If I Told You My Story… – The Adventure of You

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Many people think they do not have a story, but I am not one of them. Jesus Christ radically changed my life in so many ways; I don’t have space for them all. I certainly was not like the apostle Paul, adhering to all the laws and rules! Beginning with my unplanned pregnancy at 19, I ran from God until the age of 43, doing whatever I thought I needed or wanted to make myself happy! If you had asked me what would make me happy, I’m sure I couldn’t have told you. But I pursued “it” to the detriment of my children, family, and other relationships. Somehow, I managed to work and support myself and my kids (2 by that time) through two marriages and two college degrees. I finally came to the end of myself one night in my patrol car. Listening to Christian radio, I encountered Jesus.

Acts 9:3-9  
3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” 5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 6 “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” 7 The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. 8 Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. 9 For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.

My Damascus Road experience happened on Lallendorf Road, in Oregon, Ohio, Feb. 16, 1994. Thankfully, since I was driving, the Lord did not take my sight! But he did lift the burdens and baggage I had been carrying all those years. That was the day I began the grand adventure that he has had me on ever since!

I got involved at Grace Evangelical Church, where my Ananias (see Acts 9:10-18), Lee Powell, was the associate pastor. Lee helped me to clarify my mission, and for the past 27 years, it has been to help women realize and live out who they are in Christ. God has turned all my experiences from my years of destructive living into a ministry of compassion, guidance, and encouragement for women who, like I did, are now walking through tough times.

God gave me the honor of being one of the founding members of CedarCreek Church. From that point on, with the Holy Spirit’s guidance, I’ve been doing what God planned for me to do with my life. I join with Paul, and countless other committed followers of Jesus, in saying:

Acts 20:24
But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.

God taught me that when you do what you are created for, you will see meaningful change in your life and in the lives of those around you.

To do this, we must learn about the gifts God has given us and focus on them. We must allow him to heal and transform the experiences we have lived. We must reach out to  the people he puts in front of us. It can be overwhelming, but over the next few days, we will talk about how we can put definition to it all!

Questions:
Does your story include turning the leadership of your life over to King Jesus? If not, why? If not now, then when?

Next Steps:
If you have trusted Jesus to lead your life, your next step is a public declaration through baptism. The first weekend of every month, we hold baptisms at each campus. If this is your next step, go to cedarcreek.tv/baptism to register. If you have not participated in GrowthTrack yet, it is a great place to begin to discover the adventure God has for your life. You can find out more at cedarcreek.tv/growthtrack.

Listen to: “If I Told You My Story” by Big Daddy Weave.

Prayer:
O Father! Every time I think of the day you rescued me, it brings me to tears! I am so grateful that you waited for me. I am so grateful that you pursued me into the far country where I had run from you for so long! Thank you for protecting me and my family from the most horrible consequences of my sin! Thank you for redeeming me and them by your amazing grace! I worship you and praise you!

You are my King! You are my Lord! You are my Savior! I live for you and your pleasure. In Jesus’ name, amen.


This post was written by Lauri White. Lauri is one of the 25 people that God used to start CedarCreek in the Fall of 1995, and was on staff until 2013. Lauri loves Jesus, and loves helping people, especially women, live out of the truth about who we are in Christ. She and her husband Mike live in Oregon, but now spend winter months in Florida near daughter Kelda and her family.


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2 replies
  1. Julie Estep
    Julie Estep says:

    Lauri, thank you for sharing your journey through writing for the L.I.O.. I feel like we have a lot in common, and your words reassure me of God’s love. Living for God is so much more satisfying than living for self.

  2. Chris Baney
    Chris Baney says:

    It is interesting how I can know someone for so long and not know your story. Lauri, you have been a sounding board for me and many other leaders throughout the years, I am sorry I didn’t ask more questions then to learn your story. Thank you for sharing it today and for using your life to be a reflection of Jesus. What an incredible adventure he has for all of us.

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