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In the last post of this series, I blogged about how walking in our purpose requires that we live out God’s word, as well as implement practical tactics to obtain and maintain a purposed career. The success of our careers is dependent upon our application of the Word of God in our lives, as well as the choices we make.  We have to place God first in our careers.   Staying connected with God is our insurance that we will walk in our unique purpose. By spending time with Him, the Lord will direct our paths.  I fully believe that God is the author and finisher of our lives and in everything we do, we need Him.  I caution you to not treat this blog post as a blueprint for success, but more so as an opportunity to refresh your perspective about your career plan. 

Although there is no cookie cutter approach or formula for success, there are some very practical tactics that we can employ to add value to the workplace or in our entrepreneurial endeavors.  We can begin by assessing the market’s needs against our personal resources.  In this post, the market refers to our employer, business or our ministries.  What are your employer’s needs?  What does your business need to elevate it to the next level?  What are the needs of your ministry? Then begin assessing your resources.  What values, gifts talents, skills, competencies and qualities can you contribute to your employer/business/ministry to meet the needs?  This requires that we broaden our thinking to discover our unique combination of resources.  Ask God for discernment in assessing the market to determine the most opportune places, methods and timing to contribute your resources.

Our success depends upon our ability to step out of the box in our thinking and to not box God in.  Consider changing your mindset.  Think of yourself as a co-proprietor.  We are joined together with God on this journey. He is our partner.  Our career decisions have to be in action with His word and will.  Additionally, our comprehensive brand has to be reflective of His kingdom.  We have to manage ourselves like a co-proprietorship business regardless of who we work for.  We represent God who has called us to do His work.  We need to be deliberate about seeking Him for opportunities to add value to the market.

Heavenly Father, we thank You for equipping Your daughters to carry out Your will.  Lord we ask that You perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish us to be the women You created us to be.  In everything that we do, may it bring glory to Your name.  Teach us in the way that we should go. Lead us in a path of righteousness.  We submit to Your transformation and the renewing of our minds.  Our desire is to live in wisdom and to walk boldly where you have ordained us to go. Help us to stay focused on our assignments and bless us to be a blessing to others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Points to Ponder:

  • James 3:17 teaches us that the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 
  • Proverbs 24:14 reminds us that Wisdom is sweet to our soul and if we find it, there is a future hope for us.
  • Psalm 119:133 directs us to establish our footsteps in God’s word, so no iniquity has dominion over us.

What a mighty God we serve!

Employ purposed living,

Aziza Bailey

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In my own struggles of the past few weeks in dealing with ambiguity in churches across the nation, I took my concerns and worries to God.  He birthed the following prayer through me.  Satan wants us preoccupied with chaos to keep us from living out our faith and the work that God has for us to accomplish.  In my cry out to the Lord, His continual theme was that He will deal with the transgressions of man, but He requires that we COMPLETELY focus on Him.  I urge each of us to focus on our vertical relationship with the Father.  We have a human tendency to look at the speck of sawdust in our brother’s eye while paying no attention to the wood beam in our own eye. Let’s use this season as a time to self-examine and make corrections in our lives.  Jesus said it best in John 8:7 when He said that the person who is sinless should be the first to throw a stone.  Brothers and sisters of Christ, join with me in prayer this week.  We EACH have Kingdom responsibilities and purposes to accomplish.

Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus, I pray for an open spirit and a godly heart for each of us.  We bind and cast down miscommunication, confusion, suspicion, lies, destruction of your ministry, pride, the spirit of gossip, arrogance, self-serving agendas, negative attitudes and  false confidence.  We will not be seduced from the secret place of intimacy with You, God.  In ALL that we do Lord, we proclaim that we will not lose sight of Jesus or the great commission. Father, we will not be sons and daughters of pride.  We will be steadfast about being broken before You.

We speak against condescending attitudes about the body of God.  We will not dishonor Your authority, God.  We speak into the life of every leader in our churches and join together in agreement that EVERY leader will operate under the complete direction of the Holy Spirit in all of our words and actions and will yield to Your voice Lord.  We bind satan’s attempts to stifle spiritual growth and the development of current and future leaders. We will not rely on carnal strategies or conventional tactics, but EACH of us will DAILY go before Your throne for self-examination and direction.  Thy word is a lamp unto our feet, and a light unto our paths (Psalm 119:105).  We speak against hands that shed innocent blood, hearts that devise wicked plans, false witnesses who speak lies and discord among brothers and sisters. Father, we rebuke the progression of sinful attitudes and we ask You to break our hearts so we may ALL be healed.

