Our Story Heals as a Testimony
I believe that God gave each of us a story to be a testimony in order to help someone else. We have not been allowed to go through suffering without a purpose. It is for our own personal growth as well as the growth of others. I was a firm believer that if I live a good life that would be enough to be an example to others but I began to learn the healing power of sharing my story, firsthand.
I admit this was not something that came easy to me as I never desired others to empathize with my pain but I began to notice it helped me heal through some of the most difficult experiences when I shared my story. Initially, while suffering, I began to share with those close to me and their lack of understanding caused me more pain than the current suffering. Amazingly, I began sharing small pieces of my story in my own brand of Rae Of SonShine. It is my method of sharing a painful story and authentically demonstrating with joy, peace, and delight the goodness of Christ in the midst of my pain.
Why I Share My Story
I learned that no one could tell my story better than me so I stepped from behind the camera and began to focus on me. Doing so, even when I wasn’t happy with my body (another story, another day) I found the beauty in me. Teaching this method of scrapbooking and journaling your story was the first step to helping others heal through their story. I too was healing in the process.
After many years of teaching, it was apparent that not everyone is going to understand your journey yet some do. Those that understood were the ones that God had strategically placed in my life for me to share and even grow from. Becoming an author came from sharing the story. Prayerfully, I worried who wanted to hear my story. God’s response “tell it anyway.” I admit I have not published the full story yet but my book As I Encourage You, I Encourage Myself! shares more than I ever imagined sharing.