Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Power of Story and Vulnerability

I am always amazed at the people and places God has placed into my life. It has been such a joy to get to know so many friends in the blogging world, at seminary, and in numerous other places. Telling our stories is a holy act that opens us up to our own vulnerability.

As Brene Brown states, "Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky, but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy--the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light."

The infinite power of our light is a beautiful image. It reminds me of the Japanese art form kinstigu where they put gold lacquer over the cracks. The gold reminds us of the brokenness of this piece of art, but is also the place where the light gets in. Are we willing to be vulnerable, even though it is risky?

This week, I returned to the Here Hear podcast to talk more about growing up as a daughter of a woman who daily lives with a mental illness. Today, Nate and I talk stigma and story. You can listen to this week's episode here: Here Hear Podcast (Part 2).

I am linking up with Holly and Testimony Tuesday, Kelly and the Ra Ra Linkup, Jennifer and Tell His Story, Holley and Coffee for your Heart and Kristin and Three Word Wednesday.

 

 

10 comments:

  1. I too have found such deep connection and community with people who were willing to be vulnerable and then made me feel safe to do the same! It makes me want to do the same for others too. Thanks for the encouragement :)

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    1. Thank you! And you're welcome.

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  2. I so agree, Tara. God can use our vulnerability for His glory and so often it builds that bridge that people will cross to learn more about Him. Indeed, there is power in our stories and I'm so glad you are telling yours.

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  3. I love Brene Brown's quote and know how exploring the darkness in my own life, I have been able to uncover the light. There is definite power in our stories and the vulnerability it takes to share it with others.

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  4. "Telling our stories is a holy act that opens us up to our own vulnerability." --> YES! I love this. Thanks for linking up at #ThreeWordWednesday.

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    1. Thanks! It was fun to record.

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