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This is Your Story | Mary Biever | One Writing Mother

This is Your Story

What’s your story? Not your parents’ story, not your siblings’ story, not your friends’ story, and not your neighbor’s story. Play the video below and keep reading.

YOUR story.  Your story is one of a kind – with unexpected twists. In the entire history of our planet, no one else has ever been born in your circumstances to meet your challenges.

After I finished writing my story – so far – in He Uses It For Good – I asked friends to read and critique it. One of them returned the manuscript to me and asked, “Why didn’t you describe such and so?”

The answer? “It’s not my story. It’s someone else’s. This book, this time, was about my story.”

The good news is that so long as there is breath in our bodies, our stories have a chance to have a happy ending, to get a second or a third, or a hundredth chance.

“Blessed Assurance,” a hymn from my childhood, includes lyrics:

“This is my story. This is my song. Praising my savior all the day long.”

The older I get, the more I feel the rhythmic gospel sway of those words. Not all parts of the story are happy. And that’s ok. Those are the parts of the story that make the good parts that much better. The rough, rotten patches were used to shape and form who I am today. Each of the parts of my story can fit together to build into a song, which I happened to put into book form.

YOU have a story. YOU are uniquely made, and the many different parts of your story can be woven into a song starting right now, today.  Suffering is the forge that tempers a human heart with strength and fills it with compassion.

What’s your story? Embrace it, seize it, and make the most of what it brings you today.


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