A quote from William Paul Young, best-selling author of The Shack, reads “Don’t ever discount the wonder of your tears. They can be healing waters and a stream of joy. Sometimes they are the best words the heart can speak.” I love this quote! Reaching back into the depths of dark trials will certainly produce these tears. Being able to share with others how God has pulled you through the darkest days of the storms can spark hope for those who can identify with your trials. Speaking from your tears shows others your heart and can reveal to them a path forward by realizing the journey you have faced and overcome.
The Holy Spirit has been speaking to me these past couple weeks about sharing testimonies. With the recent publishing of our book, many have asked about the origins and seem interested in the story of how we came to make the decision to write the book. The main purpose of our book is to share our testimony with those who may be going through similar trials as those we have endured; to provide comfort and hope for them knowing they are not alone; and to lead them to the solution we have found – the amazing gift of our Savior, Jesus Christ!
God sends us messages all the time and if we tune in to listen carefully, it is amazing to realize just how meticulously He plants these messages around us. My husband and I experienced a series of events over the course of this week sensing a strong message from the Holy Spirit:
- This past Saturday we attended a Pastoral anniversary celebration and were blessed to meet many people at this event who shared their testimonies freely. They were also very interested in hearing our testimony as well.
- Sunday was overflowing with discussions throughout the day centered on sharing our personal testimony with the world.
- On Monday we attended a Bible study where the facilitator told us an interesting story about the previous day’s service at his church. He shared with us a vision or thought that came to him from the Holy Spirit, and began to speak of a new effort in the church to capture testimonies of members of the congregation. His thought was to have them speak and document their stories. The focus of their message on that day was prompted by the scripture Luke 1:1-5 and documenting things for those to come after us.
Scripture: Luke 1:1-5 NIV: “1Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 3 With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.”
- On Tuesday, we had a planned dinner with my cousin and her family. We had not seen them for many years and had not even met some of her family members as of yet. It was truly a blessing to us. My cousin’s son is the creative pastor for a church in Maryland. He shared with us that their church has started capturing member testimonies on video, which they will play for the congregation in order to demonstrate how lives are being changed by and in the ministry. At that moment I thought to myself just how many times we have been Divinely led to all of these conversations this week about the sharing of testimonies! These are the “light bulb moments” as I like to call them. When you realize how much the Holy Spirit has been knocking on the door of your mind and you finally “get it.”
I’ve known for the past few years now that sharing our testimonies was important to God, but I don’t think I have realized the magnitude of this importance. The Holy Spirit is surely teaching me this week that sometimes these are the best words the heart can speak!
Publishing our book, “It’s All Good, A Story about Faith, Family and Living With and Surviving Tough Addictions” for all the world to read was not an easy thing to do. In this world most of us are hesitant to expose ourselves and our secrets. But as William Paul Young has said in a recent episode of Restoring The Shack, we were meant to be open and weak. Being exposed is a good thing. God did not design us to live a hidden life. William Paul Young also said secrets are huge and powerful when we keep them hidden among the darkness and lies. But when we let them out, they lose their power over us, and we experience a freedom like never before!
We all have testimonies to share, and many of us keep them buried deep inside. I began this story today with a quote from Paul Young, and I would like to end it with another: “You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.” – William Paul Young, The Shack
My husband and I have discovered the sharing our testimony has truly set us free – it is an amazing feeling filled with relief and a peace we have never known. Do you have a testimony to share? Why not tell us about it in the comments below or share it with someone today. Reach for the best words the heart can speak. You, too will feel God’s amazing freedom and peace if you let the Holy Spirit guide you to do so today!