Gratitude: Lessons From Joanna Gaines

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 No comments

Hey there, friends! Ya' know how I'm borderline obsessed with Chip and Joanna Gaines? And ya' know how in the past I've talked about what Joanna Gaines taught me about simplicity? Well, then it probably won't shock you that once again, I've found another gem from The Magnolia Journal (TMJ, from here on out) to talk about.

Per usual, TMJ was packed with yummy recipe's, fun recommended items, and sweet articles about homes, families, and local businesses. But I think my favorite part of TMJ is the A Note From Jo section. This is where she shares wisdom about something she has been learning lately.  

For the Fall issue of TMJ, Joanna chose to talk about gratitude.

Joanna approaches this subject in an extremely practical and applicable way. Her main premise?


Everyday tasks are reminders of how blessed we are. -Joanna Gaines. What I've learned about #Gratitude from #JoannaGaines


Such a simple concept, huh? But good grief, we miss this constantly.

If I have to do the dishes when I am tired, I grumble.

When I have to wake up early for work, I complain.

When I have to fold clothes, I avoid it.

When I have to go to a social engagement that I don't want to attend, I try to get out of it.

When my car needs repairs, I get stressed because it costs money.

When my spouse doesn't agree with me, I get angry.

Surely most of us know that these aren't the right responses. But figuring out how to have a good and godly response is a lot harder to do than simply identifying the wrong way of doing things. But tackling this issue is what Joanna Gaines does in TMJ, and it's what I want to discuss with you today.

Gratitude: What I learned about it from Joanna Gaines and The Magnolia Journal. #JoannaGaines #Magnolia


What Joanna Learned About Gratitude

Joanna talks about how she used to dread meal planning and grocery shopping. She used to feel that gardening was a burden. She felt like a cab driver when she had to drive her kids everywhere. And she felt overwhelmed by the constant mountain of laundry that seemed to always be waiting for her.

But then something changed. Joanna decided to choose gratitude for the everyday things in life, and her attitude was transformed. When she realized that cooking for her family was a privilege, and that she was able to serve them and help nourish them through this act, she stopped dreading it.

When she accepted that the garden work was not going away anytime soon, she decided to use that time outdoors to breath and think. It become her own little therapy session.

The same was true of driving. Joanna realized that her time in the car with her kids was the best time to catch up with them and hear how they were doing. They had time to talk without the distraction of TV, homework, etc. At that realization, it was no longer a chore, but a joy.

And as for laundry? Despite the fact that Joanna says this one will always be tough for her, she has found gratitude by realizing the abundance they have. They have been blessed with even more than they need, and taking care of this chore is a reminder of that.

"I bet you have your own internal list of little daily grievances... Sometimes a change of perspective is all it takes to let gratitude run free in every area of our lives. Once that happens, nothing ever looks the same again: Everything starts looking like a thank-you." 
                                                    - Joanna Gaines


What Joanna Taught Me About Gratitude

So what does that mean for me- for us?

It means that we should be thankful when the alarm goes off in the early morning, because it means we are blessed with a job and an income.

It means that we should be grateful for the social engagements, since it's another opportunity to make friends, form community, and be a witness for Christ.

It means that I should cultivate gratitude for the dishes that need to be washed- because dirty dishes mean that I've had food to eat and plates to eat it on.

It means that I should try not to get angry about car repairs- I should be grateful that I have a car to drive in the first place.

It means that when Taylor and I disagree, I should be thankful that he and I are often able to grow, challenge, and sharpen each other.

Responsibilities & Blessings

The fact that we have things that require our attention, means that we have things that are worth taking care of. Having responsibilities means that we are in charge of things that are worthwhile. And coming to this realization is a practical way to cultivate gratitude year-round. And while I technically knew that, Joanna just has such a great way of wording things. She is very skilled in taking simple concepts and bringing them to life.

So once again, a big thank you to "Jo Jo". She rocks, and she has so many wise things to say. I hope this struck as much of a cord with you as it did with me.




Why The Reformation Matters

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 No comments

Did you know that Halloween isn't the only holiday that falls on October 31st? No, it's not National Donut Day, or National Goat Yoga day. It's Reformation Day. When I say "Reformation Day", I am referring to the anniversary of Martin Luther challenging the Catholic church on some of their views and nailing the 95 Theses to the door of the church. This theses included Martin Luther's rebuttal against works-based salvation, indulgences (the idea that people could pay the priests for forgiveness), and the false belief that only the church leaders had the ability to interpret the bible- not the everyday people.

