Your Hidden Gift

I was a teenager alone in a dark bedroom with a flashlight and a pen. There was a fire burning deep within my soul to put my words and my thoughts to paper. In a quiet house filled with sleeping minds, my thoughts were set ablaze and absolutely nothing could get in my way.

Except for the lack of paper. Come to think of it, not much in my life has changed in that regard.

It was at my little white desk under my flashlight and the glow of the moon that I would write letters of encouragement to those around me. The second my pen made contact with paper, my heart pounded and I felt a rush of relief. I truly felt called to write these words to those God had placed in my life. I even saved up money to purchase stamps and envelopes to ensure delivery.

Thank God for email. Free. Fast and reliable in most cases. Cure for my soul indeed (and my constant search for paper).

Yet, it seemed so astonishing to me to see that “encouragement” was among my top spiritual gifts. You see, I completed the assessment and thought, “I understand my other gifts, but how is encouragement really a gift? Isn’t it just normal to want to encourage others?”

It is normal to WANT to encourage others.

It’s a completely different reality to lose sleep unless you write an encouraging note to someone you know needs it the most.

I have the gift of encouragement and honestly, I never really knew it until just over a year of so ago. Since that time, I feel the urge to email or dare I even say snail mail a card with fancy paper – and I literally feel God’s love in such an amazing way. Now I know that God formed me with this gift in mind. Every single time I feel it just bursting inside of me, I fall in love with the Gift Giver.

God is good like that. His timing is always perfect.


If you do not know what your spiritual gifts are, perhaps it’s time to take the brave first step and take an assessment. I love using assessments with my clients and really enjoy the moment when the dots connect for them. Their voice gets all excited and they just can’t quit smiling.

“God was doing that all along and here I thought I was just strange” one client told me. I smiled and responded, “Our gifts are never hidden from God, but remain undiscovered until we decide to find Him in these areas of our lives.”

When you find God in your giftedness, be prepared to experience Him in an entirely new way. Yes, it gets personal, real and completely amazing. There is no limit what God can do through you – unless, you choose to leave your gift hidden.

This post was my first 5 Minute Friday entry in a very long time. Indeed, writing does wonders for my soul. Would you like to join me? Find more information here: http://katemotaung.com/five-minute-friday/ 

Bethany is an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor to women and an author. Bethany defines herself as a child of God who loves to use her passion for change to inspire others. She has overcome disabilities, wading through the trials and rewards of marriage and motherhood. She enjoys being a wife to Steve for 10 years and mother to three boys (ages 7, 5 and 2). She is a double brain cancer survivor, a 9 year veteran in the field of youth and children's ministry and has published poetry, featured blog posts for numerous ministry websites and children's ministry curriculum contributions. Bethany is currently working on her first book to be released this Fall as well as various freelancing projects. Bethany always welcomes new coaching clients and speaking opportunities!

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8 thoughts on “Your Hidden Gift

  1. YAY YOU. You encourager, YOU. xoxo hugs to you and those three precious ones!!! (I thought we were neighbors, but someone bought the house between us….so I’m cutting through her yard and visiting YOU first.) LOVE YOU.

    • Susan, You always make me smile! Thanks for YOUR encouragement and I’ve visited quite a few yards this evening! My soul is full!

  2. Loved it! Thanks for writing this.
    One of my gifts is encouragement as well. Do you ever feel like you need encouragement too? And people you consider friends have vanished?
    I am so there right now in my life. I needed to read this at this precise time. Thanks Bethany!
    God bless you!

    • Vera,
      Oh I can relate to that feeling of needing encouragement feeling alone. A few years ago, a dear friend taught me how to really pour my heart out to God in writing. The great part is, after pouring my heart out, God fills it up in ways I can’t even begin to describe here. This is how I know the gift of encouragement comes from Him. It’s at the times I feel the most alone, God steps in, fills me up while He uses me to encourage others. It’s wildly amazing.

      Praying for you and please feel free to connect. I’d love to learn more about your story.

  3. Hello my friend! I am so glad that you posted and, as an encourager myself, I knew well that burning joy that comes from pouring out words of encouragement into a card or in prayer over a friend (or stranger!) I love this… and when we use the gifts He has given us, it truly does draw us closer to Him and it stirs the gifts up to be used even more!

  4. So glad to see you here. We’ve missed you! I’ll bet you too are a “giver” (your happiness style) I love writing notes etc to others too. Im in the 68 parking spot this week.

  5. “God was doing that all along and here I thought I was just strange” one client told me. I smiled and responded, “Our gifts are never hidden from God, but remain undiscovered until we decide to find Him in these areas of our lives.”

    When you find God in your giftedness, be prepared to experience Him in an entirely new way. Yes, it gets personal, real and completely amazing. There is no limit what God can do through you – unless, you choose to leave your gift hidden.

    Loved this entire post, Bethany, but especially these bits. Thanks for encouraging us.

  6. Hi Bethany! Late but not forgotten. I loved your post and completely understand your sentiments! The burning to write and the relief when I do. Such a great way to describe it! So pleased to meet you. (I’m the neighbour between you and Susan. I didn’t even notice her zip through my yard 😉
    Shauna

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