On Shining His Light

On Shining His Light

You’re reading a God–Sized Dreams post. Each Tuesday, a team of God-sized dreamers writes on the progress of their dreams, spurred by the wisdom in Holley Gerth’s new book, You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream: Opening the Door to All God Has for You. For all my posts in this series, please click here. This week’s question is: Why is your dream worth pursuing, fighting for and seeing through no matter what happens?

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I started this dreaming business for myself.

At first.

I firmly believe that Jesus died and rose for my freedom, so I was confident that He must want this healing for me.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. –Galatians 5:1

When I set out, I began getting comments like:

I’m excited to see what God will do here.

Thank you for allowing Him to work through you. It blesses all of us more than you know.

I know God is going to use you in amazing ways.

Your desire to share your walk, so others can find healing, is amazing.

What joy you must bring to Jesus.

God bless you for speaking about this and empowering others.

And I thought…

My story?

People are interested in my story?

My story is helping other people?

Because…

I knew that my brokenness was hurting me.

I knew it was hindering my relationships.

Worst of all, I knew it was keeping God at arm’s length.

But wouldn’t you know it…

God is so good.

That light He started shining on the broken pieces of my heart?

It shined right on the hearts of others.

And I started hearing:

That’s my story too.

The same thing happened to me.

I have that in my past, and this is what I do when I’m feeling really low…

So, it’s my story…and sometimes I’m shakin’ in my cute black sweater clogs in the telling of it–

But it’s really His story.

The way He brings ugliness out of the dark, into the light.

So it loses its power.

It’s redemption.

And those are stories we need to keep telling.

So we keep running to Him.

Embracing His love even more.

Blazing the trails so others can embrace Him too.

 

How have you experienced God using your journey to bring others to Him?

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Comments

  1. I love how your dream became bigger because of God. God is good and His story is redemption because of love beyond care. Thank you!

  2. Hi Mandy
    How I relate to your experience! It took me a LONG time to believe that our Pappa God will not hurt me the same way that prominent people in my life did. Yes, we first need Him to heal and encourage us, before we can encourage others! What a wonderful Godsized dream.
    Much love XX
    Mia

    • Thank you so much, Mia. We can’t give what we don’t have…but once we do, oh, how He is glorified! Yes, it’s taken me most of my life to realize that my understanding of God was not accurate. I’m so grateful He showed me Who He really is. Blessings to you!
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  3. I truly believe the glory that comes out of our hard times is being able to minister to others. That’s what you’re doing. I remember when I was struggling with infertility, I sat in my car with my best friend and sobbed. I was terrified about a surgery I was getting ready to have to figure out what was wrong and why we couldn’t get pregnant. She reminded she had been there. She retold me the story I knew of her surgery that followed a miscarriage. And we thanked God for her baby. Turns out her baby is a year older than my baby, who was adopted and is almost 6 now. :) But God took my friend though those hard days, at least in part, so she could be there for me. And then he took me through hard days so I could relate to others’ desires to have a family. It’s a beautiful circle of God joining us all together because we can testify to his faithfulness. I’m proud of you for sharing yourself with so many others.
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    • Thank you, Kristin. I really appreciate you sharing that, and for your kind words:) You are so right: it’s a beautiful circle. And God is so good to give me a passion for wanting to reach out to those who are hurt the way I was, to let them know what worked for me and just encourage them.
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  4. You are definitely a trail blazer my sweet friend. Pointing your light all along the way to our God who saves and heals and takes the broken and makes something so stunningly beautiful out of it. I am so incredibly blessed to call you friend. Love you much.
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  5. Keep sharing and embracing what He has for you, Mandy! Because your story is one that is already bringing healing and will only continue to bring more. I think of the ways you have blessed this community and I just smile…I’m so thankful our paths crossed. (And, p.s. Allume? Have you decided if you’re going? I hope so!) Blessings on your day, sweet friend! :)
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    • Thank you, Mel! You fabulous ladies have slipped in words like “brave,” and showered blessings and compliments on me…and most days I don’t “feel” like I’m any of those things. It’s the kindness of your words and the consistent encouragement that help keep me grounded and pressing on. So, thank you, my friend!
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  6. Yes, our stories are really His story to be retold over and over until all have heard. It is our redemption that prove the hope found only in Him to those we share it with. I love that you are chosing to share your story and show that hope.

    • Hope…yes, that is exactly what I want to share with others! Wounds like this, and many others, convince us that there is no hope of healing. What a lie! There is always hope in Christ! Thank you, Amy.
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  7. Oh yes, Mandy! Yes to everything you said. It can be so hard to put ourselves out there, kinda like, “Well, who do you think you are — obviously you don’t have everything together either?”. My fear. What will people think? I think God got you past that, like He has me, sorta. And doesn’t it absolutely amaze you, when you realize God is using you. It does me. I’m glad He let us know He still has a plan for us. Huge hug, Debby P.S. I hope this makes sense. Not the way I usually write, but I just felt like talking to you.
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    • Hi Deborah! Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Yes, I spent so much time worrying about “having it all together.” It is so clear to me now that I have nothing together! Praise God for getting me past that:) It blows me away when I see God at work, and I’m so humbled that He would use my words. Hugs back.

  8. I just love you sis! This is so absolutely true. What a beautiful praise to be lifted up. AH! Hugs! Ephesians 3:20-21!
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