Reformation Day has never been something I've thought about, honestly. I mean, I knew it was a good thing for Christians that the Reformation happened, but I never thought to celebrate the anniversary or really pay attention to it. But this year, there has been a lot more talk about the Reformation because it is the 500 year anniversary, which is actually really cool.

And this past weekend, a local church in Charlotte hosted a Reformation Conference to celebrate the upcoming anniversary. Taylor and I signed up, along with his parents, and I am very glad we did. The speakers were awesome, I learned valuable truths, and the Keith and Kristyn Getty concert to finish up the weekend was amazing. I only knew a couple of their songs going in, but I will definitely be making a Spotify playlist!

And since today is Reformation Day, I figured it would be the perfect time to share a bit of what I learned/was reminded of from the conference. Keep reading to find out!

October 31st, 2017 is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. For years I thought it was just another date in history, but I've come to realize that it matters a lot. Read the post to find out why.


God Uses "Nobodys"

Martin Luther was just some random monk. That's all. A monk who beat himself up over his sin constantly. And God chose to use him to bring about the entire history of the Protestant church. He used him so that we could see that we could read the bible for ourselves, that we could come to God in prayer and ask forgiveness of our sins without the help of a priest or a confessional.
God used a "nobody" to bring about something huge. That's not the first time he's done it that way, and it's not the last.
We have a great privilege and calling to serve God with our lives, and he often uses "the little people" to do big things.

God Calls Us to Himself

The fact that we are allowed to come to God on our own- that we can talk to him, read his words, learn about him, and be led by him- is a deep truth that the Reformation displays. Before that, people weren't living as if that were true at all. They were paying priests for their salvation, confessing their sins to a priest instead of directly to God, going to church and listening to scripture readings that were solely in Latin, which meant that they had no idea what was going on, and they just had to trust whatever the priest told them was true about the Bible. But the truth of the matter is that God calls us to himself. We don't have to go through all those other means. It was never necessary, and thanks to the Reformation, we can now live that out.


We Should Not Reject What the Reformation Allowed

One thing I've been thinking about for the past few days, is how much we take our Bibles for granted. I mean, I already knew that, and I have heard plenty of sermons on the matter. But when I think about what the Reformers went through just so we could have the opportunity to sit in our PJs while we read whatever passage of scripture we feel like- that's when I realize how ridiculous it is that I don't take the time to read God's word each day.

Sure, there are probably better reasons to be convicted about not taking the time to dive into God's word- like, ya know, the whole Jesus dying on the cross thing- but the reformation provides just another reason to take advantage of the freedom we have to know God through his word.



Friends, we have a great privileged to know God more, and there's no reason not to actively live in that gift. God used the Reformation to free many from the lie that we can't come to him on our own. He reminded us that our sins are forgiven through Christ alone, by faith, not by works, and not because we sought out a priest for help. God also used the Reformation to remind us that we can read scripture for ourselves, in our own language, so that we can get to know God without having to have someone reading to us from the Latin version.

Our protestant heritage shouldn't be taken for granted. Our salvation shouldn't be treated as mundane, and the accessibility of scripture should be deeply appreciated. As one of the speakers from the weekend said,

"If your sermon, message, or ministry is lacking a focus on the scriptures, then it is lacking God himself!"
Let us not take our faith or the sacrifices of those before us for granted, and let us live with thankfulness for the freedom we have.


Dear Taylor: A Mushy-Gushy Letter to my Hubby for His Birthday

Friday, October 27, 2017 No comments

Dear Taylor,

Happy birthday, handsome! I hope today is amazing for you.

As your wife, I am particularly glad you were born. Our marriage would be a little tougher to maintain if you hadn't been. 😉

From God delivering you from a doctor who assumed your mom would want to abort you because of her age, to his leading us both to Montreat College, I'm so glad that God protected us, directed our paths, and caused them to cross.

You are the most patient person I have ever met. You are the quickest to forgive. The quickest to let things go.

You are hilarious. You make me laugh even when I really just want to be grumpy with you. Your dry, sarcastic sense of humor has resulted in more deep "belly laughs" than I can count.

When we first met, I thought theology was for people who wanted to think about God, but didn't really want a personal relationship with him. But in you I have seen how untrue that is. I've watched you change, grow, and deepen your relationship with God through theology, and that has been so fun to see.

