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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional (January 10, 2021)

Guiding Scripture: “Take care! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired, because then you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven.” Matthew 6:2



If you think that the lines were long to reach a register to pay for your Christmas gifts, try waiting in line to return a gift.
What if we tried something new moving forward? A card that tells you a toiletry tote bag given to someone in need is the recipient of your gift.
Who would return it?

Let’s think about that and plan even more creative ideas to give meaningful gifts. Would this not be in keeping with what Jesus has done for us? We have been redeemed! God has given us the gift of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ. God wants us to share His love for His story and us with everyone  


Let’s Pray: Lord Jesus, as your children, please helps us to share our blessings with others. When you give us two toys to play with, open our hearts to be willing to give one away. As children, give us the creativity to come up with ideas to give meaningful gifts. Keep us obedient to you, compassionate and faithful in your promises to us. Thank you, our Loving 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

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Genesis 23:1-24:51, Matthew 8:1-17, Psalm 9:13-20, Proverbs 3:1-6

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Daily Bible Study with Purpose

John 3:3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”



Ever go to a store and see something that you think you want, but you are just unsure if it will fit in your home? Or maybe, you see a stunning garment and become reluctant to purchase it before shopping around? Or could it be you are indecisive and want more time to ponder?
Getting the clerk to hold the item for you seems to be a good idea until you hear, “I’m sorry store policy will not allow us to hold merchandise!”  
Now What?!  Do you feel pressured into making the purchase? But you are a quick thinker, so you ask, “What is the return policy?”  Ah! You can return the item within thirty days with the original receipt. 
Throughout life, we make decisions about whether to buy something now or to wait until later. The one thing we should never delay is the decision to believe and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Making that choice will determine where you will spend eternity and the blessings you will deny yourself of while one earth. The most regrettable would be depriving yourself of a relationship with God. To not accept Christ is to reject Him, and that is detrimental. If you have not already made Jesus, your choice now is a good time to do so. Ask Him to come into your heart and receive you into His kingdom of believers. It will be the best decision you have ever made!


~Diana L.W. Coleman

Journal Prompts

  1. Is there a difference between happiness and fulfillment?
  2. How do other people’s perceptions of you match who you actually are?
  3. What’s one thought that has been getting the best of you lately?  How has it been influencing your behavior?



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.




Daily Bible Study with Purpose

🔴 In Alignment With God

Colossians 3:23NLT  “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. “


 God’s approval should be our main objective and goal. When we seek His best way, pray, and ask Him to lead us to accomplish a task, we can be sure of the best outcome.
I had the privilege of doing a task for a dear friend in a very brief amount of time. Our friendship goes deep and has grown even more profoundly over the years. Some might call us the “ride and die” country girls’ duo! We both know what it is like to have and to have not.
Growing up poor but so rich in God’s Word, family, church, and community love. We both love to give, and we both love to bless others with what God has blessed us. Our extreme delight is to participate in growing and prospering and sharing our God-given pearls of wisdom and resources.
It’s naturally easy for us because we learned in Psalm 24 that; “1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; 2for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.”
We both know that everything turns out for the good when we have gotten it right; even the weather is beautiful! In our growing up, we learned to love God and hate evil in every form and give Him the glory in and for all things.

“Light shines on the righteous and joy on the upright in heart.” Psalm 97:11

~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.




Daily Bible Study with Purpose

🔴 Chase After God!

Bible Reading: Proverbs 4:1-27


Proverbs 4:25ESV  Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. 





Understanding- the power of abstract thought; intellect

Discover – find (something or someone) unexpectedly or in the course of a search.


The Learning Curve:

“The older I get, the more I see a straight path where I want to go. If you’re going to hunt elephants, don’t get off the trail for a rabbit. ”

~T. Boone Pickens



Rabbit trails are the infamous result of spontaneous thought.  The quest isn’t as well defined, and those who are listening may not be satisfied by the twists and turns. You may notice this more often when listening to someone reminisce about their life. This speech pattern is to be expected over a meal or while sitting on a porch swing drinking cups of tea. However, what if your teacher does this? Imagine asking a question and receiving a long-winded answer that leaves you scratching your head. You may wonder if he knew the answer or was too proud to want to research it.

Proverbs 4:25-27 Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. 26 Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. 27 Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil. 


Many of us have taken to the internet to continue education. Being in a classroom surrounded by our peers is a luxury future generations may never experience.

How will you govern your day with only a webcam and unlimited possibilities to ponder? 

God knew of this season. He knew the time would come that His created beings would be left to our own devices, literally. Proverbs 4:25-27 reminds us to stay focused no matter the circumstance. We are to keep God as the center for all we do. 

King Solomon requested wisdom because he wanted to rule the land with fairness and be a king of justice. His godly wisdom was a sought after commodity in ancient times and serves us well now. Timeless advice and insight aren’t trending matters but practical guidance for all to follow. 

Ponder the path you’ve taken. Is it taking you straight to God’s Word, or is it enticing you to mentally wander down rabbit holes? 


~Torrie Slaughter, CEO & Founder Our Given Purpose®


This devotional was written, researched, produced, and edited by Torrie Slaughter in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

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

🗞Elements of Arrogance & Pride, Weekly Devotional and News Vol 2

Hello, Person of Purpose!

This week we aired our first interview of season 4, Empower Your Growth, which was a conversation with Aleese Real & Esha Belle, co-founders of Full-Time Black Woman. In case you were not aware, I am a black woman. Navigating conversations, even with my peers, was/is uncomfortable. The feeling of knowing that I have the correct answer or can solve a problem is terrifying. So arrogance and pride crept in like a bulletproof vest of sorts protecting me if I failed.
The beginning of confidence for me made an ugly turn to Pride because I was afraid of failing. As Aleese Real & Esha Belle so accurately pointed out, we as women are quicker to shrink back even if we have been placed in a position of perceived authority. I needed our Lord, and He provided a support system of emotionally mature individuals who were standing in the arena, not judging my skin color, gender, or age.
Have you identified where your help comes from?


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Elements of Arrogance and Pride Lesson Two Week Two

On Tuesday, January 7, 2020, Our Given Purpose, the Podcast we began the course of identifying our major emotional blocks.  We start with anger and work our way through arrogance, pride, and fear. Each of these extreme emotions breeds and molds our character.  

This year my prayer is that we will all pause before we speak or react. In doing so, we become doers of the Word and not just hearers of it. James 1:19-21 is the foundation of this first 12 -week session

In Case You Missed It! Week 2 of 12 Week Arrogance & Pride Session

Our Given Purpose the Podcast, S4E3 ‘Empower Your Growth a Podcast Interview with Full-Time Black Woman


Season 4 Episode 2  Talking on Purpose with Torrie, The Internet Show  aired on Wednesday,  May 13, 2020 @Noon EST

With a special announcement!!

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Our Given Purpose The Podcast S4E4: Does Arrogance Make Cents? The Podcast

A great episode to share with your teens!


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