Do you know you were created for a beautiful purpose? Are you aware that your life counts and matters greatly to God? If you answered in the negative to either of those questions, then you are not alone.
It has been a slow, gradual realisation for me to fully see and sense those things. When your family of origin rejects you, doesn’t value who you are, you grow up feeling inadequate and unwanted, unworthy of love and affection, then it’s not surprising if you fail to think well of yourself or see purpose in your existence.
I was already living with a defeated mindset because of experiencing childhood abuse and a broken home, long before I lost my health, job and purpose due to having M.E and chronic illness. As my strength failed, so did my career as a nurse and my sense of identity.
But as Cindee Snider Re, founder of Chronic Joy Ministry, says in her latest book ‘Finding Purpose: Rediscovering Meaning in a Life with Chronic Illness’: “God calls me daily to bring my lack, my brokenness, my zero, in exchange for His enough, His strength, His all.”
Years ago, while lacking the knowledge I have now of my beloved state before God, I was miserable indeed. It’s all too easy to fail to see the holy purpose you were created for. Cindee also bears witness to the grieving process that ensues as we mourn the life and health we have lost. Her poem below gives insight into this struggle.
If, when first diagnosed with M.E almost 25 years ago, I had been given this insightful, encouraging and uplifting book to read, it would have made such a huge difference. I would have realised that “as long as we draw breath, there is hope. Because hope is the wellspring of joy.” Giving ourselves willingly to God provides us with a sense of purpose, an ability to be content and know we are blessed to be a blessing right where we are, with the love and grace we receive from Him.
My friend, it’s never too late to learn that your life has meaning and purpose. You don’t have to have had a painful past or be suffering from chronic illness to find hope and purpose in this book. All it requires is a receptive mind and heart, a willingness to want to change your perspective.
Cindee shares, through means of gently probing journal questions, relevant bible verses, quotes and wise, personal insights, how you, too, can discover that you matter and your life matters, whether you (or your loved ones) are healed or not.
You will begin to see how very much God loves you and desires you to live more freely, whatever your current circumstances might be. Freedom is more an attitude of the heart than anything else. We can alter our attitudes with God’s help and see that love is the best thing we possess to give away, because “maybe it’s less about what we can do than about how much we can love.”
You will discover the holy purpose God created you to enjoy, one that fits your unique personality and perspective. You will see that joy and contentment are more than possible, they are our birthright in Christ.
I cannot recommend this beautiful book highly enough. You can see my review here. It’s well worth getting a copy to slowly savour, allowing yourself all the time you need to journal the journey and grow into a deeper awareness of your beautiful purpose. Because you’re worth it. You really are. 🙂
Such a beautiful message of hope. Cindee is an inspiration – and so are you, my friend!
You’re right, June, Cindee has shared such a beautiful, inspirational message of hope in this book. I think we all need to hear that our lives count for something and we have a purpose in being here. Thank you for your kind words. Bless you, dear friend! xo 💜
Joy, thank you for such incredibly uplifting and beautiful thoughts here today. I loved your review of Cindee’s words here; you expressed so very well the heart of this book. I am so grateful for your dear encouragement. Blessings and Love to you! xoxo
Dear Bettie, I’m so pleased you found this uplifting. I was hoping to bless and encourage others, as well as inspire them to read Cindee’s book for themselves. I am hugely grateful to have been able to read it in advance! And I loved the thoughtful, wise reflection it drew out of you too. Blessings and love! xoxo 💜
Hi Dear Joy, it’s been a while since I’ve touched base with you. Like you, the health events that appear from time to time are disrupting to daily life.
These beautiful words about purpose are priceless. I will look for a copy of Finding Purpose.
I hope and pray that all is well for you and your family. God Bless!
Hi Nelda, it’s lovely to see you here! I’ve missed your sweet presence. I’m sorry to hear your own health challenges have been so intrusive. Chronic Illness affects us more than usual when we succumb to other things as well.
