Faithful Friday:Your Story

05 April 2013

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I was chatting it up with some friends yesterday, and like usual we embarked on some thought provoking conversations. Some times we talk about fluffy stuff, but lately our conversations have run a little deeper than usual. Which is totally fine by me. One of my friends actually posted a scripture in the chat which brought clarity on feelings that I have been having.

"You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts". ~ 2 Corinthians 3:2-3

Since writing this blog I have been compelled to share my story, but I did not have confidence at first. I have been directed by God to do many things and most often I resist. Here's a perfect example: 

When I began going to my Women's Small Group in Florida I had trouble praying aloud. I prayed all the time and when I was alone I could pray aloud. But in the middle of a group, or even with my husband - I could not do it. If I even attempted to pray aloud my heart would start to beat really fast, my armpits would sweat, and some times I would even have double vision. I seriously had prayer anxiety. After growing closer to God and asking him for help in this area I began to overcome being afraid to pray aloud, I was finally able to pray in front of my husband. I had many opportunities to pray at my group, but I never did. Sometimes I could hear a small voice telling me "Charity, you pray." I would pretend like I did not hear it, and then later I would feel convicted for not stepping up. A few months later God finally had enough of my shenanigans, I was at my Wednesday small group once again, and our group leader said "Anyone want to open us up in prayer?", I looked down at my bible to pretend like I didn't hear her. Again the small voice told me "Charity, you pray." I was like nope, nope, no - it ain't happening. Almost instantly after refusing, I heard an audible voice this time saying "Charity, you pray." I looked over to my left and our bible study leader was looking directly at me and when we made eye contact she said it again "Charity, you pray." I instantly began to feel anxious but then I closed my eyes and I felt a calm run over me almost like I was standing under warm water. I prayed, I do not remember what was said but I am sure that day I was lead by the Holy Spirit.

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After that Wednesday my prayers changed, I gave in to that small voice whenever I heard it. Sometimes I still feel a little anxiety right before praying but as soon as I obey, that calmness comes again. I have written all this because I have heard that same voice telling me to speak on my Infertility Issues, I have since written about them here and here. But before writing those post, I was somewhat embarrassed about revealing that part of my life. Of course I know that it's out of my control, and that it is not something my husband and I have chosen. I do realize now that it is a part of our life, and it is a part of our story - all of it to give God glory. To put this more plainly my friend said "Your life, Your story, or Your "letter" is written by the Holy Spirit of God. Take confidence in the story you have to share with others, because you testify to the work God has done and is doing in your life."

I am not saying you have to divulge your entire life to every person you see on the streets, but I want to encourage you to share your story. Most of the time the things we go through and overcome in our lives are not about us, but about helping someone else. They maybe be going through something similar or even something totally different and when we share our stories we can testify that God has helped us evolve, overcome, and get through some things most people could never imagine. 

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect ~ 1 Peter 3:15

By sharing our story, we point people back to Christ who is our only hope. By obliging the Holy Spirit's heeding we are allowing God to use us for his work (Philippians 2:13).

So whats your story? Are you ready to share it?  I encourage you to pray on how God can use your story for his glory.

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XOXO,
Charity


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7 comments:

  1. Great post! It pretty much summarizes why I blog. :)

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  2. I had such a hard time praying out loud in front of anyone. I would pray all the time to myself, driving, cleaning, at work, but when it came to voicing my prayer in front of others I would clam up and have anxiety! I've recently gotten over this hurdle and am more comfortable opening up in front of others. Thank you for this post. I knew I wasn't the only one who had this little problem, but it's always nice to hear that I wasn't alone ;)

    Thank you again for linking up with us!
    I'm so happy to be following your blog now!

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  3. Yes, yes, yes, and yes. I love the 2 Corinthians verse, thank you for the reference. I have a story. I haven't shared it on my blog but you bring up a very valid point, I don't know who else may be going through/has gone through the same struggles as I have gone through.

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  4. Wow, wonderful thoughts, Cherish. You are absolutely right on everything. I know that I always used to give the excuse that my story wasn't good enough to share. I didn't have one life-altering salvation moment. Mine was more of a gradual and powerful understanding of who Christ is and what He's done for me. I had an easy, church-filled childhood that didn't exactly lend itself to some dramatic, remarkable testimony. I've since realized that everyone has a story to share, and there is always someone out there who NEEDS to hear what you have to say. But, like I said in my post, that doesn't mean I often have the courage to share it.

    Thank you for your honesty in sharing yours. :)

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  5. I love to read more blogs from fellow believers..glad to have found yours Charity and hey thanks a lot for visiting us.. followed you back and may you be always strong in faith and pray out loud!!

    xoxo

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  6. that's really cool. it breaks my heart to be in a church and no-one wants to pray to open up the meeting. I don't know why it's so much harder to pray in front of people but it definitely is for me to. I've had that prompting and ignored it too and I'm always disappointed in myself after.

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  7. Charity, Thank you SO very much for sharing your story with us. I am confident that God is using it to encourage others.

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