This weeks guest post is from my friend and fellow writer Meghan Weyerbacher. We have been “online friends” for years, but this past June, we finally met face to face! I loved getting to travel to see Meghan, meet her family and speak at her church. I have always loved Meghans sense of humor and fun writing style. I have been honored to support her as a launch team member when she published her first two small town romance novels, and now again with her third one just having been released a short time ago. I am so proud of Meghan for stepping out and being obedient to write and get her stories and their messages out there. I am honored to call her friend and have her being a guest on the blog. When I asked her to write a guest post back in August, life happened and she had to delay. Then as she was writing, she messaged and asked if it could be a series. For the next three weeks, I am honored to share my space with Meghan. I pray you get to know her and fall in love with her the way I do. If you would like to purchase any of her books, you can find them all on Amazon! Click on the pictures below.
The Gift of Prophetic Story: A 3-Part Series
Imperfections = Partnership Invitations
By: Meghan Weyerbacher
“You do not have a story until something goes wrong.”
– Steven James, author of Story Trumps Structure
If you’ve ever written a story, you might be familiar with how halfway through, it reroutes itself despite all your attempts to neatly outline and stick with the program. Like flawed characters in fictional tales, our actual lives often end up on detours, showing us the scenic route of life, yet we inwardly fight it thinking, “This can’t be right.”
It’s disheartening when we show up to give our best, but it turns out looking like a Sunday morning gone wrong, which in our household, isn’t that hard to do. It looks a lot like good intentions met with harsh realities. A lot like a night well spent, planning for the morning ahead, only to be sabotaged by dog dung (you never want to come over now right?), pulsating headaches, or missing shoes that were right there—we promise.
Like flawed characters in fictional tales, our actual lives often end up on detours. Click To Tweet
I don’t know about you, but I want life to shimmer and shine like a plump computer animation. Like post-this-Earth. Give me The Land of Oz. Give me fresh sneakers or that fresh car smell. Maybe even give me one of those neat spotted turtle shells that Yoshi sports. Heck—give me wings so I can fly to other worlds because staying on the ground is boring.
But you can’t touch computer animation, Oz isn’t real, sneakers don’t last, and don’t get me started on the interiors of vehicles. Yoshi? He’s my pick out of all the above, but even he got too heavy for his own wings and had to lower to take a breath.
Sometimes, our unglamorous daily-grind-lives seem too simple and unseen, too muddled and unholy to be worthy of having a God-hand in them. But He’s in them, with no regrets.
How can God take our everyday, messy lives and make art from them?
How can He encompass our dirty air with love and vitality, and allow us to become an offering to a hurting world? I’m talking, like Jesus in the flesh to others, when we are so dented and prone to fall?
How can our, “I just swept that,” floor be a firm foundation for guests, neighbors and even strangers, to stand on?
How can our (insert frustration or lack) give way to glorify a perfect God? How is this possible?
I’ve been asking myself these questions because the longer I live, the more I am seeing with Jesus-brother, Jesus-friend eyes: the kind that adjust to the dusty, everyday life. The kind that are trying to get our eyes off the flaws and onto the possibilities.
How could a 33-year-long pit stop by the Son of God possibly be in The Plan? Wasn’t His kingdom lovelier without us messy humans? (And by the way, we’re not alone—he sent his own Spirit to come stay in our “houses.” Those houses are us!)
Author Steven James says, “…with no crisis, no struggle, no discovery, no transformation, no revelation…it’s not a story, it’s a report.”
We know from scripture (see Job 1:6) that angels report to God, but I love to imagine that they are reporting on how our story is coming along, as if we are part of an epic Choose Your Own Adventure with God the gentle Guide, there to help along the way.
“Angels get to report, but we get to help the Author of all authors, write what they are reporting!”
Maybe things that go wrong are an invitation to see from a different angle. Click To Tweet
Maybe things that go wrong are an invitation to see from a different angle.
Maybe the cracks in the ground and the dirt between our toes can be reminders we are part of an unfinished work.
Maybe holes in the story, unanswered questions and unsolved mysteries are ways we can remember we need a Guide and can’t go it alone.
Maybe what we see as imperfections, God sees as purposeful partnerships.
Maybe what we see as imperfections, God sees as purposeful partnerships. Click To Tweet
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Debbie Kitterman is a natural born encourager who is on fire for God. She is passionate about equipping individuals, so they can go deeper in the relationship with God, reach their God-potential and claim their Kingdom inheritance. Debbie is a wife, mother, author, pastor, speaker and the founder of “Dare 2 Hear,” a ministry that trains individuals to hear the voice of God. She travels to churches internationally and is the founder and teacher of d2htraining.com, an online course designed to equip the believer in releasing God’s heart. Her writing and teachings inspire faith and build bridges for people to believe and expect the impossible. She is also an ordained Foursquare pastor, currently serving with her husband, John, as senior pastor of Restoration Church in Lacey, Washington. Learn more at: www.debbiekitterman.com
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