Using my gift from God

Published 5:45 am Sunday, April 8, 2018

God created us all for a purpose. If you’re anything like me, you might need to let that sink in for a moment. The all-magnificent God, who created the universe and everything in it, created each and every one of us for His purpose. Every experience along our journey thus far has been for a reason. With every step, God has been molding us and sculpting us to do His work. Each one of us has a talent(s) to share with the world. We are all unique in our talents. It is up to us to find out what God wants us to do, and then do whatever it is with our whole heart.

In order to do this, we have to trust God. He knows what He is doing with us. I will never forget the power of holding the pen for the first time and recording the thoughts of my heart. It terrified me. In all honesty, I never wanted to share the deep pain of my heart. I was the little girl who shoved her hands in her pockets and just tried to blend in with her surroundings. Sharing the pain, buried for many years, was never my idea. Now I can say with certainty that God had other plans for me. And He knew exactly what I needed. Not only did writing help to heal my heartaches, but it also helped others with a similar situation. The sad part is that I ran from it for years.

When I’m writing and connected to God for a moment, then I wouldn’t take anything in the world for my gift. It feeds my soul. Time no longer matters. I feel so close to God and I love working with Him. It’s the same way when I’m sharing my story with an audience. I feel them. And when God blesses me to deliver my message of hope, and I see them embrace it, then it blesses my heart in a way that I can’t even explain. It all comes from God. I don’t have the power to touch anyone else’s heart on my own. If I write anything to touch another heart, it is because He gave me the connection and the thoughts.

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The devil is constantly trying to stop me. He tries to destroy my self-worth because he really wants me to quit. Last week, I really wanted to just go on home and be with my Lord. Those feelings, however, were all about me. In that state, I was only thinking about myself. When I humbled my heart, however, and thought about God’s plan for me and my life, then I realized that He’s not finished with me yet. God helped me to establish my thoughts. He is going to show me how to get through this trial so that I can help others to do the same. This trial will not break me nor destroy me. It is going to mold me into a stronger vessel for my Lord. The gift that will come of this hardship will be greater than the pain. If I doubt this at all then I just need to look at my thumb.

Serving the Lord, and doing whatever He wants me to do, satisfies my soul. Even in the midst of the storm, my soul has peace. Instead of fighting against this hardship, I am going to embrace it and learn everything that God wants me to learn. I want to walk through the hardship as a child of the King. My God is all powerful. He has grace for my every need. What a blessing it is to walk with Him. My flesh may be weak, but my Lord is strong.

Romans 8:28 (KJV)

28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Candida Sullivan is an award-winning author and inspirational speaker. She helps others to develop the mindset to overcome their circumstances. Her recent book, Despite Your Circumstances, won the 2016 CSPA Book of the Year Award in Christian Living. She lives in New Tazewell with her husband and kids. For more information about her books or to schedule her for your event, email her at