Last December, I took a big leap and wrote my story out for the world, with the goal that just one person, who felt beyond hope, would know mercy could find them too.
I asked God to allow me to know of just one person who was helped as a result of reading the words of my story. And He has surpassed my wildest imaginations of the impact my story would have. He is so amazing!
Six weeks ago I shared my first post as a contributor at the Allume community, giving them five reasons they should tell their story too–five reasons the world needs their words, their journey, and their inspiration.
Because there are many hearts who are beyond hope, isolated and alone.
Needing to know they are not alone.
Desperate to know someone else has been where they are.
Reaching to grasp onto hope for their own lives.
And can I just say?
I have continued to be overwhelmed by the bravery and boldness of my fellow sisters in Christ who have stared fear in the face, gathered their courage, and told their stories in these six weeks since that Allume post.
Each one reached out and thanked me for daring to go first. For being willing to say some hard things and share some transparent pain, so they could do so too.
They told me how God used my words to ignite flames that were already smoldering in their hearts, and how He confirmed and led them to share their stories with the world.
And I want to share these women with you–women who in the last six weeks took the leap to dare to share their story so even one person might know they are not alone.
I told my story, and asked them to tell theirs, and they did! May you read their stories and be encouraged by their words… [Tweet this]
Aprille @beautyinhistime shares a powerful series about the days she spent torn between legalism and grace. She offers help to those who have struggled with legalism, and points them to the hope we have when we find God’s grace.
Mandy @mandymianecki brings awareness to the issue of childhood sexual abuse, as she not only shares her deeply personal story, but provides hope and healing to survivors. She writes with bravery and boldness, offering tips to help protect our children from abuse wherever they are.
Christine @livingjoel225 shares a series of posts, written by a community of women, revealing the beautiful sisterhood existing among those who have gone through the fire. The journey through trials is never easy, but in this series, these women speak of the hope we have when we share our pain and tell of rebuilding our walls together.
This is an ongoing series which concludes on August 19, where I will have the privilege to share my words with these other beautiful women.
Katie @katietevis writes a series on being a Christian and going through divorce, including the devastation, changes, and challenges divorce brings, while sharing how to find joy even in a season of grief.
Mary @themarybonner bravely shares a post about her loss over 21 years ago…
Lani @flowerlady77 boldly shares her story from birth until now … a transparent and brave story addressing our thoughts, our passions, and how they affect our relationships even years later. She writes from brokenness to healing and brings us full circle to the hope we have in Christ, through the grace He gives.
And sweet Carol @carolhulin scratches out an email to me in June … the one email I asked God for. She tells me of her journey and her pain, and writes how my blog and my story have been a part of her coming back to Jesus.
What humbling grace…
Evidence that God sees and has a plan for our stories,
Evidence of God’s faithfulness as we share,
Evidence of how He takes even our bad choices and uses our very lives for His good and perfect purpose.
And I proudly share with you Carol’s Video, as she boldly stands before her entire church and shares her story on a Sunday Morning in June.
Her story begins at 2:57…
I am in awe how God chooses to work and weave through our lives.
And I’m giving thanks for His faithfulness,
The way He redeems and restores us,
And continues to use our stories for His glory.
May you know today that God can, and will, use even your story. [Tweet this]
And I am praying you will let Him, and I think you’ll be amazed when you do!
Have you ever shared your story?
How did God use it for good?