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Fire: Igniting Our Gifts To Spread The Message of God

When God uses our gifts to fulfill His will, it becomes a consuming fire that feeds our souls the nourishment we so desperately need in this life.



And I will be to her a wall of fire all around, declares the Lord, and I will be the glory in her midst.

Zechariah 2:5, ESV

God Prepared

I love to write prayers, poems, letters and more. I have countless journals that record all my prayers. Going back and reading them has been so enlightening over the years because it shows me how God has been working in my life. It truly helps me have a better understanding of God’s sovereignty and provision.

Writing has always been something I’ve done and enjoyed doing, but I never knew it would lead to becoming an actual writer. I see now how God was using this gift within, to prepare me for the journey ahead.

each one’s work will become obvious. For the day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire; the fire will test the quality of each one’s work.

1 Corinthians 3:13, CSB

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What’s The Spirit Up Too?

When the Lord started to give me certain topics and perspectives to write about, I honestly had no idea what He wanted me to do with them at first. Were the tools to help grow my own faith? Was I writing a book? What am I supposed to do with all this God? It wasn’t until a chain of events occurred that really seemed to get my attention and show me where all this was going…

I was sharing one of my writings with my sister one afternoon, hoping she would provide me with some insight I needed to unravel this mystery. When I was done reading it to her she quickly responded by saying ‘I don’t think you’re writing a book, Kris. I think you are meant to blog.’ 

I chuckled and told her ‘NO WAY!!!!’ I’m not at all tech savvy and wouldn’t even know where to begin. The thought completely overwhelmed me. With that said, blogging on a computer was the furthest thing on my radar. God knew what He was doing and was about to show me in a very unforeseen way…

A Stranger Reveals “My Fire”

On this particular day, I was taking myself and my kids to get our routine cleanings done at the dentist. I was catching up with the receptionist when she begins telling me that I would be great at blogging. I looked at her in shock and told her my sister had recently said the same thing. As we were speaking, a young girl, who happened to be sitting in the waiting room, got up and poked her head around the corner to talk to me.

She excused herself for jumping into the conversation and continued to tell me that as she was listening to me, she noticed something special and attractive in my voice. She agreed with the receptionist that blogging would be a great path for me to pursue. I completely blushed and thought ‘What is going on here!?’ Then that sweet girl, whom I had never met until that day, shares with me that she believed blogging would become My Fire to spread God’s word in the world.

I had never heard it described that way. ‘My Fire’. Though, it made perfect sense to me. Whenever I open my mouth about God, a fire of passion ignites inside that can not be quenched. Naturally, this unforeseen witness, caught wind of the fire that day and was moved by the Spirit to share her opinion with me. Oh, Dear Reader, how glad I am she did!

God Opens A Door

I went home from the dentist office unsure how to get started on my new blogging journey. I had confidence knowing that if this was the path God wanted me to pursue, then He would make His way known. I trusted He would pull everything together. One day, the Holy Spirit reminded me of someone I knew that blogs and might be helpful in moving forward. I called my blogging friend, Katie, and told her EVERYTHING!

She was so encouraging and willing to help me as best as she could. She informed me that the site she blogs for was looking to recruit a new writer. She wondered if I would be interested. After I sought prayer and counsel, I came to the conclusion that this was the door God had opened for me to pursue writing. God wanted me to deliver these messages to the world, and now I had a way to do that. I phoned Katie and joyfully said ‘I’m IN!’.

God Supplies My Needs

God knew I was in need of a laptop, printer, and space to do His work. My husband, Mike, has stood by me throughout this entire process and has supported me the whole way. For Christmas, he gifted me with a laptop, carrying bag, printer and a computer desk that he designed and built himself! I was so thankful and eager to get started.

God had used my Sister, the Receptionist, the young girl in the waiting room, Katie and my Husband to fully supply all my needs to get this journey started. They ignited the spark God gave me. His messages would now be heard through the Oh Lord Help Us ministry. Please understand, when God is working something new in your life, Beloved, it always falls into place.

