…​looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God

Hebrews 12:2
Harper Lee, Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Daphne DuMaurier, Dickens, Joni Eareckson Tada, and Andrew Murray.

These are some of my favorite authors, even though  some of them have written books that are too tough for me to read anymore. But I still try.

My current top pick writer is Brennan Manning. His writing is beautiful, raw, and stabs me right in the heart sometimes. 

But.
Then there is Jesus!
Think about this.

God wrote each and every one of our biographies.

LONG before He decided to create light, or  the heavens, or anything else that He made!
He wrote the grand stories of our lives, right along with every single person in the bible.

And our stories are somehow woven into the tapestry of OTHER great stories.

Like Moses.

Like Paul!
He wrote MY story.
Every chapter.
Every one.
Including all the nights when doctors worked to keep me alive.
All those long, wilderness days when I wondered if “this” would always be my life.
And. 

On all those many nights when I  failed Him, and all I  could hear was the bleak, black crowing of having let Him down.

 Again.
He wrote it all, before I ever lived a day!
He knew all about the horribly bad  choices I would one day make, and He wrote it in. 

Included it, 
And somehow, brought me THROUGH it.
And I may be a little biased, 

But I LOVE my story!!
I mean, it’s  really good!!!
Well, the first twenty or so years were a bit of a snooze fest, but the last twenty???
Man, it has been one turn after another! It is page- turning, people!😃
And He writes ALL OF THEM. 

What an amazing thought! We can have total peace whatever chapter we are in, because it is already written!

And God knows how it ends.
Cancer,  abuse, betrayal, addiction, a bazillion other illnesses, and even death.

NONE of those things will ever stop your story!

YOU CAN’T DETER THE PLAN HE HAS FOR YOU, NO MATTER HOW HARD SATAN TRIES, AND NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU TRY!

I know sometimes we hate our story.

We get tired of this chapter that seems to go on for years.

We hate that our sin and shame has to be a part of it.

But ALL of it is totally GLORIOUS in the end!

Our story is jam-packed with His love, which redeems EVERYTHING!!!

The rescue is always the best part of any story.

“And they all lived happily ever after.”

You can’t get any better than that. 

And that IS my story.

And I  pray it is yours, too.❤

The Great Storyteller

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