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12 Days of Christmas~ Unwrapping the Gift of You! Day 11

December 22, 2011 by  
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Give Yourself the Gift of Freedom!

12 Days of Unwrapping the Gift of You

Day 11: Coming Unwrapped

The count-down to Christmas Day draws near and with it comes the time to remove the layers to discover the gifts within. This approaching day can bring with it mixed emotions. Fear arises to shout “What if someone doesn’t like my gift?” Excitement peeks through to say “This is going to be so much fun!” Anxiety weaves into the conversation to negatively suggest “All of this is going to cost way too much.” Faith stands firm and declares “My gift will speak for itself, my job is to trust God in all things.”

You may be wondering, “What is my gift?” Webster’s defines a gift as a notable capacity, talent, or endowment; and/or something voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation. Your gift is your capacity to share your testimony and godly insights with another. Often, gifts develop in the middle of your tests and trials, then become wrapped in the healing layers of God’s grace to one day be given to another as the very thing they need at that moment. It is given voluntarily, without selfish ambition or motive. It comes with no attachments, but is freely given as a token of your love to the Ultimate Gift Giver. Your gift is the part of your journey you would rather forget about, but God’s mercy has said no. No to the shame of that incident, no to the past condemnation, no to the fear of disclosure. Your gift deserves to be unwrapped enough to let others peek inside.

Self-disclosure is your opportunity to open the pages of your personal life story. It’s always easier to share the parts of your life that are wonderful and perfect, but what about those things behind the veil? What about the part of your story that has a sense of mystery and suspense? Pull to the surface those experiences that were unthinkable and horrific. Recall those things you wish had never occurred and could be erased forever from your record. Bring forth those times when life took a turn you did not expect. Now, rather than finding more walls to use as barricades for these issues, uncover a way to redeem the past. Your past disappointments are not a judgment on your life. Your past failures are not an indication of your future experiences. Your past wounds do not have to be a continued source of pain. ~Excerpt from Set Free to Live Free: Breaking Through the 7 Lies Women Tell Themselves © Revell

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV

How you share your gift will depend on your unique talents and passions. God gives each of us an individualized way of conveying a part of who He is to others. Gifts can manifest in many ways. Some may sing or play an instrument, others may write or speak. Art and creative works are yet other ways you can bring comfort to another. Using these talents to share a part of your testimony allows you to bridge the gap between two of the most powerful forces in life: passion and purpose. Passion is a sign of deep yearning. Whatever you are passionate about you will pursue. Purpose is the innate determination to see something accomplished. When passion collides with purpose it sets your life on a collision course with your divine destiny.

Today’s Activity: Find someone to share a portion of your testimony with today. Search Facebook or Google blogs to find a page discussing the area you feel connected with and post part of your testimony. Share from your heart. As you hit the send/post button, see it as the gift it is, a voluntary transfer from you to bring comfort and hope to someone else.

Daily Prayer: Lord, thank you for the gift you have given me to share with others. Help me to daily treasure this gift and freely give it to those in need. Increase my opportunities to use my gift for your glory. Expand the reach of my gift to include all you would have it touch. Help me to keep my motives pure as you make room for my gift. Keep me close to you so that I never forget that you are the ultimate gift giver. Even when I give my all, it will never compare to the mercy and grace you have given me.

Today’s Worship Song: CeCe Winans – Mercy Said No

 

Saundra Dalton-Smith is a physician, teacher, wife, and mother who is passionate about helping women overcome the mental barriers that prevent them from living free in Christ. She combines the knowledge and compassion of her medical training with biblical principles to offer those bound by insecurity, anxiety, fear, and doubt her prescription for living free. To learn more about Saundra visit www.setfreetolivefreebook.com

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