Monday, August 13, 2012

share your story {minted sailboats}

The last week or so I have been taking some time to just sit back and reflect.

Listen to God.


Spend time in word {more than just my shereadstruth devotional time}.

I needed to be sure I was listening to the Lord.

My heart has been hurting lately. If you saw my vlog Friday then you understand why {also if you only ever watch one of my vlogs please let it be the one I recorded last week, please.}

After a week of taking a step back and listening I heard the Lord loud and clear. I didn't think I had heard the Lord until the message at church was presented.


I don't know about you but when I think of this word I think of crazy people yelling and and shaking their fists talking about God.

Evangelism is more simply telling people about Jesus.
I realized over the last few months that is what I am doing here on this little blog. Telling you all about how Jesus is working in my heart, working in my life, changing me.

I am not telling you about scripture you need to go and read, or what you should learn, I am simply telling you how the word has helped me. What I am learning from my bible studies, how these lessons are help my live my life better.  

I am sharing my story and in doing that I am sharing about God.

Since I have seen the shift in my posts I have also seen a shift in comments and emails. They are coming in like crazy. People are relating to what I have to say. They are finding comfort in me sharing about my struggles.

bow: made by me // earrings c/o: world market // necklace: h&m // top: forever21 //  belt: thrifted // skinnies: target // shoes: steve madden luxe via crossroads

A few weeks ago I received an email from a sweet military spouse who is stationed with her family in Japan, this is part of what she sent me:

"First, thank you for sharing your Navy wife journey! I am in a very similar boat as I just moved to Japan, from Maryland, to join my Air Force husband. I grew up in the military as well (Army brat), and could not agree with you more that being on the spouse side of the equation is a WORLD of difference. I've been struggling a lot with feeling like I should know what I'm doing here and also feeling totally out of my element. As a planner, this has been a big challenge to handle (and on top of it, I am also a full-time stepmom to a soon-to-be-kindergartner!).

Second, thank you for sharing She Reads Truth! I've had a complicated relationship with religion/faith throughout my 25 years, but this came at a time that I needed some kind of guidance. I'm still dipping my toes in as it's my first bible study of any sort, but it's exactly what I needed right now!"

When I read this email I stopped in my tracks. It hit me with this email. I am figuring out my purpose. It is to help share with others that they are not alone in their journey. Whether it be a milspouse, a fellow woman dealing with fertility issues,  a woman who is starting her walk with God or getting back to her walk with God. I am here to make sure they know they are not alone.

If you wanted me to write a story that was entertaining and appealed to people like say Twilight or fifty shades of gray I would fail miserably. I can however write about my life. I also tend to fail miserably when to comes to writing about things like recounting my vacations, weekend plans etc. But writing about my struggles, my dreams, my fears, that is something I can do. That is a gift God did give me. He gave me the strength and courage to share.

I want to make this world a better place. Corny, maybe, but the truth nonetheless.

I want to look back on my life in 30 years and see the difference I made. It doesn't have to be huge and it doesn't have to have my name all over it. I just need to know in my heart I did all I could to make this world a better place.

I am realizing more and more every day that sharing Jesus is helping me to achieve my dream. Sharing the one and only thing that can make my dream come true is making my dream come true {good golly I tried to write that sentence a million times to make it make more sense but it just wasn't working, I hope you understand what I am trying to say.}

I have wondered for a long time what gift God gave me, I think I am finally starting to see it.

Now for the scary part, to actually do everything I can to use the gift to the best of my ability.



blm said...

<3 :)

RedRoseVintage said...

Yay for Navy wives! We're currently stationed in the East Coast too. What state are you in?
I'm following you from the GFC Hop. Stop by and visit soon,and be sure to enter my giveaway ;)
xo sandra

Ernestine Edna said...

I'm so blessed by this! Your honesty and desire to be obedient inspires me. I see so pele our age who are living for themselves and finding emptiness in their search.

I continue to pray for you weekly (sometimes more than once!) as you are mid transition and I know you have more to come. I'm so thankful God us written you into my story.

Love you sweetie!

Laura said...

Yay for finding purpose! Our words and blogs are powerful things. What awesome things the Lord is calling you toward- to serve and minister to others!

Alexis [Living the WifeStyle] said...

Hey girl! I'm stopping by from the blog hop. I'm one of the co-hosts! Thanks for linking up!

Looking forward to getting to know you better! :)


Julie Marie said...

girl. i just stopped by from the blog hop. i am following and i dont know if we have met before, but we are exactly alike. i have the hardest time posting about random things. i mean i do on occasion for some variety, but mostly i share what God is teaching me through my struggles and just pours out of me so easily. so natural. and you are right, not everyone can do that. alot of people hold back. i have no problem being real and honest, but in that i have gotten so many comments from women telling me they are crying reading what i write, etc... sometimes i want to just go "ordinary" with my blogging style, but find it hard to do... this post gave me the courage to keep doing what is most natural for me...and that is sharing Gods love from a real place and real person..

Julie Marie said...

p.s. i am co-hosting with 2 other women a VLOG link up, sharing your testimony in under 5 minutes, it will go live the day of "See You At The Pole" which is Sept 26 i believe, if you'd like to join in, we will announce it officially in a few weeks =) i think it will capture lots of attention ...and then after that we will link up every season for a new VLOG link up just to share what God is doing in your life.. hope you can join us!

Veralynn said...

I'm really enjoying your blog. These are definitely some things to mull over. Feel free to stop by my blog- I'm currently hosting my August giveaway which I would love for you to enter for a chance to win products from Sibu Beauty! Happy Tuesday!


Jenna@The Life of the Wife said...

Such a great & HONEST post. I totally get where you are coming from. Been there FOR SURE!! PS You look adorable!!

Heather said...

You are soooo cute! Love the polka dots and the bubble necklace!!!


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