Share your Story

A woman shared with me a painful story of her past, and then she said at the end, “I know the Lord saved me that day, but I don’t like to think about the past, I only want to move forward to the future”.

We all have painful stories in our past; from physical injuries, sickness, and even the death of a loved one, to emotional hurts that run deep with divorce, abuse, past dramatic stress or any number of other sorrows.

Talking about them may be painful as you relive that time in your life. However, we are the people we are today because of the experiences we have endured, both good and bad. Entire ministries have been born because of someone’s painful past.

The Bible is full of stories that happened a long time ago. Some of the stories are heartwarming and tender and other ones are terrible and horrific, and yet all of them are the inspired Word of God, meant for: teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16).

The Psalmist also remembers difficult times…

  • The Lord reached down from on high and took hold of me:
  • He drew me out of deep waters.
    He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.
  • Psalm 18:16-17
  • We don’t need to dwell on the past, but we can at times remember how the Lord drew us out of deep waters and rescued us. Be ready to share how the Lord saved you through a difficult time, so you can encourage others that are struggling in the same way.
  • Prayer: Jesus, you alone have rescued us from eternal death, you have freed us from guilt and sin and given us a beautiful future to look forward to. Help us share our past struggles, so we can point people to you, our wonderful Savior. Amen.
  • Published by Linda Colby

    Linda has been a Bible teacher in a national women's ministry for the past 14 years, overseeing and leading women of all ages and their children in their pursuit of growing in the knowledge and understanding of the Word and deepening their relationships in Jesus Christ. She is now involved with the new ministry “The Encouraging Word”. She has a Masters in Bible and Theology from Western Seminary and works with a team to write Bible studies that will encourage, teach, counsel and grow men and women in relationship to God and to one another.

    2 thoughts on “Share your Story

    1. So true Linda, that our past and current struggles make us who we are today . Our stories help us to share what God has done in our lives. Thank you for this reminder that our struggles help us to reach out to others with care and empathy who are experiencing the same. Thank you Jesus for rescuing me. Blessings, Susan

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