A True Work of Art
This little girl really has an extraordinary gift. I have never seen anything like it!
1/30/2007 Estreitta de Kluetz 1 Comments
This little girl really has an extraordinary gift. I have never seen anything like it!
1/17/2007 Estreitta de Kluetz 1 Comments
1/13/2007 Estreitta de Kluetz 1 Comments
I took this motivational gift test from www.gifttest.com
(thanks Mandy for telling me about this website)
Based on the responses you provided, we have computed the following scores for you (on a scale to 100 percent):
If you have found this information of value, you may want to forward this test to a friend.
We have discovered that people often have a combination of two or three gifts that makes them unique. This would be shown by the top two or three percentages in your profile. There is a possible 100% for each gift.
For your convenience, the following are definitions of the seven gifts and the behaviors of each gift seen in scripture. We also provide the Greek root word for each gift (used in Romans 12) to give a better understanding of the essence of each gift:
The first motivational gift in Romans 12 is the gift of perceiving. The Greek word for this gift is "propheteia". In scripture, we can see specific traits and behaviors of the gift of perceiving. They are: 1) the ability to interpret scripture, 2) to reveal information to others, and 3) an ability to speak the mind of God.
Perceivers have a keen sense of right and wrong. This is a form of discernment that we have seen in Christians and non-Christians alike. It is because of this sense of right and wrong that perceivers hold very high standards. They tend to be perfectionists because of their high standards and often become their own worst critics. In some cases, perceivers do not realize their gift and they can become very critical of other people or situations, which emerges as a pessimistic attitude.
The primary function of this gift is to reveal information the perceiver has discerned in a way that will help others. This information is not always positive and well received. As a result, perceivers sometimes appear direct, blunt, or inconsiderate of the feelings of others particularly when sharing this information with people possessing different motivational gifts. This is a classic case of the gift being misunderstood because their real intention is to help people.
In contrast, at times the primary function of the gift is not to reveal the information the perceiver has discerned – in these cases, God has allowed the perceiver to discern such things so they can pray about them. Often when people do not understand the purpose of this gift, they can feel (and become) judgmental instead of prayerful. Make no mistake about it, this information is purposefully shown to the perceiver for a reason!
The second motivational gift is the gift of service. The Greek word for service is "diakonia". Throughout the New Testament scriptures there are three specific behaviors or traits demonstrated. They are: 1) providing for the physical, material, or spiritual needs of people 2) taking care of the less fortunate in society such as the poor or the widowed and 3) helping in the distribution or collection of food, clothing, etc. to give to those in need.
Servers have an extraordinary ability to recognize tasks that need to be done. They are very cognizant of their surroundings. Perhaps this comes from their need to provide for others as seen in scripture. Servers are the first to lend a hand. Often they work in the background providing services that others will never see. Servers show their loyalty through action rather than words.
What motivates a server is helping someone else. Because servers have a tendency to prefer jobs in support roles, they are not usually in the forefront or public eye. They prefer to accomplish their tasks without an audience and therefore, their personalities tend to be more quiet and reserved. Unfortunately, some people interpret the reserved nature of a server and the desire to work behind the scenes as being uninterested. This couldn't be further from the truth! Servers see the needs "behind the scenes," as essential to making things work on the "front lines."
The third motivational gift in Romans 12 is the gift of teaching. The Greek root word for teaching is "didaskalia". The scriptures illustrate how one with the gift of teaching uses sound, rational, and instructive reasoning to convince and help others to learn.
People with the gift of teaching are consummate debaters. It is how they convince and help others to learn. It doesn't matter if they are in the office or at home, people with the gift of teaching are constantly thinking on their feet. Teachers need to know the reasoning behind concepts or ideas. They do not take anything at face value. Teachers can appear argumentative while they are simply trying to gain further understanding. They have the ability to synthesize ideas, which results in a constant mental flow of information. Teachers are those who need to carry pocket size tape recorders so they can record their ideas throughout the day. Their mind is always running and is filled with new ideas.
