Hey friends! Today, I’m guest posting on my dear friend Renee Swope’s blog. You can read “Confessions of an Empty Heart” by clicking here. If you are not familiar with Renee and her ministry, go to her blog to get to know her. Renee is a speaker and author and is part of the amazing ministry team at Proverbs 31 Ministries, the author of “A Confident Heart” (which I highly recommend) and someone who has spoken truth into my life through both her written and spoken words that changed me deeply.
Read this if you haven’t before as I’m re-running a post originally posted in February because it is so important to “get”. Then hop over to Renee’s blog. In the meantime, I’m about to get on the road to Kansas City to help Renee at a conference she is speaking at…prayers appreciated for her air travel, my 3-hour drive and what God will do in hearts this weekend.
Everyone has a story. Some stories are shared while others are kept secret for years and sometimes taken to the story holder’s grave.
When I asked God to forgive me for my affair and my abortion I thought it was over. I knew I’d always live with the regret of my choices, but I never thought that it was something I’d be sharing. Publicly. With strangers. It was supposed to be our secret, but He had different plans. Better ones.
I love the story of the woman in the Gospels who had the issue of blood. If you’re not familiar with her story, click here to read it. It’s so cool. To summarize the story, she had a health issue that all doctors were unable to fix in 12 long years. Then. One day, Jesus came to her town and she pursued Him. She made her way through a crushing crowd and in faith touched not Him, but the edge of His cloak. Crazy faith. Crazy enough to heal her on the spot. Then she turned to go home a healed woman.
As much as I love the healing part of that story, what is so cool is that the real healing came not in her body, but in her heart when her Savior refused to let her walk away unnoticed.
Luke 8:45-47 “Who touched Me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.” But Jesus said, “Someone touched Me; I know that power has gone out from Me.” Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at His feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched Him and how she had been instantly healed.
She told why. Why He was the one she put all of her faith in. Why she pushed through the crowd of adversity and didn’t give up. Why she knew that this time would be different, this time she would be healed. Why she had hope. All because her Savior noticed her. Let her know you are not just another face in the crowd of life. You are mine…now tell your story. She walked away from Him thinking it would be her secret. He had different plans. Better ones.
We all have a story and not all of our stories have regret or tragedy weaved through them. If you’re a believer in Jesus Christ, the day you accepted His grace and allowed Him to be your Savior, is a miraculous rescue story in itself! My pastor said this a few weeks ago:
“Every time someone gives their life to Christ, it’s a miracle.” ~Rick Lorimer.
So whatever our story is, whether we tell it to one person sitting in a coffee shop or we are in front of many, we all have a story that God wants to be told. He wants you to share of His greatness, because we never know who it will help, but He does.
Awhile ago, I posted a link on Facebook to my story of abortion that my friend Missy ran on her blog and this is a private message I received after a friend of mine in Missouri posted it on her Facebook page:
You don’t know me, but I just wanted you to know that your post (on abortion), which showed up on my friends’ news feed on Facebook on Thursday, is what kept going through the mind of my daughter, who just found out she was pregnant, and because of a previous difficult pregnancy felt she sort of had no choice, but to have an abortion. But once again, God has used you to save another baby. PRAISE HIM!
I’m humbled and in tears as I write this. His power is SO awesomely obvious. For your post to show up when it did…..His timing is perfect. Twice, she sat in front of the abortion clinic (including this morning), and both times knew that she couldn’t go through with it. I just found this out a couple of hours ago. I want to thank you for your story, and am so sorry you went through your painful ordeal. His glory is exposed in our weaknesses and our imperfections.
Today, my eyes are more opened to HIS grace and His love than they have been in a long time. This will be a risky pregnancy, but I know (and so does my daughter) that He has it all in control. May God continue to bless you and use you for His glory. I just had to let you know how grateful I am to God and to you for sharing your story on Facebook – it has saved a life today in Houston, TX.
I share this with you not because I saved anyone, but that God did all the saving in this story. See, my friend who posted my story on her blog had originally planned on running it last April. Instead, God had her run it on January 31, 2013 just so a young lady in Houston, Texas could read it and change her mind on aborting her baby. Only God knew she was planning a trip to the abortion clinic and only God could save her baby’s life. What a God.
We all have a story. Trust Him with yours. Trust Him when you share and with who. Someone needs to hear your “why”.
I am quick to tears as I realize that I get to tell my why… all because my Savior refused to let me go unnoticed.
Thank You Jesus.
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