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HIS Big Day

Last week, I allowed you to sit with me the moment I learned about my pregnancy just weeks after completing my final chemo treatment. It was a day I will never forget, but one I held very deep in my heart. In fact, until last week, it was a moment I had never really shared openly.

We tend to do that, don’t we?

The moments that mean so much to us and redefine our faith, we cherish next to our heart.

And we should.

But…

You are cutting God short. You see, that work He did in your life can change the lives of others. If your story is indeed part of His story, it has His power flowing through every word when it is shared. You have experienced the hands of God in a way maybe others never even thought possible. What if your moment was meant to be experienced by others? What if this great work He has done in you still needs to flow through you?

[tweetthis]If your story is part of His story, it has His power flowing through every word when it is shared.[/tweetthis]

Since posting the first video, I was part of a Toastmasters Area speech contest. God used the making of these videos last week to remind me that Matthew’s birthday was actually on the day of my speech contest. Perhaps this could be His big day? No, not Matthew’s. Notice I’m referring to the big H. Could I actually trust God enough to tell my cancer story infront of a room of people, judges and family? Keeping in mind this is an emotional event and there is just no way to talk about this portion of my life without God’s role. How would this be viewed? Was I ready to go here with Him again?

Last Saturday was His big day. I actually had three prayer warriors storming the Throne praying I could make it through the pressure of that day. I remember standing in the back of the room, waiting to be introduced. Usually the flood of nerves kicks-in. They still attempted a take-over but I was reminded that this was His story, not mine. I’ve never given such a big, close to my momma’s heart speech feeling completely in His control. The words came flawlessly. It was one of those experiences I knew was God orchestrated because I can’t deliver what occurred. And frankly, that’s the awesome part!

Has He made a mark in your life? Have you shared His story? Is it time you gave Him His big day?

Below is the video I made for Gail Swinson’s “A Mother’s Love” book release party last week. It’s so incredibly surreal what God has done through my little breaking of a comfort zone through these videos. And you know, He can do the same for you too.

Love you all! See you next week!

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About the Author Bethany

I am an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor to women and an author. I am an author, blogger, ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach, Motivational and Inspirational Speaker and encourager. More than anything, I define myself as a child of God. I simply desire to use my passion for thriving (getting every single drop out of life) to inspire others. I have overcome disabilities (coloboma vision-loss, severe hearing-loss and a small right arm). I am a double brain cancer survivor. I use the story God has given me to move beyond what I am surviving and thrive in His promises. I enjoy being a wife to Steve for over 12 years and mother to three boys (ages 9, 7 and 4).

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23 comments
Susan Shipe says March 11, 2015

Bethany, it is sad that so many of us are trapped in fear regarding the sharing of our story. It boils down to one thing and that is prIde! That vicious tool Satan uses with such subtlety – getting our minds and thoughts on US instead of HIM.
I am proud of you that you are allowing God to use you in such awesome ways. Way to stomp the devil, Bethany! xo

    Bethany says March 11, 2015

    Susan – You are so right! Fear of the unknown, fear of being judged, fear of being hurt, fear of losing friends…they are all real and satan knows them all too well. Great words, as always, my friend!

Hillary says March 11, 2015

I am a great believer in the power of witness. This post is full of truth, I feel. We need to share our stories, because we often encounter God most often in each other. What a great post! I didn’t know just how much you had triumphed by His grace. God bless you, Bethany!

    Bethany says March 11, 2015

    Hillary – all of us have different stories, amazing glimpses into the face of God. No story is too small to change a life. :). You are encouraging!!! Thank you!

Clare Speer says March 11, 2015

Thanks for sharing your testimony and truly appreciate your saying “that work He did in you can change the lives of others.” Blessings

    Bethany says March 11, 2015

    Thanks for visiting Clare!

Mary Collins says March 11, 2015

Congratulations on your accomplishment of sharing your story. This can be a difficult thing in a small group setting, but even more so before a large crowd. I’m sure many were blessed by your testimony.

