This post is written for Five Minute Friday. The word for today is Testimony
“You need to share your testimony.” Those words threw me into sheer terror. I wasn’t interested in sharing all the details of my life. My story is not easy because things got messy and my life was threatened more than once. Yet, God was with me through it all. That’s why they said, “You need to share your testimony.”
I have been through some rough spots so why was my throat dry, my hands clammy and my breathing shallow? Because I am an introvert. No, I’m an extreme introvert. We are often called to share what God does for us, but I’m not going to be the first to volunteer unless everyone in the line I’m standing in takes one step back. Writing my story was different however.
It all happened in the quiet of my office for over a year. Few people knew what I was working on except my husband, a small writers group and my editor. It was easy. I could do that. I could share my testimony in front of a computer.
Then, it was time to publish my story. I definitely had second thoughts and the day it published, I came down with an illness that kept me in bed for two weeks. Everything I held in my mind and spirit for so many years was now out in the universe and I collapsed. I never knew I would have such a reaction when I shared my testimony in my memoir.
I am sure I’m not alone. Many of you may have done the same thing. If so, then you know that sharing your testimony of how God carried you through challenging life experiences, is cathartic. Today I’m grateful. I’m more free to live and breathe because I am no longer a hostage to the words locked inside of me. I finally shared my testimony. I pray it makes a difference in someone’s life.