Finding Your Sweet Spot

Finding Your Sweet Spot

February 12, 2014

“There are different kinds of gifts. But it is the same Holy Spirit Who gives them. There are different kinds of work to be done for Him. But the work is for the same Lord.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (NLV)

This past year I fell into the Pinterest frenzy. My Christmas gifts were wrapped in burlap, tied with twine and adorned with decorative pinecones and silver snowflakes.

I repurposed a hutch, painting it creamy white with grey edging.

I happily pinned new recipes, remedies and decorating ideas to my boards in hopes of one day seeing them come to life.

Well, that is, until my daughter surveyed my work on the hutch. She walked around it, one time, then again, shaking her head. And in her honest way she said, “Mom, sometimes you just have to know what your sweet spot is … and what it isn’t.”

The hutch was a Pinterest fail. The paint was streaky. There were brown spots shining through, and not in the cool, distressed way like in the picture. My burlap presents were a hit, but the amount of time it took … did it really make me happy? I love cooking, but lettuce wraps with hoisin sauce? They were so bad I wondered if I’d picked up “poison” sauce instead.

There’s nothing wrong with learning something new, and if your sweet spot is repurposing furniture and making your home beautiful, I love that about you. But we often spend a lot of time trying to be something we aren’t.

In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul describes the church (you and me) as multi-faceted and uniquely gifted. We were designed differently on purpose so that we can come together to make a whole.

What is your sweet spot? How has God gifted you for His purposes?

Apparently I’m not the next decorating diva, but I am still gifted. Here are a few of my sweet spots:

• Sitting in my living room and writing words to encourage others.

• Teaching the Bible and seeing it come to life in the heart of a woman.

• Making a hearty meal and having people around my table.

• Dancing in the living room with my grandbabies.

God can use these sweet spots for His purposes. In a devotion like this. Or opening my home to study the Bible with friends. God uses my unique design when I invite a neighbor or friend for dinner and board games after.

And my dancing with my grandbabies? I love to think this sweet spot matters as I plant the joy of the Lord in their tender little hearts.

How has God formed and fashioned you? If it’s hospitality and making a home beautiful, then there are people who will be touched by that gift. If it’s humor and laughter, then someone needs to find that joy, too. If it’s teaching, teach. If it’s dancing in the living room with your babies, then dance away.

And then, together, let’s use those sweet spots to draw people to a God who loves them and is waiting to reveal their gifting, too.

Dear Lord, I’ve often compared myself to others, or underestimate what You can do through me. Today I offer up those things I love the best, and ask that You show me creative ways that I can use them to impact others for You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Related Resources:
Would you like to bring Suzie Eller to your church? Click here to find out more about considering Suzie as your next retreat/keynote speaker.

Visit Suzie’s blog for an interview with Angela Moran, a stay-at-home mom whose surprising “sweet spot” (a love of purses) has freed thousands of women from slavery.

What Happens When Women Say Yes to God? by Lysa TerKeurst

Reflect and Respond:
Brainstorm! Write down your sweet spots (those things you love or areas where you are naturally gifted), even if it seems insignificant.

Then pray this prayer: God, I love You and I love {fill in the blank}. How can I use these two things to bring glory to You?

Power Verses:
Romans 12:6-8, “In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.” (NLT)

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  1. As I sit here in the kitchen of my son and daughter-in-law’s home, on vacation, asking God to “tell” me what it is that He really wants me to focus on….I read this post. And yesterday it was something else about sharing talents, and the day before that…same thing. Thank you for these inspiring words. God is definitely using all of you to speak to me. I am supposed to be writing Christian children’s books. I feel it in my heart, I sense it in my spirit, and I know it in my head. I just have to get STARTED! Thank you for the direction and guidance. I LOVE reading your work. 😀

    • Sandy K, last week I actually sat down and wrote a detailed action plan for finishing a book placed on my heart two years ago. What’s sad is that I had already written the material when I got the idea and could’ve been done editing in months but I dragged my feet like they were someone else’s dead weight. So let me know if you want a ” get it done partner.”

