I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:
2 That you receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.
by Valerie Carter
Indiana Section 3 Director
THIS IS MY STORY
The theme for Ladies Conference this year is, “This is My Story”. I can’t help but to think about the well-known song, “Blessed Assurance”. In 1873, these lyrics were penned by Fanny Crosby while visiting her friend, Mrs. Knapp, who had already composed the music. After her friend played the tune, she asked Fanny, “What does this tune say?” After some time in prayer, Fanny began to dictate the following to Mrs. Knapp:
“This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior, all the day long,
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior, all the day long.”
What many do not realize is, at only six weeks old, she became blind. Yet, she has written 8000 Gospel songs! Not even the loss of her vision could overtake her. She was determined that God alone was the author of her story.
Hebrews 12:2 says, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…”. I desire for God to write my story and I know you do too! An author of a book always knows how the story is going to end, even before the main character does. As readers, we are often surprised by plot twists, but God is never caught off guard when things are turned upside down in our lives. If we allow Him, He will transform and make something beautiful in us. It becomes our testimony - our story.
Like Fanny, make a personal declaration to praise Him regardless of what is happening in your life because God will never abandon your story. It is a Biblical promise! “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them; for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee” (Deuteronomy 31:6). Be assured and receive strength from that promise.