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Story

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

Philippians 1:6 (ESV)

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I see story in everything.

And trust me, that’s not all bad. In fact, for the writer in me, that’s really good.

When it comes to my own life, I’m pretty good at seeing how the details work together … I’m good at fitting pieces and elements of my journey up until now into a coherent and plausible story.

I can take small snippets of memories and feelings from particular times and see a story written into the in between moments and the everyday.

I can look at transformative life events and see how God has been faithful, how He has never left my side, how He has stretched me and grown me and drawn me closer to Himself, and how He has used certain circumstances and people for His purpose.

I can look back over my life until this present moment and see how everything that’s happened and every path I’ve gone down (yes, even the wrong ones) has been intricately woven together to bring me to the place I am now.

As I analyze and observe all of these elements, my tendency is to make them fit neatly together, to see patterns, to make sense of circumstances (however scary and unknown they were at the time) that led to other circumstances that each serve as individual pieces of a bigger plot culminating in the right now of today.

And in some ways, this is all fine and good and maybe just part of being human.

But in other ways, it misses a very important truth: my story isn’t over.

There’s still a lot of unknown.

And the Author?

Well, to put it bluntly, it’s not me.

It’s HIM.

And by trying to make so much sense of the unfolding story in this moment from my limited perspective, although there may be elements of truth in what I come up with, I may also be overlooking the possibility that the place I am now was never meant to be a chapter break … that the story wasn’t supposed to make sense here at all. It may just be a small part or a next step or a preparation for something in the future that I can’t even begin to imagine.

But the Author of my story?

His stories are beautiful. He already knows the end. He knew it when He started writing. And His good work will be completed.

The middle may not always make sense to me, but each part fits into His whole story perfectly.

So I trust this Author.

Because ultimately, I want to live my story according to His pen and watch with eager anticipation as He weaves each detail together while simultaneously weaving together a far bigger story, the greatest story of all … of undeserved redemption and unconditional love … His own.

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I got nothin’…

As I approached today’s post, I originally thought, “I got nothin'”…

i got nothin

But if you follow me on twitter (and if you don’t, you’re missing out on things like my favorite juice and my commentary on the Oscars, so you should. I’m @emily_gallimore.), you know that I sometimes share links to meaningful posts or articles from others.

While I don’t usually share those in this space, there were a few posts this week that I found so gripping and compelling, that I couldn’t help but mention them here…

1) why i stopped feeling guilty about stupid things by Emily P. Freeman

I spend far too much energy feeling guilty over things that just plain don’t matter in the scheme of eternity, and I struggle with owning the choices I make to spend time doing one thing over another. I still can’t really put into words how much this post spoke truth into my heart regarding both.

2) Part 1: I Met Jesus in the Sistine Chapel by Stephanie May

Stephanie was part of the team I served with in Guatemala last month. She has a beautiful heart and a powerful story. This is one small part of that story and will leave you wanting to hear more. And while you’re at it, check out the related story behind her blog’s title.

3) Perfect is a Poison by Jon Acuff

If you struggle with perfectionism as I do, this short post is so true and such a great reminder: “Done is better than perfect.”

Have you read anything worth sharing this week?

{Day 29} I Don’t Serve a Small God…

“…for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose.'”

Isaiah 46:9-10 (ESV)

I don’t serve a small God … so why do I act like it?

When I think I have to write the details of my own story, I act like I serve a small God.
When I act like taking a wrong turn on this faith journey is the end, I act like I serve a small God.
When I worry so much about and agonize over which direction is right, I act like I serve a small God.

But just because His timing is different than mine, just because He allows me to make mistakes that ultimately draw me into deeper dependence on Him, just because I don’t perfectly understand what He’s doing or where He’s leading, just because I can’t see the whole picture, doesn’t mean He’s a small God.

Quite the contrary.

He’s such a big and mighty and powerful God that He knows each detail from beginning to end. He knows how all the pieces fit together because He sees the big picture … the whole picture … while I can only see one very small miniscule part.

He knows the eternal story because He wrote it.

I’ve spent far too much time worrying about what comes next in my story.

But this quiet confidence.

It doesn’t worry.

Because there is peace in His presence and confidence in Him who holds tomorrow.

{Day 1} 31 Days of Quiet Confidence

**for individual links to each day in this series, go here**

“Behold, a king will reign righteously … And the work of righteousness will be peace, and the service of righteousness, quietness and confidence forever.”

Isaiah 32:1, 17 (NASB)

Earlier this year, I began a faith adventure that was simultaneously terrifying and crazy exciting when I began an application process with an evangelical international missions organization to explore serving overseas with them on a short-term basis for 2 years.

I chose to be silent in this space because it just didn’t seem right to share in real time while I was processing mentally, discerning spiritually, and seeking to follow Christ for each “next step” of the process. Not to mention, I chose to keep a relatively small circle of those family, friends, pastors, and mentors around me who knew as well.

I’ve gone back and forth as to whether I should share this story now (or even at all), but the prayer of my heart from the very beginning … my deepest desire in this life, really … was, and still is, to know God more, to lean into His Son Jesus Christ, to follow Him with my all, and to make His name known for His fame and His glory.

Although ultimately this application process came to a close a couple of months ago as we parted ways prior to any formal training or placement, that prayer can’t be answered if I hide the story. The only way for God’s glory to be recognized in all that He’s done through the process (and is continuing to do) is to share it.

I would love to tell you that I handled each unknown twist and turn of this almost-six-month experience with both quietness of spirit and confidence of heart, but that is just not the truth.

Yet even in my moments of imperfect (and often lacking) faith, the Lord has been continually drawing me into a deeper confidence in Him. And it’s only as He leads me to abandon my own plans and come to a place of complete dependence on and trust in Him that my soul is able to experience the quietness and rest that it so desperately craves.

And that’s what I hope to share with you over the next 31 days – don’t worry, it will be broken up into small and manageable pieces.

It’s my story … though really, it’s HIS story … of deeply rooted faith and trust in the sufficiency and sovereignty of Jesus Christ, of beyond-the-intellectual belief that leads to obedience, of following hard after Him even when it’s challenging, and of fixing my eyes on Him for the quiet confidence that only He can give.

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**linking up with the Nester’s community of 31 Day participants here.**