You want your life to matter. You want to paint bold, beautiful strokes and small, intricate details that create a work of art. You want your life to be significant. You don’t just want to plant a flower; you want to plant a garden of the finest flowers. You don’t just want to write a letter; you want to write a bestseller. You don’t want to buy a dress; you want to buy the mall.

Okay, maybe I am getting a little too excited about your potential with that last one; but you don’t just want to survive, you want to thrive. You want to wake up each day excited! You want to live life to its fullest.

That is why motivation is so important. Motivation is often the difference between success and failure. It’s the "why" behind the activity that makes all the difference. Knowing your "why" will guide your efforts.

There was a time when you were looking for rest, looking for something you couldn’t describe, looking for hope. And then, in a desert, you found God looking for you. Look at the beauty of this truth in Jeremiah’s words: 

They found grace out in the desert, these people who survived the killing. Israel, out looking for a place to rest, met God out looking for them! God told them, "I’ve never quit loving you and never will. Expect love, love, and more love" (Jeremiah 31:3 MSG). 

The children of Israel were on what seemed like a confusing journey. God had intervened on their behalf. They had been slaves for as long as they could remember, but then God sent Moses to deliver them from the cruel hand of Pharaoh. God miraculously rescued them with incredible miracles, such as parting the Red Sea. But when they had an opportunity to worship the one true God, they returned to other gods. So God let them wander in the desert for forty years. True to Himself, God was also in the desert looking for them.

God wants a relationship with you in the same way that He did with the children of Israel. So what difference does this fact make in your own personal quest to Make Your Mark? You have to hear this: If you have asked Jesus into your heart, you are accepted. Your quest to make a mark is not to find significance. You have significance. You are loved. 

You are highly favored. You are known by God. You are special. 

Instead: motivation! Our motivation isn’t to obtain love, favor, or good standing. We already have that. The motivation is love.

"By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit. As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love " (John 15:8–9 NKJV). 

Everything we want to accomplish must be motivated by love—not by insecurity, and certainly not by fear. In this devotional, we are going to offer you encouragement from God’s Word so that you will be inspired in your pursuit to Make Your Mark. This is a collection of devotions from an amazing group of women; women just like you, who have fought insecurities, overcome obstacles, conquered fear, and built friendships with other like-minded women. This book will also introduce you to ten additional women who are making a real mark in their spheres of influence. They are a cross section of women also just like you; friends, singles, moms, leaders, business owners, and ministers. We are honored to highlight their faith- fulness and recommend their stories to motivate you toward love. You are going to be blessed.

-Debbie Morris-

 

 

We want you to come alongside us as we study, engage, encourage, and equip you to make your mark!
THE PLAN:

  • Each week, focus on one day of the Make Your Mark Devotional. If you haven’t grabbed your copy yet, you can pick one up at store.gatewaypeople.com.
  • We want to dive deep into each week and wring out as much goodness as we can from each writer.
  • We will post weekly blogs, encouraging images, powerful testimonies, and more to unpack areas where we can grow and make a difference in our communities, homes, and workplaces. Join us each week on our blog (link to gateway women blog page) or Facebook (link to Facebook notes page).
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