Gifts and Talents: Intertwining Your Faith with Everyday Life
Updated: Aug 3
God gives us all different gifts and talents. These gifts and talents are to be used to build up His kingdom. The Father allows us to choose how and when we use these gifts. The choices that we make are a direct reflection of our character. Sometimes God can put something so far down in your soul that it takes more energy to fight against it than to do it. One gift I have in me is commitment. If I say I'm going to do something, then everything in me stands up to do it. It's a great gift to have, but if you take your focus off Jesus and look around at what others are doing, it can make you frustrated.
Recently, I found myself saying a prayer and just shaking my head. Although this past weekend had some very high points, it also had me wondering. I had to wait on a person for 1 ½ hour for a time that they set. Another person forgot or didn't want to fulfill a commitment they made, but I didn't get angry or upset because I've learned that we're all different. Just because I take my word seriously doesn't mean everyone else will too. After many frustrating years, I have slowly and painfully accepted this truth. I'm excluding emergencies or situations out of one's control, I'm addressing repeated offenses that are part of a person's character. It shows a lack of respect for the other party's time and effort. But as always, the Lord always brings it back to me. How many times have I been a repeat offender? Hmm. In every reflection, there is always a lesson.
(P.S. For the second situation, God sent me help. Keep your eyes on Him. He always has a ram in the bush. Also, the person did apologize the next day for not fulfilling their commitment).
Be respectful of people’s time. “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” Colossians 3:17 KJV
Be committed. “If a man vow a vow unto the Lord, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.“ Numbers 30:2 KJV
God will provide. “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.“ Philippians 4:19 KJV
By doing these things…over time, I’ve been learning how to incorporate Christ into every area of my life.
Below are two books that God has inspired me to write. "The Flip Side" and "Blinded By Sight: The Heart Matters" both available now.
So… what’s this book about?
“The Flip Side” depicts the possible feelings and emotions of lesser-known Biblical characters as they navigated their lives in the shadows of the more popular characters in the Bible. While the Bible gives us snippets of their stories, we are usually left in the dark about their true motives, desires, and thoughts concerning the situations they are in. However, one certainty is that despite how little we know about these characters, they were often the catalysts to pivotal moments in the main characters’ lives.
So… what’s this book about?
Join me on a journey of self-discovery. “Blinded by Sight - The Heart Matters” is a compilation of short biblical devotions. These stories are not conclusive. They are depictions of how God is revealing my heart to me.
My prayer is, Lord, make it real for me, show me your heart, show me my heart, and give me the wisdom to change what hinders my relationship with you. I am learning that my perception is my biggest obstacle it affects my mind, what I think, and how I process my experiences. What I have experienced in my mind is expressed through my feelings and these experiences dictate my choices either consciously or subconsciously.
This devotional will allow you to explore and evaluate your past and present situations that have hindered you from seeing the heart of the matter. Simply put, look at the heart – it does matter. Your future depends on it!
I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Psalms 34:4