Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Dig Them Up!

God entrusts His children with priceless treasure. He lovingly deposits each bit of glistening gold in our lives. As the gold glitters and shines, the treasure reflects His glory. We've been given a gift and yet so many times we bury it, in fear, in worry, in unbelief, in circumstances.

This heavenly treasure, the talents and giftings God has uniquely designed and placed in us.

I am in the process of digging, asking the Lord to uncover the talents I have buried. He desires all of our giftings to be used for His glory. To sparkle and shine in a dark world.

Every gift, yes every gift. A fellow YWAM missionary worked in a bakery for years. He uses his talent to bake fresh bread to share with the homeless at night. Can you see the glimmer?

A full time homeschooling mom of 8 uses her creative skills to design blogs for a donation to an adoption fund to bring more children home. She sparkles for her King.

As a missionary mommy, a talent for ministry in my home is emerging. We're bringing home 2 little ones from Ethiopia to reflect His grace.

I wonder, how many talents still lie buried in my heart. It's time to start diggin! This blog is a shovel in my life, digging up a love of writing that I buried in insecurities.

Dear friends, this world needs your precious treasure. Share all of your talents, invest them in His kingdom and earn eternal dividends. And don't worry if you have some digging to do. Getting a little dirty is worth it for His glory!

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HouseOfSmooches said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog AND leaving a comment!! :) Your little boys are just adorable. Adoption is very near and dear to our hearts too. Blessings on your family as you travel this road of adoption to your next blessing.

Unknown said...

I'm ready to dig with you and to see all that God is asking me to allow Him to shine up for His glory!

I love you and miss you!

Big hugs!

Cynthia said...

Your heart is reflected in yoru beautiful posts.

As children of the Father we own nothing...we gave all to Him. Our talents and our treasures must be given to the benefit of the kingdom.

NO matter how long I walk with God, I need to hear this message over and over...I will dig this week too!

Adeye said...

Woohoo, I can hardly wait to see what gold you dig up--I'm sure there are many talents buried there. You are a beautiful writer--so glad you are blessing all of us with a gift the Father has given you.
Me? Mmmm, I don't even know what is buried so deep within me anymore. Thank you for a wonderful reminder to start seeking God on what they are.

Kimmie said...

Today I was reading Acts 6. Stephen is my favorite bible character...I found myself weeping as I read the few small words that scripture shares in the legacy of his life (and the mark he made for the Kingdom).

He was full of the Spirit, he was wise, he was full of Grace and faith and Power...he was one of the first deacons, he spoke the truth in love, he had love for others, he died for who he believed in...

I wept as I thought of Stephen.

My life cry at this moment, is for God to fill me with more grace; that I could be a better tool in His toolbox. Oh, how I love Stephen. And how I covet that wisdom and grace that flowed like a River out of him.

Yes, I am ready to dig in and uncover hidden talents. I have so many that I don't have...God show us the ones that we do have.

bless you;
mama to 7
one homemade and 6 adopted

Anonymous said...

Sarah Dawn--oh my, you just continue to amaze me and Jesus is so happy with you! The more talents you uncover the more He will give you. Keep encouraging yourself and others with your writings. (As a child you did like to play in the dirt, but you were not messy with it, just very organized!!) Love you, Mom

Barbara said...

I have found some of my talents already (one should at almost 43 *s*) and use them, but I still have got the feeling there is more...

Pilar said...

Great thought you put in our minds. Thanks for sharing your heart

Sharon Sloan said...

Sarah Dawn - I love what your writing here has reflected from your heart for Him! Let's dig and unearth those treasures from Him!

"In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." Matt 5:16

Lund7 said...

What wonderful words of encouragement for all of us to seek our spiritual talents and use them to the glory of God! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I would love to follow yours and watch how God uses your talents to reach others!! Blessings to you and your family today!!

Rebecca said...

Thank you for stopping by today. I am honored that you took the time to read my blog.
Your blog looks great for just having started.
You are doing a great job.
Stop by and visit anytime.
Bless the Lord, Oh my soul.
Mrs. E.

christy rose said...

You are definitely digging up you writing talent and it is emerging beautifully.

We all need to do a little digging and see what we have buried to keep our gifts and talents hidden in this world. Thanks for the reminder.

Heart2Heart said...

