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April

Tell Your Stories

When I was about 6 years old I lost my most treasured possession, my doll. For a week I searched everywhere for her. Finally one night I was in my bed, unable to sleep when I thought to pray about it. I never questioned whether God cared about my silly doll or not. I was just a young girl asking her Heavenly Father for help finding her doll. Before I could even say amen I knew I had to check under my bed. And what do you know, under my bed was my doll. She was just lying there, waiting for me. I knew it was a miracle and that God put her there. I laid in bed and thanked God for keeping my doll safe and bringing her back to me.

Many years later, when I don’t always have that same faith I did as a small girl I’m wondering how often God shows Himself to us in these little ways. These small miracles that we don’t always recognize as God working in our lives. We call it a coincidence, or a stroke of good luck. But when did we stop giving God the credit?

Matthew 7:7 says “Ask and it will be given to you.” We have the asking part down, but when we actually receive, we seem to forget asking in the first place. For me personally, I get so excited and my faith built stronger when I hear stories about what God is doing in the lives of people around me daily. We’ve all heard the big miracle stories, of cancer being healed and bones miraculously fusing back together. These healings are so obviously works of God they can’t be denied.

But what about the smaller stories, like the family that was on a road trip when their truck started to over heat heading up a big hill. The mom feeling helpless, just starts praying, asking God to get them up the hill. Praying the radiator will do it’s job and keep the engine cool. “Just one more hill God, one more hill”. When they arrived safely, was it God that got them there? Or just a coincidence?

What about when you get to the end of your money before the end of the month. And someone out of the blue gives you $100. You can now buy some food for dinner, and pay for your kid’s upcoming field trip. Was that God working through your friend, or just a coincidence? Or a random act of kindness? I think it’s God, knowing exactly what you need and when you need it. 38:19 “Only the living can praise you as I do today. Each generation tells of your faithfulness to the next.” We need to start telling our stories, not just the big ones, but the small ones as well. These are the stories that encourage others. These are the stories that build up faith. I don’t want to forget these small stories, and I want my kids to recognize that God is with us, and He really does care about every small detail in our lives.

-Pastor Laura