You treat me with respect and love. You look at me like you love me. And you don't "vent" to other people about me when I am being obnoxious.

You let me know you are attracted to me, and you don't let my weight bother you.

You support my dreams even when they seem far-fetched.

Basically, you're amazing. I love you so much! I wish I showed it more, but I am thankful that you look past my flaws and love me anyway.

Thank you for your hard work. Working nearly full-time and going to seminary full-time for two years straight is no easy task. But you've done it with minimal complaining and a good attitude. I'm proud of you, thankful for you, and I appreciate you.

Happy 27th birthday, handsome! Thank you for choosing me and wanting a life with me. I look forward to spending a life's worth of birthdays with you!

Love,
Kristin






Hosting a Pumpkin Party (Coffee Sips + Lovely Links)

Friday, October 20, 2017 No comments

This weekend, a friend and I are co-hosting a pumpkin party together. If you've seen my Fall bucket list, then you know that this will be fulfilling one of those goals. Last year, I had a pumpkin party at my house, and we had a lot of fun. I cooked soup and some pumpkin-y baked goods, which we enjoyed while we all sat around and talked.

This year my friend and I get to coordinate with each other, which means twice the yummy baked goods and hearty soups. I'm already drooling over the thought of it all, so it's a good thing I don't have to wait very long.

That being said, in honor of Fall, pumpkins, and the upcoming pumpkin party, I am sharing some lovely links and resources that will help you get started with throwing your own pumpkin party. Or you can skip the party and make all the yummy food for yourself (and your family if they insist you share 😉). Either way, you're going to love these ideas!


Today on The Peculiar Treasure, I'm sharing some links/resources that will help you get inspired to throw your own pumpkin party. #pumpkin #fall

Food

Soup

When it comes to the main course at a pumpkin party, soup is my go-to. It's warm, hearty, and just tastes like Fall, ya' know? I'm sharing a link for this pumpkin soup (because it sounds delish), but in all honesty, I'm going to be making my old favorite: white chicken chili soup. It may not be pumpkin-y, but it sho' is good!


Pumpkin Apple Bread

I think this is the third time that I have mentioned this apple-pumpkin bread, but guys, seriously, it needs to be in your life. I am going to be taking this delicious goodness to the party, but if I didn't love these ladies so much, I'd have very little desire to share 😉


Pumpkin Apple Cider

A few days ago, I decided to scroll through Pinterest to see if there was anything I wanted to add to the menu for our party at the last minute. I discovered this Harry Potter-inspired pumpkin cider. I've never tried it before, but I am going to make it for the party, so I figured I'd share it with you, too!

Activities

Charlie Brown

Despite the fact that I have never really celebrated Halloween before, one thing I have always enjoyed doing is watching Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin. If you want your party to be low-key but would like to have an activity planned, why not play the DVD while everyone is chowing down on soup?

Fall Scavenger Hunt

If you'd like a more active event, a Fall scavenger hunt would be an awesome choice! Whether there are kids at the party or not, a scavenger hunt will be fun for everyone. And honestly, there's something about a group of adults doing a scavenger hunt that is just so great! It makes me feel like a very happy kid!



Party Favors

Baby Pumpkins

Last year at our pumpkin party, I gave each guest a mini-pumpkin as a favor. I loved doing that and I hope to have time to pick up a few before the party so that i can do it again. They were the perfect favor, in my opinion!

Candy Corn Chex Mix

Another great party favor for a pumpkin party is to make Candy Corn Chex Mix and bag it up for each guest.

Fall Printables

There are a ton of beautiful, free, Fall printables floating around Pinterest right now. Printing and handing them out would be such a sweet pumpkin party favor!


Whether you are having a party for Fall, Halloween, or just because you love #allthepumpkinstuff (that'd be me), these activities, treats, and party favors will most likely be a hit. Use some of the ideas or all of them, and enjoy your pumpkin party!









Hosting a pumpkin party is a lot of fun and gives you a great excuse to eat all of the #pumpkin desserts, hang out with friends, and celebrate Fall. Today on The Peculiar Treasure, I'm sharing some links/resources that will help you get inspired to throw your own pumpkin party.



