Our Stories Need to Be Told

I’m a storyteller.

But I don’t always tell all my stories.

I haven’t told you about all the broken pieces that make up my life.

And you probably don’t know that some days I struggle with my yes. As in the last 14. The first two weeks of a new year and I’m weary and my family is stretched and there are a dozen decisions we need to make and I just want to pull the covers over my head and order Chinese food and watch movies with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

Okay, I’ve done that already.

I’m supposed to be excited about All the Things, but I’m mostly scared. I’m supposed to be a leader, but mostly I’m inadequate. I’m supposed to love this dream and mostly I’m overwhelmed by it. I’m supposed to be living in community and mostly I feel alone.

Some days I’m not fine. 

There. I said it.

And then just a few days ago, I learned about a community of refugee women and children living in poverty just down the road from me. Women who have faced unspeakable hardships and suffering and they need help. And all of a sudden, they are all I can think about. And I’m reminded of what makes me feel alive.  Part of my story is saying yes. It gives me purpose and makes me want to throw back the covers and courageously live the next chapter of my story.

This is the year I’m telling my whole story. All of it. Even the broken parts.

And you have a story too. Maybe one you haven’t told? That hurt. That testimony. That regret. That hard parenting road. That miracle.

Here’s your chance:

Let’s make 2014 a storytelling year. Because your story matters.

But first you have to tell it.

Check out all the (in)RL details here. Registration opens tomorrow and it’s FREE!

I’m also sharing over at the (in)courage community today about the painful places. 


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    I am really excited about this year’s theme at incourage.

    Also? You lead well, my friend. I know it’s not easy — not by a long shot. But you are living your story in a way that inspires the rest of us. I’m so excited to see what God has in store for your 2014. (I’ll bet two gaudy, rhinestone pins that it’s going to be amazing. 😉 )

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    Kim Nealey says

    Kristen- Thank you for obeying the call God has given you- to share your story- to change lives not only in Kenya but here is the US (that is what you do by writing from your heart). I don’t see you daily, sit and have coffee with you or have lunch with you yet I feel like I know you- but mostly I know your heart! I am grateful for your leadership, your honest and your encouragement!

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    Yes, everything Jen said. Your heart is generous and gorgeous, and God uses all your yeses to bless girls from Kenya to Houston to my town of Colorado Springs to countless other places. Thank you for continuing to say yes even when it’s hard ~ especially when it’s hard.

    I love you, Kristen!

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    Hugs my big brave friend. If you ever need anything, I’m here. I would be honored to help lift your burden, even if its just an emailed prayer. I don’t know how far we’ll be from one another when I move to Dallas this year, but honestly, I would be happy to drive and help you in any way you needed. You’re a blessing, and I know I can speak for us all when I say, we are happy to bless you too.

    Janelle “Nell”

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    Kristen, just remember when life is overwhelming and you feel incompetent and incapable you are right where God wants you! His glory is using us to do His work. All He needs is our willingness and He will do above and beyond all we can think or imagine! And He has found your willing heart and is using it for His service! I love hearing your journey!

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