What’s your story? There’s a saying that all of history is His “God’s” Story. That includes each one of us- everyone who ever lived is part of that story.
The Bible mentions several books of God in the Bible including The Lamb’s Book of Life mentioned in Revelation and the Book of Wars in Numbers just to name a few.
I started thinking about this and how my own life plays a part in God’s story.
- How has God worked in my own life?
- How many times has He guided me when I couldn’t even see which way to go?
- How many blessings have I taken for granted?
- How has God used me to be a blessing to others?
- What can I do to share His story and be a light?
Below you will find my story or at least as much as I can put in one email. So, now I ask you the same questions.
If you were writing your own story what would say?
What moments in your life would you want to write about?
I would love to hear some of your stories so just REPLY to this email. As always, your information is completely confidential.
I became a Christian at an early age but always struggled with self-confidence as a result of my body image and letting the opinions of other people take priority over what God’s opinion of me was. I was also much harder on myself than anyone ever could be.
From my teenage years forward, I was always overweight. It was a roller coaster ride. I was always on some kind of diet and trying the perfect exercise. Being overweight directly affected my body image and my confidence in school and in life as I got older. I was also a perfectionist, a trait that I got from my father so that didn’t help matters.
It seemed like I was always afraid. If it wasn’t for God and my relationship with Him, even as a young teenager, I don’t know what I would have done. He gave me the strength I needed to face one fear after another, no matter how large or small.
It was only when I had my heart and mind focused on Him that I was able to move forward. It was in those moments when fear and depression started to take over, that I knew that I had taken my focus off of God and what He could do and I had put them on myself and what I couldn’t do or on others and their opinion of me.
I kept trying to do everything in my own strength and forgetting that God was there to help me, If I just ask and believe. It’s taken me a lot of years to learn that lesson.
Faith is a Journey
The faith that I have now, has been a journey. I have learned that my weight is only one part of my life, not my whole life. I have learned that I will never be perfect. However, in Christ I am being perfected and I am a “sweet fragrance” of Christ. God is not a cruel father but He is a patient, loving father who wants to bless us.
Follow your passions
I have learned to follow my passions- writing, acting, photography, art, crafts and, well, just about anything creative. God put those desires in me for a reason. He made me just as I am with all my hopes and dreams for a purpose.
I spent a lot of time going from job to another throughout my life because I had such a poor self-image. I would be afraid and just didn’t have the confidence to follow through.
Don’t let a poor self-image, what other people think get in the way of the plans and purposes of God. Take a chance and take that step of faith.
God Loves Us
God says over and over again in His Word how much He loves us. I mean He died for us. Think about that for a minute! He didn’t wait until I was filled with confidence or until my body was perfect or until I was rich or confident or perfect.
He died in my place while I was still imperfect- overweight, filled with fear and far from perfect. In dying for me, He has made me, and you, perfect through His perfect love.
If God loved me enough to die for me
“as far as the east is from the west, so far have I removed your sins from you.”Psalm 103:12
and has a plan and purpose for me
then He wants a relationship with us and believes in us.
How can we not believe in ourselves?
How do we do that? By holding on to His promises.
So, What’s Your Story?
So hold on tight with all your heart and all your mind. He will meet you right where you are.
So, I ask you again, what is your story? What miracles has God worked in your life?
We are all a part of God’s plan and He has a purpose for each one of us. God doesn’t have to use us but He chooses to do so because He loves us so much. We get the opportunity to be a light and share His love with our children, family, friends and others He brings into our lives.
Once again, I encourage you to share your story and/or reply with any comments you may have. Be a light this week.
If you want to find out more about the plans and purpose of God, check out some of my other posts on your Identity in Christ.
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