Sometimes our own words come back to haunt us.
Or an annoyingly catchy phrase from a song lingers way too long.
Then there are the words spoken to us, over us and into our lives.
We live and breathe story. Our lives are wrapped up and unfold in it.
The tangled threads of our days are being woven into a greater narrative of God’s design.
He finds ways to bring what we need to hear and heed back to our remembrance.
It happened to me recently. Words hung in my head and called me to pay attention. I found them in my Prayer Journal.
The ‘Prayer Whisper’ below was received over a year ago but it meets me where I am right now as a woman of faith, writer and poet.
And it whispers gentle into my future still hidden in Christ.
As an M.E and chronic illness sufferer, who is still battling a painful past by the grace of God, I need to believe it’s not all about me and my troubles but about how He is bringing me through them.
God calls me to share my pain and the overcoming of it through poetry and prose. Maybe you can do that too? We all need to know we are not alone.
There is hope. You matter. Your story matters to us and to God.
In the sharing of it we are all enriched, encouraged and supported, inspired to believe for good outcomes.
My hope and prayer is that you will find courage to share your story and grow stronger in the process.
‘Prayer Whisper:Your story matters’
“You have a message to share. You have a story to tell. Surrender the outcome to Me. All I ask of you is that you are willing to write as I guide, speak as I direct, and listen continually for My promptings. Sometimes words will flow and be written down; other times you wait in faith and trust, with expectancy, and I will provide as you take the first step.
Surrender your tools to Me. Your pen, paper, keyboard, phone or voice. In My hands they will accomplish far more than you can imagine. If words stall and you feel blocked from speaking, do not allow fear to paralyse you further. Continue to believe that I will provide.
There will be seasons of bounty and seasons of fallow. Believe I am in both. Your heart may need surgery. Your attitude and thoughts may need correction. It is necessary to purify and make you fit for purpose.
Then you will come forth as gold and shine with My radiance and glory. I will renew and restore what is broken and lost. You still see holes. I see more areas where My grace can filter through.
Trust the work I am doing in you. Broken, weak and wounded people surrendered to Me are the most beautiful vessels to reflect My Light to others”.
Joining here with Ruth for #letterto ~ ‘Letter to a future me’
And with Jen as we find heaven in the everyday
26 thoughts on “You have a story to tell”
So greatly blessed by this sober, yet delightful post of promise! Sometimes the biggest stumbling block is “trust” These words blessed me today. “Trust the work I am doing in you. Broken, weak and wounded people surrendered to Me are the most beautiful vessels to reflect My Light to others”.” amen. Blessings my friend 🙂 xx
Kathy, this word, ‘trust’ will not let me go. It is impacting my thoughts so much right now! Maybe because it’s “sometimes the biggest stumbling block”? I’m so thankful God whispered these words close and gave me a gentle nudge to share them here. Thank you for the encouragement of letting me kmow how it spoke to you. Blessings, my friend. Xx 🙂
One of the most beautiful posts I have heard on sharing your story. Thank you for sharing a bit of yours briefly. Thank you for encouraging me to share mine. Sometimes I don’t know what to share, but your gentle approach reminded me of the one who knows…Christ the Lord. Hugs!
Dionne, thank you for stopping by to leave a lovely comment! I’m so blessed by your visit. There is much we can learn in writing out our story as well as reading those shared by others. Keep on sharing, friend, and the courage will come in the doing of it. Bless you! 🙂 x
I came to read this post because the line “an annoyingly catchy phrase from a song lingers way too long.” caught my attention. I’ve been living with chronic pain for 16 years now and remember when I was really struggling and I’d hear the song “We fall down and we get up” where that line is repeated ad nauseam. I’d think “Ok, ok, enough already!” but that’s exactly what I did for many years – fall down and get back up. Thanks for sharing. I saw your post in Christian Poets & Writers. (My 1 word is similar to yours – “follow”!)
Lisa, I fully sympathise and empathise with your pain. Such has been my life for the last 20+ years with M.E and other chronic illness. It isn’t easy. Much leaning on God and daily reliance on His strength is required. We cannot always get up again by ourselves. That’s where the body of Christ can be hands and feet for one another. Where one is weak, another is strong. It takes courage to admit we are struggling. But as we allow others to minister to us, God also uses us to minister to and encourage others. Do stay in touch and let me know how things are with you. Blessings and prayers. 🙂 x
You couldn’t have said it better. God Bless!
Hi Patti. Thanks very much for stopping by. I’m so pleased you could relate to this message. Blessed by your visit, friend! 🙂 x
Oh, you are so right. I see holes and He sees space for His grace to filter through. That is a lovely thought I will carry with me today.
Hi Jen. Thanks very much for taking the time and trouble to stop by! Yes, that line speaks strong to me too. It’s worth bearing in mind when life feels as holey and harsh as a grater. Blessings 🙂 x
So encouraged by this! Thank you for sharing it with us
Hi Ruth. Thanks very much for stopping by. Glad you were encouraged! May you gain further confidence in sharing your redemptive story. I’ve been blessed as always to link up with you. Blessings and love, my friend.:) x
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Hi Viv. Thank you for reading and for linking to my post! Blessings 🙂 x
What a lovely prophetic word you have there – we all do need to learn to totally surrender all the tools of our trade to the Father and allow the Good Shepherd to lead us as we listen to His voice, the final outcome is His .Amen
Hi Maxine. Yes, I have been blessed by this lovely prophetic word and feel honoured to be able to bless others in the sharing of it. I agree that we need to “learn to totally surrender all the tools of our trade to the Father and allow the Good Shepherd to lead us as we listen to His voice” because “the final outcome is His”, and that’s such a relief, isn’t it? Blessings, my friend, for sharing your insights here. 🙂 x
Hi Joy! Found you on the Facebook page for Poets and Writers! Beautiful words, and as a Journal Girl love the pen and journal you share. 😉
Hi Dawn. Thanks very much for visiting here! It’s lovely to meet another avid journal keeper and writer. The purple pen and journal are a joy to write with too because it’s my favourite colour. Happy writing, friend! Blessings 🙂
Thanks, Joy. I’ll highlight this on the Christian Poets & Writers blog – http://christianpoetsandwriters.blogspot.com. May God help us to tell our stories as beautifully as you do and inspire us to tell the Good News in all genres in Jesus’ Name. God bless.
Mary, I am deeply touched and honoured to have this post featured on the Christian Poets & Writers blog! Thank you so much. God is helping me write out my story and I want more than anything to encourage others to do the same. God bless.:) x
“Surrender the outcome to Me.”
Ah, Joy, that’s it. That’s where I get stuck. Every..single..time…..:/
Valorie, I know the feeling! It’s so hard to relinquish control sometimes, even if experience and knowledge tell us it’s the best thing to do. Yet when we do surrender it to God, the outcome is so often far better than we could have hoped or imagined. Thanks for stopping by to join in the conversation. I really appreciate it! Blessings 🙂 x
Beautiful –thank you for this, friend. We all need to hear this.
Nacole, this comment means so much coming from an expert word weaver like you! Thank you, friend. Blessings 🙂 x
A very encouraging post, and definite food for thought! Thanks for sharing 🙂 x
I’m so pleased you found this encouraging, Sabrina. May you continue to have courage and confidence to share your story and bless others in the process! 🙂 x