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  • - Someone is waiting foryou to tell your story.
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  • Our testimony, sharingwhat God has done for us
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  • is the most powerful tool wehave to minister to others.
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  • Today we're telling our stories
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  • and hope that you'll join us.
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  • (soft music)
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  • Being raised in the familythat I have been put in
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  • and came from, I lived alife of God's faithfulness
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  • on a daily basis.
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  • And I watched my parentssee the faithfulness of God.
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  • I grew up watching them see it,
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  • and then I married Matt,
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  • and heard all those storiesof the faithfulness of God
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  • of Trinity Broadcasting Network
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  • and what God has done here.
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  • We have a network thatshares, well 31 networks or so
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  • that share testimoniesof the goodness
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  • and the faithfulness of God.
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  • But every generation as we'vetalked about it this week,
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  • every generation hasto learn to trust God
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  • and see God for themselves.
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  • And so in 1992, it was likeGod's hand just reached down
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  • and just lifted us up out of TBN
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  • and placed us up in Hollywood,
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  • the last place I would haveever taken my two little boys.
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  • Going to do what we feltGod had called us to do.
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  • But I remember thatthat's when God said,
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  • you know, we often say Goddoesn't have grandchildren,
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  • He has children.
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  • And that was when God taughtus and showed us who He was.
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  • We just learned thatGod was our God too
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  • and that we had totrust and believe.
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  • And so that's whereour backbone was built,
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  • that's where ourfaith was built.
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  • We were out from under thecovering kind of the blessing
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  • and had to findit for ourselves.
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  • - Right.
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  • - I think basicallywhat happened,
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  • we found ourselvesvery uncomfortable
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  • in a very comfortable situation.
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  • And I know that it was God.
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  • No matter what it took, nomatter what stupid circumstances
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  • no matter what all thatstuff is, it doesn't matter.
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  • I know it was the handof God, to pull us out
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  • for a time and a seasonto show us who He was
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  • and to build our faith too.
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  • Because if we hadn'thad done that,
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  • we wouldn't be back here.
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  • God would not besustaining us right now
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  • if we hadn't learned towalk by faith by ourselves.
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  • Everybody has to doit, it's not easy.
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  • But it's what pleases God andit's just learning to trust.
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  • And that can bethe hardest thing.
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  • That can be thehardest thing to do
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  • because we all wannabe self sufficient,
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  • we all wanna make things happen.
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  • And sometimes God says,
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  • "I want you to watchme make things happen
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  • "and let me be God,I'm God, not you.
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  • "So let me be God andyou take a backseat,
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  • "because this isn't aboutyou, it's about me."
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  • I remember so many days
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  • Matt would come homefrom the office,
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  • and we were up therejust busting our butts
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  • trying to get goodChristian films done
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  • and trying to make adifference up there.
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  • And he would go to theoffice I know on days
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  • and just say, "Well,this is this is the end,
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  • "tomorrow, we won'tbe here anymore,
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  • "we're closing the door."
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  • And he would get in his car
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  • and he would listen to thesong, "The Battle is Mine".
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  • The battle is not yours,the battle is mine
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  • by Alvin Slaughter.
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  • - Yes, yeah.
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  • - He said," I'd have to justdrive and listen to that.
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  • "The battle is the Lord's.
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  • "Listen to that songabout five times
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  • "before I could evenpull into the driveway
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  • "and come into the house."
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  • And then he'd lookat me and he'd say,
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  • "It seems like Godjust moved the wall."
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  • The wall just movedtoday and the wall moved.
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  • And we just sawGod's faithfulnessin the steps of faith
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  • and the believingwell and whatever.
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  • We had a lot of thingsthat you did wrong
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  • and you asked repentance,but just learning,
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  • learning our way.
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  • I guess all that to say is thatlooking back over the years
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  • and then coming back to TBN
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  • and seeing the faithfulnessof God in relationship
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  • and the best years of parentallife in the last years
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  • of mom and dad Crouches lifeand the passing of that baton.
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  • And to see the thingsthat took place,
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  • and are now taking placeis just a continuance
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  • of the legacy.
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  • Of when you thinkit's the end, it's not
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  • and just putting your trustin God, doing things in faith
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  • that did not work out.
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  • They just did not happen.