    Bethany says March 11, 2015

    You know Mary – just today I received an email from a young man in attendance. He literally walked me through my speech word by word! He was so encouraged. That email made everything worth it!

Wendy says March 11, 2015

The story continues… His story. I love the old teaching tool that history is really just God’s story through the ages. Your history is his Story. And so is mine! What amazing truth.

Today on my blog I’m talking about Depression – sharing that ugly part of my story. Praying that the Lord is glorified in our brave sharing.

    Bethany says March 11, 2015

    Wendy – I wish we could meet my friend! I love connecting with others sharing their stories!! So honored to know you here!!!

Amanda says March 11, 2015

I love how you focused on God and not yourself. It is true, it is his story. And with Him as your focus you will be able to accomplish more than you expect. Way to go!

    Bethany says March 11, 2015

    Amanda – Yes!!! There is nothing more I can add there!!! It truly is His story!!

~Karrilee~ says March 11, 2015

Just Wow, my friend! You amaze me, truly! (And Him… He amazes me, too!) LOVE this and the power of testimony and the goodness of God! (Happy Birthday to your miracle baby! From one miracle baby who was not supposed to survive to another – God is good and He has some PLANS!!!)

    Bethany says March 11, 2015

    Girl – I can NEVER read through your comments without smiling…BIG!! You are such an encourager and Id love to get to know more of His story through you too!

Kristin Hill Taylor says March 11, 2015

Love when it’s evident God orchestrated the moment. We don’t always get to see that side of things, but when we do – what a blessing!

    Bethany says March 11, 2015

    Yes, so true Kristin! It brings a whole new meaning to the music of our life!

Tara says March 11, 2015

Bethany, I know you have been busy going back to school and such, but it is so good to see you blogging here. I have missed you my friend! What a powerful story! Our stories are meant to be shared, arent they…especially when the hand of God has been there in the midst of them. It took me a long time to share my/our story of mental illness but I have learned I CANNOT NOT share it because it is so much of who I am. Love ya friend!

    Bethany says March 12, 2015

    Tara – I’ve missed being on here more! Your story is truly inspiring! I love this community we have – brave storytellers!

Judy Gerlach says March 12, 2015

Bethany, you never cease to amaze me! Your story is powerful, and Matthew is indeed one special miracle baby. Thank you so much for sharing this behind-the-scenes mega event in your life. As you and all of us can so clearly see, God has used this (among your other life events) to “grow” you for His purposes. And He has been incredibly successful in doing so, young lady! I was moved to tears by your video. I, too, felt God’s amazing presence during a troubled pregnancy and premature delivery, so I know how He can turn a “sorry, the chances of this ending well are not good” warning into one fantabulous God-ending. My thoughts on why we wait to share our story: I think it takes time for our brains to process all that we went through and God’s roll in making it happen – like “Pondering” these things in our hearts. I’m proud to know you, Bethany, and your wonderful parents. I watched you grow up, girl! You are an amazing mommy and you are beautiful.

    Bethany says March 12, 2015

    Oh Judy!! Your words just left me speechless! It’s amazing watching so many women with similar stories unite and share how God moved! Your words mean so much to me!

      Judy Gerlach says March 12, 2015

      I forgot to mention that I love the way you ended your video with your little man’s “Amen!” Perfect!

        Chris Carter says March 15, 2015

        AGREED!!! The PERFECT ending. Just wrapped up the video perfectly!! *Made me cry even harder, though* 😉

Chris Carter says March 15, 2015

Oh BETHANY!!! YOU are a precious miracle, and your story is the most powerful testimony to how God holds our children in His Holy arms. Oh the JOY I see in YOU as you so beautifully shared this miraculous story… Praise GOD for His blessings bestowed on you, mama. I’m in tears.

And your post is such a beautiful reminder to share HIS story, when we are impacted by His grace and love… we must be bold in telling people about how God has moved in our own lives… that is where the honor must be given. Your words are such a gift. Your voice is truly full of God’s message to us all.

Thank you, for blessing us with your gift, your voice, and HIS powerful love. The work He does in US can and WILL change the lives of others, if we let it- if WE take those faithful steps to share it.

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