My journey began one afternoon, three years ago, while driving home from work. It started with a prayer, then led to the Spirit prompting me to write a book. I struggled tremendously with the transition into motherhood, and God made it evident he wanted to use my struggles for his glory. The purpose of the book was clear. He was leading me to write a devotional book for new moms.
Two years later, I began writing the beginning pages of the book while struggling, once again, through the difficult transition of life with a newborn. This time, my oldest was now two and a half, and my youngest was a few days old.
This past summer I completed the first draft of the book; however, now that I am expecting my third child, I've decided it's not finished yet. My plans are to add to the devotional during this upcoming year when we welcome our third child into our home.
Until then, I'm focusing on the work God began while writing the book. This work is the ministry you now know as He Gently Leads You. It may seem as if the two are unrelated, but I assure you, they are not. The passion God stirred in my heart is one for his Word. As a new mom, it was incredibly hard to spend consistent time in the Word, and it continues to be a struggle. He Gently Leads you was created with the same passion and purpose God gave me for writing the devotional book.
Why am I sharing my story with you? Because I want you to know how this ministry began, and I want to give God glory.
Three years ago, I chose to follow the Spirit's prompting in my life. Although I felt unqualified and inexperienced, I chose to believe God is bigger. Instead of surrendering to my inadequacies, I surrendered to his authority.
Now I have the pleasure of seeing God work through me each week. He takes my small offerings and uses them for his glory. Lives are being changed through the power of his Words, and I am one of them. The more I write, he develops my gift, but he also develops our relationship. It is an absolute joy to be doing one of the things God created me to do. There are no words to fully describe my experience, and only he knows the fullness of my joy.
Can you relate to my joy? Are you doing what God made you to do? I'm sure we are all in different points along our journey in discovering and using our gifts. While some may have not discovered their gifts, others may know their gifts but have not found an opportunity to use them. Some of you may be thriving in communion with God as you live out your gift for his glory.
Whereever you find yourself today, my prayer is you would grow in knowledge of truth this week as you study Scripture. I pray God would also challenge you this week in areas in which you need to be challenged. As a natural sequence to last week's study, we will be studying about gifts this week. Please click here to download the reading guide. Let's begin by meditating on Monday's verses.
“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of workings, but the same God works all of them in all men.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, NIV
As you read the verses, consider the answer to the following questions:
What are the similarities and differences between the words “gift”, “service”,and “workings”?
Based on these verses, do you think one gift is better than another?
How can you apply these verses to your life today?
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