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I am asking you to get quiet with God. I would love for you to take one minute right now to pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you into understanding your choices over the last 48 hours. Who do you need to apologize to, and for what? (Without making excuses or finding fault with yourself to gain sympathy.) Ask Him to reveal the things within you that does not please Him.
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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional (Day 189)

Written by: LaVonda McCullough

Guiding Scripture: Romans 8:26, “Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” 


🔴 What Holds Us Back?

One of the biggest things holding us back from praying is not knowing where to start. Isn’t that always the most challenging part? Just starting?

What’s holding you back?

~ Are you worried about not having the “right” words to say and that you will mess it up and turn God off forever?

~ Do you nervously wonder if your words will align with God’s desire for you?

~ Perhaps you’re waiting for some clear guidance and a nudge to point you in the right direction?

Whatever it is,

NOW is the time to connect with God and start communicating with Him. If you are overwhelmed with this idea and not clear on what to pray, you can rest in the promise from Romans 8. He wants you to set aside intentional time to talk about what’s on your mind. He desires an intimate relationship with you. And God has provided a way for you, so you don’t have to worry about having the right words.

The Holy Spirit lives in us, and He knows the will of God, so He cries out with that knowledge for us when we are unsure of ourselves.

We can find rest in the silence as we invite the Holy Spirit to pray through us and intercede on our behalf.

The Message version says “in our wait” instead of “in our weakness.” Are words hard to come by right now? In this season? Well, friend, my heart has been heavy and overcome with grief, and there were no words of what to say; I am grateful for the presence of the Holy Spirit, who is a Comforter.

-Or maybe you asked and prayed the same prayer so many times that you just don’t know what else to say. Persevere.

Don’t stop.

Allow those days of no words to become the days of persevering in silence and letting the Holy Spirit intercede for you. The time is now to welcome the Holy Spirit to pray on your behalf and bring peace like never before.



LaVonda McCullough: CEO & Founder of Joyful Journey, she is a Biblical Life Coach, Author, Speaker and Co-Pastor specializing in women empowerment. We invite you to connect with LaVonda on Facebook & Instagram. Visit www.lavondamccullough.com for more information. 


This devotional was submitted by LaVonda McCullough, 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 Day 189

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Chronicles 5:18-6:81, Acts 26:1-32, Psalm 6:1-10, Proverbs 18:20-21

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Bible Study & Devotional Day 166

Written by: Torrie Slaughter

Guiding Scriptures: 1 Kings 14:5 ‘But the Lord had told Ahijah, “Jeroboam’s wife is coming to ask you about her son, for he is ill, and you are to give her such and such an answer. When she arrives, she will pretend to be someone else.”


Have you ever pretended to be someone else to gain information? Perhaps you’ve changed your voice over the phone or asked someone to hide your identity and work on your behalf. No matter the circumstance, most of us have disguised ourselves at some point.

In November 2018, I shared a spoken word poem titled, ‘I’m Just Saying‘ and the opening line, “My mask was so big, my disguise so elaborate I would be in these streets…Walmart, and my own mother didn’t recognize me.”


I suffered at the hand of guilt and shame for years, searching for answers to the dying things in my life. I hadn’t realized I needed to repent of my sins. Failure to follow God’s plan kept me from my purpose. But God! He profoundly got my attention because someone DID recognize me and asked, ‘Who are you trying to be?’

In today’s reading, the consequences that befell Jeroboam’s family begins to manifest. He asks his wife to disguise herself to receive confirmation. We read in 1 Kings 11:29-40 that God sent Ahijah to remind Jeroboam of the covenant. If King Jeroboam followed the commands, he would prosper.


King Jeroboam did evil in the sight of the Lord (1 Kings 12:25-33), and like Adam and Eve(Genesis 3:10), the impulse was to hide. When we seek answers, we may not want to admit our mistakes or trust God to provide. It is in those moments we cover the most significant part of our relationship with our Savior. The opportunity for others to witness His mighty work.


As you read through the chaos, ask the Lord to give you clarity. While we may not understand all the details of our lives, we can request the Holy Spirit to direct our paths. Please take off your disguise, for no one lights a lamp and places it under a basket.


