“In His grace God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well”.
I love snowflakes! Not one is exactly like another. Their intricate design manifests the unfathomable creativity of our Lord. They remind me that if the Lord would create a snowflake to be incredibly unique, He delights in the uniqueness of each of us.
I also love to ski, maybe more than most Florida girls. I typically ski once a year and then I spend the rest of the year dreaming about it (no kidding, I actually have dreams about skiing). Recently, my family spent some time in Colorado. One day, while I was on a ski lift, it was snowing and I was catching the snowflakes and admiring their beauty and design. I was thanking the Lord for His creation, then I looked down at the ski slope and thought, “I love this snowflake but if I am going to ski it will take a whole lot more than just one”.
Romans 12:6 says, “In His grace God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well”. (NLT) He created each of us to be different, with unique gifts, and talents and unique ways that bring Him honor and glory. But the Lord also created us to come together in our uniqueness to accomplish His work in this world, this is the Church.
The Church isn’t the building we meet in, or the denomination we belong to. The Church consists of believers all over the world, unified by the Holy Spirit for the purpose of pointing others to Jesus. Romans 12:5-6 “Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.”(NLT)
We need each other! I need to be encouraged and strengthened by how the Lord is working in and through you and you need the same from me. We are also placed in a specific community, whether you are in a big city or a rural village, with unique gifts and talents that when unified with other believers will reach a lost world with the love of Christ.
As much as I love the beauty and uniqueness of a single snowflake, it is weak and fragile by itself, a breath will cause it to melt. But joined together with other snowflakes it creates an incredibly beautiful wintry world that brings joy to a girl like me.
This gives us just a glimpse of what the Church is to be. A place where uniquely gifted people come together by the power of the Holy Spirit to create a place where a lost and dying world will find life, hope and love in Jesus.
My precious husband, Bill, and I have been planted in Fort Myers, Florida for almost 35 years. As a newly married couple, God most graciously had placed people in both of our jobs to share Christ with us. Its hard to believe it has been almost 34 years since we asked Jesus into our hearts! Bill and I have been blessed with four children, 3 daughters, then a son. These blessings came quickly, all within 6 years!! During these years I'm so thankful I was able to be part of women's ministry classes at our church, helping me to grow in my walk with Him. Then came the day when I was asked that question that stretched me way outside of my comfort zone...will you teach a class? Its hard to believe that I have now been teaching more than 20 years. Bill and I love to travel, most of the time going to visit our 9 grandchildren, oh ya, and their parents! I also love reading, walking and hanging out with some very special young moms in Beloved that bless my socks off!
Julie is a Kansas girl who resides in sunny Southwest Florida. She's been married to her husband Sean for 23 years and they share two boys ages 21 & 17. She enjoys baking and biking, but her absolute favorite thing is snow skiing which is a little difficult to do in a sandy 80 degree land.
She became a follower of Christ at age 10. She loves studying and teaching God's Word. She has a passion for encouraging moms to love and follow Jesus.
Beth grew up in a loving home; however, in her early 20s she faced a very lonely time. During that time, she cried out to God and asked “If You are real, please show yourself to me!” God met her where she was and she trusted in the Lord Jesus at that time. Her life verse and desire is “no matter what happens, to conduct herself in a manner worthy of the gospel.” Philippians 1:27
Beth now resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband Larry. The Lord has blessed them by blending their family of five children. They currently have eight grandchildren and are hoping that there will be more grandchildren in the future.
Donna accepted Jesus as her Savior at the age of nine and has been amazed at God’s goodness and faithfulness throughout her life. She has been blessed to have had many mentors through each season of life, who have shown her what trusting God looks like. Donna and her husband, Bryan, make their home in central Arkansas. They have five grown children and are grandparents to wonderful grandchildren. Donna enjoys spending time with her family, laughing with friends (usually over coffee), going for long walks with her husband, and reading a good book (which may also be accompanied by a cup of coffee).
Sarah is a true Florida Cracker. She was born and raised in Southwest Florida. At the age of 6, Sarah accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior, and she hasn't looked back since. Hebrews 13:8 is one of her favorite verses, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." Eating delicious desserts, spending time with her family and friends, and teaching people about Jesus are a few of the things she enjoys to do in her spare time.
Sarah has been married to her best friend and husband, Brandon, for 7 years. They have been blessed with one beautiful, determined son, Asher, who keeps them on their toes. Sarah and her family live in the Tampa area. They love exploring their community together, family hugs, and eating pizza whenever possible.
Katie Flint just recently moved back home to Fort Myers, Florida with her husband, Ryan and two children, Collins and Madden. At the age of 5, Katie accepted Jesus Christ to be the Lord and Savior of her life, after attending Vacation Bible School. Through each phase of her life, God has shown her that He alone is trustworthy. The verse that has been her life source is Psalm 46:10- “Be still and know that I am God.”
She is a stay-at-home mom and enjoys exercising and baking. She has been married to her husband Ryan for almost 9 years, who is her high school sweetheart. They enjoy trying new restaurants, family trips to the beach, and relaxing at home.
Marsha grew up in a small rural town in upstate New York. In 2006, after finishing college, she moved to sunny SW Florida where she met her, now husband, Shawn. Together they enjoy spending family time with their two fun-loving toddler boys Zachariah and Kairos.
Marsha enjoys living an active lifestyle, which is helpful, considering that her favorite hobby is baking.
Though she attended church as a child, Marsha was not saved until adulthood when her eyes were finally opened to the love and mercy of Jesus Christ.
Since being saved, God has placed a loving burden on her heart to share the truth about God’s healing grace with those who may feel like forgiveness is not possible for them.