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Monday, April 4, 2011
Found an old journal Saturday...
"...took the trash out behind the wooden fence and into the alley. Looked up to see an umbrella going back and forth along the fence line. Heard a loud thud and the sound of metal hitting pavement. Opened the gate to see my 5 year old son sprawled on the pavement with a bloody knee on the twisted spokes of the umbrella. With tears and frustration and much disappointment, his quiet voice said, 'Can't....fl-fl--- fly!'....In that moment I realized I try to mimic what I see or hear without finding my own abilities, capabilities, gifts, talents or calling. I should stop skinning my spiritual knees...by looking at others...and seek God's call on my own life."
As a wife, mother, bible study teacher, speaker, writer, daughter, sister, sister-in-law, aunt.....etc.......I have looked to see how others are "doing" these same roles. I realized awhile back my own life is never going to be just like someone else's. Not as a mother, a wife, a friend, a writer. I can learn from others, but I should seek to know God's will for me. I love Mary Poppins...but "Can't Fly"!
Celebrate the gifts HE has given.
1 Corinthians 7:7 I wish that all men were as I am. But each man has his own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that.1 Corinthians 12:4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.1 Corinthians 12:18 But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.Ephesians 4:7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.Hebrews 2:4 God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.