Gifts
by Tricia Yoder
My sister’s love language is giving and receiving gifts. She takes such time and care when she purchases and wraps gifts. That is what she values. It brings her such joy to give a gift. Usually the wrapping of her gifts are a presentation in and of themselves. Her ribbon and gift tag collection is incredible. For her, giving a gift is an expression.

In our Bible reading today Paul tells us how Christ gave each of us gifts – some to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. Each of us have been given a uniquely chosen gift or set of gifts. You are designed and created by God to exhibit specific gifts. Odds are your spouse, children, or friends have been chosen to carry and display a different gift. Together we are called to grow closer to our Lord with our gifts. We refine each other as we live together.

Do you know what your gift or gifts from Christ are? If you don’t, find out. There are many tests you can take online. Maybe you already know what yours is. Are you using it to glorify God?


Tricia YoderAbout Tricia Yoder
Hi! I am Tricia Yoder and blessed to be married to Chet Yoder. We have two sons, Nathan (17) and Matthew (15). I work in the Kidz Campus office at BCC. What a privilege it is to be part of Christ’s family. I am forever thankful for Christ’s never-ending love and grace!
Prayer of the Week
Dear Heavenly Father, you are Almighty. I ask you to forgive me for not giving you the rightful place in my heart and life. May I graciously accept what you give to me each day. Please help me live my life according to your will and not my own. I want to live to glorify you. I love you. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Weekly Memory Verse
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.
-Ephesians 4:1
Monthly Spiritual Practice
Silence
God is always speaking to us, but he rarely shouts. Remember when Elijah listened for God and couldn’t hear him in the storm or the wind but finally heard him in the silence? (1 Kings 19:10-13) Spend some time each day in complete silence. Quiet your mind and listen for God’s whispers. If you have never done this, it will be hard, so start modestly – 5 minutes and go from there.