Living Stories

“So, go ahead—let everyone know it!
Tell the world how he broke through
and delivered you from the power of darkness and
has gathered us together from all over the world.
He has set us free to be his very own!”
Psalm 107:2-3 (TPT)

Tomorrow, I am embarking on a new adventure; a mandate I received from God several years ago. But because I struggled to believe that I could fulfil the plans he put on my heart, it has taken me a long time to take the leap of faith and go for it!

Through a mentorship programme called, Rise (led by Robia Scott), I was equipped and encouraged to write the first draft of my story. As I showed up, on a daily basis, obedient to the call I heard from God, the words started flowing and I completed the entire first draft within a couple of months. That, in itself, was a miracle.

My story had been sitting on the shelf for about 8 months, when a dear friend of mine sent me a link to a coaching and mentoring programme, called Unlocking your book (led by Krissy Nelson and Jeremiah Yancy.) The course is packed with truly anointed, Spirit-led mentors and will go through personal ministry, the mechanics of writing and the process behind marketing a book.

To say that I am excited is an understatement. The input I have received from these incredible mentors has already changed my heart and given me so much confidence. And we haven’t even started yet! I believe that this is a “such as time as this” moment. I am ready to take my story and put it into a format that can be shared with others on a bigger scale.

I have not fully considered writing as a profession and I don’t really know much about the process, other than what I have discovered on YouTube. But, the prospects of being an author is not what excites me. It is the sense that I am able to release what God has been working within me, since the day I encountered the heart of the Father.

It is time to tell my story.

Honestly, I have no qualifications to support my venture. I have not done much research. English is not even my first language! All I know, is that God has called me and he has opened the door. I am simply following in obedience. Was it not for the incredible ministry of the programme leaders and my mentor who have encouraged me and prayed for me, I would not even be writing this blog today.

This morning, as I was getting up and ready for the school run, I felt the Spirit nudge me to look up a scripture that I have always loved, but haven’t come across in a while. This part of the verse jumped out at me:

“Clearly, you are a letter from Christ, showing the result of our ministry among you. This ‘letter’ is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on tablets of stone, but on human hearts.”
2 Corinthians 3:3 (TPT)

As I looked into the context behind this verse, I discovered that the apostle Paul had been asked for his credentials by the Corinthian church. A church that was founded by him! After they had been exposed to more flashier, apparently successful ministers of the gospel, they weren’t so keen to support Paul anymore. Paul was poor, he was persecuted, he didn’t look the part.

Comparison has been one of the most effective arrows that the enemy has fired at me to discourage my heart. There are so many people with a bigger story and better writing skills. People whose credentials would outshine my communication skills like Michelangelo’s masterpieces compared to my daughter’s fridge art! And I haven’t even started thinking about my “look” or “brand”.

But I love how Paul responds to the Corinthians. He says that true success is not in our credentials or our appearance, but in the results (I guess you can also say, the fruit) of the ministry that we carry. On one hand this is encouraging, but it is also extremely challenging. Because the one thing it implies is personal accountability. If you are not authentically walking out what you are writing about, with God, do you have anything to write about at all?

Whether I complete this project or not, is not really the point here (although I want to complete it with all my heart, and I believe there are many more books to write). The truth is that there is a much bigger plotline here! We are all living stories; “…letters written not in pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the Living God.” People might read my book one day, but every day they read me. My living story. The one that God is breathing on my heart, today.

Today, I pray that we will do our Father proud. That every person that reads our living stories will encounter the heart of the Father and his incredible love for them. May every written and spoken word that comes from our mouths, carry the breath of the Spirit. The breath that God is breathing on our hearts.

As I set out on this adventure, I surrender my heart to his. I am so excited about what he has instore for me, and for all his Living Stories.

HeartPrint:

Today, I see the Father smile: “My Beloved Story, welcome to this new adventure. I too am excited to see how this new chapter in your life will unfold. As you surrender your heart and stay close to me, listening to my voice and obeying the steps I show you, I will breathe on every word you write and speak. My Spirit is alive in you. We are writing our Living Story. Together.”

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