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November 8, 2011


I wake up in the morning and write a list. I am good with a list.  By 9:30am I have accomplished most of my tasks.

Like everyday, I tuck my seven children into their tasks.  I carve out space…. because I can find time to accomplish things  on my list… yet there was a time where I thought there wasn’t time in a day to truly steal away to hear the Voice of God.


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A hundred excuses would come to mind…but at the end of it all was a simple conclusion…

If I took the gifts He gives me and don’t give Him all of me, then I am just melting  it all down and turning it into a calf of gold:

…the gifts given serving me not Him
…the gifts draping me as I wait for someone else to come down with what they heard from God.
…the gifts glorifying a life I constructed not one He died to give me
…the gifts given only surviving on milk not grain Bread.

Because His gifts adorn me.
They are gifts He chose out of all the gifts to give me…
Me…You.
Us, children which He speaks to…ones He calls by name.


He picked gifts special for us…just to adorn me, to adorn you…to bless me…to bless you…
that we would lift our face up and beam thanks … not that we would look at these things…
these children, this spouse, this life, our spiritual gifts, these relationships, these talents… and melt them down into liquid so

we could pour them into a mold which would fit nicely on this earth…

something silly, wobbly, dependent and vulnerable…

a calf.


So with my boots on… I go into a throne room again like I do everyday.. but always new.
With dirty boots on I walk past my bench, today isn’t a day to sit… I walk with Him.
Walking in willingness to show up to gather I show Him the gifts are still in the condition He gave them to me… I won’t melt any of them down today.
With boots on I walk draped in riches of an heir.

19 Comments leave one →
  1. November 8, 2011 11:38 am

    I love this post, seriously, so beautiful!

    • November 8, 2011 12:00 pm

      Thanks!… I thought I knew what God was saying this morning… and then this post came out and I practically heard it at the same time as I was typing it…
      actually had to run out and get cow pictures just for this post, lol.
      T

  2. November 8, 2011 11:49 am

    I LOVE this post! My favorite phrase is “If I took the gifts He gives me and don’t give Him all of me, then I am just melting it all down and turning it into a calf of gold:” Really makes me think

    • November 8, 2011 12:01 pm

      I know right?
      Can you see it… all that He gives us , all gifts… but we misuse them by melting them all down.
      really makes you want to run from that for sure!
      so excited about this post, as it was soooo unexpected!
      T

    • November 8, 2011 2:51 pm

      i agree…my fav part too!

  3. November 8, 2011 12:10 pm

    excellent admonition…
    love…”If I took the gifts He gives me and don’t give Him all of me, then I am just melting it all down and turning it into a calf of gold:

    …the gifts given serving me not Him

    we must be so careful…As long as He is our every desire we will not choose a calf… keep our eyes on Him, He is so worthy. I will not wait while others climb the mt.
    I will rise to meet Him and lay His gifts to me on the altar that He might make them fruitful for His glory.

    “that we would lift our face up and beam thanks … not that we would look at these things…
    these children, this spouse, this life, our spiritual gifts, these relationships, these talents… and melt them down into liquid so

    we could pour them into a mold which would fit nicely on this earth…”

    Lord, we lift our face to you and beam thanks!!!

  4. November 8, 2011 1:06 pm

    Great post T…I have held on to gifts…even giving thanks…but held on to them…and I found when I do that they tarnish in my hands…by the grace of God…no more melting…no more tarnishing…receiving to give…
    Blessing to you Friend…the one with her boots on:)

  5. November 8, 2011 11:05 pm

    “..the gifts serving me, not Him…” Powerful truth. Thanks for giving me this to think on tonight. Great post 🙂

  6. November 9, 2011 1:21 pm

    Hi T – wow, lovely post. I like the bit “if I took the gifts He gives me and don’t give Him all of me, then I am just melting it all down and turning it into a calf of gold” so true. I’m glad I came over to say hi and read your post. Lovely pictures too by the way. Thank you for linking up with me today. I really appreciate it
    God bless
    Tracy

    • November 9, 2011 3:59 pm

      well i really appreciate what you do.
      I am glad you came over.
      you really bless me/
      T

  7. November 9, 2011 2:41 pm

    Do you know that I actually wrote the post for this week’s SDG before the last week’s one? When I think about how you have made these gifts tangible — adornments — it all seems to sync together. The gifts are adorning, but they are not us — not our inherent identity. A part of us, but something that can go wrong (see golden calf) if we do not always give them back to God as we are using them.

    And, to answer your question, how do we know what our gifts are, there are the spiritual gifts tests, but also, there is the Holy Spirit, that if we listen to Him, He shows us the ways in which we can lovingly serve. What do you think?

    • November 9, 2011 4:01 pm

      Wow this is really getting interesting.
      as some I know would say… “Smells like God.”
      thank you for really being an encouragement.
      and making me think… alot!
      T

  8. November 9, 2011 6:53 pm

    I pray that I remember to always use the gifts He has given me for His glory and always remember from whom they come! No golden calf for me!

    Blessings, Joan

  9. November 12, 2011 4:22 pm

    … and who wants a stinky calf? I missed this one but Im so glad I scrolled back to read it. I might print it off to read to my glass as we are reading “One thousand gifts” This is so so good.

    • November 12, 2011 5:27 pm

      Oh if you do… please let me know what others had to say. I love to hear discussion on it…one thing you miss in blogging is the discussion aspect.
      and thank you for the compliment.. you are such an encouragement.
      I really appreciate it.
      T

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