• Power of Story

The Power of Story

Nothing grips me more than a powerful story.

I love hearing tales of people overcoming major obstacles to reach their dreams. My heart is moved to tears when I hear of someone thriving in spite of horrible situations. I am inspired by the heartbreak, wonder and beauty in all of our stories. Stories of faith. Stories of joy. Stories of struggle. Every story matters.

I believe with all my heart that each of us are called to share our stories because we are all a part of God’s story. You may feel small and unimportant, but that’s not the case at all. You matter to God, and YOUR story matters too. It doesn’t have to be pretty, it doesn’t have to make sense, it doesn’t have to be tied up with a neat little bow. It is more than likely going to be messy and ugly at times, but story matters, and sharing it with others can truly make a difference.

Power of StoryWhen I felt God calling me to write the stories behind the songs on my CD entitled “Grace Finds Wings,” I didn’t realize how much of my own story I would be telling in the process. As I started writing, I quickly realized that this book was going to be an autobiography of sorts. I hadn’t planned that at all, but every song on the CD carried a piece of me with it. It shouldn’t have surprised me, I guess, because I know the strongest songs I write are the ones that come from my own experiences. The book ended up being a beautiful reminder that experience is the best teacher. And the best muse for songwriting!

Grace Finds Wings: A Journey in Song  highlights God’s grace showing up in my story in mighty ways through my struggles with infertility, adoption, infidelity, divorce, financial problems, the loss of my father from Alzheimer’s, fear of the unknown, and the struggles of parenting. One of the lines from the title track sums it up best, “When life comes down, crashing to the ground, that’s when grace finds wings.” It’s in our struggles that God’s grace is renewed and our faith is strengthened.

My story is not special. It’s not heroic. It feels small.

But God pressed on my heart that my story matters and I need to tell it. He pushed and prodded until I finally agreed to put it down on paper, with the hopes that something in the tear-stained pages would touch a hurting heart and offer hope. I pray that somehow my journey through joy and triumph and heartache and betrayal will inspire someone else to think, “She went through that and not only survived but thrived? Maybe I can make it through my struggle as well.”

How has God shown up in your story? How has God redeemed your messes? How has He given you wings to fly in the midst of disappointment and struggle?

I encourage you to be brave and share your story. There’s power in it. You don’t have to write a book (unless that’s what God is calling you to do!) but share your journey with someone who is struggling. Maybe your friend or neighbor is going through a situation that is similar to what you have experienced along the way and hearing your story could make all the difference in the world for them. Sometimes all we need is someone who understands what we are feeling, someone who’s been there and has come out on the other side. Share from your heart how you worked through it and offer the hope of your own experience.

That’s what Grace Finds Wings: A Journey in Song  is all about. It’s written to honestly share my stories of faith and help you discover that when you fall, grace finds wings.

I hope you’ll order a copy and experience the power of story. And remember, all of our stories matter because we are all part of His story!

Hugs and love,

Jill

Grace Finds Wings: A Journey in Song  and Grace Finds Wings CD  are both available in the Women of Faith Store, as well as Jill’s Grace Finds Wings Set.

Nashville recording artist Jill Miller recently released her 6th CD, “Twelve, the Freedom Soundtrack.” Jill has opened for the legendary Loretta Lynn and Brian Littrell (of the Backstreet Boys), performed a duet with NewSong, and sang the national anthem for President Bush and 11,000 people when he was in Sioux City. Jill has also performed at the legendary Bluebird Café in Nashville.

Jill is thrilled to announce that she was recently named one of the Voices of Women of Faith and will be serving the organization in a variety of ways, including worship leading, speaking, and writing. Jill is also a certified speaker, coach and teacher with the John Maxwell Team and has written the first ever theme song for the John Maxwell Team. Jill and her husband, John, have four grown sons and live in the cornfields of Iowa with their two male rescue dogs. Jill needs a little estrogen in her life!

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7 Comments

  1. Sophia March 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    I agree with this so much. When I went through hard times I wondered what the purpose of it all was. But it was like God was trying to get me to learn how to help others and to share my story with others, so that my story could help them. God gives us all a story for a reason and a purpose.

