Friday, December 10, 2010

More on Giftings

As promised, I'm here to report the winner of this week's giveaway ... Congrats to Terri! Email me your address, Teri, and I'll send you It's No Secret.

My top three gifts according to that questionnaire were:

   1) teaching
   2) tie between leadership and knowledge
   3) tie between wisdom and faith. 

And that's pretty on target with what other questionnaires have revealed.  Sometimes encouragement or shepherding shows up in my top three or five too.

The first time shepherding showed up, I thought "No way, not me." Then I led a few thousand people in a daily online Bible study of the women of the Bible for 10 weeks and loved it. That's where my shepherding kicked in - the project included my teaching/knowledge/wisdom/leadership gifts for certain, but it really all started just as a way to help women get consistent with reading their Bibles. To shepherd them through the process of forming that habit.

If you want to delve into this deeper - getting a better understanding of what your gifts are and what exactly that means for you - I can recommend the book Discover Your God-Given Gifts by Don and Katie Fortune. I used it several years ago. It contains a questionnaire and covers 7 categories of gifts, explaining them quite well.

And if you want to try another one free online, go here. I've done this one in the past too.

As always, if you mentioned a prayer request in a comment here this week, I have prayed for you.  And if you would, please pray for my sister-in-law who is in labor right now. Thanks, friends.

Thankful that prayer affects our circumstances.

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