Guest Post by Janna Antenorcruz
Did you know it’s possible to be a good steward of your life story? Your life is an amazing love story of a Father’s pursuit of His precious daughter. He formed you in your mother’s womb, He created new life within you, and some day He will receive you into His bosom. Your Father has relentlessly pursued you, protected you, and lavished His love upon you.
Experiencing God’s Peace During Loss
Part of my love story involves losing my father at the age of eleven to a massive heart attack. Although I cried until I was physically ill, at his funeral I experienced God’s peace that passes all understanding. Even as an eleven year old, I recognized that only God could bring that kind of peace to my soul on that difficult day and the days to come.
Sharing God’s Peace with Others
Both as a teenager and as an adult, I have been able to comfort others because I myself have been comforted. During my teen years, I worked as a camp counselor and was part of several leadership workshops. Many girls confided in me of their struggles living in a single parent home, and I was able to offer them understanding and hope.
As an elementary teacher, I grieved with several students who lost parents to illness or to divorce. I shared my story with them, and encouraged them to write about their hurt. I purchased an attractive journal for each one, and wrote a personal note suggesting they use the journal to write “Dear God” letters and pour out their hearts to their heavenly Father.
Speaking of God’s Love to Our Family
As homemakers we are considered the heart of our home. Since Christ chose to teach through story, we see what a powerful tool it is in reaching the heart. We can minister to our children simply by sharing our life story. Take time to explain what experiences influenced your values, and why they are important.
Sharing to Glorify God and Minister to Others
Autobiography actually began with the Puritans. The Puritans wrote about their Christian walk in order to edify others and glorify God. If writing your story seems too self-centered, consider making it God-centered. Make your story shout His Name!
Just as God has created no two snowflakes alike, God has written a unique story for you. Your story will reach people that I cannot reach. Being a good steward of your story may mean writing it down, sharing it on the phone, or being aware of others who need to hear your story. Do not bury your story. Instead take the lessons you have learned and use them to invest into others’ lives for the glory of God.
How does your unique story impact who you are as a homemaker, a wife, a mother and a daughter of the King? Are you sharing that story?
**Stephanie’s note: My dear friend Janna has a blog where she loves to share her own beautiful story, and encourage and equip other women to share theirs. It’s called Mommy’s Piggy Tales, and together with Janna and other women you can work through a 14-week journey of putting your own story down on paper as a gift to pass on to your children!**