I was just wondering what your thoughts are on discernment being a gift? Do you think it is one, or is it the result of careful study, etc? I am asking because I went to a women's conference today. I haven't been to anything like that in quite a while & only went b/c an old friend of mine is on the coordinating team and I promised her I would go to the next one. Frankly to me, once you have been to one, you have been to them all. Anyway, there were some display tables and one was for "good reading." Surprise, surprise, the authors were all of the usuals, Furtick, Chan, Warren, etc. They were being gobbled up, talked about, and given away as raffle prizes. I sometimes wonder if am more discerning than others as a gift, or because I spend a lot of time reading, studying and learning from others on places like RR. I found myself feeling sorry for these women, many who obviously love the Lord. Then I got to thinking....was that pride in my heart for knowing "more" than they did? So I have been having an internal conversation about whether some truly have the gift of discernment, or if I maybe just have too much head knowledge - if that makes sense. There was sooooo much talk about "purpose" which send bells ringing and red flags all over for me, but it also seemed as if these women had a joy that I was lacking in....as if discernment was pessimism....I don't know. We always want to right by God. I was just wondering what you all think. Sorry for my rambling. It was a loooong day.