My natural gift is writing. Always has been and always will be. I’ve got boxes of diaries and journals to prove it. Lol
My spiritual gift is exhortation. When I took the spiritual gifts test, I was not surprised to learn that this was my gift from God. The bible says in Romans: 12:6 “we have different gifts according to the grace given us…vs. 8 if it is encouraging, let him encourage...”
As I reflect upon my life, I was always an encourager but I think that most of that encouragement came from a place of pain and not wanting anyone to hurt like I did. I was trying to heal people in any way that I could because my heart had a burden for the wounded. It was something I could easily relate to.
Today, my encouragement comes from a place of love and not pain. By His grace, I have received a new life and a heart that explodes with love for others. I am certain that my Heavenly Father loves me and that He has prepared a place for me in His Kingdom. That alone is where my JOY comes from!
My heart is heavy and is burden by anyone who does not believe He is the answer. You simply cannot live this life in your own will. If that is your belief system, you are eventually headed for destruction. It is my deepest desire to spread the Good News and to tell anyone who will listen how Jesus saved a wretch like me. The peace and the forgiveness is not for any specific individual, it is for ANYONE who calls on the name of the Lord.
I wake up each day with new grace and I long to spend intimate time with the Father. He knows me inside and out and loves me still. I have prayed on countless occasions that He remain by my side to face this journey with me. His word promised that He would and I hold Him to that promise.
I constantly pray Job’s prayer. When life’s trials and tragedies come my way, (and they will) my heart will not turn away from God. I will still praise My Savior. In my heart and in my mind’s eye, there are many things that I do not understand, but I accept them because He is God.
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