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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional (January 9, 2021)

Guiding Scripture: “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you pretending to be sheep. But on the inside, they are hungry wolves.” Matthew 7:15



It is hard to breathe when wearing the mask, and it’s even more challenging to hear the person speaking to you. How many times have you said this or had something similar said to you? My mother-daughter told me that it was like doing a workout because of the oxygen levels and tada tada tada.!!! Perhaps that’s why I’m so tired when I return home. Since I’m retired, I only want to venture out when I have a doctor’s appointment – seriously! It is then that I run other errands and shop for groceries. 

Wearing the mask is a choice and a responsible decision if we want to do our small part. Can we be trusted to stay home ‘if’ we aren’t well? 

A mask can also be considered a disguise. How are you presenting yourself to others? Can they see a smile even with you wearing a mask? It is something about the approach of someone whose mask-wearing is smiling, or perhaps it is his or her Holy Spirit connecting with yours that makes the mask-wearing less cumbersome.  


Let’s Pray: Heavenly Father, thank you for your endless love towards us. Thank you for the ability to love others and that we belong to you. Forgive us, Lord, and we pray that all will come into a right relationship with you and each other to show the love and compassion you consistently and continually give to us. We love you, Lord. Amen

~Diana L.W. Coleman

This devotional was submitted by Diana L.W. Coleman, a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose. Edited by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Genesis 20:1-22:24, Matthew 7:15-29, Psalm 9:1-12, Proverbs 2:16-22

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional (January 2, 2021)

Guiding Scripture: Luke 2:11 “Today, in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” 

Suggested Additional Reading: Luke 2:1-51, John 3:1-36


In December, we celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.
It was not until the fourth century that Christians decided to celebrate the birth of Christ to replace the Roman Saturnalia with a Christian holiday. Use of the date of December 25 was chosen by Pope Julius. On December 21, 2020, Pagans celebrated the winter solstice. This is not new information and is available to read with a quick Google search. 
  • What is the true meaning of Christmas for you?
  • How do you celebrate the birth of Christ?
While you are checking out additional information on-line, take the time to read Luke chapter two. For further insight, read John chapter three and look in the concordance and explore other passages concerning Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection!
Both Hanukkah and Kwanzaa have also pulled from the winter holiday luster even though having different sustainable reasons and goals celebrate a new birth.





Let us Pray: Lord Jesus, your love for us in the expression of your willingness to leave heaven and to be born on sinful earth is unimaginable, yet you did! Thank you. We pray that we will willingly seek your love. Increase our obedience, prayers, study, and closer relationship with you and give ourselves in service and to your glory and honor. Amen

This devotional was submitted by Diana L.W. Coleman, a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose. Edited by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Genesis 3:1-4:26, Matthew 2:13-3:6, Psalm 2:1-12, Proverbs 1:7-9

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Daily Bible Study with Purpose

Stay Home A 7 Day Devotional by Casey Alexis

In this devotional, we take a tour of what it means to stay home, using the words of Jesus himself from the Gospel of John 14:1-31, as our guide.


“Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” JOHN 14:12-14 NIV


🔴 Day 5 Unlocking Greater Works


When Jesus sat and told His disciples all of these things, He was preparing their hearts for His departure. He knew the challenges they would experience and the significant loss to come. So He promised that if they believed, more wondrous works, they would be able to do. Jesus was no longer visibly with them, but that did not make them powerless. Jesus knew that being in His Father’s House gave Him the ability to respond with great urgency whenever they needed. 

Have you ever had an Insider?

Your reply should be a resounding YES! An insider is a person within a group or organization, especially someone with confidential information unavailable to others. Jesus is our Insider! No one else has the AUTHORITY nor access to the type of wisdom He has. He promises that WHOEVER believes in Him will have access and is also able to ask for anything, and it is a given. The question is, do you believe? Do you trust your Insider? Do you have faith that He will respond?

