Over Forty Articles on Finding Purpose and Pursuing Your Dreams

What exciting things do you see happening for you this year? What do you want to see?

Last year, I refocused this blog to encourage women who are seeking purpose and/or pursuing a dream. Since then I’ve shared over forty articles here! There are more to come, but in the meantime, I’ve broken them down into categories with links in this post. Just click on the article’s title. I’ve also created pages (see tabs in the page directory above) so you can find and access them easily. I’ll continue adding to the lists.

I hope these pages will become helpful tools for you in future days to come.

Finding Your Purpose

Do you ever wonder if you have anything to offer? Or if you have any significance? No need to wonder!

Sometimes we can get pulled into doing something—even for a worthy cause—for the wrong reasons. So, what’s a better way to add purpose and meaning to our lives?

While trying to discover your calling in life, are you listening to what God has to say, as well as those who know your talents well, or are you blindly striking out on your own?

“There is no one who is insignificant in the purpose of GOD.” ~ Alistair Begg Powerful words. Do you believe them for yourself? For those around you?

Has anything hurtful ever distracted you from fulfilling your purpose? It happened to me.

Do you believe that good can come out of bad situations? That purpose can be found in the midst of heartbreak?

It’s nice being noticed and appreciated. Most of the time, there’s nothing wrong with that. But what happens when the need for attention and self-gratification become the primary driving force in your world? What happens when you make everything about you?

During the Christmas season, we can learn a lot from Mary, mother of Jesus, about courage and accepting a calling …

Most of us probably have days when we wonder if we’re making a difference and if we really have a purpose beyond the usual grind. Without question, the answer is yes! How can I be so sure?

What can we do to help protect our relationships?

How are you using your passions to feed a need for purpose? What’s stopping you from pursuing your passion or calling?

I believe story has the power to change lives. That’s why I write—that’s why I share part of my personal story. Do you believe you have a story someone needs to hear?

Did you realize that your purpose in life is seasonal? Have you gone through a change in season? Are you facing one now?

How are you using your talents and skills to find purpose? What have you learned about yourself from mistakes made in the past? I share how one of my failures helped me discover my path.

One Sunday morning, the wisdom my pastor shared on finding purpose had me scrambling for pen and paper ...

Is fear of criticism stopping you from fulfilling your purpose?

Do you ever wonder if other people’s lives have more purpose because what they’re doing looks grander, is more glamorous, or is getting more attention? Then you may find encouragement in this post.

“For I know the plans I have for you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11

Why is this verse so often quoted? I have some ideas ...

If you’re looking for purpose in your life, you may want to start at the root—love.

Pursuing Your Dreams

Have you ever had a huge disappointment turn into a blessing? I have!

Are roadblocks standing in the way of you fulfilling your dreams? If you were to redirect and take a different approach, what steps would you need to take?

I believe you can expect God to honor your dreams ... and I share why!

Think you’re too old to pursue a dream? Think again!

What if we were willing to step out of our comfort zones? What would happen?

Are you so focused on reaching your goals that you don’t see the life-giving opportunities on your way there?

Making your dreams comes true ... Are there situations where you feel you’re sacrificing too much? Not enough?

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” Why do you think one song has made such an impact in our lives? Why has it been sung publicly and recorded countless times?

It can take hard work and time to make dreams come true. How do you handle the waiting?

Is someone trying to crush your dreams? How are you handling it?

Do you remember the Bible story about Joseph the dreamer and his coat of many colors? His story can teach us a lot about God’s plan and following our own dreams.

Guest Bloggers

Need a little encouragement? Grab a cup of coffee or tea. My friend Jasmine Smith shares a part of her life’s journey and where she finds purpose along the way.

My oldest daughter’s perseverance to pursue her dream has been an ongoing inspiration to me. Brooke’s story shows that God can provide ways to keep our dreams alive even while moving us in what seems like a different direction.

One evening, several of my friends were sharing childhood anecdotes. As I listened to Janene talk about the passion she's held for horses from the time she was a little girl through adulthood, I knew her story needed to be told. As you read how her dream has come true—more than once and sometimes in unexpected ways—take encouragement that God cares about YOUR dreams too.

In pursuing your calling, you may be thinking that what God asks of you is too difficult. Or that he’s making you wait too long for your dreams to come true—the very dreams he placed in your heart. If so, please take encouragement from my friend’s heartfelt words.

Need to fan the embers of what God has called you to do? Check out one of the awesome devotions from friend Sandra Byrds release—The One Year Home & Gardens Devotional.

Gail is a friend and writer who has a heart for God, and although she struggles with health issues, she continues to pursue her dreams. I know her words will inspire you to do the same!

Inspiring Books, Movies, Videos, Organizations

One of the most influential nonfiction books for me has been If You Want to Walk on Water You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat by John Ortberg. Check out this blog post to find out some of the reasons why!

Have you seen McFarland, USA—the inspiring movie based on a true story?

Some movies stick with you days after the film credits have scrolled down the screen. Joy has been one of those stories for me.

Have you heard about the “She Believes” campaign? Is there something you can do today to encourage someone?

Feeling discouraged? Don’t throw in the towel yet! I hope this video “Don’t Give Up!” inspires you to keep pursuing your dreams despite any setbacks or challenges.

Do you enjoy seeing women inspiring and encouraging others? If so, you may be interested in The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things.



  1. This is quite an extensive list! You've done a great job researching the issue of finding purpose. Bravo!

    1. Thanks, Mary! As always, I appreciate your comments and encouragement! :-D


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