Saturday, June 25, 2011

Capture Them! by Kim Jackson

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“What a great story!” is a phrase I’m hearing frequently these days.

The story begins when I’m asked, “Have you found a job yet?” and I reply, "No, not a job, but I do have an adventure!" 
The three months since my position was eliminated at an assisted living community have been amazing. It’s exciting to share what God is doing in the here and now. But long before March 1st I had been journaling my prayers, thoughts, struggles and stories. 

This has provided several benefits: 
  • As God makes His answers known, I have both request and response in “black and white”
  • My faith grows stronger as God’s faithfulness is more fully revealed
  • I can remember the details of God’s goodness
  • My “God-stories” can easily be shared
  • Others are encouraged
  • God gets the glory!
It was a wise person who wrote, “The faintest ink is more powerful than the strongest memory.” Because we are called to be encouragers, and because our testimonies have power, I believe God wants us to “capture” our stories.

If you like to journal, you may already be documenting your God-adventures. But if you’re not a pen-in-hand type, try one of these ideas:
  • Videotape yourself telling your stories. If you also want your stories in print, ask someone to transcribe them.
  • Type your stories as blog entries. Setting up a blog takes less than 5 minutes. Keeping it current will take more time, but you’ll find it worth the effort. Determine to post something to your blog at consistent intervals.
  • Tell your story via photography and simple captions. Investigate for free templates and great ideas for online scrapbooks.
  • Make time to tell. For example, host “Second Saturday Stories” and invite family and friends to bring their favorite God story to share. Ensure the stories are “captured” in some fashion.
There are over 6 billion people on this planet but no one else has your unique story. God is writing a story through you like none other. It is worth capturing: for you, for others, and for His glory.
"I will teach you hidden lessons from our past, stories we have heard and known; stories our ancestors handed down to us. We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about His power and His mighty wonders." (Psalm 78:2-4)

Kim Jackson is daily learning more about God being the Author of her faith. She is currently raising financial support so she can invest her energies with Elder Orphan Care. Follow her God Story at Elder Orphan Care.

1 comment:

  1. Your story is a beautifully written testimony of the way God has graced your life as you continue to rely on him for your every need. While some of us may feel eclipsed when it comes to expressing ourselves, you've given us vehicles of expression.
    Lois Handy...thanx for the Hands pencil picture, too!


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