earth by chance.  I feel loved, cherished and energized to claim my unique divinely given destiny. It is time for us to accept God’s favor with an attitude of thankfulness.  The product of this lifestyle change will be nothing less than an overflow of spiritual fruit.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23 NIV)

When God looks deep into our soul He sees beauty and potential. Our design was not random or careless. Every detail was intentional like the brush strokes of a masterpiece. Uniquely created in His image, we have all been graciously gifted. Some us are meant to guide, others influence, navigate and support. In different ways, we are destined to build each other up and shine His glory.

A Super Human Energy That Overflows

We have lock away the very DNA of our being a mandate to shine some unique and beautiful manifestation of our majestic Creator.   There is a super human energy that overflows from our lives as we walking in our God given calling and identity.  I am determined to claim this spiritual overflow as a gift and allow God to make it part of my norm. Let us embark together as if to start afresh each day.

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Embark on the Destiny Journey

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Where Divine Destiny Meets Devoted Paths

My destiny journey started a little rough.  I went through a honeymoon phase and then the hardships of this world started to weigh me down.  I thought that God was punishing me or opposed me for not being good enough.  I know that sounds very harsh and aggressive.  Honestly, it is hard for me to admit that out loud but this was a deep-rooted misconception that I had about God’s attitude towards me. There was so much of my dad’s character that I unjustly and unintentionally put on God.  I saw His majesty from a safe distance but drawing closer to Him seemed a little dangerous.  

Embark on the Destiny Journey

Embark on the Divine Destiny Journey

I loved the idea of being right with God and going to heaven.  I said the right prayers.  I went to church more than once a week.  I served in leadership and volunteered where I could.  But on the inside, I was caught somewhere between a pending judgement and striving to be a better person.  With God at arm’s length and a fear to let others down, the path seemed to be anything but light and joyful.

Luckily, God is never satisfied with any skewed version of His character.  Hearing His words and trusting them fully is a challenge, sometimes even to the weathered follower of Christ. I was sure I was traveling alone but I could not have been more mistaken.  First, about who God is and second about my standing with Him.

To embrace our divine destiny is to embrace the process of getting to knowing the only one true God for who He really is. In a quest for truth, freedom and fulfillment, we should all be challenged to sort through the things we believe and why we believe them.  I have found that anything other than the absolute truth is a trap.

“O taste and see that the Lord [our God] is good; How blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who takes refuge in Him.” Psalm 34:8 Amplified Bible (AMP)
“Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true [supreme and sovereign] God, and [in the same manner know] Jesus [as the] Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:3 Amplified Bible (AMP)
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”  Romans 12:2 New International Version (NIV)

Welcomed with a Divine Smile

God is not hiding from us.  When we devote ourselves to knowing God more we will not be disappointed.  He graciously receives the tiniest muster seeds of faith with a smile on His face.  The whole Bible is the story of His love for humanity and desire to be in a close loving relationship with us.  There is no need to settle for less than all we were created for.

“I came that you may have LIFE and life to the full” – John 10:10 New International Version (NIV)

I also found that God alone can satisfy my heart’s longing for more in this life.  Every time I am distracted I am reminded again of this truth.  Despite my wavering resolve, God’s plan always remains the same and it is more than just survival and quick fixes to loneliness and boredom.  To His glory and by His grace, we have been uniquely created and fully equipped to carry out His purposes with excellence. This abundant life is offered freely and is the key to an overflowing ministry lifestyle.  Nevertheless, God will not force his divine destiny on us.

The start, middle and end of our destiny journey will involve a growing understanding of God’s goodness.  Unlike religion, God wants to loosen the ties that judgement and the demands of being good has on us.  My soul has always been and will always be thirsty for that kind of spiritual freedom!

“Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take and drink the water of life without cost.” – Revelation 22:17 Amplified Bible (AMP)oceans edge jaco facebook #DivineDestinyDevotedPaths

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A Testimony of God’s Grace | Hannah Rico Fletcher

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Where Divine Destiny Aligns with Devoted Paths

It is a blessing to look back on my life and remember where I came form.  This is my testimony of how God reaches out to us in love and how His power restores and redeems us.  #DivineDestinyDevotedPaths

“The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom…  3 Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; 4 say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.” 5 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.  6 Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert. 7 The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs. In the haunts where jackals once lay, grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.” -Isaiah 35:1, 3-7 New International Version (NIV)

A testimony of God’s Grace by Hannah Rico Fletcher

Despite Satan’s best efforts and schemes my story is a testimony of God’s grace, faithfulness and His desire to redeem and restore me.   I was born into a religious family.  My dad was a pastor.  We had family devotionals and nightly prayers.  My three sisters and I sat in the front row of each service and were rewarded for singing the loudest and memorizing scriptures.  Nevertheless, our image and reputation seemed to be the true motivator.  If we dared to step out of line we were severely punished for it.

Religion didn’t work for me.  I decided that I didn’t want to have anything to do with God or His representatives and I searched for life in other places. My pursuit of purpose was misguided, slightly reckless and self-destructive.  I continually felt hopeless, dead and empty inside.  And I found love to be the most mistreated four letter word every used.  I imagine that others would say that I was a lost cause destined for bitterness, anger and worldliness.

