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Monday, December 8, 2008

I got a WORD last week

I love Twitter. Can I just say that? I L-O-V-E Twitter.

Not only have I met, but I’ve been able to get to know several Internet people. It’s amazing how much you can get to know about someone in 140 characters or less.

I have also been encouraged by and had the Lord speak to me through some of them.

For instance, I follow an author named Tricia Goyer (@triciagoyer). I am always encouraged by her Bible quotes and thoughts from her quiet times with God. One day recently she tweeted about how she was going to deliver meals to families who have to work on Thanksgiving. That made me stop and think and I replied to her about what a great idea that was.

A seed was planted.

Then, over the next couple of days, I worked on my BSF lesson in preparation for class on Wednesday. We are still in Exodus and were looking at chapters 25-31 which covers much of the instructions that God gave Moses with regard to the offerings to be brought for and construction of the Tabernacle.

Finally, I came to the last question of the week. With regard to Bezalel and Oholiab (chapter 31) and God gifting them to serve in the construction of the Tabernacle and its furnishings, the question asked, “What are you doing in your church to use the gifts God has given you?”

I was able to answer the question easily as I am very active and involved at my church. I serve in the Worship and Creative Arts ministry and sing in the choir, thus using my creative and performing arts gifts and passions that the Lord has given me. I serve as a coordinator for our Vacation Bible School, thus using my organizational and detail oriented gifts the Lord has bestowed upon me.

But after I finished answering the question I had something nagging at me. Was there some gift that I have not fully given Him? Was there something that have not been using for His glory?

The answer simply was yes.

I love to cook. I think that’s been made clear around here. And I have been using that ability and passion to bless my family and friends. But I have not given it to the Lord.

And a little water was added.

I attended class on Wednesday with a sense of expectation because I could just tell I needed a WORD. I, however, had no idea what it would be.

I answered the above question in my discussion group as we discussed it. Then we went into lecture, and um, God was doing some preaching into my soul. Just a few quotes from my notes…

* Do you ever have a burning desire to give? Are you responsive?

* He gave it (all the goods that the Israelites took out of Egypt) so that when he asked, they had it to give.

* God uses people with special talents and gifts.
* It is God who puts the skill & ability in us.
* God will always put in you what he wants to get out of you.
* The Spirit of God is in the person God uses.
* Those who have the Spirit are to do exactly what God says.

* Every person is indispensable until his work for God is done.

* We are successful and happy when we are using the skill God has given us for His glory.

And a tender little plant began to grow.

I am sensing a mandate; an order to use this passion and love of mine for His glory and to bless others. I don’t yet know what this will look like, but I know He will show me.

Because He is just faithful like that.

"... being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." ~Philippians 1:6

9 Comments:

Melinda said...

You did get a WORD, didn't you? Thanks for passing it along to ME.

Hugs (and happy cooking for the KING),
Melinda

rusty'swife said...

Donna,

I will be covering you in prayer as you are seeking God's direction in this. I know that He has a plan, and that He has been preparing you to take this step. You go girl.

Sallye

Sarah said...

Good word, girl! Did I know you were in your church's worship ministry? I'm praying He'll show you exactly wear to use your gifts!

Brittany said...

Donna,
You are such and encouragement to me! I love reading your posts and what God's doing in your life. I feel like a sister to you in more than what we have in common here on earth. Thank you for being a blessing.

Keal said...

Donna - You ROCK! Loved the WORD. Its funny how obvious His purpose can seem once we HEAR the right Word. It'll be a delight to see how He uses this specific talent and passion of yours.
To Him be all glory given.
Keal

Susieqtpie said...

Thanks for sharing! I always love reading what you write! I know you share those talents with all of us!

Gayle @ thewestiecrew said...

I think those with a gift for hospitality are such an amazing blessing to those that are part of the body of Christ, and a beautiful witness to those that are not.
I have NO doubt you have that and I just know God will tell you how best to use it (when i say hospitality, I think cooking falls within...plus I remember your posts about having friends over and how much it blessed you....)
Anyway. I love Twitter, too, and I am so glad you and I are friends!

beyond this moment said...

Isn't it funny how God makes things so clear to us? (And how we sometimes miss the obvious?)

May God continue to bless you richly,
Bethany

Tricia Goyer said...

That is so awesome. God is good! I love how He speaks to us!!!! Thank you for sharing that!