Who Is Jesus? A Deeper Look at His Character

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 No comments


Over the last month, I have been attending a women's Bible study on the book of Hebrews. It's taught by an amazing professor at Taylor's seminary and it is an extremely in-depth study. So much so that it will most likely take us a year and a half to finish the book (which only has 13 chapters)! When I first heard that it was going to take us more than a year to finish, I wondered if I might get bored. But I discovered very quickly that I wouldn't need to worry about that.

One of the themes we've discussed so far is Jesus' character and whether he is more like a lion or a lamb (a reference found in Revelation 5:5-6, but was brought up during our study of Hebrews). Growing up in a Christian home, I knew that the right answer was that Jesus is both lion and lamb. I've known that since I was young. But the downside to always "knowing it", is that sometimes you don't really stop and contemplate what that really means.

When talking about Jesus' character, it's important to learn as much as we can, which means taking a deeper look at both his lion-like and lamb-like qualities. And that's what I would like to explore with you today.

Today at The Peculiar Treasure, we are taking a closer look at the character of Jesus and gain a deeper understanding of who he is.


He Gives Mercy 

In Mark 6:34, Jesus sees a crowd from far away and sees that they are wandering aimlessly. It would have been easy for him to decide that he was too tired to deal with them, or maybe that he would rather have a bubble bath for a self-care night. But Jesus didn't retreat and he didn't opt for "me time". He went to the people, seeing they needed some help, and he "had compassion on them".

Jesus is the forgiver of sins. He gives us grace when we don't deserve it, and covers for us even when we fail over and over again. He sees how lost we are. He sees how confused we get. He sees how often we stumble. He understands our weakness and loves us anyway.

He Judges 

2 Corinthians 5:10 says that all of us will one day stand before the judgement seat of Jesus to give an account of our lives. Jesus is merciful, yes, but he also hates sin. He cannot coexist with sin. And he understands the entirety of how bad sin actually is, when we only understand pieces of it.

Jesus always loves us- so much so that he will not just shrug his shoulders and leave us the way we are, because he knows that sin is not a good place to call home. He offers his gift of salvation in mercy, but those who do not receive it will be judged by the same Jesus who loves them fiercely.

He is Fierce (He is Not Safe)

There is a quote from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis) where Susan asks whether or not Aslan the Lion is safe. And Mr. Beaver's response is as follows:

Safe? Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you.

This quote really strikes me every time I hear it because it is so true of God. Though we are safe in God's arms, God himself is not safe (read: "tame"). God is the King of the universe. He isn't timid. He doesn't "wait his turn". He isn't politically correct. And he doesn't wait for permission to work in the world. Following him means that there is always a grand adventure ahead of us, and that things may get topsy-turvy while we are alive on this earth, but he is always, always good!

For more on Jesus' fierce side, see Matthew 21 and pay particular attention to verses 12-13.

He is Gentle

Despite the fact that Jesus is fierce, he doesn't use it against us. Instead, he is gentle with us when we need it most, just as he is a disciplinarian when we need it most.

The bible says that Jesus' calling on our lives is not a heavy burden, but rather that he is gentle and that his burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30). This doesn't mean that it's easy to follow God, but rather following God isn't harsh, burdensome, or heavy.

Jesus is gentle in that he puts other's first (1 Corinthians 13:4-7), is humble (John 13:12-15), and does what is necessary to help us (Matthew 14:13-21).

He is Blunt 

John 4:4-26 recounts Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well. In those days, a typical Jew and a typical Samaritan would not speak to each other. In fact, Jews would go out of their way (and on a much longer journey than necessary) just to avoid speaking with Samaritans. But Jesus didn't do what your typical person would do. Instead, he went straight to the well and not only talked to a Samaritan, but talked to a Samaritan woman who had been married five times, which made her a complete outcast in her community.

Jesus, however, showed her great kindness by speaking to her with gentleness, humility, and with genuine interest in what she had to say. And then, Jesus also called out her sin in looking for fulfillment in the husbands she had had over the years. He wasn't rude or crude. He didn't call her names or tell her she was horrible. But he did truthfully and bluntly call out her sin.

We don't like being called out. People who are blunt rub us the wrong way. And sometimes that's because of they way they do it, but if we are honest, it's often just because we don't like being confronted with our own sins. But friends, Jesus is the ultimate sin-confronter. He is that way because 1.) he is holy, and 2.) because he loves us. And if we truly want to experience the character of Jesus, we cannot leave that part out.