People with the gift of teaching need intellectual stimulation. They easily get bored with routine tasks. Teachers love to learn and keep their minds busy. They usually enjoy research and love the opportunity to share something they have learned.
The Greek root word for encouraging is "paraklesis". The scriptures show that the gift of encouragement will 1) edify and exhort 2) give peace to a troubled mind through speaking a message of encouragement and 3) bring joy and comfort.
Encouragers have the ability to call forth the best in others through encouragement and motivation. Thus naturally, people with the gift of encouragement feel comfortable around people and tend to have extraverted personalities. Anecdotal research shows that encouragers not only encourage others but also like to prescribe practical advice. Encouragers want to see people improve and succeed. They have an ability to bring new life to people who have lost their determination and feel burnt out.
Encouragers are good with every personality and gift. However, because encouragers are considerate of the feelings of others, they can easily be offended when people are not considerate toward them. Encouragers love to "fix" things and make the world a happier place!
The Greek root word for giving is "metadidomi" meaning to impart. The New Testament scriptures show that giving is characterized by: 1) being charitable or having a charitable attitude 2) giving much out of little 3) specifically contributing to the less fortunate and 4) giving of one's excess or bounty to those who have nothing.
Income is not the only way to determine whether someone has the gift of giving. Givers also donate their time through volunteer work or helping others in some way. They are characterized by hospitality. Givers are people who love to host and entertain. Perhaps the easiest way to identify a giver is their generous and charitable attitude. In an organization, givers are excellent people to place in hospitality roles. This generous attitude extends to making personal sacrifices of time and self. Givers will also make wonderful customer service representatives because they enjoy taking care of needs often going above and beyond to satisfy a customer. When the patience and generosity of others has run out, the true giver will continue to be gracious.
The sixth gift in Romans 12 is the gift of ruling. The Greek root word for leader is "proistemi," which translates "rule". The scriptures illustrate how a ruler will: 1) set good examples 2) provide sound counsel 3) give admonition and warning to the people of dangers they are headed toward 4) reprove for negligence and 5) rule with love versus rigor.
The behaviors of a ruler are similar to behaviors of the other six motivational gifts, which make this gift harder to identify. The difference is in the motivation. The objective of the ruler is to move everyone toward the common goal. Like the perceiver, the ruler will give admonition and warning of upcoming situations. Like the teacher, a ruler will provide sound counsel and instructive reasoning to convince the people of the common goal.
What makes the gift of ruling unique is the ability to see the "big picture". The ruler is intuitive, which enables the ruler to look ahead for possibilities and dangers. The ability to guide people and communicate to them regarding how to develop the "big picture" gives the ruler an assertive, take-charge attitude. So, naturally, rulers can appear bossy to other people who do not understand the ruler's gift.
The Greek word for mercy is "eleeo". In the New Testament, those with the gift of mercy are: 1) compelled to have compassion for people, 2) help people in misery, and 3) pity the ignorant and instruct them.
People gifted with mercy are the first to listen and sympathize when someone is suffering. They feel that sympathizing with others is a valuable use of their time. This gift is concerned with the condition of the person who is suffering or in trouble. Often people with this gift have a strong desire to relieve the pain of others. This is why people with the gift of mercy are usually effective in roles that require compassion, such as physical therapists, social workers, counselors, or where they can listen to the problems of others, such as human resources where employee concerns are addressed.
It is this ability to show compassion and mercy that enables the person with this gift to demonstrate a large amount of patience. They are less likely to become frustrated when people repeatedly come to them with problems unlike those gifted in the other areas.
1/13/2007 Estreitta de Kluetz 0 Comments
I was going through some old computer files and came accross this i wrote in the summer of 2005. I hope it encourages you as much as it did me when I read it today.
