We’re passionate about becoming Brave Women who seek to inspire and equip other women, of every generation, to live out their God-given calling to be brave, bold, bright, and beautiful as they embrace a God-transformed life in pursuit of becoming more like Jesus for the sake of impacting the next generation.
This mission is expressed more fully in the Brave Women Manifesto, which is a list of 52-truth principles that we’re committed to living out one day at a time. To make this mission of brave and bold faith take on deep roots and practical application, we’re setting apart each Monday as a time to focus on one point from the Manifesto.
Join us each week to soak up the Manifesto Minute and download the Focus & Discussion Worksheet, which you can journal through and use in #BraveWomen accountability relationships.
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Brave Women Manifesto #24
I will remember that my life is a story God is writing for others to see Him.
2 Corinthians 3:3 NLT
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.
Speak to God
Father God, thank you for the way you write your story on our hearts. Thank you for not using pen and ink, which can be destroyed and thrown away, but choosing to write with your Spirit. It’s like a permanent sharpie marker, recording evidence of your faithfulness, provisions, forgiveness, grace, truth, and redemption through the story you’re writing in our lives. So God, we give you our hearts, once again on this journey, and ask you to write your story for your glory. In the Strong Name of Jesus, Amen.
Make it Personal
Do you remember my StoryHearts ebook? If you’ve been a part a follower of More to Be since the beginning, you might remember one of my first resources, StoryHearts: Embracing the Handwriting of God. It was a downloadable devotional inviting you to consider the story God might be writing through your life, as I shared one in which God was writing through mine. Sounds like a neat resource, right? So why isn’t it available?
Sometimes, it feels as though the story God is writing on our hearts has come to an end, but really, it’s just a pause marked by a divinely placed comma.
That pause may feel so long that you actually think it’s the end of the story.
But it is not. Because. God. Is. Not. Yet. Done.
Sometimes the stories He’s working Himself in and through are hard to recognize. Sometimes we see a side of His work, and presume that He must have written the last sentence. For example, when I wrote StoryHearts, I thought God was done with the story. But really, looking back, I can see it was actually the very beginning. See at that time, only a few months had passed since reconciling with my dad after four years of silence following a terrible falling out. With our reuniting, after the process of forgiveness God walked me through, I thought I was healed, but when I read those words I once penned, I can see the pain still fresh in the ink.
God needed to do more work in my story heart.
I also thought the restoration of our relationship was the end of the story, but it turned out it was only the beginning. Oh my word, I could write a book about what God has accomplished since the moment we reunited — but I know that it’s not yet time. God is not yet done. And I don’t want to try to get ahead of God this time, even though I like to jump to the last chapter before starting the first. Is this your struggle too?
I confess, I want to know the ending before I agree to the beginning.
I want to know the outcome before I endure the waiting.
And yet, the reality is, it’s the journey that matters most.It's the unknowing in which we experience the gift of faith.Click To Tweet
It’s in the waiting that we experience the blessing of God’s provisions and the powerful sanctifying and transforming work He wants to accomplish in our lives.
I’ve come to believe that it’s actually not the end of the story God wants us to be pre-occupied with, as He’s already told us what happens. Victory in Jesus. Eternity with our Creator. A forever home without tears or pain or loss.
It is actually the present story He wants us to pursue Him most.It is in the 'no where' that God is actually 'now here' . . . writing His story for His glory.Click To Tweet
So will we embrace His story, even if the next chapter feels so uncertain, so far away?
What story has God been writing in your heart? Where do you need to give Him greater access and time to accomplish His work for His glory?
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