We All Have a Story
And all of our stories matter. Each and every one.
When I started Truest Voice six months ago, I started at the beginning of my own story. If you’ve read my previous blogposts, you know mine is a hard story, one many women share. And my prayer is for those who have shared a similar story (sacred) is that each one will find the brave within to say, “Yes. My sacred is that I was sexually abused as a child.”
But as I’ve continued writing, praying, and listening, many others have shared their own distinct sacreds with me, and some of their stories look nothing like mine. In fact, they are far from my experience. Yet, they’ve stepped forward and shared. They’ve said the hard, “yes” to their own stories. Some for the very first time. And that, my kindreds, is all kinds of brave.
I’ve heard you…
But always most importantly God heard you.
He hears you from the depths of who you are, and the whole of who you were made to be. He hears you from the deepest place of a secret kept hidden for so painfully long, and none of your “yes” takes Him by surprise. He knows you, and He desires you to know who you are in Him.
Whole regardless of your splintered, broken, shattered past.
Loved regardless of the unworthiness you pronounced upon yourself.
Beloved… A daughter of a most loving, compassionate, and redeeming God, not the orphaned raggedy-girl of your life experience.
You are His.
And Because our Stories are Hard, yet so Unalike
Truest Voice: Helping One Another Share the Sacred is shifting focus to hard stories of all kinds. Each of us knows hard stories. If we haven’t lived them, we most certainly have heard them from friends and even members of our own families. Social media has a way of breaking our hearts near daily with the sacreds of millions. So many are broken, battered, abused, shattered, neglected, abandoned, lonely, and weary of guarding a story that holds them captive by manipulating a life lived confined to a secret. Everything revolves around pain-FULL sacred, never allowing a life to be fully lived.
My heart breaks…
And Because You Have Shared…
Truest Voice expands its focus. It’s time to assign my sacred to a place of backstory. I believe my sacred-telling only foundational to Truest Voice because if I’m not willing to be authentic, there is no reason in the world for you to be vulnerable in your own authenticity. So, I’ve spilled my sacred with hope that those who suffered hard stories would would step out courageous and say, “yes” in order to begin healing.
And some have…
And I’m so very proud of you. I understand that a public forum like Truest Voice is a difficult place to whisper, “yes.” Whispers sometimes turn into shouts through the interwoven web of today. I understand your reluctance to say, “yes,” in full view. Yet, I also know how much brave it took to say, “yes” privately. You whispered them to me, and I’ll hold your sacreds close while you begin your journey. It’s a hard thing. I know.
Can I humbly offer you this…
My prayers… that some of my experience will speak hope and encouragement to speak your first “yes,” to help you begin to move forward in your life story, the one God intended you to live all along. Every little step is breath-stealing, I know. Yet, God will breathe His strength. Inhale deep of His never-ending care and love for you. His breath is more than sufficient to power your next step.
I trust Him with you…
Because I know beyond my wildest dreams He can be trusted.
Do you have a hard sacred? Is it time to say “yes?”