+Jeanne Takenaka @JeanneTakenaka
Our Five Minute Friday prompt this week is—STORY. This largely unedited “rough draft” form of writing stretches this perfectionist, in the best of ways. We write for five minutes on a given word. If you’re interested in learning more about 5-Minute Fridays, check out the Five Minute Friday website. Or, click on the link at the bottom of this post. As you read my simpler Friday posts, I hope you’ll join in the conversation!
We’re each living a unique story. We have our individual experiences Joys. Sorrow. Obstacles. Overcoming.
No two people live an identical life. No two people have the exact same purpose while walking this earth.
Or, maybe we have the same purposes, but God has created us in such a way that only we can influence the people in our sphere.
God has created each of us to minister to those He’s placed in our lives. I can’t replace you in your world and minister as effectively. Nor can you replace me.
God brings beauty into each story.
Walking through infertility shaped me in a way that I can speak into the pain of waiting and of idolatry from the things He taught me.
You have walked through certain kinds of hard that equipped you to be a unique voice in the lives of others.
Though there may be shame in parts of our story, we should not be ashamed of those times. God redeems our shame. He uses those aspects of our story to speak life and truth into people.
Our stories are crafted by our Father. Shaped by His hand. Yes, most of us have gone our own way at times, But God still redeems.
God hasn’t called us to live our stories in shame. He’s called us to live for Him, allowing Him to continue to rewrite our pasts, to counter our lies with His truth.
He still writes His truth on our hearts and over our lives. God writes His love into the fabric of our lives.
He’s giving us opportunities to share our stories with others so that they too can learn what His love is first hand.
When we share the “pretty” and the “ugly” of our stories with others, they find hope. Because they see that God is the One who heals the broken-hearted,
who sings over them with love,
who rewrites the ugliness of their pasts and transforms their presents into beauty.
What about you? What words has God written over your life? How have you seen His hand redeeming your story?
I’m linking up with Five Minute Friday—Story