So Much More

There are so many other character traits that we can attribute to Jesus, but honestly, if I were to try to capture all of them in one blog post (or 20), we would be here for daysssss. So for now, this is my list. It is not all-encompassing, and it is a humble, feeble attempt on my part, but hopefully you will find it helpful nonetheless.

My hope is to grow in my understanding of Jesus' character and share that with you. We are on this journey together. Let's grow in God together!









Though we will never fully understand everything about the character of Jesus while we are on earth, there is a lot that we can learn from the Bible. So today, we are diving in and learning more about the Character of Jesus. and deepening our knowledge of him.



10 Peculiar Things About Me + A Free Playlist

Friday, October 13, 2017 No comments

Twenty-seven years old. How is that possible?! Sometimes, I still feel like a teenager. Okay, let's be honest...most of the time that's how I feel. It's crazy to me that I am old enough to be married, renting a home, and completely in charge of my day-to-day. And I have all ideas that I will still feel the same way when I am old, grey, and wrinkled.

I think feeling like a kid is just part of life. Or maybe it's just part of my nature. I don't really know for sure. But what I do know is that I want to be young at heart in the moments that it's helpful, but have the maturity and wisdom to stifle that when adulting is necessary.

Thankfully, as a general rule, my life has been fairly simple. I have had luxuries that not everyone get's to experience (i.e. a family that loves me really well, the ability to have hobbies, fuzzy pets to love on, etc). And I am grateful for those things.

My 27 years on this earth have been blessed, provided for, and enriched by God, his mercies, and the gifts he has given me. I don't derserve it, but I am thankful for what I have.

So here's to 27 years! Life isn't perfect, it isn't easy, and it can get messy, but I love the life I live and am thankful for what it is and what it is becoming.

In honor of my birthday weekend, and in honor of the quirkiness that I like to infuse into the world around me, I decided to share some peculiar things about me 😉


10 Peculiar Things About Me

  1. I talk in my sleep. Taylor says that earlier this week I was having a discussion with myself about where to put a desk that needed moving 😂
  2. Other than our thumbs, my Nana and I have almost identical hands.
  3. I get freaked out by my own veins. If I look at them for too long, I get really nervous.
  4. I went through a short phase in middle school when my snack of choice was Cheetos and orange juice.
  5. If you readjust the rear view mirror in my car, you die. It's that simple. 😡
  6. I hate the seams in clothes. They are often the bane of my existence and you can find me tugging on my clothes constantly. It's a problem...🙈
  7. I hate when people spell "Mama" as "Momma". Maybe it's where I grew up? I have no idea. But I cringe every time I see it. (Don't worry though- one of my best friends spells it that way and I still love her 😝)
  8. I start listening to Christmas music in September (sometimes August), and I'm not embarrassed about that at all 😉
  9. I HATE dramatic T.V. shows. Pretty Little Liars (actually almost any ABC Family original), Gossip Girls, The Bachelor- all of them make me nuts.
  10. When I watch a crime show and get freaked out, I turn on Phineas and Ferb to make myself feel better.


A fun, quirky, and free Spotify birthday playlist + 10 peculiar things about the author of The Peculiar Treasure.


My Birthday Playlist (if you don't like boy bands and cheesy lyrics, this is not for you 😉)














A Free, Fun, Birthday Playlist + 10 Peculiar Things About The Peculiar Treasure

How to Find + Use Your Spiritual Gifts

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 No comments

Lately, I've been reading through 1 Corinthians. There's so much in that book, and a lot to go over. But one of my favorite things to study from the book is the topic of spiritual gifts.

Spiritual gifts are not nearly as complicated as they sound from the name. They are literally just the natural abilities that God has specially gifted you with that can help in a church/Christ-centered setting. The passage on spiritual gifts in Corinthians names things like knowledge, faith, healing, wisdom, and a few others as being spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:7-11).

Throughout the bible, we will find that there are also other types of spiritual gifts (see Romans 12:3-8), so we are not just limited to the list in 1 Corinthians. But sometimes, it can be hard to identify what our spiritual gift is. Shoot, it can be hard to identify other natural talents in life too, so pin-pointing our spiritual gift can really take some time to recognize if we just aren't sure.

But thriving with our gifts for the kingdom of God is a huge honor as Christians. God didn't give us our gifts just so we could ignore them, struggle to find them, or avoid using them. No, he gave us these gifts to use with great joy as we do the things he has naturally gifted us to do, which often brings us great joy.

