Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Your Voice Matters

About two weeks ago I received a message in my Facebook inbox from a woman I had never met.   She was asking me how I created some of the pins I had posted in Pinterest for Mary DeMuth's book launch team.  (As I mentioned in my last post, I was blessed to be chosen to be on Mary's launch team for her latest book that is due out in October. The Wall Around Your Heart).

As it turns out, this woman was also an author, getting ready to launch a new book. So...being the book lover that I am and intrigued by the title of her book, I offered my graphic design services for peanuts and an advance copy of her book so that I could read it and mine the depths for great quotes.  She took the bait! ;-) Rats! I should have asked for chocolate!!

And the rest, as they say, is history...or rather her-story.  I have a  beautiful new friend that I want to introduce to you. Her name is Jo Ann Fore. I won't go into the details of her life but you can find out more about her here...Jo Ann's Story.  I now know her as a woman who cares deeply about her friends, new and old. She is a woman with a burning passion to reach out to those who are hurting and broken. Her heart is to see them healed and whole. I am so very thankful that God has allowed our paths to cross. 

Now I want to introduce you to her book, When A Woman Finds Her Voice.  No...not the book itself, at least not yet.  But to the things within my heart that have been awakened in the reading of her words.  

I am now a part of a community of women who have a desire to use our unique voice, each one of us,  to usher in hope and healing in the lives of other women. Those women whose voices have been stifled...from shame, threat, pain, fear...or whatever has caused them to shut off a part of themselves to the world, to their own family and friends.  Many in this community want to reach out because we have found healing for ourselves. Healing for wounds that were buried...buried just beneath the surface for some, and very deep within the spirit for others...soul wounds. 

I haven't quite figured out exactly how I am going to participate in this particular journey...though I have been reaching out to women for many years sharing stories from my own past...stories of brokenness and redemption. I have experienced so much throughout my life...the good, the bad, and the ugly.  I witnessed the sexual abuse of my childhood best friend. No child should ever have to experience the betrayal and abuse that she endured...and as a young girl I didn't even know how to put words to scenes I had witnessed.  I have experienced loss through the death of many family members and friends through the years...beginning with my father when I was just 10 years old, my very best friend in high school...and more death...continuing on throughout my life. My husband and I walked, cried, and prayed through two traumatic brain events with our son, almost losing him both times, and we are still traveling the road of recovery with him.   I have been married for 30 years...to the same amazing man, whom I love dearly and who continues to love me in spite of my quirks.  But I will tell you that not all of those years was he 'so amazing'...but then, neither was I.  

I guess you can say I have scars...lots of them from the hurts of life.  But....they are scars, not wounds. Scars are an indication that healing has taken place.  

I love to share stories of healing.  Jesus also loves healing and redemption. He loved us enough to share his wounds with us...those scars in His hands and feet.  The very proof that He understands us in our hurts. He understands rejection and emotional pain. He chose to walk the road that led to hurt, pain and rejection...even a cruel death on a cross for you and I. Oh how thankful that He walked that particular road so that we don't have to. He walked that path of woundedness so that we could find hope and complete healing...wholeness!

We all have scars of some kind. We live in a broken world; broken as a result of sin entering the word. But Christ came to give us life. To heal the broken hearted and bind up their wounds. Allow Him to heal your wounds, and let the scars that are left behind become the proof of the healing work of redemption and restoration in your life. When you begin to let that truth sink in...the truth of your worth to the God of all creation, the truth that you are loved beyond your wildest imagination, sweet sister...that is when the healing begins.  As Jo Ann says in her book,
Those thin places

where truth seeps through
those are the places where Jesus walks, the places we find healing.

Won't you join us on this journey? Won't you find your voice?






God..."heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds."                                                                                                ~Psalm 147:3

Won't you join us? 

Your story could be just what the next woman needs to hear.


I am linking up with Jo Ann and other beautiful women every Wednesday to talk about finding our voices...sharing our stories.  Not  to rehash the past...or to commiserate over our wounded-ness but with freedom and joy and purpose to share our hearts and allow God to use us...our voices...to make a difference, to help women find  hope and healing

Please click on the button below to read the stories of other women like myself, who are linking up with Jo Ann to share our voices.

Jo Ann Fore


16 comments:

  1. Beautifully written Gay - God has way of ordering our steps that always, always amazes me! So glad to be on this journey with you as we find our voices together. So glad you are finding yours.

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    1. Thank you for your kind and encouraging words, Victoria! I am so happy that we are on this journey together, as well!
      blessings,
      Gay

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  2. Thanks for the reminder!

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    1. Thank you so much for checking for me!! And thanks for the comment!

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  3. Such a Beautiful post, Gay!! Thank you for sharing this with us. I absolutely love your site. Absolutely beautiful! ~ Bobbi/Aprontalk.com

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    1. Bobbi,
      Thanks so much for stopping by and for the sweet words! I love to hear from my 'new' friends! '
      blessings,
      Gay

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  4. Gay ~ So beautiful! I'm kinda speechless right now, after reading this. <3 So happy you are on this journey with us.

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    1. Tina,
      What a wonderfully sweet comment! I am happy to be in this journey with you all as well!!
      blessings,
      Gay

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  5. Bless you Gay, this is a lovely blog with an even more wonderful post!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and leaving such sweet encouragement!!
      blessings,
      Gay

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  6. You are a lovely and talented woman. Keep speaking out!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and thank you so very much for your encouragement!
      blessings,
      Gay

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  7. I, too, have a hard time finding my place in all of this, but I am amazed and awed by the truly exceptional women I have now come to read!

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    1. I amazed by these beautiful women as well!! So glad that you are on board with the rest of us!!
      blessings,
      Gay

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  8. I am glad you chose to be on the team instead of chocolate! Thankyou for sharing your heart!

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    1. What!?! Who said anything about 'instead of chocolate'!?! I'm still waiting for my chocolate! ;-)

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving comment love and encouragement. <3
      blessings,
      Gay

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Gay