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5 Keys for Discovering God’s Purpose for your Life

5 Keys for Discovering God’s Purpose for Your Life
(Alton Jamison)

As humans, it’s natural to have doubts, especially when troubles and issues challenge the very meaning of our life.

By discovering God’s purpose for your life, you can:
Reconnect with joy and fulfillment;
Confidently believe in your choices; and
Enjoy inner peace.

The 5 keys below will help you discover – or rediscover – your God-given life purpose.



No matter what we’re going through, it’s important to hold onto our trust and faith in God’s overall plan for our life. Even when we feel:

Disconnected; Stuck; or even Lost; we are always living in God’s purpose and under his care and guidance. Trust you can always rediscover and regain your sense of purpose.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
Psalm 46:1


As mentioned in our last article, Three Ways to Trust God When Things are Falling Apart, http://batonrougechristianlifemagazine.com/2019/03/14/three-ways-to-trust-god-when-things-are-falling-apart/, patience allows us to be in the moment and: 

Slow down the negative and anxious chatter in our mind;
Reflect and open ourselves to what is in our best interests;
Absorb God’s guidance for living the purpose of our life; and
Effectively adjust our life path.

Remember, you are not expected to have all the answers. In God’s plan, there is a time for everything.

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3.1

Life today is often full of fear, feelings of hopelessness, overwhelming challenges and responsibilities. It’s no wonder we sometimes doubt whether we are on the right path according to our Heavenly Father. By regularly seeking out inner peace and quiet helps us reconnect to God’s wisdom and find a clear path forward.

Peace can be found in both prayer and the Bible. Reading the Word of God helps clear our hearts and minds and fill them love and peace, our natural spiritual state.

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10


Always trust that God will provide the best for us in his infinite wisdom. Just like a parent provides what a child needs at the right time, our Heavenly Father will do the same for us.

Did you know that God has already given you clues to your life purpose?
Keep reading to learn where to find these clues!

Your Unique Passions:

We ALL have our own unique passions and natural gifts and strengths! Have you ever wondered why?

It’s been said that God often works at the intersection of our gifts and our passions. All kinds of strengths are needed in this world; whether it’s caring for people or animals, creating art, running a business or teaching the next generation, we have all been “called” to share our innate passions!

Not sure where your passions lie? Move on to the next clue to find clarification.

People Who Support You:

You were never meant to take this journey – called life – on your own. Throughout our life, God brings the trusted people, advisers and friends around us to help find and fulfill our life purpose. Reach out and ask for help. There is no shame in asking for help; there is strength in numbers. The right people will support you and hold the faith when you can’t. They will believe in you when you’ve lost your faith and they will walk the path with you.

“Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.”
Proverbs 11:14

Right after practicing patience, allowing time to pass is probably one of the hardest things for mere mortals. Typically we seek out a “quick fix,” a solution that stops the immediate discomfort or pain, regardless of how well it may – or may not – serve us in the long-run.

Again, things come to us at the right time. Do your best to keep a hopeful mindset that anticipates the best is coming. You will then be able to see things more clearly and ideas, answers and heavenly wisdom will lead you down a path of exploration and discovery to living your life’s purpose.

“He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
Psalm 23:2-3


Alton and TaShawnda Jamison are the founders of The Empowerment Zone. This is a ministry designed to “empower people for everyday life”, through products, events, and messages. Alton and TaShawnda Jamison have been sharing the gospel together for over 20 years. They met in college on the campus of Old Dominion University and started teaching Bible Study together and the rest, they say, is history. God has gifted them in the areas of Families and Finances, and they have been blessed to be able to share their message around the country. They have recently completed their first book together: Purpose, Passion & Prosperity: 3 Keys To A Godly Marriage. Alton is the author of three additional books: Get Off The System: Moving From Lack To Abundance, No More Handcuffs: 5 Keys To Removing The Mental Handcuffs From Your Life, and Biblical Principles For Entrepreneurs. They have a genuine love for God and being transparent to others about their failures and successes. God has also blessed them with two beautiful children. For more information about Alton and TaShawnda or The Empowerment Zone, please visit: www.empowerlives.net


Geaux Life, September 2018

Sky is the Limit, Wings of the Spirit

The Sky is the limit

God Had Other Plans! This groups very first Mission of Peace (to Guatemala) included pilot Gerald Huggins and videographer Daniel Waghorne. But an accident ended the trip after just four days. Even so, WOTS worked through their doubts and ultimately found success.

