Why Share Your Story?
You are not alone in your suffering. Around the world there are others much like yourself, enduring the unthinkable at this very moment. As 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 NIV so vividly states, we are afflicted in every way, perplexed, persecuted, and struck down; but thanks be to God and our Living Hope in Him, we are not destroyed.
God's Word tells us we won't be destroyed, we won't be consumed, we won't be burned, but often times we still need spiritual encouragement when we are walking through trials. We need our Brothers and Sisters in Christ to be God's mouthpiece and speak Truth to our hearts and point us back to God's unfailing character. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV calls us to encourage one another. "Therefore encourage one another and build one another up." What better way to encourage one another than with His Word and how His faithfulness worked in your story.
What Are We Looking For?
A thread of Biblical hope and encouragement that can be seen in your childhood illness, hospitalization, or child loss story.
1. A Story Excerpt with a Foundational Scripture
Share a specific part of your story that highlights God's faithfulness.
Center your piece around one scripture.
1000 words or less
Potential writing topics: Ask and You Shall Receive, He Parts the Seas, His Mercies Are New Every Morning, He is Close to the Brokenhearted, The Great Physician, His Ways are Higher
2. A Biblically-Encouraging Letter
Recall the defining moments of your journey.
Write a Biblically-encouraging letter to the individual who finds himself/herself in one of those stages now.
500 words or less
Potential writing topics: To the Parent Who Just Received a Diagnosis, To the Parent Who Is Shaken by The Circumstances, To the Parent Who Doesn't Believe They Can Make It Through
3. A Written Prayer
Think back to your story and moments of struggle.
Write a prayer for that particular circumstance.
300 words or less
Potential prayer prompts include: A Prayer For The Weary, A Prayer For The Brokenhearted, A Prayer For The Overwhelmed, A Prayer For The Angry, A Prayer For The Confused
4. We Don't Walk Alone
Share the impact Praying Through ministries has had on your walk through the wilderness of the Childhood Illness, Hospitalizations, or Child Loss.
Potential topics to include: Our Christ-centered communities, virtual events, outreach care packages
But What If I'm Not A Writer?
No problem! We recommend praying about your contribution and asking God to give you the words. Take your time writing your piece, a few days to craft it is not uncommon. Once you feel your contribution is ready, try reading it aloud to yourself or a friend before submitting it.
Each submitted piece will be reviewed by the PRAYING THROUGH ministries Writing Team. We reserve the right to make any edits for clarity and grammar, but will do our best to honor the integrity of your piece, especially if you are sharing your personal story.
My Story, His Glory
Thank you for your willingness to share your story and encourage others.
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