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  • And then you just lookat each other and go,
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  • "I'm not sure what that was,but I'm still gonna serve Him."
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  • Even when man Icould chuck it all.
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  • - There have beenquite a few instances
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  • where God just kind of kickedus out of our comfort zone.
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  • But that's where Ilearned to trust Him,
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  • that's where I learnedHis faithfulness,
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  • That's where I learned to say,
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  • "Not my will butyour will be done,
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  • "because I trust your will."
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  • And every time, not only hasHe come through and provided
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  • but He has brought usto a greater place.
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  • You know there's ascripture that says,
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  • we go from faith to faith
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  • or from glory toglory, faith to faith.
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  • And a friend of minesays, that to part
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  • we go from glory to glory,
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  • the to can be reallylong sometimes.
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  • But when you get tothat new place of glory
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  • in that new place of faith, ohman, there's nothing like it.
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  • It's worth everystep of the journey.
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  • - Faithful to theend, to run the race
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  • that God calls us to runI think is the challenge
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  • and is the cheerleadingsquad we have here
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  • to run your raceand run it well.
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  • And the race is like having,
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  • in a race there's abunch of race horses
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  • run it with race horses.
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  • - Yeah.
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  • - Well, I'm gladyou moved up there
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  • because that's whenwe got to be friends.
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  • - That's right.
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  • (all laugh)
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  • - See, so manywonderful precious.
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  • But in those times I justcan't say enough in the times
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  • of just not knowingwhat God is doing.
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  • Just to stay faithfulto what He said,
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  • what was the last thing He said?
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  • And just do that andjust stay faithful to God
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  • and His Word declaring that,
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  • "God, I don't knowwhat you're asking me
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  • "but I know you'recalling on my faith."
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  • How would we know we had faithhad it not been called on?
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  • - Even those times in ourlife when we take a leap
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  • and it doesn't work.
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  • We take a risk we wish,what you were talking about,
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  • you did some thingsyou go, "Ah."
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  • But I just think that's all good
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  • because it remindsyou He's still God
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  • and it keeps youtaking another one.
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  • - Well and I don't feel thatyou can ever do something
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  • in faith that you really feelthat you ever fall backwards.
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  • I think you always--
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  • - Always.
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  • - Will it bedifferent next time?
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  • - Yeah, I learnedmy lesson. (laughs)
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  • - Absolutely, we all learnlessons through life decisions
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  • because we don'talways hit the mark.
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  • Every time we getout there we say,
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  • "Oh, I'm gonna try this."
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  • Yeah you try it.
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  • The Bible talks abouthow man devises his plan
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  • but God will order his steps.
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  • So we plan some things,but it may not--
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  • - God says, "Yougo right ahead."
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  • (all laugh)
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  • - How you're orderingthat right now.
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  • But it's like you have toget out there and try it.
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  • But I think about you, Laurie,
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  • and how you haveheard so many stories
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  • and so many testimoniesthrough the years
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  • that you've beenin this position.
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  • And I would like to know, howhas that impacted your faith,
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  • whether for the positiveor the negative?
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  • And how have you used thosestories to bless so many others?
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  • You know, becauseit's so important
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  • that we use our testimoniesto be a blessing to others.
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  • But you have heard so many Imean, I know I've heard a lot,
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  • but you've beenin this position.
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  • You have heard quite a few.
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  • - Well, now those testimonies
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  • are changing livesaround the world.
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  • So that's what happens.
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  • You start changing theworld with everyone's story
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  • and everyone brings theirstory and their testimonies
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  • of the faithful and thenGod puts something like this
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  • in your hand.
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  • This is changing the lifeof millions of people
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  • around the world.
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  • - It is so important thatyou share your testimony.
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  • It's not always easyto share your testimony
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  • but we are here for a purpose.
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  • God has given us each other sothat we can bear the burdens.
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  • Not carry but be able to liftthe burdens up off of others
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  • that are goingthrough situations.
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  • And your testimonyis so necessary.
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  • It is so necessaryto be able to empower
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  • and to strengthen thosethat are around you.
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  • So be bold today.
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  • Take courage on todaythat you will be able
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  • to share your story,share your testimony
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  • without any shame,without any condemnation
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  • so others can behealed by your story.
