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What’s your story?

We all have a story.  If you’re alive you have a story.  You may never have thought about it before but you have one.  You might even think your story is pretty boring but you’d be surprised.

A couple of years ago.  I was asked to speak at a woman’s retreat at our church.  They had been asking me for a couple of years and I always put them off saying I really didn’t have anything to say.  I couldn’t imagine doing a whole retreat.  I didn’t have that much information to impart.  I’m not a Bible-teacher, I’m not a scholar, I’m not a renowned speaker.  I agreed to pray about it and let them know.  Prior to that I realized that I enjoy doing training for my teachers at school.  I researched some fun ways to teach certain subjects to the teachers and I really enjoyed doing it.  And I got some feedback that it was a fun day of learning.  So, why was I able to do it?  I think it was because the subject matter was something I know about.  I work with children everyday and have worked with them for over 20 years and I know my craft.  As I was thinking about that, I thought about the women’s retreat and I thought about what I would say to the women.  My Pastor at the time was talking about how we all had a story to tell about our life and that we should share it with others.  Also, the marketers that I work with also talk about telling your story to your clientele so they get to know you.  And I thought that I could probably tell my story.  The story of my life, of my spiritual journey to know Jesus as my personal Savior and how that decision has impacted my life’s journey.

Well, long story short…I did it.  I spoke an entire weekend, Friday night, Saturday 3 sessions.  It was amazing!  I was able to tell about my life’s story and people genuinely listened and, I think, enjoyed it.

We all have a story to tell.  We just have to be inspired to tell it.  What I realized is that when you tell your story to others, you open yourself up to more intimacy with that person.  A connection happens.  You don’t have to tell all the details of your life and what you want to keep private you keep private.  But, allowing yourself to share with another person is liberating.  It has the power to change your life!  Really!  Don’t take my word for it, share your story with someone and watch what happens.

Give it a try!

 

Christmas Programs (what makes them special)

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So, I got a really great comment from our Pastor the other day about the Christmas program that our children did on Tuesday. He told me that it was the best one he’d seen and that he’d seen quite a few.  Wow, that was exciting!  He said that we told the Christmas story very well and that it was a gift to the parents the way we presented it.  Wow, again.  As I got to thinking on his comments it made me think more about just what was it we did.  The classes were divided into the Mary/Joseph, shepherds, donkeys, angels, camels and wisemen.  The typical cast of the story and each class sang a simple song and recited a fingerplay.  Very simple.  Of course, it was cute as can be and regardless of whether all the children sang loud or soft they were adorable.  But I don’t think that’s what Pastor Jim was talking about.  Being in Preschool for almost 18 years almost anything that the children sing or do is cute and the parents always love our little performances.  But there was something more this time.  And I think that something more was the power of the story.  What a story!  God sent His only Son down to earth to save us.  Anytime that story is told the power of it is magnified becuase of what that simple gift means to our lives. 

I’m glad we could share the story with the parents and families.  I’m thankful for Pastor Jim’s words about the impact that the story has on our lives.  And I’m grateful for the gift of that tiny little baby that has changed my life so dramatically.

Have a wonderful Christmas and if you haven’t opened the God’s gift up yet, please do it soon.  You’ll be glad you did.