 Prayer: Lord, you gave us your light, a reflection of your mercy. Please help us to follow you with our whole lives. Uncover the deceit and the high luxury we’ve placed our idols. Let us praise you in everything from the giving of our time to our attention to detail. Break our hearts for what breaks yours. We desire to honor You and present ourselves as your servants. Amen



This devotional was written by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® for A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional. Want to hear more? Tune in on Mondays and listen to Our Given Purpose the Podcast and on Fridays to Talking on Purpose with Torrie the Podcast & Internet Show. Torrie also hosts a YouTube channel of the same name. 


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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

1 Kings 14:1-15:24, Acts 10:1-23, Psalm 133:1-3, Proverbs 17:7-8

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional

Written by: Torrie Slaughter


Guiding Scripture:1 Samuel 17:23, ‘As he was talking with them, behold, the champion, the Philistine of Gath named Goliath, was coming up from the army of the Philistines, and he spoke these same words again; and David heard him . ‘


🔴 A Different Perspective

For forty days, the Israelite and Philistine armies stood opposite one another with a valley between them. It may seem unusual for two armies to resist attacking in favor of one on one combat. In this case, a brave warrior was to fight Goliath, the champion from Gath. If the Israelites succeeded, the Philistines would be their servants; if not, the reverse would hold.

Every day the armies assembled in battle formation and waited. The Israelites were terrified. No one wanted to bear the burden of losing against the Philistine army and cause the entire nation to be their slaves. Perhaps a few warriors thought they could claim victory, but fear and doubt seized their hearts.

And then David…

David had not heard the constant taunting; he was not part of the daily conversations and wavering opinions. David had a fresh perspective and bold faith. He knew God had delivered him from the claws of lions and bears, so what made the Philistine any different?

We can claim victory in many situations if we trust God. He uses our developed talents to glorify His great Name. The next time you feel burdened by fear or the terror of failure hinders you from trying- take it to the Lord in prayer.

Identify the ruminations of your thoughts by talking to the Lord through prayer. Ask God to help you strategically plan a course of action. In this way, you remove yourself from the current surroundings and enter into a healthy meditation with our Abba Father. God becomes our source of strength and power when we trust His purpose for our lives.

Has God called you to give a fresh perspective?





This devotional was written by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® for A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional. 


🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Saturday, May 15, 2021

1 Samuel 17:1-18:4, John 8:21-30, Psalm 111:1-10, Proverbs 15:11

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Bible Study & Devotional Day 127

Written By: Torrie Slaughter

Guiding Scriptures: 1 Samuel 1:11 ‘And she made a vow, saying, “Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”  

 🔴 A Good Return (Updated from 3/19/2018)

You made a promise to the Lord. You prayed to ask Him to bless you and that if He allowed it, you would give back to Him. 1 Samuel 1:11 KJV.


Isn’t the whole idea of praying for something and then receiving it- to keep it??? Why would anyone return a blessing? That’s counterintuitive! Or is it? Psalm 100:3 We do not belong to ourselves. We belong to God, and anything He allows us to have is a blessing from Him. Our choice is to acknowledge His mighty work and let Him guide us (1 Kings 3:9), or our blessing will curse us (Matthew 6:24) 

Picking up at 1 Samuel 1:11, Hannah made a vow to the Lord. She promised God, if He took away her sorrow by giving her a son, she would dedicate that child to Him. God answered her prayer, and she gave birth to a son.

1 Samuel 1:27-28 For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him: Therefore also I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord. And he worshipped the Lord there.

The end of chapter one is nothing short of amazing. Hannah revealed love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. She declared her affliction by giving it over to the Lord. Hannah was obedient to her vow of dedicating Samuel to God.

How many of us could be given such an incredible blessing and then allow God to take over? Ah, that is a place to pause and feel the tension.

We say we trust God, and we want our material things from Him. But when it comes to children or very personal requests, why is that so hard? 

Jesus prayed and asked God to bless the meager food. The portion was enough to feed thousands. -Luke 9:16

 Isn’t being obedient and serving God part of our bigger purpose?

The void of not being able to birth a child along with the constant taunting of Peninnah may have been the push she needed to pray so sincerely at Shiloh.

Is it time to take your sorrows to God? Ask Him: how does my current situation align with your plan? Perhaps what is getting under our skin and causing heartache may be our given purpose.





This devotional was written by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® for A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional. 


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Friday, May 7, 2021

1 Samuel 1:1-2:21, John 5:1-23, Psalm 105:37-45, Proverbs 14:28-29

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