With a pounding heart, my shaking hand filled out the application for the When A Woman Finds Her Voice book launch team a few months back. I had been blogging only a month and all my insecurities rising to the surface reminded me of that as I explained my desire to participate.
Will I be chosen?
How could I really make a difference?
Are my words even worth reading?
I was doing it again—questioning all of the places I felt inadequate.
But even through the “never good enough” view of myself, God had a much bigger plan. Thankfully it’s so much better than mine. By connecting hearts with you these last couple months, I’ve learned to release a portion of these insecurities and grow closer into my true version of myself.
In When A Woman Finds Her Voice: Overcoming Life’s Hurts & Using Your Story to Make a Difference, Jo Ann encourages us to nurture a deep need to share our stories with others.
“It is your personal story that makes you relatable. Not assigning judgment, or pressing blame. Your story, wrapped in God, around his Word, and what he has done in your life will safely lead women home.”
~Jo Ann Fore
In the telling of our stories we not only release ourselves from the past but we connect with others who are searching for freedom as well. When you hear another woman’s story similar to your own what do you feel?
When we do this, when we connect in story with each other and we open up and speak about where we’ve come from and how far He has brought us, God soaks this connection with His redemptive touch. When others see the healing that has occurred they dare to believe it might happen for them too. And that’s how the sharing of story begins the chain of connection, community, and healed hearts of women.
Over these past months of walking alongside you in this online study, I’ve become well acquainted with my own voice, and to be honest, sometimes I get overwhelmed with the many intricate pieces weaving together to make up the tapestry of my life.
There are still times those insecurities rise. Times I still look at what went wrong instead of all the things that are right.And then I remember how story has the power to connect and heal. So I press in again to share, to listen, to cry, to laugh and to hope for all the plans God has for me. For us. Because in the end, He is the one who makes us whole.
This is our last week to link up for the book study of When a Woman Finds Her Voice. I have thoroughly enjoyed connecting with each of you, reading your words, and hearing your hearts. Thank you for being an integral part of this journey.
It’s your turn to be heard. If you are a blogger, be sure to link up with us below. If you’re not a blogger, be sure to use the comments section below to share.
This week we’re talking about how you could share your true voice? Who could you help by telling a slice of your story? Or maybe your voice has already made a difference–how has your life changed since you began telling your story?