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Spiritual Gifts

 I was studying these passages this morning as I have been delving deeper to understand the book of Ephesians.  There are about 14 different spiritual gifts that I read about in the above passage, Romans 12:6-8, 1 Cor. 12:4-11 & 28.  I challenge you today to look at these scriptures and ask the Lord about the gifts he imparted to you.  

These gifts aren’t for us alone but for the body of Christ and the equipping of the saints.  How are you using your spiritual gifts to spur on others and helping them to grow?  If you currently aren’t using your gifts ask God to show you how they could be used and ask Him to empower you by His Spirit.  I love dear one and believe God has uniquely gifted you.  Use you gifts today to shine out the love of Christ!

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Free to Fly

When were you baptized?  What do you remember about it? I was baptized when I was 27 after hearing a very clear sermon on baptism.  My pastor baptized me in pool.  It was a very meaningful experience for me.  

What stands out to me is the picture of being buried with Christ in death as he put me under the water and then raised to new life in Christ as he lifted me out!  

I chose the picture today with butterflies in it.  Catapillars go though a cocoon stage and then emerge into the world as colorful butterflies.  Before Christ we were like the caterpillar and walking around foraging for food, stuck in an awkward state.  After Christ we are like vibrantly colored butterflies.  We are free to fly and soar in our walks with Him!