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  1. Amen! Amen! Amen! “Our gifts are meant to highlight God’s genius & bring others into His presence.” Wow! Be brave in using & honing the skills He enables us to have! Grace, you do just that with your writings. Thank you, I know I’m not the only one that is & will be brought into His presence through your writing. Blessings, heavenly sibling!

  2. Art is a Biblical gift! I’m so glad to hear that! But of course, since we are created in the image of the great Creator. My gifts seem to lean toward music and art. Covid shut the door on my music, so these days I mostly make cards to encourage others and scrapbook to preserve memories and family stories. Glad you followed God’s prompting to uncover another of your gifts and share it with us, Grace.

  3. I have a hard time figuring out if God is telling me something. I wish I was as clear as others are hearing what that message is. What does it sound like? I wonder what I have missed all these years. And what is my path now. In any event I am delighted for you. And me too as I read these thoughts from everyone.

  4. Dare I even say it, without sounding cliche’. . . I could have written (almost) every word you did and it be true. It is good to see how God is reaching into His kids lives and making clear what we have desperately longed to know.

  5. Madeline, I completely understand. I always wanted God to skywrite His plans for me in the heavens so I would know for certain what to do. That is not how He usually works. Over the years I have learned to walk out whatever situation I was in, all the while checking my spirit to make sure I was still following Jesus. I think I missed opportunities because I was afraid to do something I wasn’t sure was God’s plan. Bible study and mature Christian friendships have helped me, but part is just trusting when I can’t see the whole plan! Grace, thank you for sharing that sometimes we have to step out of our comfort zone and what we think is our only calling to serve like Jesus wants us to!

  6. We have to trust God in everything. That means having no doubts. God knew us even before we born. As he created us in our Mother’s womb. As it says in Jeremiah 1 verse 5. ” Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” That is in the first line of that verse. That goes on to tell us God knew us even before we were in our Mothers womb. How amazing is that. So God knows all about who we wants us his Children to be. So we have through the Holy Spirit listen to his still small voice to learn to trust him to know what direction he want us to go. So as we be the people he wants us to be do what he requires of us. Some times that means taking a big leap of faith. Especially if you know God is taking you in a new direction in your life. Taking you out of the direction he had you in before. You may say am equipped to go this new direction and you may say but God I comfortable where I am. You may feel you don’t want to leave your comfort zone you are in now. But you know it is God speaking to through the Holy Spirit. To see how much you Love him and trust him. To go on this new kind of adventure he taking you. God wouldn’t ask you to leave your comfort zone if he didn’t think you were equipped. You have to be willing to say yes God I go. Do what ever you ask of me. As I know you will equipt me to do this new work you have for me do for you. If I don’t do it and say in this comfort zone I am in already. I will loose out on the many blessings you have for me. I have to say God here I am I will leave the comfort zone I am happy in to follow you do this new thing you want me to do for you. Know with your help I can do it. As you wouldn’t give me to do anything that you wouldn’t equipped me to do with your help. I will be blessed by you for stepping out of my comfort zone I him you and trusting you in this new thing you want me to do for you. I say Amen to that. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little xx in my prayers incourage b

  7. Thank you for your authentic sharing. “It’s a Great encouragement to me as I’m leaving my comfort zone and entering a new chapter and I kept asking God, “Are you sure I’m doing this right?”

    Sending you blessings and love as we go on our adventures with Jesus!

  8. Thank you, I have the same calling and struggle with the same issues. I pray that your words and God’s truth will come to realization.

  9. Grace,

    God gives His children gifts & talents. Each gift is important in the works of the kingdom. He expects us to use those gifts/talents to bring glory to Him. Recently I discovered the love of cooking. God has shown me that I’m pretty good at it. Whenever possible or needed I make meals/dishes for people. My pastor’s wife was moving her mom down here to care for her. I fixed a home made chicken pot pie & some bread for them to have before they left or when they got back. Love sharing my gift with others. Everyone don’t worry about the size or type of gift God has bestowed on you. Just embrace it & trust God knows what He is doing.

    Blessings 🙂

  10. Your authentic writing certainly makes you a great writer! So Grace- follow that prompting by His Spirit and go write what He lays on your heart! The written word is powerful & I believe you will be a blessing & an encouragement to us I am sure. Yes He does rekindle the gifts within us and equips us too.

  11. Grace, thank you for obeying God anyway. Your words have helped confirm things I’ve known for a long time but haven’t believed in myself enough to fully trust God. I finally am now. I fully trust His ability in me.