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“Don’t waste your life trying to fit into a “gift box” that feels too big or too small.
Your God-given gift perfectly fits your personality
and is your purpose and position to win victory.”

~ My Prince Will Come
by Sheri Rose Shepherd

After reading this quote I tried to figure out what my God-given gift is. I don’t know if I’m too tired or what, but I couldn’t figure it out. I decided to Google “Spiritual Gifts”, but sadly that didn’t help me either.

  • Ministry (office) gifts: Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher.
  • Motivational (practical) gifts: Service, Exhortation, Giving, Leadership, Mercy, Helps and Administration.
  • Charismatic (spiritual) gifts: Wisdom, Knowledge, Discernment, Prophecy, Tongues, Interpretation, Faith, Healing and Miracles.

I know God has given me a gift or gifts…I’m just not at all interested in figuring out what it is right now. So I decided I would focus on other gifts God has given me.

٠ God has given me the gift of salvation. It amazes me that He has made it possible for me to confess my sins and live with Him eternally.

٠ He has also given me the gift of love. So often I have pushed this gift away. How hurtful this must have been to Him. Can you imagine giving someone a gift and they refuse to take it?

٠ What about the people He has placed in my life? I’m adopted into a wonderful Christian family that loves me. I have a husband that loves me unconditionally. I have three beautiful children…two on earth and one waiting for me in heaven.

Then I began to think about my gift to God. What have I given Him? When I adopted my daughter and gave birth to my first son I had my pastor dedicate them to the Lord in a church service. I recall while I was pregnant with my last baby I told the Lord that little Uriah was His as well. I truly meant that, but never thought that God would require me to hand Uriah over so soon after he was born. So did I really mean what I said? I’ve pondered this the last few days. I have heard many messages about giving ourselves to the Savior, and I have done that. For me that was simple. Giving God my child, a part of me, was not so simple.

I finished a book today entitled Safely Home by Randy Alcorn. It was amazing! While I soaked in the wisdom from this book I began to realize that it was an honor and privilege to give my son to my heavenly Father. I’m so thankful that my precious baby is in God’s arms. I must be truthful and add that my arms ache for Uriah, but the ache is overpowered by the gratitude that God chose MY son. I get to spend eternity with Uriah. So if God can enjoy and love him a bit sooner than I anticipated I gladly give my gift of Uriah to Him. I know that my Savior tells Uriah daily how much I love and miss him.

So praise the Lord I had a gift to give, and now I will try to work on figuring out what other gifts He has blessed me with so I can live victoriously.

Deborah from Chocolate & Coffee is hosting In Other Words today. Visit her site for more posts about the quote at the top of this post.


Karen said...

The gifts come in all shapes and sizes. It might not be what we want or arrive when we think it should but they are there if we would only look as you did. Praise the Lord

Tami Boesiger said...

Your words touch me--praise the Lord I had a gift to give--as you refer to your lost child. I have never been in your situation, but if I am, I hope I respond likewise.

Debbie said...

Hannah, what a beautiful post from a thankful heart. How often we look for those special gifts and talents and yet stumble over the greatest gift of all; the gift of salvation.

Having suffered a loss, I love how you are now blogging. What a wonderful outlet and find others who may have gone through a similar loss. 2 Corinthians talks about how we can encourage one another with the encouragement we ourselves have been comforted.

You can be an encouragement to others as you share your heart and even questions.

Blessings to you. So glad you joined in on IOWT today.


Nic said...

Oh, sweet Hannah! Your words bring tears to my eyes. Tears of sorrow for your loss, tears of joy for knowing that you will spend eternity with him, tears of thankfulness for sharing your story, tears of gratitude that you are able to see these gifts in other ways that are every bit, if not more, important right now than trying to figure out what spiritual gift you have. I just simply love how you were able to share your heart and your understanding today! That is a wonderful gift you have given to us. May you feel the love and peace of God surrounding you today. :-) I'm so glad you participated in the IOW today!

Anonymous said...

Praying that God will continue to fill your heart with thankfulness. There are few losses in life as hard as the loss of a child. Your trust in the Lord is truly a blessing.

Denise Hughes said...

What beautiful words. The thought of giving my child as a gift to God. Your sacrificial heart is overwhelming. You have another gift as well. It's the gift you give when you tell of the gift you gave.

May God's peace and blessing overflow in your heart and home, today and always.