This should be something that should really go without saying, but I’m going to go ahead and say it anyway–we should never underestimate God. When He calls us to something that seems impossible and then we watch as He makes the impossible happen–it really shouldn’t be all that surprising when He does that again. But for some reason all of this surprises me and completely humbles me at the same time.
It’s been over six years now–six years since God called me to tell my story. And I remember those moments in the beginning when I couldn’t even comprehend what in the world that meant. I didn’t have a story to tell. And then this massive journey happened–this huge season of healing. I entered it with abandon, but still didn’t feel like it was something that I wanted to share. Yet as time continued to pass and God continued to dig deep, I could no longer keep the words and truth of His amazing love trapped up inside of me–they came bursting out.
Tell your story.
Those words filled me dread when I first heard them. Mostly because when that call came I knew it was one that was going to change everything, and it did. I knew it would mean entering a season of heartache and pain, and it did. I knew it would mean finding the courage to be vulnerable and to be okay with that, and it did. I knew it would involve being stretched and being willing to grow, and it did.
It has been the best journey of my life.
I love how God works. This calling came and of course I took His words and put my own meaning to them, gave it my own idea of what it would look like. And like He does, He stripped me down ever so lovingly and showed me that His ways are so much better than mine (which I wish I could say I have fully learned by now, but humanity). This call was so personal and so direct when it came, but now six years later I realize that it is so much more than a call, it is a lifestyle. And it has grown and expanded as I have as well, and it’s not just about me anymore, it’s about providing a platform for others to share their stories as well. Because our stories matter.
My very first post on this blog was about my heart’s desire to leave a legacy behind me. And that is what this is–my legacy. Because it is my story. That’s what I have been learning so much lately–our stories are our legacies. They are what we will leave behind us and what we will impress upon all who come across our paths. They will be filled with blunders and heartache and victories and chaos, but they are ours, and they are beautiful. Because how we live our lives is the best way that we can point others to God. Sharing what He has done and how He has worked and dug deep into our lives can inspire hope in others and change the world. We pour through the holiest of books to know our God more, and really what we’re doing is reading stories–stories of ordinary people that encountered an extraordinary God and it changed everything. And now our lives are happening in the space where the pages of that book came to a close–the same ordinary people encountering the God of the Universe. We can’t keep silent about that.
He has called me to tell my story and my story also becomes about the stories that impact me and impact others, and suddenly we all become connected through hearts being shared and the community that is created. My story is all over the pages of this blog, and I want to provide a space for you to share your legacy as well. If you would like to share you story, I would absolutely love to hear it! Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can talk further and get to know one another.
The general format of the series includes the answer of these interview-style questions:
–Introduce yourself! Share a little bit about who you are, what you do, and what makes you YOU!
–Share your story–how did you come to know Christ? What have been some big milestones, both good and difficult, of your journey?
–How have you seen God at work in the hard moments of your journey? Where has God made beauty in the broken and unexpected places in your life?
–Why do you think it is important that we share our stories?
–Have there been any specific Bible verses/songs/soundtracks/books etc. that have made a big impact on your life and your journey?
–What is one thing you would like readers to take away from your story and your experiences?
Think about those questions and pray over them. I would love for you to share your story! I also ask everyone to send 3-5 pictures to accompany their feature, including at least one nice portrait.
To read others’ stories, click here!
PS, you don’t have to be a blogger to share your story–you just have to be you!!