“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” NIV Deuteronomy 31:8
God provides Deliverance!
I can recall in my childhood possessing a very timid and fearful outlook on life. Unfortunately my Mother had been bullied by her older sister and as a result she had many fears which has existed throughout her adult life. Fears that prevented her from pursuing and developing her innate gifts and talents. Fears that were evident during my childhood which led to many insecurities, and caused me to become a follower among my peers.
I can recall that one of my strongest desires was to learn how to swim. Inspite of the many verbalized dangers, with the most prevalent being death by drowning, I persevered and became an accomplished swimmer. Now as an adult who possesses a disability with both knee joints, the only non-weight bearing exercise I can actively participate in, is the sport of swimmimg.
During my childhood, Fear slowed my desire to pursue vital areas of personal growth and development. However, my character begin to change during my teenage years, and I no longer required validation from my peers. In high school, I chose a “College Prep” track which included an internship working in a major department store.
At the age of 40, I relocated to another state to complete the clinical portion of the RN program. I began to view life from a spiritual perspective which led to a strong sense of developing my blessings-my natural gifts and talents.
Although I studied the Word of God and prayed, my decision making skills suffered greatly. The fears that were incorporated into my childhood were constantly resurfacing. It has taken a lifetime for me to develop my spiritual gifts. Even so, through prayer, studying and believing God’s promises that He is always with me, God has enabled me to learn and possess decision making skills which lead to positive outcomes.
In 3 John 1:2, the author relays, “Beloved, I pray you to prosper concerning all things and to be in good health, just as your soul prospers.”
When we lack confidence due to past life events, we are inhibited by fear and as a result we are unable to possess good health. Our mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health suffers from suppressing our natural inclinations to reach for higher goals.
I encourage you to self-evaluate, and identify your interests and your talents. Find other individuals who can mentor and empower you to develop and grow.
A positive attitude of “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” (Phil. 4:13) also applies to our innate abilities.
After taking a 25 year hiatus from my love of crocheting, I participated in two projects to make hats for the homeless and underserved children. It was a blessed and fulfilling mission to provide for those in need. In addition, I enjoyed creating items evolving from a skein of yarn made by my own hands.
God loves us, and has blessed each of us with personalized talents. Pray your “fears” away, and enjoy the wonderful attributes that were custom made for you.
I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are your works, and I know this very well. Psalm 139:14
Challenge for today: Explore, identify, and develop your interests and talents.
Prayer for today: Dear God, Thank you for making us in your image. Please give us the victory over our fears that have prevented us from developing our gifts. We desire to possess health and happiness according to your will for our lives. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen!
Sonya Johnson Ruiz