Friday, March 11, 2016

Courage to Share | Five-Minute Friday


Our Five-Minute Friday Word: "Share".

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Sharing doesn't come natural to me. I often feel I'm not experienced enough to share as a mom, wife, writer, runner, designer... even as a follower of the Lord.

This blog was a huge step of faith for me, to share my experiences in the hopes of encouraging others that will be in similar shoes later. It was a step to open up, when I prefer to keep the "real me" door shut.

Taking the bold step to share the "real you" — the joys, hurts, weaknesses, quirks and all — requires courage. 

I feel tempted to stay comfortable by keeping my struggles to myself. Sharing who I really am opens up the door for criticism, reveals my weaknesses, and makes me vulnerable.

When I first shared my testimony and dedicated my life to Christ in 2011, I experienced the amazing freedom of the Holy Spirit but the vulnerability of sharing with others terrified me. Sharing how the Lord saved me from all of my brokenness and bad decisions gave me such joy, yet at the same time, the Enemy whispered, "Don't let them know how truly messed up you are!"

I have the courage to share the many areas of brokenness because it allows the light of Jesus Christ shine through in my life.

I have the courage to share my little experience as a "baby Christian" and as a new-ish mom and wife because it may encourage another woman to know that she's not alone.

Sharing isn't comfortable but it's worth it to share the message of Jesus Christ and to spur others along in the battlefield of life.

Daily, I need to remind myself to have the courage to share — to get over my fears, my ego, my pride — to bring the glory to God that He deserves.
It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God. He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life. 2 CORINTHIANS 3:5-6 NLT
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5 comments:

  1. I love your comment that sharing our brokenness lets the light of Jesus shine through. That's so true. It's not always easy to do but sharing our stories is an encouragement to others.

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  2. So true. I wrote about this,too. What we have in Christ is the most amazing truth of all, but it can be hard to overcome those "I'm not good enough" or "people don't want to hear it" whispers. Good on you for sharing your stories!

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  3. "Sharing isn't comfortable but it's worth it to share the message of Jesus Christ and to spur others along in the battlefield of life." Amen to this, Amy! It definitely takes courage to overcome our vulnerability and share our brokenness with others. But when we do? We not only take steps toward greater personal healing, we also help to set others free by our testimony. Thank you for sharing your God-given words today. Blessed to be your neighbour for the #FMF link up. :)

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  4. Two thoughts as I read your post tonight: 1) the feeding of the 5000 - and how Jesus does so much more with our inadequate offerings, & 2) Paul mentored Timothy "Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you."

    You've done a lovely job of sharing and encouraging today!

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