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Can others hear your song?

Your song – your story – matters!

You have a story to tell!

Every life reveals God in a unique way. It is our one glorious opportunity to allow the image of God – which we are created in- to shine forth from our lives.

How we live becomes our song of God. The keys to singing your song clearly are knowing God and knowing yourself! He is your designer; you are made in His image, and He has personally planned good works for you to do. To sing your song well, you must first know the heart of God – and then find your place in His heart!

Hebrews 11:2 tells us Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith. He is working in your life right now, and He writes amazing stories. As Jesus writes your story, you are the apple of His eye. He adores you and writes the story to make you shine brightly!

Journaling your faith journey moves you along the path of knowing God and finding yourself. Growing in grace and knowledge indicates movement! The devil knows God but never moves to trusting God! Like the diamond, faith develops through the pressures of life. Writing focuses your eyes on the journey and moves you forward. The following guided questions will help you hear and sing your song more clearly!

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Consider the questions below and again let the Spirit direct your thoughts to how God has revealed Himself during the tough times.

• Has it ever felt like your prayers were unheard or that God ignored you?
• When did you doubt that the things you read in the Bible were true for you?

 (e.g. Did you not feel the love of God or His power?  Did it seem like you were the abandoned child and God only loves someone else?)

• Have you been disappointed by those you thought were godly…or at least more godly than you?

• When have you needed the peace that only God could provide?

 • Have you ever had to make a sacrifice for your faith?  Have you been ridiculed for your belief?

 Faith is very personal and must be grappled with on an individual basis.  We need each other, though, to truly see God.  And we all share some common transition points in life that we can easily relate to another’s experience.  Those crisis points are important windows for seeing God and helping others see Him.  Let the Holy Spirit remind you of the fingerprints of God in such times as these: 

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• Loss of a loved one

• Celebrations:  graduations, promotions

• Marriage

• Birth of children

• A move

Not all growth is from hard times, though. There are disciplines of faith that move us into Christ-likeness. Investing our time in the Word of God, in prayer, in fellowship and in Worship are key components of spiritual growth. Consider:

• What has helped you grow spiritually the most?  What would you encourage every believer to try?

• How has it helped you?

 • What changes in your life have you made to honor God…in obedience to God?

 • What do you recall about your baptism?

 • Are there other sacraments that are particularly meaningful?

 • Have you ever shared the story of your salvation experience?

 • Do you share with others how your faith impacts your life?

 • Do you have a favorite hymn or passage of scripture?

 • What goals for growth do you have now…where do you see God asking you to trust Him more?

 • What transitions are likely to enter your life in the next five years?

Faith stories are inspiring, beautiful and ever-changing.

Start writing yours today or let me know how I can help you with the form below.

Writing Your Story

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The biggest step in writing your story is the first one!  Simply getting started will set the wheels in motion.  A simple genealogy chart will help you begin to think about family.  Many free printable charts exist on the web; this is a charming one that will get your thoughts rolling.

Then let’s start with some simple questions to get the ink flowing.

  • What town(s) did you grow up in?  Were you born there?
  • Did you have one family home or many?
  • What was the atmosphere at home?  Were both parents in the home?  Was there a sweet spirit or a lot of bickering?
  • How about your siblings?  Did you get along?  Did you share a bedroom…hobbies…chores?
  • Speaking of chores, what kind of responsibilities did you have as a child?
  • Were there family gatherings, traditions or celebrations that remain strong in your mind?
  • Did your grandparents have much influence in your home?

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Writing is a process that can easily bog you down.  For now, simply begin jotting stories.  Do not worry about a ‘publishable’ piece…simply put in writing the memories that are part of who you are as an adult.

WARNING:   Not every memory will be a sweet one.  There is no need to sugar-coat the past, but the past need not influence the present either.  If you find memories swamping you with negative feelings, set that aside for a time.  You may want to address those areas in another way so the negative influences of the past are ‘cut off.’  Should such a challenge come your way, the Legacy Builder:  Healing the Past article may be of help. 

 If you would like to dig further into your story, Joy in the Journey may be the book for you!