The Process of Developing Your Gifts
Prayer: “Lord, I ask that you use my experiences to minister to your people. Use my hands to type a message that will penetrate the hearts of those who read it. I move out of the way so that you can have your way. I surrender my own ideas and I ask you Lord to write through me in Jesus name. Amen.”
Every person in this world has a seed that has been placed on the inside of them by God. This seed represents your natural gifts and abilities. When God placed this seed in you, it represents the very thing He placed you in this world to do. What is your seed currently doing? Are you watering your seed? Is your seed planted in fertile soil with enough sun shining on it? I believe that God has placed this phrase: “From Seed to Sunflower” on my heart because it embodies the process of the time it takes to grow a sunflower seed into the beautiful sunflower that it was created to be. In this blog post, I want to help you identify what represents your seed, give you the tools to dig deep enough to plant it, and provide insight on the process of growing your seed.
Identifying Your Seed:
Growing up, I enjoyed planting in my yard with my sister. I enjoyed the idea of having what’s known as a “green thumb”—one who plants exceptionally well. I didn’t mind getting dirty in the yard with soil and possible worms and any other creature that I came across. However, there was a process of identifying what seed I wanted to plant to bring forth a beautiful harvest. Ladies, the moment you identify your seed, you must understand the process that it takes to blossom. You see, God has already placed a seed inside of each of you. Your seed could represent the gift of encouragement, singing, writing, or anything else that comes naturally to you. For me, God began showing me that I naturally enjoy encouraging others through writing and speaking. But there was and still is a process of growing this seed that has been placed in me. Have you identified your seed? What are some things that come naturally to you? Whatever it is, that’s the seed that God has placed in you!
Breaking old Habits:
You must know that for your seed to grow, it must break first! What do I mean by this you ask? Naturally, when planting, seeds break after being put into the soil. When it comes to us as humans-- this breaking of a sunflower seed represents the breaking of old habits such as, wrong thinking, gossiping, ungodly comparison and anything else that will slow down the growth of your seed. I want you to know that God has created you to blossom! However, before the blossoming takes place, the breaking of old habits must first take place. God reminded me of this scripture that’s found in John 15: 1-2 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful”. What a powerful scripture that shows us the importance of abiding in God! I also love that this scripture brings clarity in the significance of cutting away any dead weight from our lives. Sis, this fruit signifies the true blessing of God that can be given to you by abiding in God.
Removing the Blockage:
Many times when you plant, you must be aware of the weeds that will try to kill or destroy plants. Same with the concept of you blossoming into a sunflower—you must be mindful of the weeds that will try to come and attack your seed. This weed could represent temptations or wrongdoings that you encounter daily. The weeds of wrong thinking, anger, sadness, impure thoughts and idols in your heart must be uprooted before you can blossom into who God has called you to be. I recall a time when I helped my husband uproot the weeds in our garden. I understand that if we don’t uproot the weeds, our plants cannot grow and thrive as they should. So, what happens when you don’t uproot the figurative weeds in your life? I believe that without facing the weeds in your life, you are unable to become who God has called you to be. This process of weeding, helped me to understand the importance of uprooting weeds in my personal life. For me, I continuously renew my mind in God’s words to allow for old weeds to be stripped away. Ladies, I encourage you to identify any weeds in your life and ask God to remove them.
Naturally, every plant has a source that it must receive from to grow, such as sunlight, water, soil, and of course the seed itself! Ladies, God has given me this passion for writing and speaking. However, I understand that I must develop these gifts. Notice that I used present tense because this is an ongoing process. When it comes to using my gifts for the Lord, I also understand that I must focus my attention towards my source-- God. Just as a sunflower cannot blossom without the needed ingredients—I also understand that I cannot blossom without God, His anointing, His wisdom, His presence and the studying of His word. I often say to God: “Lord, I cannot write another blog post without your wisdom, your anointing, or you alone”. You see, the moment you understand where your true source comes from, is when you begin to lean on God more than ever before. John 15: 4-5 says: “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me”. I’ve learned that it’s so important to allow God to have His way in every part of my life.
Develop Your Gifts:
Many times, we desire our gifts to be developed right away. However, it takes time to allow God to develop you so that you can blossom into the beautiful women that you were created to be! One of the ways that I develop my gifts with blogging is done through planning posts using a calendar and a social media scheduling app called “Planoly”. Using these tools, I make a list of items that need to be completed by priority. This strategy allows me to schedule posts on time while also engaging with you; my audience on social media! In addition, to planning posts, creating a schedule and engaging on social media—the most important process of developing my gifts cannot be done without God’s help. As stated previously, I understand that these gifts that God has given to me cannot be used without His wisdom, strength and peace. I believe when you show God that you are willing to dig deep and develop those gifts, He can meet you where you are and place His anointing on you—not for your glory but for His glory.