Archive for November, 2013

What are you doing with your story?

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

I wish church folks didn’t call it a testimony. Seems like an unnecessarily stuffy, religious term. It’s a story, and everybody’s got one.

Our stories have the power to help others, if we’re willing to share, transparently and vulnerably, our experiences and what we’ve learned from them. It’s a process that requires courage, because often it means facing personal failures and painful events. Your story can highlight themes that are relevant to the listeners, giving them something to take away and ponder.

We should be careful not to “help” as a form of personal therapy. If it’s about you, you’re not helping.

Some folks are prisoners of their stories. They believe they’re identified by events and choices in the past. It’s an incredibly powerful and disabling lie.

We can write the best possible story going forward. Regardless of what’s happened, grace assures us of a blank page with each new day. God offers the opportunity to write a great story on that page.

Today is a great day to consider what you’re doing with your story.

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Which way will you go?

Monday, November 4th, 2013

We are always moving closer
Or not
To people, to dreams, to God

Standing still is not an option

Mindlessly repeating society’s overarching mantras
Some move along a path
Deeper and deeper in world of consumption, entertainment
Big Macs

Corporate ladder invites
Road to success brightly lit
Millions aching to get launched

All moving away
Losing sight of star eclipsed by flash
Running past streams with healing powers
Missing signs for way of salvation, forgiveness, renewal

Yertle the Turtle’s got nothing on these

It’s moving day
Which way will you go?

~ Roadrunner

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Do You Believe God’s Promises are True?

Friday, November 1st, 2013
“Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord” (Luke 1:45, NKJV).


A friend of mine recently experienced one of the most heartbreaking tragedies I can imagine: her beloved thirty-six-year-old son chose to end his own life. No one, including his mother, saw it coming. But suddenly, there it was, a reality that ripped my friend’s heart out and tested her faith as never before.

I called her a few days ago to check on her. The fact that she was still putting one foot in front of the other and functioning on a daily basis, despite the debilitating pain, is a testimony to the faithfulness of God, which we discussed at length. Because her son and mine (my youngest) were best friends growing up, we also discussed the many times over the years we had prayed together for them.

That was the hardest part, she said, for at the time he died it seemed he wasn’t living for the Lord. My friend’s first thought, upon learning the news, was, “God, how could you let this happen? You promised me that my son’s life would serve to bring many to Christ. How can that promise be fulfilled now?”

Soon after the tragedy, my friend began receiving calls and notes from people, telling her how much her son had blessed their lives. She even discovered he had been attending church in another town, that he had become good friends with the pastor and visited with him and his family often, and that the young people in the church loved and admired him. Though that knowledge hasn’t taken away the pain of her monumental loss or the questions that accompany it, it has helped to begin the healing of her broken heart and to restore her shattered faith.

“I don’t understand the whys of any of this,” she said, “and I will never stop missing my son while I’m still on this earth. But I know now that God’s promises for my son were fulfilled, even though I didn’t know it at the time.”

Like the young Jewish virgin Mary, who didn’t understand how God’s promise to her could possibly be fulfilled and who experienced great pain when her own Son died, we can still choose—as my friend must do daily—to believe that God’s promises to us are true and that there will be a “fulfillment” of those things He has told us in His Word, despite the difficulties and pain we may walk through in the process.

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Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored 30 books.
“Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World”

“Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today”

She also writes novels:

Deliver Me From Evil, (finalist for the Golden Scrolls Novel of the Year Award) and Special Delivery.
No Greater Love, More than Conquerors

The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

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