You will be enriched in every way for all generosity, which produces thanksgiving to God through us. For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the proof provided by this ministry, they will glorify God for your obedient confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone.

2 Corinthians 9:11-13, CSB

Wildfire

I love being an instrument used by God to spread His good news. I am humbled and honored to be given this ability to write and share these important messages with you, My Friend.

I am just an ordinary woman living life with an extraordinary God. When God uses our gifts to fulfill His will, it becomes a consuming fire that feeds our souls the nourishment we so desperately need in this life. We, as God’s children, are called to help reach those who don’t notice the spark inside themselves. This simple act of obedience is what leads to a massive wildfire of salvation forming all over the world.

Lost souls are found. Those who have been trapped become rescued and saved. Blind eyes begin to see. Brokenness is restored and made whole. The messy life suddenly reveals a life message. This, My Friend, is what it looks like to follow Jesus. Someone’s spark out there in the world is relying on you to fan the flame.

So tell me, Dear Sister, what is “your fire” to help spread God’s good news to the world?

save others by snatching them from the fire; have mercy on others but with fear, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.

Jude 1:23, CSB

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Joshua Newton

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Fools: Do Not Be Lost Among Anger, Be Found in Christ

The way we fill ourselves reflects in how we live. Filling ourselves with Christ will produce great things. But filling ourselves with flesh will ruin us. Will we be like the fools and fill ourselves with things we know cannot sustain? 



Messy Room, Messy life

I’d like to take you through my most recent run-in with teen trouble and disobedience. I am still currently working through it. Please pardon my spotty storytelling and unrighteous anger that may seep into my words.

My room is always a mess. And when I say mess, I mean you’d think everything I’ve ever owned was on the floor. It gets pretty bad. It’s been this way for as long as I can remember and the battle between my parents and I has raged on just as long. As a defiant human being, as we all can be, I’ve never fully come to drop the belief that it’s my room so why should I have to keep it clean? It isn’t negatively affecting them, is it?

Well, let’s just say we all hit our breaking points this past weekend. My sister Natalie and I share the basement as our room and hear the phrase “Clean your room” just as often as we hear our own names. However, and saying it aloud is revealing to me how selfish it all really is, we’ve become entirely numb to the constant reminder…

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Storytime

Early this weekend my dad told Natalie and I that for the next two weeks before we all part ways for spring break, we will not be allowed to go to any Young Life events aside from Club…

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Young Life, Club is where we have fun, sing songs, and try to introduce our uninterested friends to life with Christ. Campaigners are where the inner circle of believers grow in faith together and brainstorm how to get our friends to come to Club. I also have a small group Wednesday mornings that I’ve been prohibited to attend.

Keep in mind that I have a very uneventful social life, so losing these privileges was, well, no fun.

Last night, there was massive miscommunication. Natalie and I understood that if we cleaned our room and bathroom then we could go to Club. What we completely missed was that we weren’t allowed to go at all.

Both of our parents were out of the house, but we were unaware of their absence. So while walking out we announced our departure and took the lack of a response as a green light. Long story short we were picked up before the event even began and the uncomfortable conversations began. This devotional will be brief and I’d like to include last night’s journal entry…

Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools.

Ecclesiastes 7:9, ESV

Angry Entry

Our world is full of fools. Unfortunately, we cannot exclude ourselves from them. We are the fools. We act foolishly when our foolish plans are foiled. I wanted to go somewhere but my foolish self is resorting to tears and anger. Some not so unfamiliar “friends” of mine. I don’t handle emotions well.

God has blessed me with a heart three sizes too big, but with that increased love also comes increased sorrow. I overflow no matter the emotion and much of my inner turmoil over the years is because I go to isolation, anger, and sadness instead of God when I boil over. Clearly, I did not go to God first tonight.

