i choose to share.

Posted on June 22, 2010

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For awhile, I mulled over what to do while away in Africa. Wi-fi is possible – but not a guarantee. And honestly? I really don’t want to worry about publishing posts and tweeting and updating statuses. I will write – but most of it will be my hand to a sheet of paper. Once I decided this, I knew I needed to ask some friends to take over my space for a little while. These are women I trust, admire, love and respect. I can’t wait for you guys to meet.

For the next two weeks, women from all across the U.S. will post their thoughts on Story. Today’s post is from Jenny. She is another woman I’ve met through the shrinking world of blogging and it’s been incredible getting to know her story and what God is doing through her. I love her authenticity – and her absolute desire to make Him known. Check out what she has to say.

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This year I have sought out a greater transparency, authenticity, and consistency in sharing my life stories.

I have set goals, opened locked doors in my heart, forced the memories out into the light, and stepped off the precipice of fear I had been standing on for thirty years too long.

There are days when my heart rests at the base of my throat, ready to flee my body at any moment as the words form on the page.

There are other days when I form the words, exhale once the story has been shared, and remember how to breathe again.

Sharing our stories is hard. Sharing our stories is painful.

But sharing our stories is critical to discovering what it means to live free.

It has taken decades for me to learn to share my stories unmasked and unedited.

My stories remained sealed in a glass bottle… nearly visible… but unattainable. They were hidden because of fear of rejection or reprisal.

This year I have let my stories out.

I have found the freedom in sharing my life – just as it is with others. It has taken risk. It has taken courage, but freedom is never without cost.

It is time for our stories to be shared. It is time for our stories to stop being a secret.

Secrets can hurt you, but the truth cannot.

These stories are my Truth, exactly as I have lived it, exactly as I have been blessed by it.

I have a choice to share my stories, or to hide them.

I choose to share.

I choose to become a steward of the beautiful story created by the Sovereign One.

What will you do with your story?

Many of the Samaritans from that village committed themselves to him because of the woman’s witness. John 4.39

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Thanks, Jenny! For more of what God is doing in her life, especially this post, check out JennyRain.com

Africa Prayer Requests:

– Today pray for the team as we head back to Kibera after some time off. Some of the leaders will be speaking to the teachers about creativity, and the students will be entertaining the children while they wait for medical testing. Pray for organization, peace and energy.

– Also continue to pray against homesickness. We’ve reached the final stretch! Only three more full days in Africa. Pray for our hearts; pray for God to begin preparing us for the return to Austin.

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