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Realizing Your Gifts

Believe it or not, you don't have to start a company or be a famous speaker to share your faith. I've always felt pressure to be good at everything I thought I "should" be good at. I'm a wife and mother, so I should love cooking and homemaking, I should bake cookies all the time and do extra crafts with my kids - all while keeping the house organized and immaculate.

However, I've realized in recent years that God has not given me certain gifts and passions, not to spite me and see me struggle, but to allow me to focus on the things I am gifted with! Additionally, finding myself "lacking" in certain areas of life allows me to let others into my life who ARE gifted in those areas. It's an amazing balance of using and sharing your gifts to build up the Kingdom of God! Once I realized I don't have to do it all, I was filled with much more peace that allowed me to embrace and use my skills and passions instead of fighting for the ones I wasn't meant to have.

Isn't it amazing how we constantly compare ourselves to others, when God calls us to be our own unique Saint? That is why I love looking to the Saints for inspiration- there are Saints for EVERYTHING, no two are the same, and the beauty of their lives is that they embraced their own gifts to serve the Lord.

Maybe you're a Martha and love hosting gatherings, or a Mary who is really great a listening to a friend...

Check out this list of Saints and see if any of these gifts resonate with you. Be encouraged that God has given you unique gifts and talents for a mission ONLY YOU can fulfill.

St. Martha - Service, Hospitality

St. Mary - Presence, worship

St. John the Baptist - Boldness, Adventurous

St. Therese of Lisieux - Introverted, Simple

St. Mother Teresa - Gentle, Served even though she was feeling empty and desolate

St. Thomas Aquinas - Intellectual, Author

St. John Bosco - Educator, Patient

St. Maximilian Kolbe - Brave, Selfless

St. Joseph - Leadership, Quiet, Protector

St. Monica - Persistent, hopeful

St. Josephine Bakhita - Gentle, Merciful