The Bible tells us that God knew you before He knit you together in your mother's womb. (Jeremiah 1:5) Have you ever attempted knitting? I attempted multiple times growing up and it was a disaster! So thankful God is the master of design and creation. Even if you are good at knitting you know the extraneous attention to detail, the careful selection of materials and the attention it requires to knit something together. Can you imagine knitting together the intricacies of the human body and even more so your personality? That’s what God has done and continues to do. We are all the work of God’s hands. Not some of us, not a chosen few, ALL OF US! I could write an entire book on the importance of finding your identity in God alone and the unique type of freedom that provides. Maybe one day I will but today, let’s talk about the basic concept that is so easily overlooked. This foundational truth can alter your perspective of yourself and in turn your existence.
Oh God, our Father we are the clay, You are the potter, we are all the work of your hands. -Isaiah 64:8
You have gifting, talents and abilities that are unique to you. Early on in ministry I would see others with the gift of service. They would gladly wash the dishes after noon lunch and sweep every inch of our building. All while joyfully praising God in their own way. I would feel such a sense of guilt in those moments because that is SO not my gifting. I am not the woman who gleefully walks up to the sink to wash dishes and feels fulfilled after. Seeing the many people in the local church that seemed to be gifted in that way, the historic Bible stories of those humbly serving and the servant leaders I had early on it was a real challenge for me. However, that guilt was not from God. If you are feeling this way, don’t own it.
In Luke 12:7, the Bible says that God knows the number of hairs on your head. I don’t know if you are anything like me but every day when I brush my hair copious amounts of hair come out. In the shower, in my hair brush...everywhere! I don’t even know how many hairs come out, I don’t think I want to know ha. But God does. He cares that much, He is that all knowing. If He knows how many hairs are on your head, don’t you think that He knows your passions and desires! He knows what will fulfill you, the areas of serving others that will inspire you most; in your neighborhood, your career, your classes, in everyday life.
You may be saying God, I’d love to know what that looks like for me, could you fill me in on the secret? We must remember that often times God calls us to obedience before He reveals His plan. So, what step of obedience is He asking of you today? He is calling you to give something specific over to Him. Whether it be your perceived lack of self-worth, the talents you hold back because you are scared of serving in certain capacities or a struggle you need to let go of. Whatever it is, lay it down. Lay it on down and trust that God has something better for you because you are divinely designed to be uniquely you!
*If you are looking to learn more about yourself and how you might enjoy serving, keep an eye out for a new RESOURCES section of the website where a Talents & Gifts Survey will be shared soon!
The idea was originally introduced in the 70’s but has really caught some attention over the last few years. To develop a capsule wardrobe you are supposed to narrow down your clothing items to a few “timeless” pieces, within a similar color palette, to provide multiple mix and match options.
If you know me well, I have never claimed to be a fashionista. In fact I was notoriously known for being a tomboy in my early years. However, over the past few years, I have begun developing my taste and style in clothing. When I first started this process, I still had clothing from High School. (I’ve been out of High School for over 10 years) For all of you that just got nauseous, no worries. I have since gained weight and the fantasy of wearing the same clothes significantly beyond their shelf-life and reasonable style range is far behind me!
Before starting, I set up three questions establishing ground rules that were non-negotiable:
With these guidelines, I was off to the races. Filling garbage bags to donate and, for some of the more stylish pieces, to sell to local consignment stores. I felt like I was doing well. Keep in mind, most of the articles I read encouraged me to keep 35 items or less. Further into this process, it quickly became clear this would be an impossible task.
I’m not sure what climate these authors live in but they definitely aren’t North of the Mason Dixon. Moving into my winter wear, I had to think through how many articles of clothing I would need to wear each day. Let me fill you in on a secret, if you don’t live anywhere near New England, I personally wear a minimum of 9 articles of clothing EVERY DAY! Layering is critical to surviving the winters here. Coming to this realization was a defining moment.
I am a competitive woman! When I came upon the realization this was not entirely feasible, I was quite frustrated. I had been so excited to minimize my belongings and simplify my mornings as all of these writers and friends had encouraged me to do. The ever important lesson I was reminded of, “Don’t class or compare yourselves one person to another”(2 Corinthians 12:10). Ha, seriously though, I had to figure out what worked best for me. What was feasible but healthy.
If you are working towards improving your life, whether it be a capsule wardrobe or something more serious, do not allow yourself to be affected by the failures or successes of others. You are unique your journey is unique. As you work to grow in your life just know that you are not alone. Your path is unique but we share common experiences and One BIG God. We are all in it with you sister! Take one day at a time and trust that the time and efforts you are putting in are worth it.