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  • Because it is your story, butuse it to glorify the Father.
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  • - You know, people are hearingthe gospel message of Jesus.
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  • Hope and grace allaround the world.
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  • - In 2 Corinthians, Paulrefers to us, as the letters.
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  • Like we're the letters thatthe world reads, right?
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  • And so our lives become letters.
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  • - Living testimony.- Living testimonies.
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  • And then in Revelation, thisis the one we love to quote.
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  • The blood of the Lamb,the word of our testimony
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  • but the one that comesright under that,
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  • the rest of that sentence,
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  • is that you love your lifenot, unto death, right?
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  • So we overcome and sometimesI think about that part
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  • like not loving yourlife unto death,
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  • it means sometimes sharingyour testimony is hard, right?
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  • Because the enemy would tellyou that there's shame in it
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  • so then you don't want to.
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  • But you overcome whenyou're willing to just,
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  • it's His life anyway.
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  • I'm on that altar, it's likeI have no shame anymore.
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  • Here's my story, sothat's why I could share
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  • because there's no shame in it.
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  • My doubt's gonnahelp somebody, right?
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  • So that's the overcoming,the blood of the Lamb,
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  • the word of our testimony
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  • and being willingto just share it.
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  • - It's not about me.- It's not about me.
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  • - It's about Him.
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  • - It's not about me,it's not about me
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  • - Sometimes we gotta forgetabout what's been done to us
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  • and think about what'sbeing done for Him.
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  • - Than can be quitedifficult sometimes
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  • just because you alwayswanna see yourself.
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  • It's like, you have tolearn how to take yourself
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  • out of your story.
  • 00:12:12.544 --> 00:12:14.712
  • So tell your story, becausewhen you're telling it,
  • 00:12:14.712 --> 00:12:17.315
  • you are reliving itmost of the time,
  • 00:12:17.315 --> 00:12:19.484
  • when you're telling your story
  • 00:12:19.484 --> 00:12:20.485
  • and that could be quite painful.
  • 00:12:20.485 --> 00:12:23.521
  • But to see the victory thatit's offering so many others
  • 00:12:23.521 --> 00:12:27.992
  • is amazing.
  • 00:12:27.992 --> 00:12:29.227
  • - Our stories are so powerful.
  • 00:12:29.227 --> 00:12:31.262
  • I really believe that ourstories are a superpower.
  • 00:12:31.262 --> 00:12:34.199
  • And I think that shamecan often stop us
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  • from sharing our stories.
  • 00:12:37.001 --> 00:12:38.603
  • And we're ashamedof choices we made
  • 00:12:38.603 --> 00:12:41.406
  • or things we've walked through
  • 00:12:41.406 --> 00:12:42.740
  • and so we don'twanna talk about it.
  • 00:12:42.740 --> 00:12:44.342
  • And I would say the wayto break free from shame
  • 00:12:44.342 --> 00:12:47.612
  • is to tell our storyand maybe our story
  • 00:12:47.612 --> 00:12:50.114
  • is just a one on oneconversation in a coffee shop.
  • 00:12:50.114 --> 00:12:53.351
  • Or maybe our story isjust writing it out
  • 00:12:53.351 --> 00:12:55.420
  • and writing it downand maybe one day
  • 00:12:55.420 --> 00:12:58.156
  • what you wrote downyou share with a friend
  • 00:12:58.156 --> 00:13:00.458
  • or you share with yourkids, when they're older,
  • 00:13:00.458 --> 00:13:02.427
  • you share with the pastor.
  • 00:13:02.427 --> 00:13:04.662
  • I think the way tobreak free from shame
  • 00:13:04.662 --> 00:13:07.699
  • is to just say it out loud
  • 00:13:08.967 --> 00:13:10.869
  • and to say whatyou're struggling with
  • 00:13:10.869 --> 00:13:12.837
  • and to say whatyou've been through.
  • 00:13:12.837 --> 00:13:14.405
  • And I think that webuild it up in our mind
  • 00:13:14.405 --> 00:13:17.508
  • and we make it a lotbigger than it needs to be.
  • 00:13:17.508 --> 00:13:20.044
  • And that when we say it outloud, we release its power
  • 00:13:20.044 --> 00:13:23.882
  • that it's holding over us.
