Did you know that this July 2018 is (was by the time you read this) the only time you will see this calendar pattern in your lifetime? The month of July this year will have five Sundays, five Mondays and five Tuesdays. This happens once every 823 years. What a unique month!

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What will you do this month to be unique? How might you challenge yourself to try something you haven’t done or thought about within your spiritual walk? Take that time to speak to someone who might need it. Make the time to meditate for your own peace of mind, and use that meditation for the betterment of humanity. In Isaiah 64:8 Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.

This year, I struck out a bit more on my own as a professional speaker. It’s frightening and exhilarating at the same time. And, I am always asking myself, what makes my message unique? Why would anyone want to listen to it, and pay for it? As I soul search, my closest confidants remind me just how unique I am. My experiences and skills are like no one else’s. Sometimes we let negative thinking creep in by telling ourselves everyone already knows…when in reality, they don’t. The LORD gave us this message: Jeremiah 1:4-5 “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.”

A quote by Margaret Wheatley (2013) I love is, “What is my unique contribution to the whole?” What is your unique contribution to your family? To your friendships? To your church family?

Go be as unique as the five Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays of July 2018. Use your unique gifts to glorify God.

Tammy Heflebower

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