We thank You for Your wisdom that crowns us.  Our feet will not be swift to running toward evil.  We cast down the accuser of the brethren.  Father show us our hidden areas of darkness. Rebuke us and bring forth Your correction, leaving no area unexamined.  We give all areas of self-righteousness to You and we thank You that we are cleansed by the blood of Jesus.  We put miscommunication, misunderstandings and misperceptions under our feet. Father, we thank You for keeping suspicion, mistrust and distorted images out of our hearts and minds. We will not allow the enemy to twist Your truths or to rob us from our purposes.  We stand in faith on Your word and Your purpose for our lives in this season at our church.  Lord, crush our hearts to repent.  We humble ourselves. We thank you for strengthening us for the battle. We are triumphant over this and every circumstance the devil brings our way.  We cast down all negative and ungodly spirits.

We have unwavering faith in You, Lord. You have individually and uniquely equipped each of us to do a great work in our church, in our communities and in this world.  Bless our synergies and our relations with one another.  We ask that You stir up the gifts in us.  Have Your way Lord.  None of us and ALL of You.  Rekindle our commitments and our focus to do Your great work.  Anoint our hands and feet to live out the faith on this day and every day.  Touch us so that we walk BOLDLY in our calling and that we honor You in all that we do. In the matchless name of Jesus we pray, Amen. 

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When reading the bible, we can’t ignore natural laws, nor can we ignore the powerful living Word that comes from none other than God Himself.  Walking in our purpose requires that we live out God’s Word. Likewise, maintaining success in the workplace requires that we implement practical tactics along with consistent application of the Gospel.  The two are inseparable. 

Many of us are in different phases of our careers.  Some of us have had a carefully planned career path, while others have felt like they’ve stumbled into role after role with no plan in place at all. God has always been there with you along the way.  He has placed people in your path to bless you. The Lord has given you the wisdom needed to make critical decisions at work.  Even when we miss the mark and veer left to detour, God is there to guide us back on track where we belong.  Regardless of where we are now or how we got here, the success of our careers is dependent upon our application of the Word of God in our lives, as well as the choices we make.  Most of us realize that we desperately need God in our marriages, relationships and in order to raise our children.  However, many of us haven’t placed God first on our journeys toward a purposed career.  In everything we do, we need Him. 

As Christians, the Bible teaches us that God has given each of us spiritual gifts to contribute to His kingdom.  Spiritual gifts are given to us by God for the sole purpose of His church.  He created us to uniquely operate in our gifting and our gifts aren’t reliant upon any training we’ve received or in our proficiencies.  We also have talents or skills which can complement our gift(s).  For example, exhortation is my primary spiritual gift. Writing and speaking are talents that I use alongside my gift.  God supernaturally blessed me with gift of exhorting His daughters.  Spiritual gifts do not depend upon natural talents or developed skills and competencies.  However, I’ve taken classes and workshops to sharpen my writing and public speaking talents.  Although the spiritual gifts are given by God for us to bless His Kingdom, many people find that their gift(s) carries over into the secular workplace.  I don’t think it’s a coincidence that exhortation is my primary spiritual gift and my 9-5 job is in human resources which requires that I use counseling skills on a daily basis.

Writing and speaking are not my only talents.  I also design jewelry, decorate cakes, cook and have leadership strengths.  Think about it, I would experience burn-out if I tried to operate in all of my talents.  However, many people are overwhelmed because they try to employ all of their talents.  Just because we may be talented at doing many things, it does not mean that God has designed us to invest significant resources or time in all of those areas.  In other words, just because you can do something, it doesn’t mean that you should make it your focus.  Confusion is a time waster.  Staying connected with God is our insurance that we won’t waste our talents or abilities doing things that are outside of the unique purpose He has for us.

I encourage you to spend the next few weeks realigning yourself either by pursuing or recommitting to your spiritual gifts, as well as begin identifying the talent(s) He wants you to put to work.

Points to Ponder:

  • Study spiritual gifts, which are found in Romans 12:6-8 (seven gifts), I Corinthians 12:8-10 (nine gifts), I Corinthians 12:28 (eight gifts), I Corinthians 12:29-30 (seven gifts), and Ephesians 4:11 (four gifts). 
  • There are many books, assessments and other internet resources aimed at helping people discover their spiritual gifts.
  • Be deliberate about spending time in prayer asking God to give you wisdom concerning your talents and your spiritual gifts. Pray that He guides your steps.  Read and study Proverbs 4.  Ask God to show you the plan He has designed for you.
  • Spend time studying God’s word and remain in prayer concerning your purpose.  Once you receive revelation, don’t just listen to God’s word, implement it (James 1:22).

My next blog post in this series will provide advice concerning practical steps we can take to obtain a purposed career.

Employ purposed living,

Aziza Bailey

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Many women have asked me about the significance of being a princess versus a queen.  In other words, why did I choose Purposed Princess as the name of my inspirational ministry as opposed to referring to women of God as being queens?