“The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me. 5 The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me. ” – Psalm 18:4-5

BUT GOD! The core of my testimony.

During this stage of my life, I know I was a handful BUT GOD loved me! That is the only explanation for what happened next.

The assistant pastor of my mom’s church started volunteering with the youth group.  He took it upon himself to sit my two older sisters and I down for a serious talk.   I just turned 14 and I was sure we did something wrong.  He started by letting us know that he was aware of our home life and that both he and God were heartbroken about it.

He wanted us to know that we had a choice.  We could allow Satan to have the victory and continue the cycle with unhealthy relationships or we could allow God to step in.  He challenged us to forgive my dad and allow God to fill the role of my father.    I felt his genuine love for us without expecting anything in return.  I trusted him.  This was a miracle and has since become one of my proofs that God is gracious.

In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.  The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because he was angry.  Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it.  He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet. 10 He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind.  11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him—  the dark rain clouds of the sky. 12 Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning.  13 The Lord thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.  14 He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy, with great bolts of lightning he routed them.  15 The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at your rebuke, Lord, at the blast of breath from your nostrils. 16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.  17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.” – Psalm 18:6-17

A gift for Jesus on His birthday

Eze 11:19 Testimony of a new heartThat Christmas I gave Jesus a gift for his birthday.  I gave Him my hurt and unforgiveness which turned into the gift that kept on giving because the abuse continued until my father left my family on Christmas Eve.  Nevertheless, I had a new hope and healing began to take its course despite my circumstances.  Listen to what Isaiah 61 says about Jesus’ mission:

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.  He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.”  Isaiah 61:1 New International Version (NIV)

God’s truth met me right where I was.  His love and kindness amid hardship gently called me to change.  I couldn’t explain the transformation that was taking place.  I remember getting high with my friends and finding some excuse to leave so I could read the bible.  Within two years I had read the whole thing and in the process God had won my heart.

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” -Hebrews 4:12 New International Version (NIV)
“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.  10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. 16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.  17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.” -Psalm 51:1-2, 10-11, 16-17 New International Version (NIV)

Redemption and Restoration

My life is a testimony of God’s desire to redeem and restore.  To do so he need to give me a firm foundation and remove the destructive alternatives to His Lordship.  At first I believed that I was alone on the journey but I could not have been more mistaken.  God continued to send people to encourage, correct me and challenge me to continue taking steps of faith.  The more I tasted true life and freedom the more it became my devoted path.

I would love to be encouraged by your testimony of God’s love and the story of how you devoted yourself to Him.  Reply in the comments or just add the hashtag:  #DivineDestinyDevotedPaths

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Where Divine Destiny Meets Devoted Paths

I’m Hannah Rico Fletcher and I am excited to share life with you through this Divine Destiny Blog.  I pray that 2017 is the best year ever for both of us.  I made a resolution to grow in joyful and generous giving.  This renewed commitment is going to be great for me because I got caught living with a poverty mentality.  My focus had been on what I was lacking instead of the abundance of blessings that I have. 

It is time for a complete transformation of mind and heart and I am more than ready.  I am determined to claim the fullness of God’s blessings for me. The remodel has begun, walls are coming down and old window coverings are being thrown away.  The demolition isn’t complete but I already am starting to identify with the upgrade.  I can’t wait to see what God and I can do together and I hope the same for you. 

Let us journey together as we eagerly wait for and enjoy the overflow of God’s love.  We can stay connected through Facebook or by adding #DivineDestinyDevotedPaths to your own journey post.  

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Searching for the Purpose of Life

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.  16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.  17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!  How vast is the sum of them!  18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you.”  – Psalms 139:13-18 New International Version (NIV)

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:8-10 New International Version (NIV)

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord” – Jeremiah 29:11-14a

Your Unique Divine Destiny

Psalms 139 is an amazing chapter of the bible.  If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading it you need to do so right away.    I can just picture God watching over us like a loving father, constantly thinking of us and making plans to give us hope and a future. God is so intentional.  As I get to know God better I can easily see that nothing is wasted or by accident.  Everything and everyone has their place in the world but I did not always understand this.

Looking back to the journals of my youth I can see that my search for life started very early on.  I was grasping for the meaning of life, a glimmer of person of anything close to a divine destiny. Deep down I knew something was wrong. I could not quite grasp the purpose of my existence and all the brokenness that seemed to surround me. My vision was crowded by injustice, hidden emptiness, apathy, counterfeit distractions and discouraging roadblocks. There was a desperation inside of me. 

I was missing something.

Success? Security? Sex? Romance? Money? Fame? Adventure? No matter how close I got to fulfilling these desires and goals, true holistic fulfillment alluded me. The more I filled my life with these worldly solutions the more I realized I was chasing mirages of happiness. There had to be more to this life, a more meaningful final destination, a bigger story. 

Unfortunately, the last place I was willing to look was to God but that didn’t stop Him from coming to me.  It was this aching hunger and longing that drove me down the divine path which I was created to embrace.  My journey had just begun and what was about to happen was more exciting than what I could fathom at the moment

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