Hidden Talents

Hey reader!

I know, it’s been a while – almost a year actually since my last post. So much has happened and I don’t even know where to begin. For so long, this blog has been an outpouring of my heart. It’s been where I shared moments of growth, heartbreak, uncertainty, and God’s immense faithfulness through it all.

Recently, I was talking with my boyfriend about the talents that God has given him and asked if there are any specific things he feels he’s got a knack for, more than the average person. After he shared his thoughts, he asked me the same question but with a twist. He said:

Are there any talents you have that you’re not using?

I nearly stopped dead in my tracks because it was a question I wasn’t expecting, but also needed to think more deeply on. Nothing was coming to mind at the time, but twenty-four hours later and here I am talking about it. Writing has been a love of mine for a long time. I started this blog when I was twenty-three and have continued with it through the years. I stopped writing last year due to the busyness of life, but also because of fear.

Fear that I was being too vulnerable. Fear that it would be used against me. Fear, fear, fear. And you know what friend? Fear is a HORRIBLE reason to not do something. In fact, I’d go so far to say that it’s the worst reason to not do something.

I do believe that writing comes more naturally to me than it may to your average person. And I’ve definitely buried that talent, if you will. I made up excuses and I didn’t make time for it. But I know there are a lot of people in need of experiencing vulnerability and truth. So why not me? Why not be the first one to step forward with an open heart and be vulnerable?

There are some massive dreams this girl has deep in her heart. Some so big that some might even think it’s crazy. But that’s ok. I’m practical and I’m also a dreamer – to say my thoughts are sometimes a scary place to be would be a grave understatement.

From opening an orphanage someday, to writing a book (or two), to being a mom of both biological and adopted children – the list goes on and on. Sometimes though, when life starts to run us instead of us being intentional about life, it becomes easy to forget the dreams that God has imprinted on our hearts. We continue in the so-called “rat race” and before we know it, a year has flown by and we’re left wondering what we did with it.

While I can’t guarantee I’ll be sharing everything I write as soon as I write it, I do foresee me writing more frequently. The dream to be an author and to change lives with words on a page is still a very strong hope and desire of mine. I want to make the world a better place and I want to leave a legacy that far surpasses what I could ask or think. And I’m thankful to serve a God who makes that possible. I’m thankful that I can walk out His perfect will for my life and leave an imprint of His love on the hearts I have the opportunity to touch.

So, if you’re new here or have been a faithful reader for years – thank you. Thank you for stopping by and reading. May we all make use of the talents we’ve been given and may we never bury them out of fear. So now I ask you friend: What talents do you have that you haven’t been using?

The world is waiting for you to show up. Stop hiding the talents God gave you. Go out and change the world.

Love,
Manda

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