Dear God,

Thank you for the Insider that I have in Jesus. Please help me in the areas of my life where I have unbelief, doubt, worry, and fear. Please give me peace that surpasses all understanding. Remind me in those moments that your thoughts are not my thoughts, and your ways are not my ways. I know that you have a plan for me, and I trust that you will see that plan to completion.

In Jesus name, Amen

 ~Casey Alexis

This 7 Day Stay Home devotional was submitted by Casey Alexis, a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose. Edited by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


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Daily Bible Study with Purpose

John 14:26, “But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.”

Suggested Bible Reading: 1 John 4:1-21


Who is the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is the comforter, teacher, leader/guide Jesus promised to live inside believers when He returned to His/Our Father God, who is in heaven. The Holy Spirit is a person – the person of Jesus Christ! Because the Holy Spirit is the very being of Jesus Christ, we should never refer to the Holy Spirit as a thing.

We know by reading God’s Word what He likes. God tells us in His word to not believe every spirit but to test the spirits to see if they are from God or if from a false prophet.
Any spirit that does not recognize and acknowledge that Jesus Christ was born in the flesh and is from God is not from God and therefore is not the Holy Spirit but is the spirit of the antichrist of this world.


Let’s pray: Holy Spirit, we welcome you into our heart, and we thank God for His only Son Jesus Christ. Who gave us you to live within us to guide, lead, and keep us Holy. We are acceptable to you by His long-suffering, grace, and love. Thank You, Abba Father Amen 

~Diana L.W. Coleman


This devotional was written by Diana L.W. Coleman a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose®. Edited by Torrie Slaughter in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

© Torrie Slaughter, LLC; Torrie Slaughter Photography, and Our Given Purpose® 


Daily Bible Study with Purpose

🔴 Are you Ready for Home Coming!

A Devotional written by Diana L.W. Coleman for Our Given Purpose®


Bible Reading: John 14:1-14, Psalm 84:1-12, Psalm 18:1-50


Psalm 18:20 The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.



🔴 Living in my grandparents’ home as a child, every third Sunday in August was significant to our Chestnut Grove community (located in previously named Agricola, Virginia). All the flower beds had to be carefully weeded, vegetable gardens, trees had to be whitewashed with lime solution, grass cut, and the road freshly graveled. Everywhere including the chicken coops, barns, smokehouse, and even the “outhouse” actually got store-bought toilet paper to put on top of the Sears catalog. 

Inside the house: walls were dusted, washed, or freshly painted, from ceilings to baseboards. The floors being waxed and shined was the favorite chore because we as children made a game of pulling each other on old woolen sweaters and scarves across the floor until the floors looked like glass. Once done, we would wait to see which relative from out of state would arrive first. 

Beginning on Friday to be in place for Saturday activities: the barbecue (with Uncle John on the grill and the scent of his cherry tobacco filled pipe mixing with the aroma of the meats), baseball, “Jack Rocks,” Hide and Seek, “Mama May I,” card games, marbles, “Simon Says” and more. 

 The culminating daylong event was spending Sunday at Church. After the morning service was “dinner on the grounds” when we would go from one beautiful linen-covered tables with baskets and dishes of mac and cheese, yams, fresh greens, fried chicken, country ham, roast beef, homemade yeast rolls, cake, pie, choosing our favorites from who we thought had the best.  

As an adult, having fond memories of this time in my life, I am reminded of an even better homecoming. I must prepare with the same enthusiasm and anticipation.

Jesus promised us in John 14, “…I go to prepare a place for you. [3] And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. “

How are you preparing for His Homecoming?

Are you cleaning out the sin of unforgiveness, unrighteousness, and injustice? Are you kindhearted and trustworthy?

As we would sing back in the day, “Yield Not to Temptation” – will you pray and just ask the Savior to help you?



~A Devotional by Diana L.W.Coleman


This devotional was written by Diana L.W. Coleman a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose® Edited by Torrie Slaughter in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

© Torrie Slaughter, LLC, Torrie Slaughter Photography, and Our Given Purpose ®, 2020.