  2. Priscilla Ann Dixon, Patsy Dixon , Patsy Bibb, Patsy Duffey yes that’s All me . March 15, 2018 at 3:14 am - Reply

    My story started on the day my mom had me Jan. 5,1952 . I’m proud to say —- My God has led me all the way …..

  3. Maribeth Ditmars March 21, 2018 at 12:16 am - Reply

    My story is heartbreaking and tragic, but there is so much beauty and love there too. When our 14 year old son, Chris, was dying of cancer he witnessed to us about Jesus’s love. A few months before our 21 year old, Jarrod, died suddenly in an accident he had a transforming experience. Along the way I became an alcoholic, and God relieved me of that burden when I surrendered to him. It is now my greatest pleasure to help women in recovery, especially those who have experienced great losses. That is a big part of my purpose in this life.

    • Monica Meno March 29, 2018 at 12:09 am - Reply

      God bless all of you. Maribeth~ you are a warrior

  4. Ruth Hertzler March 29, 2018 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    I grew up on the missionfield and longed to put my hand to the plow. My husband was ill with parkinsons and it was NOT possible. When he passed I went back, but was too teary to continue. I went to live with my precious daughter and hers, and slowly healing took place. A church in Peru, in the town I grew up, asked me to come and dedicate a well, that his friends had donated the money for. I was so happy to be back and loved it. I stayed beyond my departure date, went home, packed up and returned. Now I am a Titus 2;3,4 woman, walking beside my Spanish speaking friends and sharing my walk with the LORD. I am so happy, I often burst into’ happy tears’. Wow is God awesome.! How can I be so happy? He is meeting all my needs. A huge ladies retreat is in the works all paid for by loving friends in USA , “my”gals get to go for free. A first for many of them!

  5. Deanna Prosser March 29, 2018 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    Thank you for your inspiring post. I’m moved to comment and say that “beauty from ashes” is God’s Masterpiece! He alone is My Lover,Saviour,Father, and Friend. His faithfulness keeps me in awe as I trudge this road of happy destiny. He has lifted me up from heroine addiction, sex addiction, abuse and alcoholism. Our paths are His perfect plan. He brought me through so that I could glorify Him! To be available for others that on this path and with His grace and mercy share that I too was there and through Him I am transformed as they too can be if they turn to Him. How Great Is Our God! All glory belongs to Him! May God cover, lead, and bless each who reads this post.
    Hallelujah!

  6. Kathy Stiteler March 30, 2018 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    My story is a “God story” because as the old song goes..through it all, I’ve learned to trust in Jesus and I give Him the praise. . I have dealt with so much, here’s just a partial list, I could add a lot more… – a sin in my early 20’s that held me in chains for 20 years, divorce due to husband’s infidelity, being a single mom, a 2nd marriage to a man studying for the ministry who was very verbally and emotionally abusive for 15 years then the resulting divorce because he became physically abusive, financial struggles, my father’s sudden death following surgery, losing 4 family members to death in 18 mths. along with my dog & cat dying and my company being sold, changing jobs to one with a 1 hour commute, my grandson being born extemely premature with a 3% chance of survival & being in a children’s hospital for a year and 2 mths. after he was born, traveling 4 hours every Sunday during that year to be with the baby every Sunday, helping care for him with a trach & feeding tube to this day, my 33 yr. old son having 12 strokes and emergency open heart surgery due to a tumor which was causing the strokes but he did survive, being a caregiver for my elderly mom who is legally blind due to macular degeneration and it is an enormous task to meet her needs, my own health issues of ovarian surgery and a current sacorilliac joint issue with sciatica which has caused me to be in tremendous pain for over 4 years & can’t get pain relief. . Insurance issues and overwhelming medical bills so I can’t afford further treatment. After over 50 years at my church, I left and went to a new church 2 yrs. ago because they weren’t following God. I know God led me to my new church. I am financially in bad shape, physically tired, emotionally overwhelmed and struggle with loneliness, especially on holidays. It has been a hard life, really hard, but through every trial I draw closer to my Father who holds me through each trial. (James 1:2-4) I don’t understand why I’ve had to go through so much, but God has a reason and I love Him with all my heart.

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