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Daily Bible Study with Purpose

Psalm 100:4 “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.”


🔴 Praying Thanks

T.hanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34
H.ear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary. Daniel 9:17
A.ll Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking,   
                  correcting and training in righteousness, 2 Timothy 3:16
N.ot 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 2:9, 10
K.ind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
S.alvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. Hebrews 2:3
G.race and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17b
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6
V.irgin will conceive and give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel.  Isaiah 7:14b
I will never leave you nor forsake you. Joshua 1:5
N.either circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation. Galatians 6:15
God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 13:3b


~Diana L.W. Coleman

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.


Prayer isn’t only for special holidays but a habit we should create. Communication with God through the Holy Spirit is the way to maintain light in our dark world. Pray without ceasing and remember God is mindful of you. 

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.

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


Daily Bible Study with Purpose

Job 38: 4-5 Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?  Tell me if you have understanding. 5 Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?



Whenever you are agitated or anxiety keeps you awake, remember that God is in charge! He does not need our help to complete His divine ordered plan. So a good time to pray: “Lord in your divine right order.”

Or perhaps you are just perpetuating your useless energy into the mix of a situation. Not offering a solution might cause more harm than good if you continually insert yourself. A good time to pray: “Lord, your divine right order.”

Let’s face it; at times, we all get overwhelmed and feel at our wit’s end. When we rely on His Holy Spirit to guide us to God’s truth and give us His peace, we can see the incredible working power of God. He brings everything in alignment with His perfect will and His Divine Right Order! There is no situation that He cannot handle!


Let us pray: Creator God, only you have given orders to the morning and shown the dawn its place. You and you alone can calm the seas and tell the oceans to be still. You who comprehend the vast expanses of the earth can take the light and darkness to their dwelling places and release each at your proper time. Help us, Lord, to trust and obey you and to adhere to your divine right order. 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.

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


Overcoming By Grace, an Interview with Elizabeth Owusu

Show Notes: Our Given Purpose the Podcast

Elizabeth Owusu is the Founder & Writer of

Gracefully Broken

Connect and read:

Gracefully Broken the Website & Blog

Connect with Elizabeth Owusu on Instagram


Hello, People of Purpose!

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🗒Are you ready to do your work? Listen to our current series ‘Elements of Arrogance & Pride‘!

Who is Elizabeth Owusu:

Elizabeth is from Fredericksburg, Virginia, and the primary writer of the Christian blog Gracefully Broken. She seeks to encourage people to turn their pain and brokenness into their purpose by sharing her personal experiences. Elizabeth is also a college student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), majoring in Political Science and Sociology. Her goal is to use her gifts to implement change in our criminal justice system. Through her presence in various organizations on her campus, she hopes to be a living testimony. God can use our painful experiences for His glory.

The Interview:

We are meeting Elizabeth Owusu, founder of the Christian blog Gracefully Broken, at the beginning of her journey a season of preparation. We chat about her current circumstances and how her purpose will make a significant impact on this world.
I love beauty from ashes revivals, and Elizabeth has precisely done just that. Through God’s great grace and mercy, Elizabeth was transformed, and her perspective shifted. She realized that God wanted to use her pain to elevate His Kingdom. She wants us to ask, “Lord, what do you want me to do with this?” Please visit Gracefully Broken
 to read and be inspired. 

The Session- ‘Elements of Arrogance and Pride’:

We are proud to air our second interview in season four, focusing on arrogance and pride. In our conversation, Elizabeth shares her thorn and how it changed her. I hope as you listen, you will recognize some of your triggers and adjust when challenged in the future.

Journal Prompts🗒

C.larify| O.raganize| P.repare

  1. What is my thorn? Do I recognize it? 
  2. How can I pray for clarity to identify my limiting beliefs?
  3. What can I produce that will impact others?
  4. Where will my preparation lead me if I follow God’s plan?
  5. Who will be positively influenced by the steps I take now?



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Talking on Purpose with Torrie S2E11

Greeting People of Purpose!

In today’s episode of Talking on Purpose with Torrie we are diving into gratitude! As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches here in the U.S. focus on others becomes more apparent. We all have something to be thankful for and that can manifest in a number of ways. From the family, friends, and loved ones in our lives; to the endless blessings God graces us with. This is a time to practice gratitude! Thank you for continuing to pray for this ministry and connect with us on our various platforms.

I look forward to seeing you next week!



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Truth by way of Rodents

Bible Reading: Luke 12:35-40; Galatians 6:1-5

I have waited in the past but became complacent. I learned I should keep working on the things I know God gifted to me. (Luke 12:37) However, I often give in to my flesh by wandering; I tell myself that a change of scenery is a good way to “refocus”. My love for photography grew out of this escape from reality. (God even turned this into a way to share His Word) On one antsy, unfocused occasion I decided to go for a drive to clear my head. I had been studying one of the Gospels and after reading through several sermons, exhausting the theological dictionary, and going blank when attempting to answer questions, I gave in to my need to wander. So, I picked up my camera, car keys, and headed out the door. But, something didn’t feel right, I felt as though I should stay, complete what I started… but I ignored the feeling. (Luke 12:35; Colossians 4:2)

There is a long country road not far from home I like to travel. A calm scenic route that twists and turns along the riverside. I’ve driven it so often that I’ve memorized the blind spots and all the little bumps. With the nagging feeling gone I began to look for a place to stop to capture some of God’s beauty. But, just as I came around the next bend I had to slam on brakes to avoid hitting a squirrel. A Squirrel!! It had scurried out in front of me, turned back to his previous direction, only to jump onto a branch and do it all over again. I watched in amazement how scatterbrained this little rodent was and how blessed he was that I was patient enough for him to make up his mind. Are you laughing yet? Oh, the irony! I was waiting patiently for the squirrel to decide his direction. (Galatians 6:1-3)

I believe God has a sense of humor and will gently guide us back to Him, using whatever means to catch our attention. I paused and said a prayer of thanks for not allowing me to over correct the car which would have landed me in a very deep ditch. I made a very awkward u-turn and drove back home.

Sometimes the things we run from or put off, we end up leaving for someone else. God doesn’t always want us to work, He intends for us to rest as well. However, when we disobediently take advantage of His promise to give us rest by not fulfilling our duties to Him or each other that is when problems arise. (Luke 12:40; Galatians 6:5)

Let’s take a few moments and think about the things we may have left undone…

  • Who will have to finish it?
  • Who are we dependent on to pick up our slack and responsibilities?
  • What are we afraid to grow or mature in?   

Large or small, present or future, we will leave something in need of completion. How much will depend on our obedience to God and our trust in His plan for us?


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