Do you have a life motto? If so, please share it in the comments below, I would love to hear all about it!
My life motto is “Every number has a name, every name has a story, and every story is worthy of being shared”.
I love stories. The art of story has a way of making our brains come alive like few other things can. If you want to captivate an audience, just share a compelling story. More than that, God values stories!
Have you ever taken the time to think about why the Bible is made up of stories? Or why Jesus decided to teach through stories? God knows that’s how he created us, so he made sure that he communicated to his children in a way that we would be able to understand. What an amazing God he is!
More than just loving the art and form and structure of stories themselves, I believe that our personal stories are incredibly important. I don’t believe that any of us go through anything by accident but it’s all for our good, God’s glory, and the encouragement of others.
What is your story?
Where have you experienced victory?
What are you currently walking through?
Recently, I sat down with a dear friend of mine and we had an incredible and life-giving conversation. We talked about all kinds of stuff: our pasts, how we met Christ, our journeys of healing and growth, and even what we’re currently walking through. Our entire conversations were drenched in story and it was a truly beautiful time. We both left feeling encouraged and uplifted just because of the stories we had shared and heard.
When was the last time you shared your story with someone?
It’s so easy to think that our stories need to be finished and completed and tied up with a nice little bow before we’re able to share them with others, but that’s simply not the case. Lately, on social media, I’ve been sharing a lot of the ugly, in process stuff that I’ve been learning, which is completely uncomfortable for me. I honestly don’t like it one little bit.
But the response I’ve received has been incredible! People have thanked me for sharing the mess of my story and some have even had the courage to share where they’re at currently. This is incredible! I’m blown away any time anyone tells me that I’ve encouraged or inspired them. I think Who? Me? as I look around in awe, sure they’re talking to the wrong person.
I’m not saying this because I’m awesome or I have it all figured out but to encourage you. If I can break down my walls and share my story with others, you can too! It doesn’t have to be in some formal or official manner (not that there’s anything wrong with that) but can be through organic, everyday conversations.
I hope and pray that we’re each on the lookout this week for an opportunity to share our stories of the goodness of God, even in the messy parts of our lives, to encourage those around us.
Learn more about the importance of story in my devotional, My Story: A Study on Who we are in Christ now available on Amazon!
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On January 28, 2018 i lost one of my closest family members suddenly to health complications due to prolonged drug abuse. I cried and prayed he would stop using for years. He never did. The last time I saw him was when he came home for Christmas. I hugged him for the last time so tight. Honestly it’s like I knew in my heart that might be it. See when you have someone who is drug addicted and living that life, you savor all the moments because you just never know what could happen next. And when sickness hit his body shortly after the new year and it needed to fight, it couldn’t. I always said that losing this person would destroy the remnants of a heart that I had left. My heart was crushed. It still is. I have good days and I have bad days. I cry still. I miss him more every day. You live daily with the “what could I have done to help?” Or “could I have done more?” But through it all, I’m learning that even still God is good. He isn’t suffering from his sadness and depression any more. He isn’t battling the demons of addiction anymore. And that gives me peace.
I am celebrating one of the greatest seasons of my life right now in the midst of this heartbreak. I’m so excited, but most days I just wish he could be here for it all. He was one of my greatest cheerleaders and I know he would be so freaking happy to see this coming to pass. But I’m celebrating without him and it’s a pain and a grief I’ve never felt before. I am healing slowly but surely. I’m unashamed now to share my story and his too. I bought into the lie that as a Christian I was always supposed to have it all together for too long. But not anymore. I realize that my story might save the next person. And when I admit my brokenness, I’m relatable to the next person. It’s good to talk about what’s going on in your life and get help. I have and it’s what is keeping me going.
I am grateful for your friendship and your transparency. Thank you for this post and for allowing The Lord to use you. Love and appreciate you.
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Thank you for sharing your story! Your honesty and vulnerability are so incredibly beautiful!
I’m so sorry that you’re going through a season of such incredible loss. At the same time, I’m proud of you for walking through the process of healing and clinging so tightly to the truth. And your courage to share your brokenness is so inspiring!
Thank you for sharing the hard and messy parts of your story! I know that your story will encourage many–continue sharing! I’m praying for you friend!
Sarah, my story is a work in progress. I’m like a caterpillar coconned in a chrysalis designed by God to mold and transform me into who He wants me to be. After three years of chronic illness and injury, I’m learning more and more that Jesus is my True, Faithful and Best Friend and that I can rest on His perfect plan for my life. God bless you. Viv
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What a wonderful lesson to be learning! We are all works in progress and thankfully our stories aren’t over yet! Thanks for sharing!
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The “motto” I always remind myself of is “You are known. You are loved. You are new.” These three facts come from Psalm 139, Romans 5:8, and Galatians 4:9. They are entirely interconnected. God created me and, thus, knows me perfectly. Despite all of my failures and faults that He sees clearly, He still chose to sacrifice His life to redeem and restore me because He loves me. Based on the fact that God and I are in a mutual knowing relationship, I must live in my newness of life! When I am reminded of these three facts, I am reminded that I am secure in Christ. I don’t have to fight for approval from others. I don’t have to worry that I don’t feel like anyone really knows me. I don’t have to be enslaved by my former sins. I am new, and I can walk joyfully in the freedom bought by Jesus!
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Yes, I love that! What incredible truths to be meditating on!