I have three open seats at my dining room table this morning.
It’s just me and my laptop awake at this hour.
I wonder what our conversation would be filled with if you were here joining me for my morning coffee and quiet time. Would we talk about our day? Our journey so far in life? Would we share what God has done in our messes? Would we pray together?
I imagine encouragement would be a plenty.
I pray someday we’ll get that opportunity. Maybe not at 5:30 a.m., with bed-head and in pajamas, but then again, maybe so. We’ll see what God does with that prayer.
Maybe over our second cup of coffee we’d share the beauty of our stories.
Yes, the beauty of our stories.
Not every part of my story is beautiful, mind you. The years of rebellion–against my parents and against God, of trying to find my worth in places I never should have stepped into, of taking my successes to a prideful point, of the times I immersed myself in things my mother wouldn’t have been proud of… those aren’t so beautiful.
But God was with me in all these messes and more. Because He used them to mold me into who I am today, and to draw me to Him, the story He created within me is beautiful.
Yours is beautiful too.
As you look back over the pages of your life, you can probably pinpoint places of His grace, of His mercy, of times when He held your hand through dire circumstances. That time He protected you when you thought your end on this earth had arrived. That moment when He spoke to you through the encouraging words of a friend. And His never-ending, unconditional love.
Oh, how beautiful is His love!
Because of all of this, our stories are amazingly beautiful.
Your story is worth telling. You many not believe you have a story–or one worth sharing–but you do. Your story is significant. Your story is important. Your story is beautiful.
It can extend hope hope to someone who desperately needs it.
It can breathe belief into someone who no longer possesses any.
It can be the salve of healing for a hurting soul.
Friend, continue to share your beautiful story.
I’ll keep sharing mine too.
It’s a joy to link this post up with Suzie for #livefree Thursday. You’ll be blessed by visiting over there!