So if you are a follower of Jesus and want to identify your spiritual gift, or if you know your gift(s) but just aren't sure how to use them, I'm going to try to help you with that today.


In the Christian faith, using the gifts God has given us for His glory is important. But sometimes it can be hard to identify what our spiritual gifts are, or how to best use them. Today on The Peculiar Treasure, we are talking all about finding and utilizing our spiritual gifts well. #Christian #faith #spiritualgifts



Identify Your Gifts


If you do a Google search for "spiritual gift tests", you will find quite a few. I believe that taking these tests (maybe a few different one's to compare the answers) can be helpful in finding your general abilities and strength, and if you've never taken one, it could be helpful.

However, I recently read a blog post about how in Scripture, there was never any indication that believers were struggling to find their spiritual gifts, and there wasn't a crisis of having to take a quiz to figure it out. I can see that point too. So what I would encourage you to do is take a few spiritual gift assessments if you are unsure of your gifts. But temper this with looking at your natural abilities that you already know you posses. Don't just take the quiz and throw away all else in pursuit of using the gifts laid out in the test. A generic test is not God and we always need to be aware of God's leading in these areas too.

A Few Quizzes I Found

105 Questions Quiz: Not my favorite but can be helpful. It gave a tally of every gift and what I scored in it, and then told me my top three gifts with a description of those three.

Lifeway Quiz
This one is very detailed and you have to tally the results yourself. But if you like that sort of thing, it's probably a good one to take.

ELCA Quiz
I like the wording and scale on this quiz better than the others I've taken. I will say that they make some things into "spiritual gifts" that I would argue are just general talents. However, no quiz will be perfect and this may be helpful.


Brainstorm How to Use Them

The thing is, there are probably hundreds of ways for you to use the spiritual gifts God has given you. For example, one of my gifts is encouragement, which I can do every single day in many capacities.

I can be a general encourager to the people around me (see my free, 3 day email devotional for more on this), I can use this blog to encourage, I can cheer my hubby on in his schooling, let the kids I nanny know that they are smart and valuable, or I can lift people up when they are having a rough day. There's not one set task I have to do if I am an encourager- and the same is true with every spiritual gift.

So sit down, list all the areas in which your gift could possibly be useful, and get creative.

Research Opportunities In Your Area

Once you've brain-stormed some ways in which you may be able to best use your gifts, start searching for opportunities in your area that align with what you discovered while brain-storming.

Example: If your gift is teaching, this doesn't mean that your only options are being a pastor or school teacher. You could be a bible study leader in your church, a mentor for an after school program, a coach, or a blogger. All of those things would utilize the gift of teaching, and I feel certain there are many more avenues that would too!

Seek Godly Counsel

Once you've done your due-diligence, I would recommend talking to those around you who are wise and strong in the Lord about what you've discovered in your quizzes and research. This can be a spiritually strong family member, friend, your pastor, etc.

Talk to a few people who fit that description about whether they feel your assessment of your gifts and your quiz results are accurate. Then see if they feel your ideas for serving are doable and a good fit for you and ask if they have any other suggestions to add to the list.

Remember that people are not God, though. Getting wise counsel is extremely important and biblical, but we must always remember that humans aren't perfect, so always take their advice and measure it by scripture.

#Christian #faith

Get Up and Serve

I found a post by The Gospel Coalition about why asking "what is my spiritual gift?" is the wrong question. One of the reasons the author feels this way is because sometimes when we know of a particular gifting we have, we will sit on our butts until an opportunity comes to use that gift. But the Bible tells us to serve one another in love. It never says to wait until our "one gift" is able to be used.

The truth of the matter is, we all have multiple giftings, and when those can be used, we will probably feel most "at home" and most useful. And that's awesome and God wants us to use those gifts well. But that doesn't mean we only serve with those gifts. In fact, God also wants to stretch us and grow us. He wants to use our weakness for his glory. So guess what... God will sometimes ask us to do things we aren't as good at. Does this mean he will ask us to be pastors just because we are bad at it, or ask us to be secretaries in the church when we are the most disorganized person there? Probably not. But he may ask you to speak up in a crowd to share truth, or ask you to help your mission team organize some paper work. And we can't just say, "no thanks, bro. That's not my gift"!

So when it comes down to it, whether we have clarity about our gifts or not, let's get our butts up and serve!



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