Sharing My Story…Finding Light in the Darkness

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Over the last month and half  at Circles of Faith, we’ve been sharing personal stories, God moments, and turning points in faith from our contributors. It happened partially as a result of the feedback we received from our first live event. We decided that, just for a bit, we’d threw out the script of FAITH, LIFE, and COMMUNITY to focus exclusively on STORY. We’ve been talking about how important stories are so much behind the scenes, that it seemed like a natural thing to write about at Faith Gateway last week.

It was purely coincidence that on the same day that Why Story Matters was posted on Faith Gateway, my #FaithStory was posted on Circles of Faith.

I  knew that eventually it would be my turn to share a personal story but as the days got closer I found it hard to sit down and write. It’s easy for me to write How to Create a Mission Statement for You, Your Marriage, or Family or Scripture Memory and Prayer Cards for Kids  than it is for me to share the raw emotion of losing someone close to me. With encouragement from my dear friend and partner at COF I sat down and did what we asked every one of our contributors to do… I shared a story.

I’d love for you to join me over at Circles of Faith to read about How God Loves Us Through our Deepest Pain and Turns Our Darkness Into Light

I’d love to know, Do you find it easy to share your story?  and How have you benefited for hearing the story of others?

Why Story Matters

Why Story Matters

It's one thing to learn theology, it's another thing to hear how people experience the love, grace, mercy, and provision of God in their day to day life. Listening or reading other people's stories builds our faith. Telling our story builds the faith of others. In fact, it turns answered prayer into praise. I was reminded of that recently when I read Case for Grace for Kids  and The Case for Grace Student Edition: A Journalist Explores the Evidence of Transformed Lives by Lee Strobel. Both … [Continue Reading...]

You Have a Brain by Ben Carson – A Great Biography for Kids

Ben Carson You Have a Brain

I remember the first time I ever read a book by Ben Carson, it was the summer after I graduated college. It was Think Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence. It changed the way I saw life, not to mention I was immediately hooked on "self-help" books. It kick started my love of reading. Many years later, there is this...You Have a Brain: A Teen's Guide to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G.  Written for teens, this book recounts the story of Ben Carson growing up as a young boy in inner city Detroit, and … [Continue Reading...]

4 Easy Steps to Start Teaching Your Kids About Money

Teaching Your Kids About Money – 4 Easy Steps To Get You Started

  Last year I did a series on Kids & Money. It is truly one of my favorite things to talk about and hope to do it more. Having struggled with managing money myself, I knew it was important to equip my kids with the necessary tools to manage their money. I want my kids to know their math facts and spelling words, but I also want them to be financially intelligent. Today I am over at Circles of Faith talking about Teaching Your Kids About Money – 4 Easy Steps To Get You … [Continue Reading...]

When Your Kids Bicker and Brag

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I have three kids. They vary in age, gender, and personality, but in one way they are the same. They each want to be first. I can count on my children to argue over who will go first to get in the shower, share what their day was like at dinner, or hug daddy when he comes home from work. It's natural at their ages to bicker and brag but it can wear this momma out.  I definitely don't have all the answers but there are a few things I do that have helped it go a little smoother here at my … [Continue Reading...]

Share Your Testimony

share your testimony

Few things build our faith like hearing a good story that includes an answered prayer. It’s encouraging to hear from someone who has “Been There, Done That and Got the T-shirt.” We can be encouraged that if God did it for them He can do it for us. Sharing our testimony turns our answered prayers into praise. As we talk about what God has done, it keeps us humble. It reminds us, and others that God came through for us. It didn’t happen because of our own wisdom, strength or abundance but … [Continue Reading...]

Engaged in Prayer

engaged in prayer

The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian has been one of the most instrumental books in teaching me about prayer. Divided by topic, each chapter shares the importance of praying for your child in a particular area. It also provides specific prayers, which are each tied to biblical promises including their scripture references. Over the years, this book has helped me stay consistent in prayer. When my little ones were young and life was overwhelming, I knew I could open the book, select … [Continue Reading...]