“But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” (Exodus 9:16)

Each and every one of us has a purpose for our life. There is something that we can do that no one else can do in this world.  It can take years to discover that purpose and sometimes seconds. It will hit you — BOOM— like a kid eager to win a game of dodgeball throwing with all his might. But, what happens when you find your purpose and muster up the strength to walk in it? Many of you think it’s a walk in the park, full of sunny side up moments, flowers blooming and birds chirping. Well, I can tell you first-hand that that is a straight up LIE. The road to purpose can be lonely, daunting, frustrating and hard.

I can’t tell you how many times I cried because I second guest myself. It just seemed too hard to take on this task the Lord gave me. I can’t tell you how many times I gave up and followed a different path. Then later realizing I won’t be fulfilled until I do what God called me to do. Friends and family left me when I needed them most. They said I was changing. Well duh, I’m growing into the woman God wants me to be. It seemed like depression plagued my spirit and God was nowhere to be found. There was a constant fight for my joy, peace of mind and faith that I always seemed to lose. I didn’t understand why this was happening to me if I was truly answering the call God has on my life.

Suddenly it hit me. When you get past a certain level of maturity in your faith the enemy can no longer entice you with the carnal things of this world— sex, drugs, and evil. The devil has to switch gears and distract you from walking into your purpose. He knows you will ultimately glorify God in the end. He whispers things in your ear, “you can’t do it”, “you’re not qualified”, “you don’t have the resources” to discourage you from moving forward on the journey. He uses the people closest to you to speak death over your plans. He brings forth opposition from every angle to fight against you. Hope begins to leave your spirit and joy leaves your heart as the enemy claims victory over your life.

But, did you know that greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world? God is bigger than our enemy. He already defeated him. When you activate your faith and understand that this suffering is not uncommon to man or to Jesus, you can stand on the hope that you will get through. See, the joy of the lord is your strength. Just knowing that he’s right there rooting for you to do well, sending his holy spirit to lead you is enough to say you WILL make it. Although you feel alone on this journey, depressed and confused,  God is right there with you. The bible says, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” (Psalm 119:105) Pick up Gods word. Read it, meditate on it, hide it in your heart. Let it be the light in the darkness while on your journey to purpose. You are not ALONE!