Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Spiritual Gifts, Infertility + what i wore

A few Sundays ago the sermon at church was about spiritual gifts.  

It really struck a cord with me. 

As I was taking notes I couldn't help but wonder, what is my spiritual gift? 

What did God give me to use to share the Word and his message? I took this down in my notes: "Spiritual gifts, each of us has special gift or talent. For the building up of the body of the church, aka brothers & sisters in Christ."  I could immediately tell you the spiritual gifts of many people I know, but I was stumped when I reflected about what talent God blessed me with.  {This isn't to say I don't see all the talents and gifts he has given me, I am focusing on what spiritual gift I have that allows me to be a light for His Word.}    

I found this test online , a spiritual gifts analysis.  It didn't take me very long to complete and it really helped me to see that the everyday things I do are my spiritual gifts.  

My two areas of strength are exhortation and administration.  Thankfully the analysis also gave me the definition of exhortation, it is a greek word that means to encourage.  Yes, yes I can see how that is my strongest spiritual gift, I love to encourage others.  

This is what they said about exhortation:

You are a "how to" person. You have the Spirit-given capacity and desire to serve God by motivating others to action by urging them to pursue a course of conduct. In a teaching position, you are able to explain how to apply God's Word. Your goal is to present material that enables the Holy Spirit to promote change in the student's life. You reach out and help Christians become more mature.

As an exhorter you are a very practical person, a good counselor, tolerant of others, serious-minded, orderly, and usually impulsive. You are expressive in a group setting; the group listens when you speak. You are comfortable working one-on-one or in groups. You are enthusiastic and talkative and enjoy encouraging others.

While I am still striving to have some of those characteristics it is easy for me to see that this is something I do naturally.  I blog to share my story, to inspire others and I hope that in doing both of those things I can share His Word.  

I recently had dinner with a friend, a friend who is also dealing with infertility.  A topic she is becoming comfortable talking about more openly.  During our dinner conversation she mentioned to me that it was so helpful for her to hear me say that I am finally at a place of calm when it comes to my infertility journey.  It does not eat me up inside like it did in the beginning.  2013 was a turning point for my infertility journey, I am at peace knowing that some way, some how I will be a mom.  While I want it to be through giving birth, I am not longer haunted with the idea that it might not be God's plan.  It is 100% through my faith that I finally feel peace about the journey. 

While some days are better than others it is when I cling to His Word that I can get through each day and know that His plan is far better than mine.  I have been open about my struggle to start a family for a few years and I truly believe it one of the ways that I can be a light for His Word. 

sweatshirt: The Loft // skirt: The Limited {thrifted} // tights: Kohl's // shoes: Navy Exchange // bag: Kate Spade {gift from husband} // bracelet: The Loft {gift}


Amanda McCellon said...

I love that you are so open about your infertility journey. Today we sent off our adoption paperwork and deposit to our agency. I've been very hesitant to talk to openly about this new journey we are embarking on- but feel like I should so that others can learn from it and understand it. I didn't have the need to give birth - I just want a baby to raise with my husband. So this is going to be the perfect path for us I hope.

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