EEEEE! So Excited to be writing this! This post is a long time coming. As soon as I started my blog I knew I’d have my sister featured so I’m so pumped for her blog debut!
This is Grace. My older sister. My only sibling. And my favorite lady.
Growing up, Grace wasn’t your average older sister – our childhood wasn’t filled with screaming matches and drama. She was actually incredibly patient and enjoyed spending time with me. We had the classic arguments about not returning borrowed clothes (oops) and how much time the other took up in the shower (she took 30 minutes showers, y’all ugh), but overall, we’ve always gotten along so well.
Grace is super practical, wildly intelligent, and totally unphased by silly worldy things. She’s got such strong conviction and character and is so determined when she feels strongly about something. She’s got such a kind and compassionate heart and desires to help people anytime she sees a need. She’s also the most creative and talented person I know. Y’all. It’s crazy how gifted she is with anything creative or visual. She’s been creating beautiful things from like literal toddler age and has only been creating magic since. (I learned from an early age that I couldn’t outdo any homemade craft or card and that I should stick to kind words haha). I’m so proud of the work she’s done and how she uses it as a profession.
Besides just loving everything about her and loving her to her core, what I admire so much about her is her strong sense of self. Grace has never been the typical, southern Texas girl. She’s different and always has been. She’s got different interests, skills, and abilities and instead of conforming to the standard, she’s embraced exactly who she is. It’s such a rare and beautiful thing.
There couldn’t be a better person to talk about gifts today. I’m so dang proud to call you my sister, Grace. Take it away!
Let’s be honest with ourselves for one moment. Have you wondered why you are the way you are? I don’t mean a nature vs nurture situation, but why do I act certain ways around other people? Why am I so awkward in most social settings? Or why can’t I just say normal, amiable things? Or why do I have to be this certain way? Or why can’t I react like I’m supposed to?
Welcome to the last 27 years and 193 days of my life.
As my dear and lovely sister can attest, I wasn’t a popular kid. Okay, I’ll be honest, I think “marching to the beat of my own drum” is a better description. Growing up, if I was the center of attention and all eyes were on me, I wanted to wrap myself in wallflower paper and disguise myself in my well-established wallflower ways. I thought less of juvenile social hierarchy and the climb to popularity than gaining knowledge and understanding the world around me and my existence in it (and of course, knowing the coolest bands you’ve probably never heard because you were so mainstream, ugh). I spent a lot of time in my young, teenage years (alone at home) thinking about why God made me this particular way. If the choice of my temperament and talents were up to personal discretion, I would have been outgoing, witty, and funny with a keen sense of being cool. Then everything would be perfect. Complete happiness achieved. Instead, here I am, as I’ve always been and meant to be.
Forging past the tumultuous years of teenage-hood, I’ve come to peace and understanding with who I am, because of who He is. Trusting in God that He has a specific plan and purpose for all my quirks in this world hasn’t been the easiest. It seems like the loudest, brightest, most notable servants of His find that deep satisfaction and peace knowing what God has them here for! Why can’t I be that confident in my Vocation?! Well, God doesn’t make all of us the same, and I am thankful for that. I hope my top spiritual gifts (taken from this test) encourage all of you who tend to have a quieter, more contemplative nature to know how special and unique you are, no matter what you try to reimagine yourself as.
Giving & Serving
Now, my sister and mom would not describe me as a “giving” person only because I don’t like to share my food (I iz hungry, y’all), but I truly love to give. Giving puts me in the correct heart for God and to worship Him. By being generous with what I have, I am overwhelmed by how blessed I am. The money I have, the stuff I bought, the time given to me, and my energy and health are all from God. I can’t ever get too stuck in my greed or selfishness when I am donating to my Compassion child, tithing to my church so they can go on mission trips, volunteering my time for my neighbors, or taking a nice long walk & talk with a friend because my legs, ears, and eyes are healthy. When the inevitable Grace Pity Party strikes up again, serving others clears that right up. You have been blessed in so many ways that others have not been, and vice versa. Being a child of God is a community-driven effort, so your brothers and sisters need you as much as you need them. Serve them. Rooting ourselves in God’s love and mercy rather than objects will keep us rich in our years.
“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed” – Proverbs 11:25
This is a hard one for most Christians and non-Christians to comprehend. Faith is not just blindness, nor is it dumb subservience. Faith is needed in the hard times. Faith is needed in the joyous times. Faith is needed in the seemingly hopeless times. Faith is your trust and love in God and what He has in store for you. We need more faithful people in this world. As Martin Luther King, Jr. states, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Y’all, how amazing would our opportunities and life be if we gave the next steps to God completely? Not demanding the whole picture, or requesting a specific thing, just letting God do His handiwork in your life. Take a leap a faith next time and see.
“For we live by faith, not by sight” 2 Corinthians 5:7
As my sister mentioned in her Father’s Day post here, our father has been a divine and enormous example of mercy towards others. As an adult now, I recognize and appreciate his mercy towards all people. Mercy has not only been graciously extended to me by my family, friends, and strangers around me during my life on countless occasions, but the Creator and Sovereign God of the Universe has endless mercy for me too. For me. FOR ME. For flawed, selfish, awkward, unloving, sinful, messy me. * falls onto ground with mind-blowing epiphany * Think about that for a moment. Everything about you God not only loves, but He has endless mercy ready just for you! Realizing such great mercy from our God allows us to shine that mercy onto those we meet. We have the God-given privilege of seeing people as other children of God, no matter their dress, their income, their outwards appearances, or their place in life. We can truly see them and their soul, and grant them mercy just like God does for us. So beautiful a gift meant for others.
“The Lord is good to all; He has compassion on all He has made” Psalm 145:9
I definitely think God has a sense of humor and I couldn’t help but chuckle at this last spiritual gift of mine. This is not what people have in mind when they are finding their spiritual gifts for the Kingdom of God! Where are the Teaching, Leadership, Evangelism gifts? No ladies and gents, the Kingdom of God needs some heavy-duty organizing and day-to-day efforts for the Lord. Being from the Type-A Robertson clan, this is not a surprise for me. What is a surprise is how often this gift gets overlooked and not labeled as “spiritual.” This gift is bestowed on the people you see at church 6 days a week, the most reliable church supporters, those who always know what’s going on every Sunday, the classic pot-luck Church Ladies, the stable friends, and those who plan and Get. It. Done. This gift tends to work behind the scenes and seems as simple as doing your everyday job stuff for church, being the reliable friend, helping keep others accountable and on schedule, serving everyone you have in your life beyond the church. Admin is the most diligent and faithful gift (besides Faith, obviously). God’s work takes every day, and the smallest efforts can get one soul closer to God and coming home to Him; it’s tedious sometimes, but eternally worth it. So keep it up, my fellow planners, organizers, and list-makers!
“For the ministry of this service is not only fully supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing through many thanksgivings to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:12
You made it to the bottom and earned one ‘Perseverance’ gold star! Thank you for reading my story and I hope that you can learn to embrace your own spiritual gifts. God has given you such a unique set together, so don’t waste them!
Currently listening to: “Revelation Song” by Kari Jobe (oldie but the lyrics are solid)
Currently studying: the book of Psalms
Currently reading: “The Benedict Option” by Rob Dreher. This book came out a few months ago as new strategy for maintaining a God-centered community in today’s age. I’ll leave the book up to your own opinions, but it’s important to be aware and know of our current times and how other Christians are reacting.