{GIVEAWAY} The Power of Story

I am over the moon excited to share this surprise with you… Remember Dream Weeper? If you didn’t read her story last week, then quick—go do that, then come right back here. I promise it will put that plump red cherry right on top of this sweet deal…

Every single time I hear someone tell their story, even just a small snippet, I learn something about God.

I see Jesus in a whole new light through the lens of her story. 

This week God taught me something about my story and our stories collectively. Revelation 12:10-11 breaks down the power of story:

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.”

When we share our stories out loud, we can’t help but remember our need and God’s faithfulness to meet that need. Our accuser loses his momentum to convince us otherwise. After all, his primary goal is to get us to doubt that God is who He says He is.

Reminiscing strengthens our faith… and that is some powerful ammo in this spiritual war.

Our story—the intersection Jesus’ blood and our brokenness—is our testimony. The Greek word for testimony is martyria. Do you see it? Martyr. Our testimonies are characterized by a willingness not to shrink back from death.

It reminds me of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s words: “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.”

Here’s the thing: sharing God’s story of redemption through our own personal testimonies will always highlight Jesus as the hero. And really, deep down, on my most selfish (and also my most honest day), I want to be the hero of my story. And I’m just not. I’ll never be.

Jesus is the only thing good and holy and perfect in me.

Jesus invites us to come and die to ourselves so that He might live in and through us. Without the cross and empty tomb, my story falls flat. My need for Him is what makes my story worth telling. Because God has met every single one of my needs—past, present, and future—through Jesus Christ.

Telling our story—our martyria—must be driven by a desire to die … to make Christ the hero of our stories, to tell His story through our brokenness and need.

When I tell my story, I pray I’m telling His.

That’s why I’m so excited about this Giveaway! Alix Carruth created this beautiful canvas to remind us that our stories extend so much farther than ourselves. It’s an 11 x 14 hand-lettered white canvas with gorgeous black letters and gold trim. I just love everything about it!


Already envisioning a spot in your home or workplace for this beauty? I’m going to tell you all about how you could win this amazing piece of art.

To check out more of Alix’s work, visit alixcarruth.com

The winner is . . .

Jeanne Youngblood

Congratulations, Jeanne! This Giveaway is now closed…

Thank you to all who entered!

 

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6 Responses to {GIVEAWAY} The Power of Story

  1. Gil H. January 19, 2017 at 4:08 pm #

    Thanks again Kelly for the strength to tell yours and the encouragement to tell ours.

  2. Kelly Sobieski January 19, 2017 at 10:05 pm #

    Since proximity to freshly brewed coffee is a priority for me, I’d feel most comfortable sharing my story at a coffee shop or restaurant (as long as coffee is served), my own kitchen counter, or even on a park bench with my insulated thermos. Airplane talk just makes me nervous… and don’t even get me started on the coffee.

    You?

  3. Felicity January 20, 2017 at 6:14 am #

    I love this post Kelly! Thanks for using your blog to tell His story in your life and others 🙂 You know I love a good phone call but my favorite way to share my story and hear someone else’s is one on one in my living room or at a coffee shop.

    • Kelly Sobieski January 20, 2017 at 6:18 am #

      Yes… you do love phone calls… and I’m so thankful for that! One of my favorite things about you, friend! And your love for coffee, of course!

  4. Abbie January 20, 2017 at 8:20 am #

    I always love your posts, Kelly! I’d say I’m more comfortable telling my story in a one on one setting. It doesn’t really matter where it is…just would prefer an audience of one instead of many!

    • Kelly Sobieski January 20, 2017 at 8:37 am #

      I’m right there with you, Abbie! Miss our Sunday morning conversations… you’re the friend that taught me how place is really irrelevant!

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