The Power of YOUR Story [Day 23 of 31]

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. sarah.b.farish@gmail.com

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.”

Comments

  1. And you’re off…on a pretty amazing adventure of what a month will look like for impacting the Kingdom through other people’s honest retelling of their own stories. “Testimonies confront people with God’s mercy” It’s truth! Did you know that the Greek word for “testimony” literally has a connotation of “God do it again.” I love that. If He did it once we’re asking Lord, do it again! God will honor this leap of faith. 🙂

  2. I love, love, love people sharing their stories!! It’s like a continuation of the Bible–God shining through the stories of weak, wounded people and drawing people to himself! Woohoo!!

  3. So excited to be a small part of this. I have enjoyed reading your blog, but most of all, I thank you for that momentary deep conversation we had. The fact that you were willing and open to share something so personal, gives me the courage to write down my story… a piece at a time, with all thanks and gratitude to the Author of it all.

    • I’m so glad you’re sharing, too! Thanks:). I love how you call God the Author…so true! I look forward to reading.

  4. HI Sarah, I just found your blog via a comment you left on a True Woman blog post. I could totally relate to your post there where you said “The thing is….I don’t want any followers for the sake of having them. I want readers who want to be transformed by the gospel.” So I decided to take a peek at your blog. I really like what I’ve seen so far:) Can’t wait to read the stories you will be sharing. I love peoples stories as well. I love reading how God takes broken people and transforms them…love he heals the brokenhearted and uses them as a tool to heal others too!

    I’m also looking forward to reading through your 31 Days of less of Me more of Him:) I just love the title and so desire that to be true in my own life.

    Keep on blogging=)

    • Thanks,Kim! Isn’t it amazing how God connects people? I love it! Thanks for the encouragement – I love writing:)

  5. Sarah, this looks so exciting.! Did you know that I have an ebook called Story Hearts — built off that same premise. We really need to talk about brining these two projects together. Message me!

  6. The power of my story is found right there in 1st Corinthians, Chapter 6, Verses 9-11:

    “…And that is what some of you were,” verse 11 begins. “But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God!”

    You see, more and more today, people in “Christian” circles are discounting the fact that Jesus Christ still heals a person from the chains and brokenness of homosexual behavior and addiction… The “Church” is even embracing this sinful behavior in some denominations, by ordaining openly homosexual people into the clergy. This attitude is humanly tragic, and it is itself a spiritually deceptive lie of satanic proportions.

    I’ve told my story for those who still seek the truth and desire to listen. My prayer is that God would use my story to help others who are trapped by homosexual chains, and who have been written off because they still desire to find this freedom in Jesus Christ.

    For more information, visit beyondtheshadesofgray.org

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