I am so blessed to be a part of a blog collab headed up by Jasmine from JasmineGrace.net and her Finding You series. Alongside several other, beautiful, faith-filled ladies. You can check out there post's by clicking on the links bellow:
LemonadePressBlog.com by Caitlin
StyledByMckenz.wordpress.com by McKenzie Morgan
KelseaMoriah.wordpress.com by Kelsea Watkins
We are answering this question:
How has God worked in your life this past month/year?
I have chosen to answer the question in regards to the last month of my life, because the Lord has been moving these past 30 days! In fact, I would say I have grown more in my faith in this past month then I have in the last 2-3 years of my walk with Jesus. There are several ways in which I've grown, but one of the most prominent is showing and receiving His love through serving as a high school girls small group leader. I believe that I have found myself through serving others and I know you can too!
I started serving at my church (rez.church) in January as a small group leader to 15 amazing young ladies. God has worked through this, by allowing me to use my gifts to mentor and bless these young ladies, but not nearly as much as they have blessed me.
Here are just a few ways he's worked through this and how you can find God's love by serving in areas of your gifting!
1. I've discovered further purpose and identity.
Finding yourself, is a lifelong journey that everyone walks through! I truly believe that you can discover your purpose and identity by serving and loving God's people. Depending on your gifting this could look different. Maybe you are gifted in hospitatlity, and hosting a weekly Sunday night meal helps you find identity, or maybe you are gifted in graphic design and designing slides for church makes you feel purposeful.
Are you unsure of your gifting? In this case I encourage you to start trying to serve in different ministries, until you find one that fits! Also, a spiritual gift test, can sometimes help in giving you a general idea of how you were uniquely designed to advance the kingdom.
I have taken many different spiritual tests, and took this one recently. It is simple, but has a broad range of gifting's, making you understand your purpose more uniquely. I am Mercy, Exhortation, Intercession and Helps! Please leave a comment with some of your gifting's!
Click here to take a spiritual gift test.
2. I have been able to put together more pieces of my puzzle.
I truly believe that everything we walk through in life has purpose. Every season we go through is just another piece to add to our puzzle, that in the ned we hope makes a mosaic of Jesus. From break up's to illness, God equips us to love His people. It is my goal that I meet one on one with each of my small group girls frequently, because I want to be able to pray, disciple, and love them personally. Upon meeting with a few of my girls, I have found that there is at least one part of their life that I connect to, something that I've walked through. Whether that be being a young high school graduate, or dealing with friendship problems. God has equipped me with experiences to share and encourage his children with. This is such an example of his abundant love for us!
3. I am watering the faith of future Disciples.
The purpose for my discipleship of these young ladies is not for me to be there disciple, but to raise up disciples. My greatest joy is watching each girl bloom into the follower of Jesus she was called to be. That is why, I don't take the stance of teacher, but of teachable, and why I encourage my girls to not only take the stance of discipled, but future disciple. I want to be a disciple making disciples.
Here is a book I recommend if you think that you may want to enter a discipleship relationship. The biblical, communication, and applicable tips in this Francis Chan book, called Multiply are a perfect place to start! You can buy the book on Amazon by clicking here.
I wanted to end with this scripture about pouring our hearts out in service for others because that is a place where we encounter God's love and 'Find You'.
"And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near."