My grama would write me random letters in the mail of her prayers she had that day, old hymnals, stories, and poems all of these writings came from her inner and deepest part of her soul. I know these writings she penned down on paper were words whispered in her ear straight from the Lord. Little did she know that with all the writings that she had collected and written over the many years, that she would be leaving behind one of her many spirtual gifts for all of us to feel comfort, hope and love just thru her writings.
I spent the day with my Mom today. Most of you know that I call my mother Nellie. Yes, she is my real mom. I just have always called her Nellie. No significant reason why. She at one point reminded me of Nellie Olson from Little House on the Prairie. And if anyone watches Little House on the Prairie knows that’s not nice, but it has stuck every since.
When she came over today I asked her what she might think her spiritual gift is? Nellie responded with out hesitation, “I don’t have any, never have.” Reason I asked her was because we have been studying spiritual gifts in church. We just finished the series. (I’m embarrassed to say I spent almost all of the series in the nursery) But, the Spiritual Assessment test is for anyone to take and it is a great eye opener on what you might have thought your gift was, and then find out what it truly/really might be. And it is even better to discover that you actually do have a gift…..Nellie.
My spiritual gift came out to be Services. To many of you I’m sure that doesn’t surprise you knowing that I’m a caterer. But if I were to be asked before taking the test, I would’ve said, Giving. I scored third in that category. 2nd was a tie between mercy and discernment. And, after reading the biblical meaning of each gift, this makes perfect sense in how the order turned out. Gosh, I’m glad God knows us better then we know ourselves!
The most interesting thing about this assessment test was figuring out that Nellie has a gift! I have known this all my life. She has many, many gifts. I think one of the hardest things in life is realizing what you do in your everyday life is almost always some sort of gift to someone else. This doesn’t have to be a material gift to someone, just the whisper of a prayer for an individual can mean more to that person then actually handing them some sort of material item. I can raise my hand to that one! Through this past 9 months all I needed from others was prayer. This might not feel very significant to you at times because it’s just everyday life routine that you “say your prayers.” But, for the recipient needing mercy, nothing could be more significant then the power of that prayer request you just took before the Lord on that persons behalf. Being a devoted prayer warrior is a gift. A gift Nellie and Ella both share.
Nellies’ gift is Mercy. I thought for sure her gift would be Giving. She is always giving whatever she can to people. She see’s the need and she is determined to fill it. Even though that is a true gift she carries, her gift came out to be Mercy. That makes so much more sense. The more and more I think about this it is even more true. Mercy. Nellie can see the hurt, pain, sorrow, abuse, neglect, rejection and helplessness within someone. She see’s this, reaches out to that person, gives to that person, and prays for that person. Mercy and Giving go hand and hand. See, Nellie is discovering that things we go thru in life are building blocks to maybe what could help restore someone else’s life that needs mercy. People that are able to show mercy to others is usually because they have needed mercy within their own life. They know, they recognize, they show mercy.
Be restored, brake the chains, show mercy. Live in the freedom given from mercy and grace and show others they can too.
Max and Nellie. They both medaled at their first race. I was so proud of her that day. Not because she medaled, but cuz she stepped out of her comfort zone and did it! Great day.
To all of the people with burdens and pains
keepin’ you back from your life.
You believe that there’s nothing
and there is no one who can make it right.
There is hope for the helpless, rest for the weary,
and love for the broken hearts.
There is grace and forgiveness, mercy and healing
He’ll meet you wherever you are.
Cry out to Jesus, Cry out to Jesus.
*lyrics by Third Day
I love you, Nellie