My Life's Stories
Inspired by the testimonies of others and the invitation given to me a few weeks ago to share my own, I have created this space on my blog to share My Story. Here is the introduction and an invitation to read along as I share My Life's Stories to give a Testimony of God's Goodness. Along the way, I hope you will also be inspired and equipped to start recording your story.
If you have been following along with My Story the last couple of weeks, you have read been introduced to the objectives propelling me to share my testimony, Pixar-style. In the post, One Cold December Day, Story No. 1, you will find the top five objectives articulated in no particular order. And in, Most of Life Happens in the In-between, I shared how the story of the Israelites crossing over the Jordan river in Joshua 4 can be instructions to us on the importance of setting up "stones of remembrance" (stories that reveal God's mighty power to save, provide, and keep promises).
One of the reasons recalling our life's story and writing out how our experiences speak to an active, relational, and powerful God is that overcoming may be waiting just on the other side of remembering. Remembering may trigger pain but by grace, remembering can also help us see God's provision and promises--perhaps even better in the looking back than in the moment.
In addition, when we have taken the time to write out and gain insight on God's working of good throughout our own story, learning from both the successes and the failures, we build up a repertoire of tools for ministering to others. Yes, your testimony hold the power to help others overcome too. Your story isn't just for yourself, it is yours to use to show others that God is great, powerful and near.
And he said to the people of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones [stories} mean?’ then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.’ . . . so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever.” ~Joshua 4:1-24 (ESV)
And our testimony isn't just for now, it is for future battle. Revelations 12:11 says this, And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Why is overcoming found in the blood of the Lamb AND our testimonies ?
Why in this broken down, story inundated world is it the word of our testimonies that will save us from the Beast in the Final Days?
Because in remembering, we see God’s hand in our life, we see evidence of his promises, we see that we have experienced Him and no one can every steal the experiences we know we have had that give testament to peace, love, grace, forgiveness, overcoming. And in the end, the real one, it is who remember God has been to us that will tether us to the strength we need to stand firm in the truth that Christ has saved us and redeemed our stories so that we can overcome any battle that comes against us.
I am excited for you to read today's story, The Stars on Summer Nights. This "stone" brings me back to when my faith was childlike in the most precious of ways, my awe of God was born, and it reminds me that God set me in just the right place, at just the right time, to form the core of me into who he was calling me to be in the seemingly distant future. This is one part of my story I love because I struggle greatly to remember much about my childhood. But this, this I remember and it sings sweet melodies to my soul when I recall it.
The Stars on Summer Nights, Story No.2
Stay tuned. . .Next week, When She Started Running, Story No. 3
Jaclyn is a wife, mom, educator, visionary, and avid runner who uses her writing to pick up and examine life, culture, faith and running, probing to discover the awe of God who is sovereign over it all. Join her on her journey at jaclynloween.com. She is a firm believer in the powerful, effectiveness of the body of Christ united together to live out theGreat Commission. Because we are stronger, healthier and lovelier when living on mission together, she desires to help others know their unique design and purpose for such a time as this.