To tell His wondrous works. That’s why…

img_2897Why do I believe in telling my stories? I have always loved to tell the story of my salvation, from enjoying the sinful pleasures of the world to enjoying the pleasures and blessings of life as a follower of Christ. I have recently been blessed with another story, the story of my safekeeping, from a near fatal accident to complete healing. I have realized one common thing: both of these stories have a greater purpose in my life—they give glory to God.

Neither story is about a unique capacity to change or to heal, neither story is about a singular ability to overcome challenges or struggles, neither story is about one person facing suffering that others in this world do not face—these stories are about God. They are about His power and His grace.

My salvation story is and always has been an example of one man sharing the gospel and planting a seed, one couple seeking the truth, and one all-powerful God guiding His children. The glory isn’t in the teacher or the seeker, the glory is in God. He set all things in motion and brought us His word. He offered His Son for our sins. His Son gave His own life that my sins would be no longer mine—He bore them for me. His grace reached me and gave me hope. His word brought us truth. His word gives us wisdom. His word is unlike any other word. It has the power of salvation. I was broken and only His healing power could make me whole.

My safe keeping story may include the hands that held pressure on my wound, the hands that flew me to safety, the hands that cleaned me up, the hands that sewed me up, the hands that held mine as I suffered, the hands that helped me as I healed, the hands that served me, the hands that loved me, the hands that prayed for me—yet all along I was in God’s hands. He made all of the other things possible, He allowed my heart to beat and my life to continue. He blessed my caregivers. He answered the fervent prayers of the faithful. When I tell the story, and my scar gives me many opportunities, the glory goes to God. God saved me. I was broken and He fixed me. The glory is His.

Why do I tell my stories? I tell my stories because people need to hear what God can do with broken lives and bodies. People need to seek Him. People need to understand the amazing blessings of God’s family. People need to believe that He is real and He answers prayers today. People need to see Him working in the lives of His children. People need to see the love He has for us and the love we have for one another. People need to see the beauty of His word in our lives today.

Why do I tell my stories? I tell my stories because I am abundantly thankful. I am humbled and awed that an Almighty God loves me enough to save me. I am honored and grateful that He has given me a beautiful life again and again. I am well aware of the love that God bestows on me. No matter how much I love Him and His creation, no matter how much my heart swells with awe, no matter how often I speak prayers of thanksgiving, no matter that I am fully committed to seeking His will, it is never enough. Still, it is all I have to give and I know that is all He asks of me.

Why do I tell my stories? I tell my stories because His Story changed my life. His stories give us instruction, encouragement and admonition. His Story, His living Word, has the power to save. His Word gives us hope and comfort! I tell my stories because they reflect His grace, His mercy and His love. I tell my stories to tell His Story—it will always be the most amazing story of love and I thank Him daily that I am a part of it!

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.~1 Peter 1:3-9

As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.~James 5:10-11

And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. ~James 5:15-17

You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance. ~Khalil Gibran

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