Paul writes, "Since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ's body, let's just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren't" (Romans 12:6 TM).

 
Have you discovered your God-given gifts and unique talents? Do you actively live in a manner that allows consistent and continual use of them? Do you allow God to manifest His glory through the treasures contained within your life? Alternatively, are you afraid to dig beneath the surface to discover what's inside of you? Do you fear the rigorous process of mining and honing your gifts and talents? Does lack of courage prevent you from taking inventory of your life and adjusting it where necessary?

  

Saints, God has placed deep treasures within each of us. We are endowed with incredible God-given gifts and tremendous talent in certain areas. Although we may be tempted to focus solely on our external appearance, let's resist the urge to remain in this shallow place. With God's guidance, we can dig deeper into ourselves and shine forth like burnished gold. When opening ourselves up to the unlimited possibilities of our potential - we may be amazed at the depth and range of the gifts and talents.  

 

In the process, we begin to embrace our true value which is not tied to worldly possessions or status. Our measuring stick of success and happiness changes to a much more permanent and consistent marker - God and His word. Let's honor Him by mining and honing what He placed inside of each of us.

 

  
History of Morning Teas

Morning Teas were written by Diann Thomas and distributed by Linda Cunningham-Hames.  My role in them is to (1) read as a personal devotional and (2) write a mini intro posing questions and a message of encouragement.  
  
During 2011, Diann Thomas passed away unexpectedly and sadly, Linda Cunningham-Hames passed away on July 24, 2012.  I've never met either in person, corresponded with Linda via email, and never corresponded with Diann.  We were connected via technology and hearts for God. 
  
Going forward, I intend to  continue to share Morning Teas in their honor (as well as add my Mother, Evelyn Carter-Pete, since she prayed and inspired me (and others) to live faithfully and abundantly prior to her passing in 2007).
  
 

Your Sister in Christ,
Rugina Poellnitz

     

  

  


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