Thursday, March 26, 2015

Breaking the Silence (A Five Minute Friday Post)

I am linking up for the Five Minute Friday. The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog Heading Home. Today's prompt is "Break." Write for five minutes; unedited.

My Lighthouse by Rend Collective Experiment has become one of my all-time favorite songs. I love the image of the lighthouse in the distance breaking through and providing that light that we need. Or, I think, of a candle which in a blackout provides just enough light; just enough light breaks through and shows us what we need to see.

Sometimes what we need to see is right in front of us. This week I have been finishing (I only have a chapter left) of Annie Downs' book "Let's All Be Brave." That book has opened me up in ways I never thought possible. It has help me break through and be more brave than I ever thought possible. My friend Colleen at Blessed are the Feet reminded me of that today in this post she wrote Go Ahead and Tell Your Story.

God wants us to tell our WHOLE stories; even the bloody messy pieces of our stories. My story is filled with much joy but it also is filled with much pain and sorrow too. My Mom had a nervous breakdown right after my sister was born. (She is three years younger than me) She has lived with a mental illness pretty much my whole life. And I have learned the power of sharing my story; our story. There are so many in this world whose hearts are breaking because they haven't been able to share their whole stories.

I also believe that when we share our stories, God finds a way for the light to break through in the midst of the deep darkness. In sharing our stories, we break the silence about the so many things that I believe God weeps along with us with in this world. And by sharing my story and the story of all those who daily struggle with a mental illness, I am able to hopefully break the silence.

**Since I referenced this video, I decided to add this video for your enjoyment, friends. Maybe you could break dance to this? (Just Kidding!)

14 comments:

  1. Billy Graham said that if you want to change someone's life, tell a story - keep telling your story - keep changing lives! I am so glad you did!

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    1. Thank you Bluecottonmemory! Let's all keep telling our stories. That's one of the biggest lessons I believe dear Kara Tippetts taught us...to tell our whole stories; even the ugly messiest places!

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  2. Oh sweet Tara Amen and Amen!! Breaking the silence in one of the most difficult and scariest things someone can do! But- It CAN be done!! What a great post and very encouraging to those who need to break that silence

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    1. It really is one of the most difficult and scariest things I have done. But it really has stretched me. I hope more people tell their stories and help to break the silence!

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  3. Tara, what a beautiful, transparent post! You are so right...our stories are what God uses as our testimony. The pretty and the ugly...He can use it all to change a life. God bless you!!

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    1. Leah, thank you! God bless you too!

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  4. Our stories absolutely matter! And when one of us shares, we give others permission to share. As Christine Caine says, "Free people free people."

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    1. Liz, you are so right. I need to remember that. I like that Christine Caine quote. Thanks for sharing it!

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  5. Absolutely! We must tell our stories because that is how we share our burdens (and we are instructed to share one another's burdens). Listening is an act of love and allows us to come alongside each other.

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    1. Listening is indeed an act of love, isnt it? Thanks for stopping by friend!

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  6. I love this so... and you, and I am so thankful that you are breaking the silence and sharing your experiences because it shines the Light and helps others to know that they are not alone! For way too long, mental illness has been silently pushed to the dark corners and not brought out into the Light! LOVE that He is leading you to share more!

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    1. Awww! Thanks sweet friend! I agree mental illness has been for so long pushed to the dark corners. I do believe God is leading me to share more so that it can come out into the light.

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  7. Well done for being brave. It is out of our broken places that we can most minister to others. I love how God takes those things and turns them into something beautiful for His kingdom.

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    1. Thanks Jo! It really is out of those broken places that we can minister to others.

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