Monday, October 1, 2012

What's Your Mission?

Have you ever returned from a conference, a retreat, a vacation, or even home from work and asked yourself what's the point? How much does it matter that I do this thing in life? It's only human to wonder. I'm a glass-half-full kind of girl, but I still think it.

Everyone wants to matter, to know their lives hold meaning and purpose--to believe in their mission.

At work we have to read the company mission statement before every staff meeting. Everyone knows the mantra. Some have even memorized it or at least could repeat half of it or the gist of it when asked--what's our mission?

So--what's your mission?
I know why I'm a Christian, a wife, a mother, a nurse practitioner. But a writer? Isn't my life full enough already people ask, and I secretly wonder. First it comes as a question nagging in my heart, mind, and soul. Then a prayer.

Then comes an answer--because I can, I should, and I want to. Because I can learn to tell His story--to declare it: that salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne and to the Lamb, Jesus Christ.
That's it. That's my mission. Wherever I am. Who ever I am. That's it.

And how can I keep silent? When I've known His love, tasted the depths of His grace and mercy?

And so I move on. One step at a time, through the open doors in front of me. Holding the hand of my Christ. Knowing only that His great love will be enough for me on this path. And that on that final day, when I stand before His throne, I want to have spent myself for him, spent my talents--all in--double or nothing.

So, what's your mission?
Have you doubted it?
Do you know your mantra?


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71 comments:

  1. Hi Ladies -

    Congrats on the new venture! I've loved Jaime's blog for years. Now, I get to meet Anne.

    Please enter me in the giveaway.

    susanjreinhardt AT gmail DOT com

    Blessings,
    Susan :)

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    1. Hey Susan!! Thanks and I'm so glad you're here to visit! :) Please keep coming -- I think you'll enjoy it and I always love your contributions!

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  2. Nice to meet you Susan. If you are a friend of Jaime's, you're a friend of mine.
    We hope to foster this place for kindred spirits. :)

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  3. Yay! So no more Jaime Reports? I deleted that and added this one. If I messed up let me know! This will be so much fun!

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    1. That is correct, Jess my love, no more J-Reports :) You just get a ton more content here every week -- SCORE! :)

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    2. Hi Jessica! Glad you hopped on over here! :o)

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  4. I promise, if I win, I won't read a page without a cup of coffee in my hand. One sip per page :)

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    1. Well, then we will enter you to win :) :) :)

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  5. Yay for the new blog! Like Jessica, I deleted The Jaime Reports from my blogroll and added this one instead. I look forward to getting you know you, Anne, and enjoying the 'history' kinda atmosphere here at Coffee Cups & Camisoles.

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    1. Erica -- thanks for joining us here!! I'm so excited for the stuff we have planned. IT's going to be a BLAST! :)

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    2. Hi Erica! I'm looking forward to getting to know you too! :o)

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  6. what a great idea, ladies! Love that you're doing this together. Best wishes!

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    1. aw, thanks for visiting, Cara! We love doing this together :) Keep us posted on all your new releases. I know you're working on more so we can't wait to read and feature you here at CCC! :)

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    2. Yeah Cara! So nice to see you here! :o)

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  7. Yay for a new blog! I recognize many of the ladies already visiting, so we have lots of friends in common, but I don't believe I've met either of you gals! I look forward to connecting here on CCC - love the title and the atmosphere. :) Please don't enter me in the drawing, I already own all three books and they are a-maz-ing!

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    1. Hey! So great to have a new face join us! But yes, we do have lots of friends in common. It'll be great to add you to our list of regulars and enjoy coffee together via CCC! :)

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    2. Welcome Gabrielle! We are really looking forward to getting to know our bloggers.

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  8. I wish you all the best as you seek to further God's kingdom. We are all called to do so in some capacity, and writing is a very powerful tool to show God's mercy in forgiving sinners.

    And thank you for the giveaway :)

    jennyjenjen92[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. thanks Jenny!! AMEN AND AMEN!!

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    2. Thanks for the well wishes and visiting our chat. :o)

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  9. Whenever I lose my perspective of what is my purpose I think of the Rocks Crying out praise to God and I know I must first praise God and then the rest will fall in line...So Praise the Lord for your new blog! I am also a fellow Book Lover! Thanks You!!!

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    1. So true. Sandy, you have a great perspective on your mission. To Glorify Christ is utmost priority!! Thanks for visiting -- keep coming, it'll be great to get to know you!

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    2. I'm looking forward to talking about what books we all enjoy...

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  10. I think blogger ate my last comment. Sorry if I'm leaving this twice. :/ I've actually been thinking a lot about this lately. Why do I write? I know I love to write, but I'm looking for something more than that. I'm trusting that God will bring me the answers and peace about my writing that I'm looking for.

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    1. Amen Julie. We write alone, so I think it's easy to doubt and question. But if we glorify God, and keep Him central, how can we keep our keyboards silent? Keep writing Julie! I read the first few pages of your book and I was hooked. :o)

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  11. I followed Jody's directions here and am delighted to discover your new blog.

    I know I write to give words to my thoughts. I'm not always sure what I should do with some of those words--the mission aspect--but I love the writing and continue to pray for discernment.

