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I feel drawn, compelled even to find a way to reach out to abuse survivors.  It’s something I have often wanted to do, but as of late it has grown stronger and stronger.  I remember a time when I felt like I could barely go on, and would have been so grateful to speak to someone who had been there, moved through that, and developed a “normal” life.  I want to be that for women who are in that place now.  I want to show them that healing is possible, that you can come through it, that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and that with God’s help we can all heal.  I want to share my experiences so that others, not just abuse survivors, but anyone can understand that God is with is even in the darkest of times in our life, and He wants to help us grow, heal, and become who we are meant to be.

The only problem is that I have no idea how to start or where to start.  I know my story can help others heal.  I love to share my story, because I think it helps others better understand God.  I just need the place to start it all.

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Let me just start by saying I consider gifts, spiritual gifts, and talents, to all be essentially the same thing, but I do recognize that not everyone does, and that is the reason for the differentiation above.   So, I am sitting here this morning thinking about the awesome gifts God has given us, and modesty.   We are taught from childhood that we need to be modest and not brag about the things we can do, and I truly believe we should not put ourselves above others because of the special talents and gifts we have been given.  We all have them, having one gift verses another is no different than having blue eyes instead of brown.  Yet no one would feel it was immodest to say “I have blue eyes”.   So why do we consider it immodest for people to say they have a God given gift in a  specific area? 

Why do we hide these things?  After all, we know God did not give us our gifts to keep to ourselves, and without God we truly can not make the most of our gifts.  I think people just need to be honest and say these are the gifts God has given me, and I’m happy to share them with anyone who needs them, so long as they realize that it is really God at work, not me.   If we could all do that, can you imagine the strength we would have?  Imagine knowing exactly who to call because you knew who had the God given gift that you needed and who knew how to trust God to lead them in that area!  Wow, that would be truly incredible.  Perhaps instead of asking people what profession they are, we should ask them what gifts they use in this world… Wow, what a powerful question that would be…. think it would scare people off?  Probably.  I wish I had the guts to do it though, imagine how quickly you could understand the core of someone and their mission here by seeing their gifts.  In fact I think often those gifts in themselves really show God’s purpose for us while we are here, and probably our purpose eternally.    Not only that, but when we find people with similar gifts to ourselves, we could discuss the gifts and the difficulties that can come from those gifts, and no doubt help each other grow and refine our abilities.   Hmmm….. would you be offended if someone you don’t know our barely know asked you what your gifts in life are?  I think I’d be shocked, but not offended.  I think I’d feel like they actually wanted to know me, not just the superficial me, that is certainly a good thing.  How do you think others would act?

So what are my gifts?  This is certainly not a comprehensive list, just those that are off the top of my head at the moment, probably because they are ones I’ve been contemplating lately.  In no particular order:

–  I am highly empathetic, I can FEEL the emotions of others.  I can generally tell how someone feels even if they are trying to hide it.

– I understand people’s dreams, and how they connect to their real lives.  I’m not sure how to explain it, although I’m sure many of you will understand,  but I often hear the questions I need to ask someone about their dream that lead them to figure out their own dream or that give me the information to help them figure it out.

– I am a great listener, and I am pretty good at asking people questions that help them figure out what they really want (sometimes better than others, this is a skill I am constantly striving to improve, keeping my opinions out of it can be tricky and I’m striving to find the line where I should include those and where it is best to leave them out)

– I am good with kids and great with babies. 

– I have the ability to allow God to heal people’s minds and hearts through me.  This is probably the most newly realized of my gifts, so while I am very excited about it, I am still learning exactly what that means.   This though is a big part of my mission and as you can see ties in very neatly with most of the above.

I’m sure there are others that are just not coming to mind at the moment, but that gives you a good sampling.  So what are your gifts?  Would you think it odd if someone asked you this in the middle of normal conversation?  Do you know what the gifts of the people who cross paths with you regularly are?

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If you knew who you are, who you are in your perfect self, your spiritual self, how would that change who you are here on earth in your imperfect state? If you could see all of the greatness that God created you to be, or even the person that you were before you came to earth or that you will be when you go/return to heaven, how would that change who you are here on earth? Who are you?

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