Thursday, September 30, 2010

Talents and How to Use Them Part 5

Encouragement. We all need it. Many times we get tired and discouraged. We take our eyes off our Savior.

That’s were encouragers come in. They are people who lift us up. They are people who build us up. They are people who point us back to the One who made us. They are people who spur us on to love and good works.

Do you have a heart to encourage people like that? If you do, I feel that this is one of the best gifts that you can have. I know that for me, encouragers are some of the most important people in my life.

Yet how do you use this gift? There are so many ways, some of which we’ve already talked about.

The biggest way you can encourage others is to offer them friendship. When you give someone the gift of true and honest friendship, it gives you the power to bless and encourage them.

Another idea is to start a small group that meets at your house. You can just get together and talk or you can do a Bible study, but in whatever you choose to do it gives you a great chance to encourage others. Or if you don’t feel comfortable starting something, join a group where you can feel comfortable.

Take a younger sister in Christ under your wing for a year and write her letters on a regular basis.

Live it out. Make encouragement a lifestyle that you live by. Wherever you go and in whatever you do, let you light shine. God is with you.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Talents and How to Use Them Part 4


Teaching. Does that word give you chills? It gave me chills for a long time. I had so much that I wanted to share. I wanted to help point others to God. I wanted to show others God’s love.

But I always felt that I wasn’t a good teacher. I stammered and faltered. I was a bit of a scatter brain and clueless as to how to teach.

Then one day, I was asked to teach a homemaking class. I paused. I thought, I want to do this, but can I? After all I’m just an ordinary teenager. How can I teach a class? What if I fail?

As I struggled, one of the things that I realized was that I was more afraid of failure than anything else. I wasn’t afraid of planning or my students, I was afraid of failure and the unknown.

Needless to say. God came and helped me overcome this. He helped me to see that He would be in me and would help me.

I said I would take the place of head teacher of the class. Sometimes all we need to do to overcome fear is to face it head on. I found out that your fear lessens when you take it on.

After a lot of preparation and prayer, I went and taught my first class. I was amazed at how easy it was. We did a craft and talked about homemaking. It was surprisingly easy. They’re learning (hopefully) and I’m getting to help. It’s a rewarding and fun.

If you want to share some of what God or your parents have taught you, but are afraid of failure or teaching, can I encourage you? Face your fears. Don’t let them rule you. If you want to teach, let the Spirit be your guide. Follow God’s lead and let Him show you wonderful things.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Talents and How to Use Them Part 3

Singing. I love to sing. You can often find me listening and singing along with some Christian music.

The great thing is singing is one of those gifts that have so many different ways to use it for God, but here are a few thoughts.

Think about singing a special song at your church. This can be a great way to bless your brothers and sisters in Christ. You never know who may need encouragement that day.

Offer to sing at a nursing home. Elderly people rarely have visitors. It’s a great blessing to them when people take time to visit them.

Many times this is one of those gifts that you end up using simply by having it. When you use it to the best of your ability people will start to take notice and ask you to sing. Sometimes all we have to do is make ourselves available. You never know what God will bring along.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Talents and How to Use Them Part 2


     “Of all the words of tongue and pin…” We have a lot of them. We have hundreds of ways to communicate these days. With the rise of blogs, magazines, books, sermons, podcasts, internet, e-mail, Facebook, and TV we have literally hundreds of ways to talk to people.

       Sadly though, very little of all that is on the internet and in books is whole some and good. We struggle to find good things to read and listen to. We have more to read than ever before, but less good things to read.

       That’s were good writers are needed. We have many Christian publicans that need good articles and stories. You can write on any subject that you are passionate about and share it with others. You can share your thoughts and dreams with others and share what God has been showing you.

    Or start a blog where you can share you spiritual journey. Blogs are an easy and fun way to make friends, share your thoughts, and keep a journal of sorts.

    There are numerous ways that you can use your talent for writing. Just look around and find some places to use it.

     Here are a few magazines that need writers. They don’t pay, but you can encourage people. That yields its own rewards.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Talents and How to Use Them Part 1

       All of us have different talents. We all have things we’re good at. We all have different things we enjoy.

       At this blog I try to help those who are crafty find ministries that they can help out with. But some of you have other talents. You have great talent, but aren’t sure how to use it. Or maybe you just need a fresh look at how you could use what God has given you.
       I’d like to take a few posts to think through some of the ways to use different skills. I hope that you are blessed and encouraged.

Monday, September 13, 2010


Dear Readers,
                      I'm sorry I haven't posted anything in a few days. I have been a little busy with co-op and trying to help a friend who is getting married. Hopefully I'm going to start posting again soon.
    Have a great day,

Friday, September 3, 2010

A New Ministry

Want to make another blanket? Make one for Wrap Them In Love. Check it out on the Ministries page.