Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Day 29: Surprise Gift

I am thankful for...
for the surprise gift within me.
"Each of you has been blessed with one of God's many wonderful
gifts to be used in the service of others. So use your gift well."
1 Peter 4:10, CEV
Before I was formed, God knew me! I've pondered that verse so many times and it still awestruck me... to think that before I was ever thought of, ever planned to be, God KNEW me - and He fashioned me for a specific purpose and gave me the gift to fulfill it.  Now all I have to do is open it.

It is the same with you... when God formed you, He made sure that every part of you was perfect to complete the purpose He has called you for.  And then He did something amazing, He put the perfect gift within you to complete that purpose - now all you have to do is open it.

How do you open this gift? A question I've pondered so many times and then realized, I open my gift every time I do the things that bring glory to my Father in Heaven and in return fill me with joy! That's right! It is as easy as that... think about it this way, let's look at this verse:

"The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed."
Proverbs 11:25, NLT
How awesome is that?! When you refresh others, you yourself will be refreshed - and then there is a promise tied to this - "the generous will prosper" - You will prosper! When you use your gift, that gift, that God gave you, whether it is hospitality or maybe you are really good at talking with people to share about the love of God or maybe you're an evangelist or maybe you are a great teacher to kids - whatever that gift is, when you use it, you refresh others (bringing glory to God) and in return you are refreshed (blessed with joy).

I am so thankful for the gift that God planted within me.  He definitely made me unique, just like He did with you.  

God blessed me with:
  • Creativity
  • Passion
  • Vision
  • Organization
  • Love for Dance
  • Talent
  • How to train others
  • Leadership
  • Teacher
What gift did God bless you with? I would love for you to share in a comment!

I hope this Princess Letter blesses you, like it did me, when I read it:

My Princess...
You are my Gifted One.
I have given you the gift of eternal life, but My giving
does not stop there.  Inside of you is a supernatural
surprise - a gift that is waiting to be unwrapped... by YOU.

Yes, it's there.  It's hidden behind dreams waiting to be pursued.
Swallowed up by daily distractions and
drowned by disappointments.

Let Me help you clear out the clutter and find
your gift.  You'll find it in that place in life that brings
you the greatest joy, that place where your soul
longs to be, that work your hands love to do.

But this gift that I've given to you is not just for you.
I have blessed you to be a blessing to others.
When you find your gift, I will take it and
multiply it beyond what you could ever imagine.
So ask Me, and I will help you open your gift
so that you can give it away to the world -
not to impress - but to bless.

Your King and the Giver
of every good and perfect gift

(C) Sheri Rose Shepherd, "His Princess Love Letters from Your King", page 53

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1 comment:

  1. Love your list.. bless you!