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  • Writer's pictureJill Jarrell Newsome

Be Yourself

I was a stay at home mom and I was not prepared for some of the comments I would get. I was "just a stay at home mom." Mike and I waited to have kids so I could stay home. For us, that was a priority and we were blessed to be able to do that. At that time I learned not to apologize for who I was. I was proud to be a good mother. I was valuable and compassionate.

Many people are not happy because they are trying to be something they are not. You think you are supposed to be where someone else is. If we were supposed to be there, God is big enough to put us there. We are to be the best version of ourselves we can be. Do what you are good at. As my daughters grew up I had to find my new passions. When I fell in love with Jesus, I wanted to serve Him. Thankfully, my identity was in Him so I trusted Him to find me something to do. He gave me the love of writing books. Through my sickness, He gave me the gift of writing as my therapy. Who knew I would keep writing? He did! He would grow that into speaking.

We should love our lives and enjoy them. My spiritual gifts are discernment, leadership and evangelism and I feel God guiding me to where He wants me. My friend, Pastor Andy, says when we find our purpose aligning with God's we have found our sweet spot! When I am doing what I am called to do I am enjoying life.

Romans 12: 6, "Having gifts (faculties, talents, qualities) that differ according to the grace given us, let us use them..." We cannot do these things on our own but God does it through us. It is not what we do but who we are in Christ! God custom made each one of us to be uniquely different so He could use us. Be in prayer about your spiritual gifts and start using them!


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