“There are different kinds of gifts. But it is the same Holy Spirit Who gives them. There are different kinds of work to be done for Him. But the work is for the same Lord.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (NLV)
When I am looking for inspiration, I scroll through past blogs and on this day in 2014……..I was talking about finding my “sweet spot”. I truly believe God nudges us in the direction we need to go.
Suzie Eller’s blog post on crosswalk.com has me thinking seriously (yes, AGAIN) about my “gifts”. She talks about her Pinterest frenzy and how she tried all kinds of things. Then one day her daughter after surveying her efforts said “Mom, you need to know your sweet spot and this isn’t it”. YIKES! How many times do we try things in an effort to be something we aren’t? OR maybe our sweet spot has seasons, and it is time to move on.
WOW! I know I have been talking about this A LOT lately but life has been changing for me. I’m sure I am not the only one who experiences seasons with their gifts and talents, eight? I struggle with people pleasing so change is not easy. Each of us is designed differently on purpose so we can come together to make a whole. So, what is your sweet spot? How has God gifted you for His purposes?
I struggle because although I know I have gifts and talents, Doubtful Debbie comes a knocking just when I think I am making strides. Along with age (hitting 65 this year), recovery and MS issues all seem to play a factor. Here are a few of my sweet spots:
- Making a difference – I truly believe this is one of my greatest gifts. I am a glass half full kind of person and believe in sharing it. Don’t get me wrong, there are days when Negative Nellie is around but they are fewer and far between lately. Whether it is as simple as a card, a kind word or an angel to brighten someone’s day – I want to bring a smile to others.
- Crafty. Angels have become the center of my crafting world – from sewing them to jewelry pieces to plastic canvas. I love to share them with others and hear the stories as to why people pick certain ones.
- Writing. I love to write. Crazy as it sounds, it started with poetry as a child then it moved onto grants in my professional career. The initial challenge to blog was scary but exciting at the same time. It is my hope I can inspire others through my strengths, hopes and experiences.
- Cooking. Since moving to our forever home, I have found I LOVE cooking and sharing it with friends and family.
God can use these sweet spots for His purposes. God uses my unique design when I invite a neighbor or friend for dinner. If your sweet spot is hospitality and making a home beautiful, then there are people who will be touched by this gift. If it’s humor and laughter, then someone needs to find that joy, too. If it’s teaching, teach. Whatever your sweet spot, God has a purpose for you.
Time for me to focus on my sweet spots and make strides in all areas of my life. How has God formed and fashioned you? Share your sweet spot with us. It is not about being like someone else, it is about being ourselves and ACCEPTING ourselves including the gifts and talents God has given us.
Have an Epic day!