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Monday, August 20, 2007

Those Amazing Gifts We Share

Our church just finished off another week of vacation Bible school, this year it was known as "Avalanche Ranch." It was time to saddle up the old doggy and send the sheep into the pasture. But it was wonderful while it lasted.

I couldn't help but notice the decorations this year, and while I did I wondered who had spent the countless hours putting it all together. The cross with glowing Christmas lights, the forrest of trees, the sherrifs office, the barn, the hay bails, and the wildlife that looked all too life-like for words. It was amazing.

What was even more amazing was the dedication that the crew leaders put in each year. Several adults spend their vacation time teaching our children so they will have a lasting reminder that God is alive. And those who don't work full time--stay at home moms like me--are also there doing their thing, or better said--sharing their gift.

It takes all kinds of people to make a lasting impact. There's the fun loving bald guy who encourages the children to break down the walls of Jerico, as they charge through the field and grass stain their knees, but there's also the grey haired woman in the kitchen preparing the snack. All working for the glory of God.

Outside the walls of "Avalanche Ranch" life is much the same in the family of God. No matter where you are in your life, sister--remember this...God can use your gifts to make a lasting reminder in someone's life. A reminder that God is alive. There's days when we might wonder why we're just a housewife...just a mother...just a friend, but average women might be "just" what God calls us to be, and there's nothing average about being used by the Lord! Whether we're serving at the pulpit, in the kitchen or while tumbling in the grass, we are servants of the Most High King.

From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. ~ Ephesians 4:16

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Anonymous Lynn said...


I think it is the ordinary which will be extrodinary in our new Kingdom. Those who served to make a lasting impression on a child are the heros of heaven. I love this post. Thank you.

August 21, 2007 at 5:42 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Especially when it comes to children, our gifts are so special when shared so freely. I'm glad you had a great time!

August 21, 2007 at 7:19 PM  
Blogger lori said...

how right you are! we are all given gifts that are necessary...why do we so often "wish" we had someone else's gifts?? something I am trying desperately to teach my are unique, with unique gifts to glorify HIM!! USE them and USE them well...they are all important!
let's take the time to open the "gifts" that were made for us!

August 21, 2007 at 8:55 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

My husband always says he can't sing a lick in the choir...but he can hold the door open and be a "door greeter"...the first smiling face people saw as they entered into the house of the Lord!
Yes! every job is important...all the way down the the toilet cleaners! (We have done that as well!)
This was a great reminder of faithful service!
Bless you Darlene!

August 22, 2007 at 2:54 PM  
Blogger Laurel Wreath said...

Oh Amen Darlene. Amen.

August 22, 2007 at 6:00 PM  
Blogger Vicki said...

You're certainly blooming where God's planted you, dear friend. Blessings on your week.

August 23, 2007 at 4:02 PM  

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