The Lord has been impressing upon my heart so much lately this idea of stories. Everyone has one and, when shared, they are so incredibly powerful. Stories give us the ability to see God work in very tangible ways and envision how He could possibly work in our lives in a similar way. Simply put, stories allow us to see God.
I wish there was a way to hear the stories of every person who comes here. I realize that so many of you were drawn to my painful story because of your own pain. I'm so sorry for that, but very thankful that we found each other.
I've been brainstorming of ways to be able to hear your stories better and the Lord gave me an idea, inspired by the #oncomingalive project at Scribbles and Crumbs.
So, starting today, I'd like to invite you to share your story via Instagram with the hashtag #brokenbeautiful. Share a picture of yourself and your story - the messy, the painful, the hard - and then share, But God.
I want to read your story but, most of all, I want to hear how God sustained you, met you, redeemed you. I want Him to be glorified through it all.
Please don't feel intimidated by sharing - don't feel like your story isn't as "bad" as someone else's and not worthy of sharing. The truth is, we're all a little broken and in desperate need of God's redemption. All stories are worth sharing.
So, please, share your picture, your story, and your "but God" element with #brokenbeautiful. And tag me @sarah_rieke so I can read it and comment and share. And, later today, a podcast will be up from Heart Lessons where I talk a little more about this idea of sharing stories. Don't forget to check it out.
I can't wait to read your story. Looking forward to it very much.