      And thank you Suzie for being in your street spot. This post is encouragement to me that I’ve been seeking out the right things!

    • That’s exciting. I pray you take a first step toward that today. Whether it is buying a Christian Writers Market Guide, or signing up for COMPEL, or meeting with other writers in your community, or learning about the business and ministry of writing children’s books. One step! That’s the new beginning for you!

    • I am good at helping others. Because I have disabilities, I can use my limitations in a positive way. My husband and I ♥ giving back to the community. I”There are different k…inds of gifts. But it is the same Holy Spirit Who gives them. There are different kinds of work to be done for Him. But the work is for the same Lord.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (NLV)I know God has given us all such unique gifts. We should all use the gifts we’ve been given in a positive way. Our gifts can encourage others, no matter what they may be going through in life. I love God, and I also love to help others.
      My sweet spot is helping others. God has given me a sixth sense about how someone may be feeling. I n usually tell when my husband’s not feeling like his usual, cheerful self. I ♥ my wonderful man. He’s the most incredible guy ever.Nevertheless, my other gift is worshipping God. You can alwayot me at The Pentecostals Of Springfield, dancing in the isles all the time. I ♥ worshipping God with the rest of my friends,even recording services for my husband, Ron Smith. I’d want nothing more. “Dear Lord, I’ve often compared myself to others, or underestimate what You can do through me. Today I offer up those things I love the best, and ask that You show me creative ways that I can use them to impact others for You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”~Suzie Eller
      I know that God has big plans for my future. I’d want nothing more than to do His wonderful works. Being a child of God is what it’s all about. Who would want to live a life that isn’t going to honor or please God in a positive way that would allow His love to shine on others?
      Romans 12:6-8, “In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.” (NLT)
      I know that I’m a good leader. I’m also encouraging to others, even when I show them thpositie path of life. I don’t know what would hapen if I wasn’t able to accomplish sharing God’s love with anyone I may encounter in all that I do.See More

  2. LeQuita Jones says:

    Wow that’s awesome. Right on time. “He’s am on time God yes he is”

    • LeQuita, Thank you for the reminder that it is “God’s time.” Now I need to use it wisely as my days are numbered I know not when…

      • LeQuita Jones says:

        using time wisely can be a challenge when we as flesh and human arent aware, focus on other things then that what lies ahead.

  3. Thanks Suzie. What a great, creative, simple, brainstorm assignment to write down things we love or areas where we are naturally gifted and then to ask God how He can use those things to bring glory to Him!!! We make people think that discovering spiritual gifts is a deep, long-term challenge. No, lets take a simple look to see what God is trying to show us.

    • Thanks, Elaine. It is often wthe simple steps that lead to discovery. I think we make it so hard sometimes, look so deep, when what we truly love is right there to see. I hope you’ll go to my website today where I share the story of a woman who loved something as simple as purses, and how it is changing lives around the nation. http://www.tsuzanneeller.com

  4. God is trying to tell me something, I picked this red this passage yesterday and here it is again today. I love when he does that. Lord I want and need to do what you have gifted me to do. I HEAR YOU LORD, LOUD AND CLEAR!

  5. Praising God for this devotional! I know He’s calling me to something. Writing down what I love & asking Him how I can use the things I love to bring Him glory is an awesome idea. It helped me see, in black & white, in what areas my spiritual gifts are.

  6. Bing Boettner says:

    Thanks so much for the great reminder! I will be writing my sweet spots today as I wait on my students to finish in their contest areas.

  7. I’m grateful God gives YOU the talent to encourage and share what He places on your heart! Thank you for today’s simple, but important, reminder! 🙂

  8. Thank you! Such a great reminder that we all have our own “sweet spots” to serve our Lord, we don’t have to do everything and we don’t have to compare ourselves to others. Such an awesome God to give us each or own “sweet spots”. May you continue to use yours to bless others with your talent to lift, encourage, and share through your devotions. God bless!