I heard the Voice of God
by Estreitta Martin and DADDY GOD
Summer of 1995
You won't believe it but I actually heard God's voice today!!
I know I did, it was as clear as day!!!
I thought that His voice sounded a lot like mine
It was because it was coming from down deep inside
My heart was pounding...My stomach was churning,
I thought I was going out of my mind
This feeling I felt, wasn't full of fear
BUT it was A KNOWING that the ALMIGHTY GOD was near.
I remember praying, just this morning, asking God to hear His voice.
I said, "Lord, All I want is for you to say something to me...
Im open Im ready...now its your choice!!!"
Then I heard it, I actually heard God's voice today!
He told me He had something to say...
The Lord said to get ready this was going to blow me away
It was about His Purpose, His Plan, His Way!!
I was astonished at the words He said,
"YOUR FUTURE, THE PATH THAT I HAVE PREPARED...JUST TAKE MY HAND AND YOU'LL BE LEAD."
He showed me the life that I am called to live
And all the hungry hearts for God, that I will give.
"MY POWER WILL GROW MORE AND MORE INSIDE OF YOU!
AS YOU LET MY HANDS GUIDE YOUR HANDS, I WILL PUT THEM TO GOOD USE!"
Then I saw My hands being anointed throught
"FOR THE SAME ANOINTING ON JESUS IS UPON YOU" He pointed out.
THe Lord then advised me to be on the watch for that thief
He said, "IF YOU DONT THAT SLIMEBALL WILL TRY TO BRING YOU A LOT OF GRIEF"
"KEEP YOU EYES TURNED TOWARDS ME
AND REMEMBER WHAT YOU'VE HEARD AND SEEN"
I Promised to keep every word in my heart
And I told the Lord that Im ready and waiting for the cue to start
No appointment, no busy signal, no pushing myself through some line
But God came to me right in His time
Like I said, I did hear the voice of God today...
And what He said, made me realize that He knew me in a special way!
1/07/2007 Estreitta de Kluetz 1 Comments
Recently I have been thinking about this question, "What is Godliness?"
So many times we Christians come up with these ideas of what Godliness is and then try to force those ideas on others...what does that produce...most of the time nothing more than legalism...
now don't get me wrong I totally agree that we sould do our best to live our lives holy and acceptable to God... But Christ also came so we could have life and have it more abundantly!!!
I think that there are obvious things we should stay away from like sex out side of marriage, adultery, witchcraft... you get my point...
I went to a college that had a set of rules of things we weren't "allowed" to do... the one that got me totally perplexed was that we weren't allowed to dance not even at a wedding.. the only time we were allowed to dance was it if was choregraphed...
i do have to admit i broke that no dancing rule all the time on sundays at church... but i never got Caught I also was a Wedding DJ and I would promote dancing with my job.. but the college never had a problem with me doing my job.. just as long as i didn't dance...So it was strickly the chicken dance and the electric slide (as they are choreagraphed) for me...
Now those rules didn't make me more Godly by following them...But if i follwed them I wouldn't kicked out of my school...
i have some friends that are Seventh Day Adventist.. They Truly love the Lord and I am blessed to have them as friends.. but some times their beliefs seem to be a little constricting.. like they don't cheese burgers or catfish or sushi ... Thier reasons are because of the doctrine they follow, the levitical law, believe those of us cheese burger eating people are actually sinning against God...
I know eating cheese burgers is not good to eat lots of for my arteries and colesteral levels... but is it ungodly to eat...
I truly think that things like this is what turns the unbeliever away from wanting to become a Christians... they see it as a bunch of rules and regulations...
However if we seek God and read his word each individual will be convicted of the things and the areas of their lives that need restoration and healing and what to repent.... I think this will produce Godliness...
even if we have a glass of wine with our meal or if we go to church on Sunday...or listening to a great Norah Jones tune
So what is Godliness...
Loving the Lord enough to Share his Love to Others without shaming them
I'd love to hear what you think!