Friday, October 12, 2012

Ruthie's Gift~ Day 12 {Make. It. Count.}

The place God calls you to
is the place where your deep gladness
and the world’s deep hunger
 meet. 
~Frederick Buechner

My friend, Ruthie, has been blessed with an abundance of gifts.

She is a talented writer, a thrifty shopper, and an amazing interior (as well as exterior -  you should see her backyard!) designer,  just to name a few. However, in my humble estimation, one of Ruthie's most precious gifts, is her gift of encouraging others to use their gift.

On more than one occasion, God has shown Himself faithful to answer the cries of my heart through Ruthie's gentle nudging.

Case in point:
August 19, 2011
Happy Friday, Ruthie!
Do you have any idea what a blessing you and your sweet comments are to me? God has used you...not just a little bit...but mightily in my life. You have been such a source of encouragement, inspiration and joy. I can't thank God enough for the precious gift He has given me in you.
I have a deep desire to write...but I know I am far from being a "writer". Sometimes, (most times if I'm totally honest) I feel so inadequate to write for God. I have no formal training, I have a limited vocabulary, and I feel I have so very much to learn of and about God. Who am I to tell others? And yet, I feel the tug of God in my heart......write this down....share this with others...tell of my goodness....declare my glory. So, I do..but I came to a place where I needed to know. Is this truly God's calling or simply my wanting to be something that I clearly am not. If God was truly calling me to write, then I wanted to do my part to excel and show forth His excellence....to take classes, to learn the art of writing, to invest more of my time, income and life to this. I wanted to know for sure, without a shadow of a doubt, that God was pleased and that He was the wind beneath my wings. I prayed and God answered......with a yes. SO......I am stepping out in faith, embracing this "new thing" and believing in God to give me the words.

Thank you for being a blessing in my life-
Praying God's sweetest blessings for you, my sweet friend, Ruthie-
~Stacy
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Stacy,
Have you ever heard of God using ordinary people to do extraordinary things? Have you ever heard of the phrase Use Your Gift? Well, that's you my dear. Don't fret about not being formally trained. You would never know it! When someone reads something that touches their heart, I promise you, they don't say, "Now I would feel this so much more if I knew Stacy had a journalism degree or took night classes at the local college." Pleeeaaasssee. You're a fantastic writer. Your words move me. I too feel closer to God when reading YOUR blog. Give thanks to Him every day that He gifted you with an ability to write and a desire to express yourself for Him. And thank Him that you've mastered the whole blog thing. You have a whole audience who appreciates your words and your heart.
Have a wonderful weekend. I look forward to your future posts!
Ruthie

P.S. By the way, did you know that my new personalized license plate reads "UZ-UR-GFT" !!!! 
You are.

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See what I mean? 

Ruthie is all about using HER gift to encourage others to use their gift.  She is a faithful steward of the gift God entrusted to her. And, because she is using her gift, I continue to use my gift.  Whenever  I begin to doubt my ability, or listen to the whispers of the enemy of my soul, I remember her words, press into my Heavenly Father, rely on HIS ability and keep on keeping on - pressing fingertips to keyboard.

SO, what about you?

Yes...YOU.

Gifts.

We all have them.  When our loving Heavenly Father hand-crafted us in the womb, He intentionally and purposefully tucked in our gifts - gifts made specifically for us, with the entire world in mind. 
That is why they are called gifts. After all, a gift isn't a gift until it is given away, right?
God gave to you and I so that in turn, we would unwrap our gift and share it with the world.

What are your gifts?

What did God create you to do?

Not sure.
Listen again to the words of  Frederick Buechner:

The place God calls you to
is the place where your deep gladness
and the world’s deep hunger
meet.



Keyed
{Photo Credit}

I love to meet the Lord at my computer.

As I place my hands on the keyboard,  He is faithful to place his message in my heart. As I move my fingers to the beat of His heart, words begin to appear, sentences begin to form. In moments of sweet communion, we weave together His story of love and forgiveness, hope and encouragement, redemption and restoration.

There is no doubt about it.  I LOVE to write.
And, there is no doubt it. This passion, this longing of my heart, is not incidental.

Before I was ever formed in my mother's womb, God knew me. It was God who molded me and formed me. It was also God who planted the "I want to be writer" seeds in my heart.

It is my gift.

What is the passion of your heart? 
What do you do enjoy doing? 
What consumes the precious, treasured moments of your leisure time?

Chances are this is your gift.

Enjoy playing basketball?  Start an after school program in your community. While you teach these young hearts how to dribble and pass the ball, you can open their hearts to the love of God.

Love to knit?  Knit lap rugs for hospital patients or those living in a retirement center.  Attach a simple note of encouragement, along with a scripture verse of hope. Your labor of love can be just the thing to warm their hearts with the love of God.

Can't wait to get your hands on some wood and build?  Volunteer to join a "Habitat for Humanity" building project in your neighborhood. 

Does baking make your day?  Share your homemade goodies with a soup kitchen or deliver them personally to a homeless person. 

Whatever you enjoy doing....whatever it is...if you place God in the middle of it...He can and WILL use it to bless others.

Your gift is not just for your enjoyment,
(although what can be more fulfilling than spending our life doing what we enjoy?)
it is meant to be your ministry.

If we truly want to Make. It. Count., we need to start unwrapping our gift and begin sharing it with the world.

We need to follow Ruthie's gentle (or maybe not so gentle!) nudge:

UZ-UR-GFT!!!



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1 comment:

  1. Great post!! Your words always inspire and encourage me. I was just talking to my son this evening about gifts, and how God has given each of us something special and unique to contribute. Like you, I love and have a passion for writing. I also am passionate about teaching. I'd love to be a full-time professional writer, but God keeps leading me back into classrooms. So, maybe that's where he needs me to be. :-)

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