BY: lisa tramontana

Tim Dixon, “I felt life God was preparing me for this ministry-the first mission trip, the pilot’s license, the move to Baton Rouge, and finally meeting Ryan. God put people and situations in my life according to his perfect timing and will.”
Gerald Huggins, “Working with this ministry has been so rewarding. We all have the same values and the same heart-to help others, to plant the Word, to water it and see it grow. When I met Ryan, he really pulled everyone in and kept us focused. Best of all, he let us share in is vision.”
Ryan Williams, ““I don’t know what the future holds,” Williams said. “I just know that when we let the Holy Spirit lead the way and guide us along the journey, amazing things happen.”

When Ryan Williams tries to explain how Wings of the Spirit went from a dream to reality, even he has trouble believing it.

Three men, unknown to each other, all wrestling with an idea God had placed on their hearts. Each man needing something to make God’s desire come true, but not knowing where or how to find it. And then one night at a church gathering (and by coincidence), the three men happen to be in the same room and everything starts to fit … like a puzzle waiting patiently for the final piece that brings the “big picture” into view.

Williams had just returned from a mission trip in Central America, and came home feeling that God wanted him to get his pilot’s license. Gerald Huggins, who owned an airplane maintenance shop, was dreaming of visiting his native Guatemala to distribute Bibles to people in remote villages. Tim Dixon had just moved to Baton Rouge from Ashland, Kentucky, where he had left behind his small plane. In the months before he moved, he had gone on a mission trip and felt called to combine his pilot skills with his mission work.

At the church meeting, through handshakes and overheard bits of conversation, the three men began to feel that they had been intentionally brought together. Within hours, Dixon offered to let Williams use his plane for flying lessons, Huggins agreed to help Dixon bring his plane back from Kentucky, and Williams began to envision an aviation ministry that would become Wings of the Spirit …

To say that the ministry got off to a bumpy start (see sidebar) would be an understatement, but by the spring of 2016, WOTS was literally flying high. On their “Mission of Peace,” volunteers visited four countries, covered 4,500 miles, and distributed 1,400 Bibles. God’s favor and blessings were apparent, Williams says, as the group’s needs were met at every turn, new relationships were built, and seeds of hope were planted.

In the two years since, the organization has branched out. When the Great Flood of 2016 caused so much destruction and heartbreak in the Baton Rouge area, WOTS volunteers immediately went to work helping local residents (and each other) clean and gut their damaged homes and get back on the road to recovery. They raised funds to donate 400 coats to Livingston Parish children. When a tornado touched down in Petal, Mississippi, the group mobilized a team to deliver water, tarps and supplies to the area. WOTS made at least five trips to Texas after Hurricane Harvey devastated the state last year.

“When our first mission didn’t go as planned,” Williams said, “we questioned whether we were doing the right thing. We had a lot of doubt, but it faded quickly as God began to show us the next steps. One thing we learned is that as the hands and feet of Christ, we were able to “serve where we stood.”

And so the group has gotten involved in outreach projects and disaster relief, some far away, but many close to home. Just last month, a group of volunteers drove a special trailer carrying three washer/dryers to a homeless community in New Orleans. For the men and women living beneath an interstate and wearing the same dirty clothing every day, this offer to wash their clothes was an incredible act of kindness and an acknowledgment of their dignity. The WOTS group also served meals and spent time with their homeless brothers and sisters.

“Our struggle now,” said Williams, “is to cast a wider net. There are so many opportunities to serve, and people are so grateful when you show them love and compassion. In order to see a change, you have to be the change, and we are willing to do that.”

To that end, Williams’ next dream is to build a “base camp” in Baton Rouge, from which to mobilize volunteer groups from local churches, providing them with the tools to serve in disaster relief and outreach projects. Many people want to serve, but are understandably hesitant because of the logistics involved.

“Our base camp would be a safe place,” Williams said. “A place to house 12 people. Beds, bath, meals … it would give volunteers the security and confidence to say ‘yes’ when the opportunity to help others arises.”

Wings of the Spirit has roots in Journey Church of Central, where its founders worship. But the ministry is open to all faiths. If you would like to know more about the organization, make a donation, or view videos of recent mission trips and relief projects, visit the website at wingsofthespirit.org. If you would like to serve as a volunteer, call Williams at (225) 773-4009.

“I don’t know what the future holds,” Williams said. “I just know that when we let the Holy Spirit lead the way and guide us along the journey, amazing things happen.”

Recipients find comfort in the Bible and a helping hand from the ‘Wings of the Spirit” Ministry.
Sharing with others and praying with people is very important to the team .
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