Discernment

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Copyright 2016 Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp

Copyright 2016 Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp

 

Each of us were granted different gifts by God to be used to serve God and others. Many of us find it difficult to discern those gifts and the best way to use them. I have been reading in my course work about discernment. I came across the story of a poet who was approached by a budding poet who had been rejected many times (it sounded so familiar). He asked the young poet to think about the following questions: If you could not write, would you die? Must you write?

My answer was: yes, I must write. I can’t think of a time in life when I did not write daily since third grade, when I wrote my first poem and fell in love with writing. Why do I write?

To express my thoughts
To organize my ideas
To remember
To renew my soul
To understand my motives
To reveal my inner self
To move others closer to God
To love
To accept
To give
To open myself
To receive
To process information
To create
To be authentically who I am
To give back to God
To center myself
To find, discover, and seek God
To reach out to self, others, God, future generations
To comfort
To infuriate
To ruffle feathers
To inspire
To breathe
To live
To be who God created me to be.

Reflect on the gifts that God has given you. Which gifts could you not live without? What gifts MUST you use? Write out a list of why you use those gifts and see where it leads you…

Copyright 2016 Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp

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Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp is first and foremost a mother of four children under the age of 17. She has been married to the love of her life, Aaron, for over 19 years. Lori has been writing at her own website Faith Filled Mom for over 6 years. She writes about the journey of faith we live daily and how we can recognize God in this world. She has completed her 3rd year of teaching theology at a high school level and is also a current student of Loyola University Extension Program of Ministry earning a Master’s Degree in Religious Education. Her life is busy, exciting, overwhelming at times but always bursting with her faith in God. Lori hopes that you will find something that might touch your heart in her writing so that she can continue to pursue her purpose in life; to bring people closer to God one word, one moment at a time.

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