I hope and pray the clouds are lifting a little and you are feeling stronger than before. You won’t regret sourcing this beautiful book and absorbing its heartwarming truth. If you click on the title I shared it’s a direct hyperlink to the book on Amazon. If you decide to search it out yourself then it shows up easier if you add Cindee’s name after “Finding Purpose.” Hope that helps.
We’re all slowly recovering from the lingering side effects of flu and viral illness, thank you. I’m praying for you and yours, my friend. May God bless you and encourage your heart. xo 😊💜
” Giving ourselves willingly to God provides us with a sense of purpose, an ability to be content and know we are blessed to be a blessing right where we are, with the love and grace we receive from Him.” Oh, Joy, this is so true! When we surrender to God we are much more free to give love to others. This really does sound like a great book. Thank you for sharing some of her wisdom along with your own. Blessings to you with hugs and much love! xoxo
Gayl, it has taken me years to finally see the truth of those words. My impatient, independent spirit failed to recognise where the greatest joy, peace and contentment resides. I am thankful for God opening my eyes to those things and helping me to see His holy purpose in a life with chronic illness. So often we rebel against circumstances that are not of our liking and it takes time to sense the hidden blessings within them. I’ve had to learn a lot of things the hard way! Yes, Cindee has written a great book on an important topic, and I highly recommend it. Much love, blessings and hugs to you too! xoxo 💜
These are such beautiful, hope-giving thoughts here, Joy. I love how you placed meaningful quotes in beautiful photos. It sounds like this would be a great book for me, too. Love and hugs to you!
Thanks, Trudy! I really enjoyed putting the images and quotes together. I’m glad you found hope-giving thoughts here, my friend, because you never fail to share such things on your encouraging blog. I think you will be helped by reading Cindee’s book. It’s like taking a journey with a gently supportive friend who’s not afraid to ask probing questions to help move your thinking forward. The journaling aspects threw up a lot of insights for me. You discover where you might have held onto negative ideas and taken them as truth. I hope you can treat yourself to a copy and maybe blog about it later on. Do feel free to contact me if you want some extra input or support. Love and hugs! xox 💜
I feel purpose is such a big topic for anyone. For me, being in the second part of my life (my sequel, if you will) I am seeking purpose again. What does that look like after teaching for thirty years and now being retired?
Cindee’s book sounds wonderful and encouraging. And for you, even though you didn’t have this when you were first diagnosed, you have been given this beautiful gift to point you to your worthiness right where you are. Thank you for sharing “you” and how we are all wired for purpose.
Dear Mary, I can relate to being in the “sequel” part of life, although mine began several years ago when I lost my job due to having chronic illness. Maybe we’re always having to reframe what purpose means as God shifts our thinking or our life circumstances change? I spent a lot of years in the wilderness, feeling cut off from normality, my hopes and dreams lost to me.
It warms my heart to hear how you see a gifting in me that I hadn’t realised was there! Though I do seek to enjoy the journey if possible and to point others to the hope we have in Christ. Every life has meaning and purpose, despite how it might seem on the surface. May you continue to find Godly courage to walk the path He has prepared for you, while helping others along the way. Thank you so much for sharing your insights and lifting my spirits today! Blessings, love and hugs to you. xo 💜
Hi Victor, I’m glad this spoke to you. Thanks for stopping by. God bless you. 🙂
These words are filled with truth and hope, not just for those with illness, but for all of us who question our purpose. You are such an overcomer and fierce fighter for your health and joy that you show us how to have purpose in these challenges! The book sounds like a wonderful resource! Praying for you and sending love … xoxo
Hi Valerie, it’s good to know you see the wider application in Cindee’s book and how all of us are desperate to discover our purpose in life. I often fail in that task but God continues to gently pull back the curtain, revealing things I never anticipated, even as health challenges try to steal what I might desire or hope to do. Thank you so much for seeing an overcoming spirit in me. How kind and perceptive of you! It’s one I miss on my worst days, during seasons of extra sickness like I have recently been experiencing. Yes, the book is an excellent resource. It has helped me so much. Thank you for your prayers. I am truly thankful for them! Sending blessings, love , prayers and hugs to you, dear friend. Hope to catch up with you soon on your blog or via email, slowcoach that I am! xoxo 💜