Fragrance of Flowers — Day 15

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Gifts and Talents

Your Mind Bent

Are you doing what you really love; what you truly are called and appointed to do? Are you using your YHVH-given gifts, talents and abilities to their fullest measure? Are you happy in your work? Do you end each day with a sense of satisfaction in a job well-done? Are you energized by your activities or do you come home weary and worn-out wishing you could be someplace else doing something else?

YHVH created each of us with a unique set of talents and abilities. He has gifted us with tools to use for effectively employing these talents and abilities. Are you living up to the full-measure of His purpose for you? Many times people don’t do what they really want to do; what they were created to do, (remember our definition of grace: the empowering presence of YHVH that enables us to BE all that we were created to be so that we can DO all that He has for us to do), because of peer pressure, parental expectation, spouse anxiety or need, self-doubt, fear, money, you can fill in the blank… but most of us end up settling for something far less than YHVH’s best for us.

As you have so far participated in the assignments at the end of each blog posting for these days of the counting of the Omer there has been opportunity to assess your “house” and make determinations as to what, if anything, needs remodeling. Maybe you have discovered that your house needs to be demolished and a brand new one needs to be built; or maybe only the house needs to be put on jacks so the foundation can be redone; or maybe you need a room addition or a kitchen remodel, whatever the case YHVH created a very special, unique person called you! And it is His plan that you live your life in abundant measure — pressed down, shaken together, running over abundance! So let’s get on with it!

Is YHVH pointing to something that He wants you to do for Him? Is fear keeping you from doing what He is pointing out to you? Are you afraid of lack; or maybe failure? Have you tried before and it didn’t work so you are afraid to try again? Remember the story of Peter walking on water…

Matthew 14:26-31, When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. But immediately Yashua spoke to them, saying, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Yashua. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Yashua stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”

Peter saw the way, he stepped out in faith, but then he looked around him and began to be afraid. When you take your eyes off Yashua you then begin to see the natural things; insurmountable waves, crashing seas, fierce winds, unstable ground; fear says, “you can’t do this, it’s water for pete’s sake, you can’t walk on water!” And because your eyes are looking at the natural or from your flesh you begin doubting, wondering why you ever got out of the boat in the first place and you start to sink. Yashua will help you back in the boat, where you collapse with a sigh of relief that at least you didn’t drown, but did you fulfill YHVH’s purpose for your life?

I am often asked if I like what I do. Yes! I love my job! My husband and I travel eight to ten months of each year all over the country and internationally sharing the gospel of Messiah through harp and teaching. We have the honor to meet, share, encourage, edify and exhort new friends and familiar friends. This is our ninth year of sharing table fellowship with people from all walks of life. YHVH pointed and we followed His lead. What we have learned in these nine years of living in the “circuit rider” anointing is that where YHVH points He provides. Here is a story to help illustrate this point: We had been invited to come do a series of talks and scripture stories for a week-long event three thousand miles from our home. We accepted the invitation and prepared to drive our truck as we would need our camping things for this week. The event facilitator said there would be opportunity to offer our harp CD’s for sale and we could have a donation box for any offerings that people may feel led to give. We were fairly new in our traveling ministry and we thought the exposure to this crowd of 500 people would be good for us. In those early days finances were often a struggle as we were being divinely taught the difference between needs, wants and desires; YHVH has promised to fulfill our needs and our education was in seeing our needs as He sees our needs. It was learning to say like Rav Shaul, “in all things I am content, whether in plenty or in lack.”

We had enough money to make the trip to the event and we were counting on earning our way home through CD sales and offerings, but YHVH had a different plan. Just days before we were scheduled to leave we had two medical emergencies that stripped us of most of our trip funds. All we had left to make this three thousand mile journey was $125.00. And to make matters worse when we got the event schedule in the mail we were only on the program for one fifteen minute time slot. What had happened? To be quite honest with you I didn’t want to go, I wanted to cancel, but my husband said, we have given our word to come, how can we go back on our pledge?

Was YHVH pointing? Yes! Then He would provide. So we left as planned, with only $125.00 and no credit card back-up. Did YHVH provide? Yes! He provided then and He has continued to provide, sometimes in the most miraculous ways, sometimes at the very last possible moment, sometimes abundantly, sometimes in the mundane, every day of life, but He has always been faithful to provide where He points.

Assignment Day 15: Think back on your childhood and recall what you seemed to gravitate to most; whether it be exploring or helping people, or playing doctor, teacher or missionary. For example I was always organizing a play acting or telling a story. (Is it any wonder that I so fully enjoy what I am now doing?!) What you discover by answering this assignment will be the basis for the next several posts. You are on your way to becoming a fully remodeled house to the glory of YHVH!