That was me referencing the first half of my entry which included a lot of my anger towards the situation as I began to simmer down…

Humbled Entry

But God, forgive me for being angry with my parents even if I completely disagree with their choices. And Lord PLEASE help me with everything I feel. Take it. Ease it. Calm it. Calm this storm in me before I drown. Hm. I say that, but I know you will not let me drown. You will give me the strength to swim.

My heart is so anxious, so angry, so sad. I long for something I think I can find among flesh-wearing beings. I will not find it. In all honesty, I can’t name what it is I think I need. What is it I’ve convinced myself I can’t live without? Love? Friendship? Attention? God give me what it is I search for and help me not be angry or discontent when I don’t get it when I want. And open my mind to the possibility that I have no clue what I truly desire. Do not let me lose sight of you and remind me of who I am when I am among the fools. 

Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.

Proverbs 28:26, ESV

Fools Full of God’s Love

It’s hard for me sometimes, despite my struggle with self-esteem, to remain humble in the way I do things with this blog and life in general…

Wow; people love my posts. Wow; I’m singing the national anthem in a parade this weekend. Holy guacamole I won the talent show at my school of 5,000.

But who am I to claim these gifts as my own? Who am I to not constantly be thanking God for these talents and ways I can reach other people’s hearts? It’s times like these when I experience embarrassment, hurt, and a lesson learned… I remember how small and needy I am. But what an incredible thing to have a God who fulfills my needs, quenches my thirst, and fills the gap between me with His infinite love.

So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

1 John 4:16, ESV

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Significant: Overcoming Anxiety and Embracing Our Unique Gifts

We are all uniquely created and hold significant roles in the Kingdom of God. We often play down our gifts and feed anxiety’s lies. It’s time to overcome…



The number one lie in which I have believed in my life is the same lie that millions of others have believed, maybe even you… Because I am an introvert, because I struggle with anxiety, I have believed for many years that I do not have what it takes to successfully spread the gospel…

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Anxiety Lies

What is anxiety if not blindness to the truth? Anxiety distorts reality. It whispers, “You are not good enough.” It makes you feel less than. It is the lie that makes you believe all other lies.

Anxiety is something I have struggled with my whole life, and it is just now, in my late 30’s, that I am learning to feel comfortable in my own skin. It is just now that I am starting to see myself as a creation of God. I have a significant and unique purpose to which He has called me. I may not be able to minister like everyone else, but I am able to minister in the way that God created me to, and with the spiritual gifts He has provided me with.

My church is dear to me, but even in the church, this lie is inadvertently propagated. We are told that as Christians, God expects us to do things that make us uncomfortable. While this is true to a certain degree, I also believe that God uses different people in different ways. Some people may feel comfortable turning to a perfect stranger and talking to them about how to become a Christian. Others may feel more comfortable giving a snack and a scrawled Bible verse to the homeless man on the corner.

Haven’t both instances spread the message of God? Didn’t we both spread His hope? Didn’t we both spread His love?

Freedom in Truth

In the Bible, there is one undeniable theme that is seen time and time again: God uses ordinary people to do significant, extraordinary things. When He sent His Son to save the world, He didn’t send Him as a powerful king; He sent Him as a helpless baby. Jesus didn’t make His triumphal entry into Jerusalem in an adorned chariot. He rode in on a humble donkey. There is one thing for sure, God is not only a fan of the underdog; He is a fan of the introvert.

While being an introvert certainly has its drawbacks, many of the most creative, influential minds have been introverts. Albert Einstein. Abraham Lincoln. Mahatma Gandhi. Rosa Parks. My heightened sensitivity allows me to be more attuned to the emotions of those around me. I can hear the words that aren’t being said. I can help soothe the hurts that go otherwise unseen. Since I know how life-crushing it can be in the midst of the darkness, I am at a vantage point to be a light where others cannot. I can point people to my lighthouse, to my life raft, to the One who speaks truth, to my Lord and Savior.

Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

John 8:31-32, NIV

And isn’t it about time that we start to trust Jesus to free us from the chains of anxiety, from the bondage of our own minds…

The Whispers

Anxiety says… You can’t do anything right.

but God saysYou can do all things because I give you strength (Philippians 4:13).

Anxiety says… You just don’t know what to do anymore.

but God says… I will show you the way, listen for my voice (Isaiah 30:21)

Anxiety says… You are all alone.

but God says… I go before you and I will never leave you or forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6).

Anxiety says… You are weak.

but God says… I am your safety and strength (Psalm 46:1-3).

Anxiety says… You should be scared.

but God says… Don’t let your heart be troubled or be afraid. I am not of this world (John 14:27).

Anxiety says…You are too tired to keep on fighting.

but God says… I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28-30).

Anxiety says… You will never find peace.

but God saysI will fill you with peace and hope (Romans 15:13).

Anxiety says… You are worthless. You are not significant to the Kingdom of God.

but God saysI have given you unique gifts to use for the good of My Kingdom…

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. Different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

1 Corinthians 12:4-6

Where We Are

Booker T. Washington once stated, “Cast down your bucket where you are.” Stop comparing yourself to other Christians around you—who they are, what they are doing. Love where you are. Start where you are able. Each person has different needs that can be met best in their own unique way. Some people may respond to a more outgoing individual, while others may appreciate a more quiet, unassuming approach.

I have found for me personally, that I am much better at writing about personal matters; about spiritual matters. I will write posts on social media, text messages to a friend, write stories on my blog that I would never feel comfortable sharing with someone face-to-face. Physical distance, for me, sometimes leads to more emotional intimacy. All the fears and lack of confidence seems to disappear with the miles.

But the more I share with my writing, the easier it becomes for me to be more vulnerable and have those conversations with people. However, I will never feel at ease getting up on stage and giving a sermon. I am much more comfortable letting my life speak for me. And while there will always be times when God takes us beyond our comfort zone, we should not be terrified when serving Him.

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Significant Gifts

I am not good at talking to other people about my emotions. I have a hard time knocking on doors and telling strangers how God has changed my life. But, what I have found is that there is strength in silence. There is courage in waking up every day and continuing on life’s path even though you are paralyzed by fear. There is faith in trusting God to lead you through what He has called you to do. Not all sermons are preached, some are merely lived. Not all testimonies are spoken, some are shared by acts of love…

If we are uncomfortable in our ministry, how are we ever going to make others feel comfortable? We are all different, but we are all significant and necessary to the Kingdom of God. You have to understand your spiritual gifts before you can use them. You have to appreciate who you are and Whose you are before those gifts can benefit you or anyone else.

I know that my gift is not speaking, and I have learned to be okay with that. You know who else wasn’t good with his words? Moses. The same Moses who led the Israelites out of slavery and brought them to the Promised Land.

God has a plan for each of our lives. He has a significant purpose for our pain. Maybe the very thing we are going through right now is what God wants us to use to lead others out of slavery and into their “promised land”. So, you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when He adopted you as His own children (Romans 8:15).



Misty Johnson is a teacher and former psychiatric nurse, who strives to be the change she wishes to see in the world. She spends her days seeking God’s peace by meditating on His word, hiking among His splendid creations, and reading thought-provoking stories. Her goal is to encourage and educate others on ways to improve their spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being. If you would like to join others on this journey of holistic healing, you can visit her website at https://spiritbodymindrenewal.wordpress.com/. You can also connect with Misty on Twitter  and Instagram.

We are all uniquely created and hold significant roles in the Kingdom of God. We often play down our gifts and feed anxiety's lies. It's time to overcome... Women of Faith | Spiritual Growth | Scripture Study | Christian Mentoring | Daily Devotional

All scripture referenced from the NIV Bible.