  9. Thanks Suzie………….thank God that we all have sweet spots (spiritual gifts) to serve God with. Don’t do Pinterest……….no interest 🙂

  10. What a precious blessing your words are this morning, Suzie! Comparing myself to others is a problem I struggle with. Finding those things, even those tiny little things, that God has allowed me to do well and make a difference in others’ lives brings joy. Trying to do something I’m not gifted in brings frustration. Thanks for reminding me that God has prepared me for a specific purpose and to strive to do it with excellence and rejoicing.

    • Sabra, it has been a joy getting to know you on COMPEL! Can’t wait to see those natural giftings and sweet spots emerge!

    • Sabra I can relate. We have to thank God for this timely message. At least we are still alive and strong hence we can start living our lives for the purposes our Creator intended. Be blessed!

  11. Aaaw, I love this post so much! One of mu sweet spots is the gift of exhortation! I often tell others, “It’s okay to be your sweet, unique self!” God is truly a master artist, and He has created us all with our own unique gifts and flair to sprinkle around in the Earth realm. Embracing yourself is one of the keys to ultimate freedom!

  12. Thank you, yes, talking to our God about what he will have me do is an eye opener as He will equip us to follow through with His plans, in His way and at His time.

  13. Thank you Suzie, for your encouragement. I love to pray for others, and especially those others may have given up on. I also love to make quilts to bless others. My prayer is that God will be glorified in my less than perfect time here on this earth.

  14. Amen Jesus Amen! Lord please help us all to find our sweet spot . . . .Peace & Love!

  15. LOVE YOUR POST AND WHAT PERFECT TIMING TO READ! :O) My husband and I are a couple months behind in writing in thank you cards for the supporters of our ministry, and we planned to write many of them this evening. Well my sweet spot is writing and encouraging others, so I am so thrilled and excited to write our thank you’s tonight to be used as a vessel of God’s love to encourage, thank, and write words to refresh others. I thank you, Suzie, for following the LORD and being such a blessing to me. I’m new to this site, and I’ve read two of your posts and love the way you write and your personality. God bless you and many women through you!

  16. Oh, you are a gifted author! I enjoy your posts and often share them. This past Sunday we were discussing the passage concerning our being parts of the body of the church and that all are important. God has truly blessed me with many gifts. I use Facebook to post Bible verses, encouraging (and often humorous) pictures and short anecdotes. On Sunday I arrive first. I prepare the Communion once a month. I set everything up for breakfast. I help lead the adult Sunday School. I give the Children’s message during church. On youth night I prepare a meal (homemade spaghetti, garlic bread and salad bar last night). I am sometimes a teacher or leader. I love doing crafts and frequently lead in this area. I make bookmarks for my pastor to share. I make cards to send to family and friends. I am a retired teacher and recently became an Elder in my small church. I am on the church Session and 4 or 5 committees.Sometimes I feel that I am pulled in too many directions….

  17. Loved this article. Thank you for posting. I shared it on Twitter 🙂 When I went to share it on Facebook via the button at the botton of the post, the link was broken. I copied/pasted and still posted but I wanted you to know that the facebook button didnt work.

    Thanks again for the great post. I will be back.

    Shevon

  18. My sweet spot is hospitality & encouraging others! I don’t ‘entertain’ but… we have people over fairly regularly & it’s a joy to us as we ask questions, get acquainted, share what God is doing, & are just ‘together’. Everyone seems to enjoy it – they don’t notice we have a small space, there are stains on the carpet, etc – they’re blessed that someone thought they were special & wanted to be with them. Years ago, my first husband & I began ‘seeing’ how often the Bible referred to hospitality – it wasn’t ‘if’ but more a command and began incorporating that into our lives. What a gift not only to others but to us as well.

  19. I love when God confirms. Too often we wait for everything to be in the right order before we follow the desires God puts on our heart. I have come to realize you just do it. We are designed that way. Don’t regret! Move forward doing what you are created for. Thanks for reminding me to never give up!

  20. Praise God, i am inspire with this encouraging message. May God continue to strengthen her daughter for the sweet spot

  21. I am very please with this thanks and I hope God is here listening. I accept God

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