6 Reasons to Share Your Story (even if it seems boring!)

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I love hearing testimonies in church. Stories of how God has completely changed a person’s life around.

These stories are such an encouragement, and they really do strengthen my faith. But sometimes it seems churches only want to share the most dramatic stories.Stories of the people who once were drug dealers or suicidal criminals who God dragged from the pits of hell, and wrapped into his arms.From darkness to light; from broken to complete.

While these stories are great sometimes it can make people like me, and I imagine many people reading this, feel as though our stories are not worth sharing.

This is not truth, it’s a lie many have come to believe, and even an excuse many have used.

But we do not need to believe this lie, our stories are worth sharing for so many reasons.

Sharing your testimony acknowledges God as Lord over your life. I would not be where I am today without Jesus. I don’t know where I would be, but I know my weaknesses, the sins I am most often drawn too, so I can sort of begin to imagine. If I do not share my testimony it would be like me saying I could have got to this point on my own. Continue reading

7 Things that Annoy Me

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There are definitely a lot more than 7 things I get annoyed by, but I thought it was a good place to start. After all, 7 is a biblical number.

Actual grown up adults saying words like ickle and hospickle, especially in front of children. Its not cute or clever, and you are teaching those children really bad habits! (You can add people who cant seem to grasp the difference between was and were to this one as well.)

Family photos in bathrooms. No, I don’t need your Great Aunt watching me do my business!

Feeling the pressure to open plastic bags in supermarkets. Although, I don’t have to worry about that one so much anymore!

Having to wait for more than three minutes for a bus. Because living in a huge city, I really shouldn’t have to, should I?

People who moan about their kids on Facebook. There are so many people who would love to be blessed in that way. Please don’t take it for granted.

Animal lovers. Not the animals but the people who are overly attached to them, and think you should be too.. No. I don’t want your filthy dog jumping on me. And I really  don’t care if it’s just trying to be friendly.

When I run out of data on my phone. Because I obviously really, really need to have access to face book at all times!

I’m sure that we can all come up with lists like this. I know I love to moan, about the weather, about my job, about where I live, and so many other things. But it’s pathetic, really, when we are so blessed.

As Christians we have a responsibility to stop whinging about our coffee being too cold and open our eyes to the problems around the world.

Problems such as these:

There are an estimated 27 million slaves in the world today.

And the average age of a woman being trafficked is just 12-14 years.

1.2 billion people have to live on less than $1.25 a day.

757 million adults  don’t have basic literacy. Two-thirds (63 percent) are women.

When giving birth, more than half of mothers and babies in developing countries don’t receive skilled care.

Over 1.5 billion people live in countries that are impacted by conflict.

Over 40% of the world’s people groups have no  community of Christians able to spread the gospel to the rest of their group.

Facts taken from:

1 &2 http://www.live58.org/10-facts-about-human-trafficking-everyone-should-know

3-6 http://www.compassion.com/poverty/health.htm

7 https://joshuaproject.net/resources/articles/has_everyone_heard

 

Don’t Read This if You Want to Feel Comfortable

You see that same woman standing there, outside the shopping centre, handing out her old fashioned bible tracts. You cringe. What is she thinking? This isn’t the way you share the message in this day and age.

There’s that man who stands near the train station, yelling and shouting about the riches of heaven, working up such a frenzy. people walk past and laugh. Is this what they think of Christians? They must think we’re nuts.

 

If only there were more nutters out there. More people who weren’t worried about making a fool of themselves for Christ.

People who will go out there, instead of sittling inside discussing stratergy.

People who don’t mind getting laughed at and mocked.

 

Yes, there is a time for being gentle about our faith. But is that just an excuse for never really sharing it? Meeting friends for coffee with the intention of talking about the real things, “One day I’ll tell them about Jesus, but I’m not sure if they’re ready yet..” So instead we talk about X Factor; and The Great British Bake Off; and Jennifers new haircut and Anything Else.

