Right now as I type this the state of Florida is being hit hard by Hurricane Irma. It breaks my heart to see so many people having to evacuate their homes and be concerned about their safety.
This morning when I woke up, it was unclear what the circumstance would be for my family and friends that live there. Through text, I was checking in to see what was going on and to make sure they were ok. My cousin asked for prayer, as they prepared for the unknown… Her simple request weighed heavy on my heart… so, I spent time today setting up a video conference so as a family we could see each other and have a few laughs. It didn’t change the storm’s path, but my hope was that it lifted everyone’s spirit, even if just a little.
My purpose for that video conference was aligned with today’s message at church. Our pastor’s message centered around how are we using our gifts to glorify God? Do we even know what our gifts are? How are we building up the kingdom, or encouraging the body of believers even when the situation feels grim? How are we giving hope to those that need it most?
Based on today’s message, I took a Spiritual Gifts Assessment, and the results were administration, faith, and leadership. It was definitely a confirmation of the joy I experience with certain aspects of life (home and work), especially when I have the opportunity to work with others to accomplish goals. It’s good to understand what your spiritual gifts are so you can continue to work toward God’s purpose in your life.
Life is full of challenge. And much like a hurricane’s path of destruction can be unpredictable, the trials we all face in our lives also can be. Personally, I can’t imagine going through life without Jesus by my side!
I continue to pray for my family and friends in Florida for God’s protection over them.
John 14:27 (NKJV) Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
The peace that you experience by knowing Him is true, and all true comfort and peace come from Him alone.