For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope”. NLT (Jeremiah 29:11). This does not mean that life will be easy, in fact living in your purpose can be exactly the opposite. Filled with pain and struggles and doing things that you don’t want to do.
When we are born into this world, we are born with purpose. Just as our DNA and our fingerprints are unique to us, we are also unique beings when it comes to our journey, purpose, and destiny. God has a specific plan and purpose for each one of us. Our life, circumstances, physical features, and personality have all been put in place for us to fulfill our purpose. God is intentional and makes no mistakes. Romans 8:28 says “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them”. NLT
Unfortunately, we often lose sight of this and become frustrated when life happens. The struggles, hardships, loses, and pain we experience begin to weigh us down. We lose hope and want to throw in the towel, but it is when we are at our weakest that God does his best work. It is often through the trials and tribulations that we begin to walk in our purpose. These situations build character and strength, but more importantly it builds our faith. When we develop a relationship with our Father and seek His will in our lives we will find ourselves walking in our purpose. Their is purpose in your pain.
About The Author:
Gwen Goolsby-Tillery is an educator, entrepreneur, coach and transformational speaker with a passion for transforming lives, helping people develop a spirit of excellence, and inspiring people to live in their purpose. She worked in public education for over 20 years as a teacher, learning consultant, and administrator. As a result of tragic injury, which forced her to retire early, she has now walked into a new season in her life. She is now an entrepreneur maintaining several successful businesses. She is the owner of H.O.P.E LLC, which stands for Helping Others Pursue Excellence. The company offers educational services to school age children and is a partner at H.O.P.E Academy Learning Center. She is the wife of Alex Tillery and the proud mother of two girls. Gwen and her husband are the co-owners of Solid Rock Entertainment LLC, which is an entertainment company. The company provides booking services, production management, and consulting services. Finally, she is the owner of Spark 2 Inspire a business designed to help women live in their purpose. The mission of Spark 2 Inspire is to ignite woman to become all that God has created them to be. To impact their lives spiritually, physically and financially and inspire them to walk in their destiny and fulfill their purpose. She has had the opportunity to speak before youth groups, woman’s organizations and health fairs. She is also an active member of her Church.
Gwen’s formal education includes a M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University, a M.S. In Education from Hunter College, In New York City, and a B.A. in Psychology from Lehman College, Bronx, NY. She also has a certification in personal nutrition, Psychological First Aid and Post Traumatic Stress Management and Suicide Prevention Training. Gwen is excited about using her skills, knowledge and training to inspire others to walk in their purpose. She stands on the scripture Jeremiah 29:11 as a source of strength and courage as she continues to pursue her purpose in life.