I have learned much by intentionally dedicating October to Less Me, More Jesus. In many ways, I feel like a new person. I know this new thirst for God is mostly a result of my Emmaus walk, but I believe all things have worked together for good. It’s not been easy, but good!
One of the best things about October has been meeting new people and reconnecting with old (not age;) friends. Their stories are inspiring. They have increased my faith. When I see God at work in the lives of others, I am in awe of Him.
I’ve come to believe it’s important we share our stories…no matter how painful or humbling.
In Kingdom Journeys, Seth Barnes writes, “By allowing people to see my flaws, I find God uses them to set people free…by sharing our weaknesses and failings, our own dignity may take a hit, but others are encouraged to consider themselves differently.”
So true. We share to shine His glory. Our stories give hope, show His love, demonstrate His glory. When we hear how God’s shown up in the midst of suffering and carries others, there’s hope for us. The God who redeemed David, Moses, and Paul…can and will also redeem me, my neighbor, and a woman across the world.
I know God uses story, so when I felt Him nudging me to commit to another 30 days of writing, story seemed obvious.
I hesitated. The risk of failure too great. He was asking me to write stories – 30 of them – all in November. Craziness. I would need to ask 30 people , and those 30 people would need to write – right now. Asking for a guest post or story that quickly isn’t professional or even doable. Besides, I don’t like to ask for help.
Still…that’s what I felt God calling me to do. So, I started with a group of fellow book launchers. I am so excited to say many of my blogger friends and personal friends have said, “yes!” to the challenge.
Beginning November 1, I’ll be sharing stories from a variety of people,who come from a variety of backgrounds, who have suffered greatly, and who love Jesus. These precious people live from California to New York. Arkansas to the Carolinas. One I know from high school. They are a unique group who love Jesus and want to share His work in their lives – all glory to Him and Him alone.
Here’s a few of those brave souls:
Marla Taviano, Leigh Anne Hudson, Pilar Arsenec, Lisa Copenhaver, Elisa Pulliam, Kathy Krueger, Sarah Weingarden, Morgan McKeown, Aidan Rogers, Marilyn Yocum, Maria Keckler, Tiffany Board, Laura Waits, Brooke Fradd, Ruth Chowdhury, Ali Hooper, and Jennifer (McCoy) Rollins.
These ladies are simply amazing. Laura is a missionary in Honduras who is about to start a middle school. Jennifer was hit by a drunk driver while walking one morning. Leigh Anne…I’ll let her tell you. Simply amazing! They all have trusted God to carry them and have grown closer to Him as a result.
If you’re a good math student, you know I need 13 more stories to tell. If you’d like to share, please email me. firstname.lastname@example.org
Everyone has a story. If you’re not a writer, it doesn’t matter. Tell the page as if you’re telling a friend!
I hope you’ll join us.
Psalm 107: 1-2 “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—those he redeemed from the hand of the foe.”