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Monday, April 17, 2006

I was just thinking about giftedness the other day.
Well, really, I was thinking about the areas of giftedness
that are absent from my life. There are certain things
I stink at, and I sometimes dwell on them too much.
Lately, I'm learning a sense of humor comes in handy.
And remembering that God gifted me in other areas helps too.

Three Things Best Left to Someone Else
1. Balancing the checkbook. Numbers and I do not get along. Unless someone is there to oversee our altercations, bad, bad things happen.
2. Plants, flowers, or anything else that has chlorophyll. I've already blogged on my sad relationship with fauna, so I'll spare you a repeat.
3. Singing. When David said to make a joyful noise, I'm pretty sure he hadn't heard me.
Three Things God Gifted Me At
1. Writing books. No you're not. Yes I am. No you're not. Yes I am. Hey, I never said I was sane.
2. Making deserts. It's a wonderful gift to have. Brownies anyone?
3. Organization. I could organize the leaves of a forest by color and texture.
Okay, how about you. God has gifted you with some great skills and abilities. Stop for a moment and think about them--and thank God for them. Are you a great listener? Could you give an impromptu speech on any given topic? (I bow at your feet) Can you make a dollar stretch for days? Come on, don't be shy, let's here 'em.
Denise Hunter  
posted at 3:33 PM  
  Comments (12)
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At 1:21 AM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

I am gifted in remembering things that don't matter an iota. Seriously, if Andrew Ridgley and George Michael split Wham! up so George could go solo? This is my expertise.

Adam Ant's real name is Stuart Goddard and his birthday is November 3rd. Are you getting my point? Thanks for the reminder of my useless gift D!

At 8:48 AM, Blogger Mom Nancy said...

My areas of giftedness?

Right now, after an overdone Easter ham and underdone potatoes, perhaps isn't the best time for me to think about this. Or maybe it's the perfect time!

Like Kristen, I'm a trivia whiz, beat out only in the Star Wars field by my 16 year old daughter. She is literally the only one EVER who asks me to play Trivial Pursuit although I LOVE that game. We have to play the Star Wars edition, however, and it's a very cutthroat type game. Tough, hard, Christian-type trash talk goes on in our living room:

"You're going down, little girl."
"Yeah, well, you're going to choke, so just roll the dice."

That type of thing.

Another thing I'm good at is crafts - mainly of the needlework/sewing variety and digital scrapbooking.

And, one more, I have been told that I do let Jesus shine through even when I don't realize it, so I guess that's a gift, too.

At 10:20 AM, Blogger Gina Holmes said...

Denise gave a great interview over at my blog Novel Journey today btw.

At 2:01 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Kristin, you have a lot more gifts than that! Nancy, letting Jesus shine sounds like a gift we could all use a little more of.

At 2:12 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Shopping! Does that count? No? Well it should!

Then, I guess mine would be writing dialogue. I've had a lot of practice writing scripts. And I'm completely comfortable in front of an audience as long as I don't have to sing a solo.

At 4:41 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Nancy, that reminds me of a Saturday Night Live where Queen Amidala (Don't know her real name) was hosting, and she did this take-off on the nerds who live for Star Wars, and started talking in this other language, and my kids got all the mistakes (which were part of the jokes!) I could probably do that with Pride & Prejudice, but I have yet to make it through a Star Wars movie, I admire you all though, you're fun people!

At 7:11 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I have the skill to down a DeBrand's mocha truffle in ten seconds flat. Does that count?

At 9:31 AM, Anonymous Bethanie said...

i can spell... which brings to mind - denise did you mean DESERT or DESSERT? hahaha!

oh and i can sing. when i put my mind to it. my favourite thing to do is just to sing my heart out in worship to my God. :)

maybe i should just become a proofreader? i notice every error in a novel. i found one in an Ashley stockingdale book today :P :P :P

At 12:10 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

A desire to organize the leaves of the forest by size and color is an AMAZING gift. I'm sure my hubby would love to help. :)

This is a great post, Denise. Makes me think. What am I good at.

Writing books (no I'm not, yes I am.) Singing/worship. The impromtu talk (if I have a five minute warning) and wasting writing time on the internet. I'm very good at that. And oh, meeting people for lunch. Anyone? :)

At 2:12 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Bethanie, if you're finding spelling errors in an Ashley book, you're too bright to read them. Put the book down! : )

At 6:05 AM, Anonymous Bethanie said...

kristin it wasn't spelling, it was a word. ashley's talking to kevin's parents and she calls his dad dr stockingdale... (it's when they are visitng her family for thanksgiving).


and anyhow, i gotta have something in life to amuse me!!! (loved the chapter i got in my email today btw!!)

At 5:23 PM, Blogger Heather Ivester said...

This may not sound like much, but I've discovered I'm quite gifted at placing fast food orders in the drive-thru. I didn't realize what talent this requires until I've watched my husband try to do this.

He gets so flustered; he can't remember any of the orders right. I mean, the guy can stand up and lecture 200 college students about SAND for a solid hour, but he can't remember who got chicken nuggets and Sprite and who got hamburger and Hi-C -- and let's throw in the boy v. girl Happy Meals. I CAN DO THIS!

BTW -- Enjoyed your interview over at Gina Holmes' Novel Journey -- you make the journey seem like fun!


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

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Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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