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A Cup of Comfort Devotional for Mothers and Daughters (Adams Media, 2009)
Chicken Soup: What I Learned from the Dog (2009)
Love is a Flame (Bethany House, 2010)
Extraordinary answers to Prayer (Guideposts, 2010)
Love is a Verb (Bethany House, 2011)
Big Dreams from Small Spaces (Group Publishing, 2012)

Thursday, August 18, 2011


It's wonderful how children begin to ask questions and to wonder about why they're on this earth.
One day I listened to a very intelligent man (someone I know well), talking to his nephew.
The little boy said, "What's the purpose of our lives?"
The man sighed and said, "If I could answer that I'd be the wisest man on earth."
It made me so sad to hear him say that. You don't have to be a great intellect or have the wisdom of Solomon to answer that.
All you need is an understanding of God's word and a faith that His word is true.

"Let us make man in our image, in our likeness. . . "
(Genesis 1:26)
First of all, God made us. We are not an accident. We were designed by God to be like Him.

". . . Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offerings." (Genesis 4:4)
From this scripture, we see that Adam and Eve's son, Abel, already had a relationship with God, worshiped Him and did things to please God.

"Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away." (Genesis 5:24)
Enoch had a close relationship with God.

The Bible is the story of God's mind and heart and of His dealings with people, and of His intent to reconcile Man to Himself through Jesus Christ. Just from these few scripture verses in Genesis we see that God is, God made us to be like Him, that He intends for us to have a relationship with Him and wants us to worship and please Him. That's a pretty high purpose for Man. And I didn't even delve into the other 65 books in the Old Testament or the 39 books of the New Testament.

So if some little child asks you why we are on earth, you can say confidently: "God made us so we could be His friends and worship and please Him with our lives."


  1. This is wonderful, Dena. Honestly, I wish I'd written it. :-) You constantly bless me with your God-given wisdom. Thank you.

  2. Hi Dena -

    Amen! How sad that people have lost even the basic knowledge of God.


  3. Nancy, thanks for your encouragement. It surprises me that even some Christians have a hard time explaining what's the purpose of our lives.

  4. I agree, Susan. Our country has wiped out basic Bible literacy. And I wonder if our churches are instructing us enough from the Word.