Sharing your story means that you have to revisit the good and the bad. And, sometimes we do not even want to remember some of our journey just because it was that bad. But, the honest truth to it all is that you become stronger when you accept your story. You begin thinking that it is the hardest thing to do until you begin to see how many people your story serves. It is a blessing when you see the help it gives to your healing and someone’s healing.
Listen, I know it is difficult to look into life with what you are used to. It is easier to count the bad than the good. It is easier to look at what you do not have than what you have. But here is where the unlearning and retraining our mind comes into play. You have to realize that what happened, happened and now is the time to begin strategizing and embracing your story. Take the good, the bad and begin to process it all getting to the root of the purpose and meaning of the story. It will be a journey and not a destination so take it day but day. Keeping yourself uplifted during the journey will help you embrace your story.
Prayer is my go to when I am either confused about why I went through something in my journey. Sometimes prayer helps me to process my pain. I have experienced just not being able to cope with some pain. I have seen that having a strategic prayer plan in place helps me with healing. Praying through it all will be key when sharing your story especially when you are led to share it, you will have to stick to what you know. You will have to share your story and have prayer to back you up.
A great resource for strategic prayer that has TREMENDOUSLY in my prayer life is Fervent by Priscilla Shirer. I honestly was able to strategically pray my way through my past situations. She teaches the foundation of prayer through her acronym that helps you to pray over each area of your life:
Backing up prayers with scripture has been effective in my healing process and in sharing my story. I list my favorites on note cards just as a reminder to read through when I need it at times.
A few of my favorite scriptures:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
Matthew 5: 14-16
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.
#2- Use Affirmations Daily
Speak life into yourself through sharing your story is so important. You will have to affirm yourself as you face adversity to overcome your obstacles. There will have to be some critical time spent with choosing specific affirmations to help you through accepting your story. Daily affirmations can surely encourage you through healing.
You can use affirmation cards, a guided affirmation video, affirmation journal or just research some of your favorite affirmations to get you through!
#3- Journal About Your Feelings
Now this one may take some time. Having a place where you can pour out is so important. You will need to process any emotions and feelings that arise as you are on your path. You will need to healthily process how you feel. You want to minimize any stress or emotional/mental health issues that can arise. Come up with a routine for yourself to pour out or carry your journal around for whenever and wherever. To start out you can start with journal prompts that help you to process through whatever feeling or emotion that you are feeling.
You can use your journal for feelings/emotions pour out but you can also use it for:
To do lists
#4- Use Resilience Building Strategies
Resilience is one’s ability to overcome obstacles in the face of adversity. Building our resilience can ultimately give us optimal health and well-being. We have to put our effort in our growth and face adversity. When we realize that we can overcome what we have been through within our story, it becomes easier to tell it. Building resilience can be what empowers you to walk strongly in your story and whoever becomes a part of your calling.
You can begin to build your resilience through:
Face your fears
There is beauty in your story. You may have some bumps in the road when revisiting the pain and hurt. The best way to get through it is keeping yourself inspired through it. Your story matters!
Peace & Blessings,