What’s Your Story?

I once had someone close to me tell me… You’re not the only one with a tough story, you know?
Yes. I know. And that is one of the exact reasons why I never gave up writing. Because lots of people with similar stories to mine feel alone. They feel that no one will understand what they’ve gone through, and so they say nothing.

I remember the day I told the four closest women to me that I had had abortions. Every single one of them shared something deep about themselves that same day. It only took one of us to open up for the others to feel safe to share.

Our redemption stories aren’t meant to be paraded around and glamorized for our own benefit. They’re to be shared so that others might be encouraged and strengthened to see that there is hope somewhere in their hopelessness. And perhaps hearing that right story at the right time will be just what the need to reach for that hope.

So, no…I am not the only one with a tough story. And, honestly, that breaks my heart. But what fills my heart is knowing that there is a community here that can share anything because this is a safe place.

We put my story out there to encourage, inspire, and to challenge the reader to believe they have the power to choose to move beyond hurt, pain, guilt, regret, and unforgiveness. But, more than that, so they can see the redemptive power of a mighty God who chooses to love us even when we feel unlovable.

This is why I told my story.

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What’s your story?

4 thoughts on “What’s Your Story?

  • My story is a tough one as well, but at the same it’s beautiful because I saw God’s hands in every part of my life! I hope one day I can be as brave as you are to share it with everyone!!

  • Yes, some stories are tougher than others. I’ve been thinking a lot about sharing my story. One motivating moment happened recently at a women’s retreat with the women from my new church. We had been split up into small groups for the weekend, and it seemed quite random the way we were grouped. (Ha! Random! Like God does anything random!) I found myself being pressed harder and harder to share with these women that I had an abortion. I fought. You would have been proud! I really fought it! Finally I gave in only to learn that I wasn’t alone in my small group! In an instant, I was sitting among 3 other women who KNEW, because, well, they knew all too well. We didn’t “story swap” because we didn’t need to. But I now have a very small network of women right here who can relate, understand, listen…and I want to share with more women so that they don’t have to feel alone anymore either. Keep inspiring, Tam.

    • Miss Lori, I am in tears. Sincerely, I am. I remember our phone call, oh so many years ago, where we shared so much of our stories together. Now look at you…a catalyst, and source of inspiration, for other women. Good glory I am so proud of you, Lori! Wow…
      God, you are truly a redeemer and source of strength!

      Love you, Lori.

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