Beautiful, beautiful post today! I love the analogy you used between digging for treasures and the gifts God has bestowed upon each of us. Too often I believe, we are trying to find the big ones, the boulders of gold, when all we need is a few choice nuggets. I am glad I found you through this blog.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Anonymous said...

Dear Sarah,

You say that you buried your writing because of insecurities; well I say that you are precious and your writing indeed sparkles and shines for the glory of God. I am so glad you went digging.

Thanks for this beautiful and encouraging post!

♥ Hope

Tanya said...

Great post, Sarah!

Stephanie @ My Answered Prayer said...

I hope you are able to discover more hidden treasures. You're blog is a treasure to me....You have a talent for words.

Sandee said...

I love this Sarah....especially your line on "This blog is a shovel in my life, digging up a love of writing that I buried in insecurities."

I too have this writing thing that insecurities have kept me from stepping out. I have an assignment to write a children's story and finally last night, was brave enough to write the first chapter.

Beth's blog that touches on writing urged me on, perhaps you would enjoy it too:http://livingproofministries.blogspot.com/2009/06/just-got-home-and-saying-hi.html

(The part about writing I think is the second or third paragraph.)


whenpigsfly said...

Sarah Dawn,
I love your blog!! Thanks for stopping by Smith Soup to visit mine as well. I will be following your journey of adoption in Ethiopia as we continue on our journey of adoption in Liberia.
WE too have a Joshua and a Caleb,(and...)
Gideon, Hannah, Malachi, Esther, Jael, Isaac,Leah, Noah, Isaiah, Rachel and Naomi...waiting for Daniel Elijah, Keren Jubilee and Josiah Levi

AtlantaMama said...

great post. my cousins all did YWAM and we have a friend on staff in Hawaii now.

Adeye said...

Sure sounds like we are on similar journey's, friend. Can't wait to hear what the Father is whispering to your heart :)

Michelle said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I would so love to pick your brain right now! I also have a son named Caleb :). Can you tell me how your adoption process is going for Ethiopia? I will try to catch up more from your blog too...thanks!

Jennifer @ JenniferDukesLee.com said...

You have a beautiful way of communicating God's Word through photographed images and the written word. God bless you as you seek (and find) Kingdom Treasure.

Connie Arnold said...

Thank you for sharing your talent in the treasure of this post, Sarah!

Natasha said...

This is so amazing, and totally fits with this vision I had not to long ago. I saw God bring a white towel toward my head, he took my crown in his hand, while it still hovered over my head, and shined a green diamond shapped jewel. What you shared reminded me of, and added to that word, thank you

Just Be Real said...

How ever so sweet dear one. Thank you for sharing! Blessings.

Mich said...

Beautiful words. Loved the post. Our God is certainly an amazing God, blessing us all with gifts to find and use so that we can sparkle for Him.

PW said...

Thanks for 'finding' me. I've come visiting you. :) And added you to my following list and blogroll. I will continue to pray for you. Blessings.

Pat Thacker said...

Hello Sarah Dawn Just your name is enough to make others remember you,it's so "Beautiful" like this post so good and I've enjoyed the read.I'm also "digging into where God is leading me" for I've loved to write for many years and at first Blogging was scary for me,but the little "nudges" from the Holy Spirit has keep me going and for that I am grateful.Have a wonderful day Sarah Dawn your place here is also "beautiful.
Love ya

Lyla Lindquist said...

Sarah, thanks for stopping by. Love your Caleb's name -- that verse is a life changer for me. I've prayed for your family in this amazing journey you're on.

Mocha Momma said...

Oh my goodness! Awesome things happening here. I'm glad you found me because I love to follow missionaries. I became a Christian in the Philippines because of American missionaries. I was baptized there too.

I love your son's testimony & video. Your kids are precious gems of the Lord. Good job mom & dad. Anxious to read about the adoption. I know things can go rather slow at times with those & frustrating things happen so I'm praying for you all to have the peace that passes all understanding. God bless you & sorry that your gramma died, but so glad you were there and had such a positive experience. I'm sure she was a grand lady. Glad she's in heaven.

I'm following you cuz I'm excited to see how the Lord will be working in you.
More later.

From the Heart said...

Thanks again for visiting my blog. I hope you will come again. Yours is so sincere and loving. What a special gift God has given you and your husband.
From my heart to yours,

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