Although, both characteristics reflect our God given responsibilities to walk in dominion and authority, the term princess resonated with me more.  There are countless women and teens that have an enormous need to be loved by a father and to know God as such.  Due to either mental, emotional or the physical absence of earthly fathers, many of us have become accustomed to fatherlessness.  Living this way affects our ability to fully accept, love and connect with God, as well as our capability to love ourselves.  When a daughter is loved by a father, she’s less likely to settle for mediocrity and will hold out for God’s best.  Additionally, some of us have had wonderful relationships with our earthly fathers, but still struggle with our connection with God and don’t see Him as a loving Dad.  Experiencing God as our Father opens our hearts to His appreciation, grace, gentleness and passion for us.  

There is abundant power in knowing you are His princess and that you were made royal in His Kingdom (Revelation 1:6).  Once we know our identity, we are able to walk firmly in our destiny.  Purposed Princess strives to spread the love of God so that every woman and girl can boldly employ purposed living and know that she is her Daddy’s girl!

Be abundantly blessed,

Aziza Bailey

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Fear can cause spiritual paralysis where we experience a deterioration of faith accompanied by a loss of purpose.  At one point or another in life, this can happen to all of us.  Whether we’re afraid of moving to a new location, getting married, starting over in a new career, giving a challenged marriage a 333rd chance, or taking on an overwhelming project with limited qualifications.  Fear is such a powerful emotion and if fed, it can have lifelong devastating effects. 

Fear starts with a suggestion from satan.  With one simple suggestion, we begin to doubt God’s power.  That doubt grows in our hearts and minds until we become paralyzed in our abilities to walk in our purpose.  Has satan told you it’s too late for you to go to school or that you should postpone relocating until certain conditions are met?  Has satan tricked you into thinking all marriages fail or that you shouldn’t walk in forgiveness?  Has the devil suggested that God can’t fully restore your broken marriage or bless you through conception and childbirth?  Has satan suggested a list of reasons why you’re under qualified to finish the project God gave you or why you’re not good enough to start you own business or ministry?  The devil is only capable of making suggestions.  That’s the only trick he has in his little bag.  Our Heavenly Daddy has given us power to cast down all fears by proclaiming His word boldly over our lives.  Think about what would happen if each one of us tapped into God’s power, ignored satan’s suggestions and walked in our God given purpose.  I don’t know about you, but I believe what God has said about me.

The power of ONE God + Faith filled actions of ONE individual = Victorious results.  Sisters, don’t let satan paralyze your purpose.  Instead, strengthen your wings and get ready to soar!

Employ purposed living,

Aziza Bailey

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The path of a believer, although sometimes off the mark due to relying on human capability, is made righteous solely because we are loved by a merciful God.  When we look back over our lives at the numerous mistakes we’ve made and take a snapshot of where we are today, we can’t help but give thanks.  Only the power of God can clean up a wreck and bring wisdom to a foolish heart.   

Join with me in spending some time in the loving arms of the Lord today. Praise Him for making our path’s straight.  Don’t get stuck looking backwards, the love, grace and wisdom of God ensures our journeys are victorious!  

Employ purposed living, 

Aziza Bailey 

 

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Now that you have a clearer direction concerning the unique purpose of your existence and have proclaimed your vision.  So let’s begin mapping out the process of using personal performance goals to realize our mission and vision.  Goals speak to the what, how and when by driving a series of actions to attain a specific outcome.  For instance, wanting to lose fifteen pounds clarifies what I want to achieve.  Spending 45 minutes on my treadmill each day and sticking with a healthy meal plan identifies how I will go about losing weight.  The only essential element that’s missing is the identification of when I want to achieve my goal.  I think losing fifteen pounds by June 30, 2010 is a challenge, but it is still achievable.  In order to fulfill the things God placed us on this earth to accomplish, we have to be good stewards of our time and resources.  I could have easily said that I wanted December to be my target date, but then the goal wouldn’t have stretched me.  You may have also heard of S.M.A.R.T. goals, which ensures goals are Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely.

Now that you know how to establish personal performance goals, reflect back on your mission and vision statements and ask yourself the following questions:

  • What do I need to accomplish to achieve my mission and vision?  What specific things do I want to achieve?
  • How will I proceed with making my mission and vision a reality?  How will I go about making it happen?  How should I align my steps?
  • When do I want to accomplish each goal?

Walking in our dominion and authority requires us to be led by God.  By spending time in prayer, our Heavenly Daddy will guide and direct our paths.  After you’ve meditated on the above questions and have spent time in prayer, begin by transitioning your aspirations into S.M.A.R.T.  goals.

The Purposed Princess Blog is focused on removing the excuses, which we all have.  Let’s be diligent about putting action behind our faith.  I will be first in line to admit that I need to kick it up a notch so I can continue to be about my Daddy’s business.

Employ purposed living!

Aziza Bailey

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