Then we go home and feel proud. “I’ve done friendship evangelism.” And we tick that one of our list. But how can it be evangelism if we never speak about Jesus. “Actions speak louder than words.” Maybe, but sometimes we need to use words. “They will think I’m weird.” but if they’re your friend; really they won’t. And if you’re their friend you wont want them in hell.

“Don’t talk about hell that scares me, I don’t want to feel guilty.” That’s precisely the point, hell is scary. Would you want to go there? How can we keep on downplaying this, if we don’t share Jesus with our friends who will?

We will have their blood on our hands.

 

This scares me. I sit on my computer, typing about Jesus and hope and love and the consequences of sin. But it all seems so safe. I’m not being laughed at or spat on or ignored. I am sat at home, away from the mess,  just hoping that someone will read my words.

I couldn’t imagine my life without Christ, and yet I seem to think it’s okay for other people to live this way.

I Dare You: Guest Post by Emily Smith

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Myself and Emily from fearfully wonderfully me have decided to swap blogs today! We both choose our own topics, but then something strange happened! We both wrote about the same thing! If that isn’t the Holy Spirit I don’t know what is! Heres Emily’s post. 

Have you ever taken one of those spiritual growth quizzes? I have, and it wasn’t as great as I thought it would be. It’s not that I did super poorly–I have things I did well on and things I need to work on like any of us would. However, I did grow weary at the list of suggestions to boost the points in my weaker categories, such as evangelism.

According to the packet, it seemed like as long as I passed out fifty Bible tracts and shared a written testimony with all my fellow unsaved peers, then I could become a great evangelizer! The only problem is, I tend to fail and beat myself up when I don’t meet bullet-point expectations like these. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one either.

One of the most difficult concepts I’ve ever had to grasp is the truth that God loves me no matter what. Another thing that’s hard to swallow is that all this running around trying to “be more spiritual” is probably one of the least of His concerns.

I found out recently that I actually started to share the Gospel with someone simply by listening to them, loving them, and being open to their ideas about God. This blew my mind! I didn’t have to hand out a single Bible tract or talk about my testimony at all.

Ladies, a lot of times we feel the pressure to measure up–whether it be the size of our bodies, the clothes we wear, or our relationship status. And guess what? Church is no different! Instead of a bunch of secular rules and expectations, we just come up with religious ones–it’s human nature.

And that’s exactly why we have so much burnout and stress even though we are supposed to be at rest (Matthew 11:30). You don’t have to work like crazy and try to save the world in order to make a difference.

You don’t have to constantly obsess over how spiritual you are (or aren’t) in order to please God. If this is hard for you to swallow, then that’s okay. It goes against my perfectionist nature as well.

And I love it. I love the rest that Jesus provides when we simply abide in Him.

 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV).

I love how I don’t have to work for God’s love–Jesus already did that on the cross. Anything extra I do is simply a thank you to my awesome Savior. 

So right now I dare you to stop obsessing over your spiritual growth. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t care about it, but maybe all you have to do is simply pray about it and spend more time with God (instead of reading nine books and taking ten quizzes when you should be sleeping).

I’m also daring you to step away from yourself. You can’t save the whole world–that’s God’s job. Not everyone was meant to be a large-scale missionary or worship leader (but if you are one, then that’s awesome too!). It’s okay to just sit down and eat a meal with a couple of people, asking them what they need, helping them, and truly loving them.

In fact, that sounds a lot like something Jesus would do. One of my new favorite Bible verses is from 1 Thessalonians 2:

So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us (1 Thessalonians 2:8 KJV).

When you take the time to reach individuals–a small-scale mission–you can still make a difference and really make a connection to their souls. 

We already have all of the love and acceptance we need from God. Now we can turn and give that love to others, along with a part of ourselves, knowing that we can always find rest in our Heavenly Father.

Love, Emily ❤

Emily is a college student, writer, and blogger at fearfullywonderfullyme.com. She is a proud Jesus Freak with a passion for people, yoga, and cats.  

Thanks for this encouraging message Emily! It’s been fun swapping blogs with you, if you are interested you can check out my post on her site!