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    1. So glad you came and visited Carol! I totally agree -- prayers of discernment are VITAL as a writer

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    2. I"m so glad you found us Carol and hope you find encouragement here. :o)

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  12. Sounds like you have a good thing started here! I write to settle the thoughts whirling around in my head. If nothing else, it helps me sleep at night. But I believe I've been given a gift for writing and want to use my talent the best way that I can.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this great giveaway!
    shellclem@hotmail.com

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    1. LOL -- I relate to the helping sleep at night. Brings a whole new meaning to sweet dreams :)

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  13. Best wishes on your blog launch! My mission is to reach out to people who are overcoming various issues or illnesses in their lives and who seek to glorify God. I pray that both my blogs and my novel writing will fulfill that mission!

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    1. What a great need and mission, Carrie!! I'll have to check out your blogs!

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    2. Hi Carrie! Yeah! I'm so glad you came by and hope you visit often. I'm learning that mission is vital to vision and focus. Come by often for coffee with us! :o)

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  14. Great blog post! Please enter me in the blog- iversonsarahe@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks Sarah -- so glad to have you join us!

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    2. Hi Sarah! I'm glad you found us, keep coming by to chat. :o)

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  15. Nice blog, I'm now following it on GFC and Networked Blogs

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Fantastic! It'll be great to get to know you, Wendy, as you visit and have coffee with us! :)

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    2. Hi Wendy. It will be fun to see who wins next week. :o)

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  16. Adorable name! Just subscribed to you. :) Would LOVE this basket. *swoon*

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    1. I'm swooning too, only I'm not eligible to win. Darn it! :)

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    2. Swoon---you certainly make me want to sneak a read before I mail them out! :o)

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  17. Loooks klike a lovely adventure at this blog and in that basket. Blessings on the work Jesus finds for you to do.

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    1. Thank you so much, Cathy -- and thanks for visiting us!

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    2. Thanks Cathy, glad you stopped by!

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  18. WHOO-HOO, ANNE & JAIME -- BEAUTIFUL BLOG!! And I LOVE the name!!

    Raising my cup (of hazelnut coffee) to you both and wishing you many wonderful years of blogging magic!!

    Thanks for giving away one of my books along with Sarah's and Jody's -- GREAT basket company, for sure!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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    1. Julie -- thanks so much for visiting us and having coffee (love that hazelnut!)

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    2. We're honored to offer your book -- you're one of our faves! :)

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    3. EeeK! I'm so excited to give these away. Thanks for stopping by. :o)

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  19. I love finding new blogs! Thanks for the chance to win the book basket.

    donnyandshelly at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hi Shelly! We hope you have a great time here guzzling coffee and chatting about books. :o)

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  20. Julie Lessman posted about your blog on Facebook. It looks like it will be another great blog to read. The books in the basket all look fantastic. I've not yet read any of Jody's books (but she's on my want to list). I really like Julie and Sarah's books.
    Thanks for a chance to win this basket and best wishes on your new blog.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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    1. Thanks so much for coming by Pam! I've read all of Jody's books--except the one I'm giving away! Don't worry I picked up an extra for myself. Julie and Sarah's are on my To-Be-Read pile!
      Keep coming by and we can chat more books! :o)

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  21. Wow, it is so comforting to know that others have that same "What's the point?" question rolling around in their head every now & then. I know I do, but I just try to remember to do everything for His glory, even if I'm not sure why.

    Thank you so much for the chance to win! I was practically drooling while looking at the photo :)

    Thanks,
    Beth
    bharbin07[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. I'm so glad you found my questions comforting. That's just what we are hoping for here at CC&C, that kindred connection. :o)
      Hope you keep coming by, we'd love to get to know you!

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  22. CONGRATULATIONS!
    Terrific site and I want to enter your drawing/contest for the book basket - love those authors and have their other books!

    Jaime - you are an inspiration when it comes to blog sites - great job!

    Hugs,
    Joy
    joyjournaling(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Joy, I'm glad you found us here. I'm looking forward to getting to know you. Sounds like your taste in books will fit right in here at CC&C. :o)

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  23. Congratulations on your new blog merge. I love the title, and it looks like it'll be a great place to drop by and peer in. God bless -- oh -- yeah, I'd love to win the basket! muschfarm at yahoo dot com

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  24. Thanks for the title feedback, it's great to hear you love it as much as we do! :o)

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  25. Congratulations on your new blog! This is wonderful. Thank you for offering this generous giveaway!
    Nancee
    quiltcat26[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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    1. Please delete my duplicate comment. The first one had not shown that it went through.

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    2. Welcome Nancee! Glad to have you here. :o)

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  26. Congratulations on your new blog! It looks wonderful! Thank you for offering this generous giveaway in celebration of your merged blogs!
    Nancee
    quiltcat26[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  27. I just graduated school and honestly haven't really found my mission yet but I'm praying God will use me in my new profession to touch the lives of the people I care for and their families too.

    ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

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  28. That's great Liz. May God bless your journey richly.

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  29. I think my mission has changed thru the years. Raising 4 kids in a preacher family, and now for the last 8 my husband and I have been missionaries in Central America. Never dreamed God would send us on the adventure of a lifetime to share Jesus !

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  30. Hi Melody! Great to meet you here. May God bless your mission as you serve. Life with Jesus is never boring, but life without Him--well, I don't want to imagine that.

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