Desire to Inspire # 11: Purpose

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My heart leaps a little bit when I start thinking about purpose. As if there’s a little bit of could-be magic wrapped up in that short little word. Purpose is one of those small words that has BIG meaning.
I remember being a little girl, blissfully unaware of hardships in life, both starry-eyed and blue-eyed, with long blond hair and a ready smile. Even as a little girl, I knew I had a purpose. From a very early age my parents instilled in me a deep sense of purpose. At night, when they tucked me in bed, Mom and Dad would say something along the lines of “Amanda, God made you for a very special reason. He’s given you a purpose that you, and only you can fulfill.”

I never questioned them. 
Though I have sometimes wondered exactly what that purpose is. 

When I started blogging I had a very specific purpose in mind. My husband was in seminary, and I started blogging in order to keep our family abreast of what was happening in our (relatively boring) lives.
At some point in time my purposed changed. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I love it that our families read Royal Daughter Designs. I love it when I get a surprise comment from my sister-in-law in Switzerland (hi Esther!) and when I get an e-mail from a second cousin telling me they loved my post that day. It thrills me to know that my writing blesses my family, and that they are proud of me.
But now my purpose is different. 

And I don’t know about you, but finding my purpose in blogging has been sort of a challenge for me. I’ve been asking myself the following questions as I seek to discover the purpose for Royal Daughter Designs:
  1. What story do I want to tell? // What story does God want me to tell?
  2. To whom am I writing? // To whom do I want to write? 
  3. What is the goal of writing? 
  4. How does my writing bless my family? 
  5. Does blogging enhance or detract from my life? // My home? // My marriage? //My walk with God?
  6. Do I have anything useful to say? // Encouraging? // Inspiring?
In the next few weeks I will be creating a page that expresses my purpose for Royal Daughter Designs. I want to be intentional to blog, to write, with purpose.

How did you determine your purpose in blogging? 

Are you ready to be an inspiration? (To find out the purpose of this linky, please read this post.)

  • #1 rule: Please visit the others who link up and leave kind, encouraging words for them. Don’t have a lot of time to read them all? Visit the person who linked up before you.
  • Link up your own quality, read-worthy posts.
  • Focus on how you can be an inspirationnot what inspires you.
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Is your family supportive of your blog/business? How do you use your blog/business to bless your family and strengthen the family relationship?

Family is key, and I’m blessed to be an artist married to an artist.  We understand the life of freelancers and entrepreneurs.  He knows what it’s like to work in something that may not necessarily have a large and quick pay off. – Joanna, Moda Mama

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16 thoughts on “Desire to Inspire # 11: Purpose

  1. Sarah Kil

    Wow, Amanda! I was just thinking about this recently. My intentions of blogging and my purpose. I actually wrote a similar post about it except it had more to do with followers and following issues that I was struggling with. Thank you for this great reminder that we all have a purpose… just gotta figure out what that is :)

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  2. ~ko

    This has been on my heart so much! Lots to pray and ponder :) Thank you for this post! It was such a word of encouragement for me. I told my hubby last night that I’d give anything to sit down and have a coffee date with you!

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  3. Jill (Lady Lazarus)

    When I started my blog I had no real purpose and it was somewhat obvious, as my posts bounced between a wide variety of topics. But in May I decided that my true purpose was to share my weight loss journey (-119 lbs so far). Focusing on that one story in my life was, without a doubt, the best decision I made for the blog and I love getting the emails and messages and comments from people telling me how much of an inspiration I am. That keeps me motivated to keep going.

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  4. Allison

    what a great post! I will be asking myself these same questions (thanks for listing them) as I too am struggling to find my purpose in the blogging world.

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  5. Leslie @ top of the page

    Last night, as I finished the post I linked up, I closed my eyes for a few moments in prayer. I felt so honored and joyful to share how God works in my life through my blog. And the words of a favorite verse repeated in my heart: “your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart.” ps 119:111. I truly feel that…that the testimonies I have because of Gods work are my inheritance from him and they speak of my purpose. No matter what circumstance, life stage, or job I’m in, my purpose is to offer my testimony to others and bring him glory. Thanks for sharing your heart and thoughts on purpose. It’s good to process why we do what we do.

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  6. Lori

    Awesome post! I love your perspective. I struggle with this very thing ALL. THE. TIME. And truth be told I end up stopping altogether…like recently. Sigh. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  7. Kelly

    I love this community so very much and can’t wait to read so many of these posts! My prayer is to encourage the women I meet here and to remind them how much God loves them no matter what their past or current situation. I’m slowly evolving into a purpose and style i feel is what God is calling me to which is so awesome. Something I never even thought too much about when i started this little blog. Love you girl!

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  8. Lauren @ mercy(INK)

    Amanda: I had visiting a long time ago and somehow got led back this way today. Scrolling through some of your recent posts, I am SO with you on this blog journey. I’ve been praying for clear focus, mission, & vision for my blog. It’s so easy to get de-railed in the saturated blog world. Anyway, I’m glad to be back & look forward to journeying with you.

    blessings,
    lauren
    http://www.mercyinkblog.com

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