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What Makes You Unique?

I do a lot of reading and listening to audio teachings that empower and grow me, and this past week I was listening to a well-known bible teacher that suffered from sexual abuse as a child.  She mentioned having many limiting beliefs about her ability when God called her into ministry and the many disparaging remarks that were made concerning her ability, background and mainly her voice. Her uniqueness is her voice.

What limiting beliefs have you been holding on to?

This particular teacher went on to say that although she had doubts and fears she was obedient. She knew that God had placed a desire to spread and teach the gospel to thousands.  The same uniqueness that others said would be a hindrance to her God actually used to show His glory in her life through television, radio, books, etc.

What makes you unique? 

As a child I could remember my father telling me that I was very inquisitive as he answered yet another question from me with a smile on his face. One day in my early twenties a co-worker made the remark “You ask to many questions!” in a very mean tone that I hate to admit, made me cry silently as I walked away with a look of hurt on my face.  All I did was ask her how everything was going since we worked in the same department but different areas and we were passing each other in the hallway.  It wasn’t even a stop and chat kind of conversation!  But that day has forever been severed in my mind.  I stopped asking questions for a long time. I know now that it was the adversary’s way of trying to deter what God had for me in my future.

I am very inquisitive.  I ask questions always have, but not just regular questions, no, my questions are thought-provoking and deep.  I like to call them the why behind the why questions. It’s just who I am. God has used my uniqueness to usher in a television show that encourages women to walk in faith and do what He has asked of them.

What has someone said or done to you that you that you have held on to that is keeping you from manifesting the greatness that is within you?

“There is nothing unique about me!” you may say.  Well yes there is.  God designed you.  You were not born to just take up space in the universe and then die.  No, you are here for a specific reason.  He’s gifted you with something that is ALL you!  Yes, others may do or have what you have or do.  But they don’t do it like YOU do!  Go read Jeremiah 1:5 again.  As a matter of fact, here it is for you! “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.  Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”NLT

God is NOT, let me repeat, NOT looking for people who are perfect.  He can and will take all of you, every single piece of you that others have written off about you and use it for His glory.

Stop allowing negative thoughts and limiting beliefs to crowd your mind!  You are great!  You are a leader!  You can accomplish and do what God has ordained for you.  YOU ARE UNIQUE!

Use your uniqueness; stop doubting yourself.  Stop allowing people to speak into you words and thoughts of less than.  Let God use you.  Let God’s glory shine through your life!

Do you need proof of God using common imperfect people for his glory?  Read Exodus and the story of Moses; read David the shepherd boy story.  Want some 20th century folks?  How about that bible teacher that has a rough voice or that born and bred Jew ridiculed by their family that God now uses to bring forth His glory?  I’m sure you can think of some yourself.

  • Take some time to write out your uniqueness.  What is that thing that says you?  You probably don’t have to guess too hard to answer it.  It’s what others have negative things to say about it.
  • Once you’ve acknowledge it decide if you really want to be known by it.  You have to know that if it’s inherent, then it will be with you forever, so you might as well use it!
  • Talk to God about it and tell Him you want to claim your uniqueness but you don’t know how.  Ask Him to show you.

Exercise your greatness; start with who you are!

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Your Vision in Reality

Several evenings ago I attended an event that as a requirement you had to dress and portray in character the overall vision God had for your life.  In other words it was a“Vision Party” and you were portraying yourself as if your vision was already manifested.

So, if the vision that God gave you were being a national bestselling author, a well known speaker that traveled all around the world evangelizing to others and doing signs and wonders, or even a financial expert with their own television show touching the lives of believers, you came as such.

And it was fun!!!

The amazing thing was hearing all God had placed within the lives of the women that attended and how each person’s vision was somehow interconnected with each in some way, shape or form.

When God has given you a vision and you are walking out your purpose in life sometimes it can seem huge!  You can see it, but many times others can’t.  They just can’t see you, the person, accomplishing, being, or doing the things God has purposed for your life.  They see the now; not the “to be”; the future.

I have written my vision down – many times.  I have envisioned it; dreamt it; prayed on it; fasted on it.  I know what it looks like.  But that night when I physically went from working it to actually being it, I felt like it was a new beginning, a new chapter in the book God has already written for my life.

As I stood in front of the ladies and spoke out loud the ideas and thoughts God has given me.  As I walked around the room, in character, as my future self.  As I listened and watched the women portray their future selves: confident, strong, leaders, trailblazers, world changers, authors, philanthropist, and entrepreneurs; I felt the awesomeness of the moment.  I felt the reality of God’s vision for my life and theirs. I felt God’s words that were uttered over our lives from before we came out of our mother’s womb, start to bud and the words that were sent forth by God, accomplishing that which He pleased.

“I have given them [God’s Children] the solutions to solve all of the world’s problems…” is a quote that was given to author Ericka D. Jackson when God was ushering her into her purpose in life; her vision.  And that evening, I can honestly say I saw the absolute truth to that statement.

Proverbs 18:21 says that death and life is in the power of the tongue.  We also know that we frame our world by the words we utter out of our mouths.  And that evening, I could feel destinies coming into alignment.  We were literally being the person we saw ourselves to be in a God ordained future.  There were no apologies for our greatness and no walking small!  No doubt and no hesitancy.  It was all purposed filled life!

So I ask you, what is God’s vision for your life?  What is that thing that when you think on it, dream it, envision it; it feels like, “it is already yours because it is within you waiting to [burst] forth?”

Whatever it is just know it’s already done.  So start walking towards it and live your vision in reality!

Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana

Copyright 2012

Desires of Thine Heart

The Word says to “write the vision and make it plain upon tablets, that he may run that readeth it.” and to “delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”  

Well, if we, you and I, write, [adhere to what God has for us and place it deep within our hearts; if we truly seek after and do what he needs of us to do] His ways in our hearts, He WILL give us [you and I] the desires [things we would like to see happen in our lives, whether physically, spiritually, or emotionally], of our hearts.

So the question today is what are some of the desires of your heart?  

I’ll share two of mine with you: That I will have a relationship with Him like the Ancients of Old had [Abraham, Moses, David, Elijah, Elisha, etc.]. 

That He will allow me to touch the lives of millions in such a way that they will have a closer relationship with Him – they will move and do what He needs of them to do.

Here’s another question: What is God’s vision for your life?  What do you need to write on the tablets of your heart in order for it to be pondered in your mind, for you to start acting upon it?  You have to write that vision.

It will not go anywhere without you making that first step.

Be Blessed!

Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana

Habakkuk 2:2  and Psalm 37:4