May 29, 2013

Wednesday SHINE.....

Today's Reading: Mark 16:9-20

Happy Worship Wednesday sweet SHINE girls! What a gorgeous week around here in Georgia! I really hope wherever you are today, you are worshiping Jesus!

Today, it is my absolute pleasure to introduce a girl that I have never met, Kristy Griffin. Kristy found our SHINE girls site on Twitter (I think).

Every single day she "retweets" our SHINE posts. I would get an email daily saying that she had retweeted our posts, and I had no clue who this precious soul was.

I began praying for her because she was drawing people to God's Word and our SHINE girls community.

Soon after I began praying for her, I met her sister, Katlyn, who lo and behold is also a SHINE girl. She also happens to live right outside of my neighborhood. What?! We both had no idea the connection we had. But, God did!

Katlyn immediately called Kristy and told her that we had met--and the rest is history. :)

Kristy and I immediately got in touch with each other and I asked her to share on SHINE. She has a powerful testimony. A testimony that God knew needed to be shared with all of you.

Grab your coffee, get cozy, and be blessed today by Kristy's story. I know you will!

Wednesday SHINE
By Kristy Griffin

Good morning, Shine Girls!

I cannot have this opportunity to share and not thank Jill for all that she does and how it has affected my life. I have not met Jill face to face (yet) but I know that her love for the Lord is HUGE! Shine girls has without a doubt changed my life! Before I started following Jill and “Shine Girls” on Twitter, I was not memorizing scripture, reading my Bible, or even praying on a daily basis. Seeing how Jill spoke of her love for the Lord and how on fire she is for Him, planted a desire in me to want to know Him on a deeper level. I’m so grateful for Jill and for how she’s allowed God to use her! I tell people all the time that she’s my BFF and doesn’t even know it! J


Kristy and her husband Allen
{aren't they adorable?}

When Jill asked me to share something with you, my SECOND thought was to write on something that I feel strongly about (how our words affect each other), but after praying about it the Lord clearly told me that wasn’t the topic my post should be about. He put it on my heart to write about FEAR.

You see, my FIRST thought after Jill asked me to share was “No way! I could never do that!”
I recently came across a verse in 1 Peter (3:15) that says, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”

I knew that I had to say YES! When the Lord put it on my heart to write about ‘fear’, I knew why….

Fear is something that I’ve always struggled with. Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll say “Kristy is a big old chicken, she’s afraid of nearly everything!” …..and it would be true.

I’m afraid of everything from granddaddy long legs (quit laughing! Haha!), to never being able to have babies; but something I really fear is stepping out of my comfort zone. This is something I feel super convicted about, because I’m learning that you can’t give Jesus your ALL if you are afraid of being uncomfortable.

Psalm 34:4 – “I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”

I’m learning more and more every day that Satan will grab hold of something that you struggle with and he will run with it. He will trip you up if you aren’t careful, and he will take that thing that you struggle with and create such a strong hold in you that you convince yourself that you’ll never break his grip on you. That’s exactly what Satan would do to me. He would use my struggle with fear against me and nearly paralyze me with it.

There was a time when the very thought of being away from my home for longer than a few days would have me crying and crippled with anxiety, because home is where I’m most comfortable. Change used to be super hard for me but I’m learning to trust Him with everything. I’ve grown more in my relationship with Him over the past year than I have in the last 10 years I’ve been a Christian.

Girls, God can and will do amazing things in you if you give your fears over to Him and allow Him to take care of you!

He will strengthen you when you are weak (2 Cor. 12:9), He will comfort you when you are sad (Matt. 5:4), and He will prove His faithfulness to you over and over again! (Psalm 33:4)

He’s teaching me all these things and more! I think more than anything, He’s drilled in me over the last year to be patient and wait on Him (Ps. 27:14)

He knows me. He knows me better than I know me! He knows what I need before I can even tell Him! 

He knows the desires of my heart and He has plans for me!

Now I’m not saying that I’m OK with granddaddy long legs or that I’m not still afraid deep down of never becoming a mama – but I am saying this….

God isn’t finished with me (or you) yet! (Philippians 1:6)

Giving my fears to HIM,


Kristy 

Kristy and her beautiful sisters
~Katlyn, Kristy, and Karen~


13 comments:

  1. Tears running down my face because I know how precious and authentic Kristy is. Beautifully written, and strikes such a chord with me. Well done Kristy! Glad my little man loves to rescue Mrs. Kristy and stomp grand-daddy long legs ;)

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  2. Tears! I love you. You are such an amazing person. He has great plans for you and I can't wait to see what they are. I see a future woman's conference speaker in the future.

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  3. Anonymous5/29/2013

    So true. I need to hear this today. God Bless you.
    Kelly G

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  4. Isn't God amazing how He pulls us in and brings us together?!?!? What a mighty and powerful God we serve!
    Thank you so much for sharing sweet girl! I needed to hear 1 Peter 3:15 today!
    Love,
    Erin Davis

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    1. Anonymous5/29/2013

      Yes! I agree!

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  5. Niki Griffin5/29/2013

    Wow! Wow! As fear is something I constantly struggle with, mainly the fear of the unknown(that's the control freak in me, this has really tugged at a heart string this morning! Amazing how God can use the people in your life to pull you closer to Him!

    Kristy I am sooooo proud of you! For sharing your thoughts, taking this task on, and putting yourself out there. I know how terrifying stepping out of your comfort zone is for you. I am so proud and blessed to call you my sister and best friend! I have first-hand seen you overcome your fear while allowing God to lead you! Ummm You stepped on a plane to New York, hundreds of miles away from your 'comfort zone' (your home, husband and momma), I honestly never thought that would happen! So proud!

    Proud SIL & BFF,
    Niki

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  6. Love you Kristy Griffin! I am honored to Kristy my friend and my daughter (Katie) still loves her Miss Kristy who kept her from 10 weeks old until she started Pre-K. Kristy is as genuine as they come, loves God and exudes such a peaceful state around her - my life is better because of knowing her.

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  7. Anonymous5/29/2013

    I am blown away more today than I was proof-reading this with Kristy! When she brought this to me and our mom we were both left speechless with soaking wet faces and unable to breathe at the works that my sister; my quiet, reserved Kristy has just shown to us! She amazes me! True mama or not, I am the mama I am today because of her unconditional love and understanding that she has always shown to me and our sweet Carson! You rock lil lady! I love you!

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    1. Anonymous5/29/2013

      Sweet sister!

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  8. Anonymous5/29/2013

    Kristy... WOW!!!! I,m struggling with satans strongholds in my life and you hit it right on! I also see a future speaker here!

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  9. Anonymous5/29/2013

    Tears are surly flowing! I have the pleasure of working with Kristy in the youth at church. And I am lucky to be able to call her my friend. KRISTY you are a true blessing to so many, your love for the Lord Shines like a diamond! And your exactly right Gods not finished with us yet. Press on my friend, press on!
    Stacy Malone

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  10. Not quite sure adorable is the word for him though lol.... But a great couple nonetheless.

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  11. Anonymous5/29/2013

    Such a great post! I struggle with fear too, so I completely know the stronghold it can have over your life. It will definitely hold you back form God's plans and purposes. Thank you for hearing His Voice and speaking out about your fear. God is BIGGER than our fears!

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