  • 00:13:23.882 --> 00:13:26.017
  • - But Laurie, Iwanna tell you this,
  • 00:13:26.017 --> 00:13:28.253
  • on behalf of all of thepeople, the millions of people.
  • 00:13:28.253 --> 00:13:32.090
  • No really, this makesme a little emotional.
  • 00:13:32.090 --> 00:13:35.226
  • Because I can onlyimagine the pain
  • 00:13:37.962 --> 00:13:40.164
  • that people are dealing with,that people are going through
  • 00:13:41.633 --> 00:13:44.535
  • and for us to beable to use our voice
  • 00:13:44.535 --> 00:13:48.206
  • to help othersovercome whatever it is
  • 00:13:48.206 --> 00:13:50.875
  • that they're goingthrough is priceless.
  • 00:13:50.875 --> 00:13:53.278
  • But I wanna thank you onbehalf of the millions,
  • 00:13:53.278 --> 00:13:57.715
  • you and Matt, on behalfof the millions of people
  • 00:13:57.715 --> 00:14:00.585
  • that you are allowingto hear the testimonies
  • 00:14:00.585 --> 00:14:03.554
  • of the women that you placeon this show, thank you.
  • 00:14:03.554 --> 00:14:08.026
  • Thank you doesn't evenseem like enough sometimes
  • 00:14:08.026 --> 00:14:11.062
  • but thank you for allowingyour platform to be used
  • 00:14:11.062 --> 00:14:15.266
  • to bring healing andwholeness to so many others.
  • 00:14:15.266 --> 00:14:19.170
  • - And to think about themiracles and the faithfulness
  • 00:14:19.170 --> 00:14:23.007
  • of God to even have this voice.
  • 00:14:23.007 --> 00:14:24.909
  • I remember asking momat the end of her life,
  • 00:14:24.909 --> 00:14:27.178
  • what's the greatestmiracle of TV and she said,
  • 00:14:27.178 --> 00:14:30.214
  • "That I got to be a part of it."
  • 00:14:30.214 --> 00:14:31.816
  • And I feel the same way thatyou're even a part of it.
  • 00:14:33.584 --> 00:14:37.055
  • You know, becausethis is God's voice.
  • 00:14:37.055 --> 00:14:39.257
  • - Which is why we have totell our stories, right?
  • 00:14:39.257 --> 00:14:41.359
  • - Yeah, we have totell our stories.
  • 00:14:41.359 --> 00:14:42.627
  • - And so I guess forme, it's just like,
  • 00:14:42.627 --> 00:14:44.796
  • wanting to encourage people who,
  • 00:14:44.796 --> 00:14:47.131
  • you know on Instagram,it's all the good stuff,
  • 00:14:47.131 --> 00:14:49.000
  • nobody posts their stuff.
  • 00:14:49.000 --> 00:14:50.802
  • - Yeah, the highlight reel.
  • 00:14:50.802 --> 00:14:52.270
  • - But it's not, so--
  • 00:14:52.270 --> 00:14:53.271
  • - The filter stuff.
  • 00:14:53.271 --> 00:14:54.772
  • - Honestly my highlightsdon't help anybody, right?
  • 00:14:54.772 --> 00:14:56.941
  • It's how I go throughwhat I go through, right?
  • 00:14:56.941 --> 00:15:00.111
  • I can't always changewhat I'm gonna go through,
  • 00:15:00.111 --> 00:15:01.612
  • I can just change how I'mgonna go through it, right?
  • 00:15:01.612 --> 00:15:03.948
  • And so I think the more wecan actually articulate that
  • 00:15:03.948 --> 00:15:06.951
  • and tell storiesthat help people
  • 00:15:06.951 --> 00:15:09.687
  • and show how to getthrough it, that's it.
  • 00:15:09.687 --> 00:15:12.790
  • That's why we haveto tell our stories.
  • 00:15:12.790 --> 00:15:14.258
  • So do not let shame, becauseman, that's what happens
  • 00:15:14.258 --> 00:15:17.028
  • is when you think about.
  • 00:15:17.028 --> 00:15:18.196
  • You've told us before that 30,
  • 00:15:18.196 --> 00:15:20.098
  • for 34 years youdidn't tell anybody--
  • 00:15:20.098 --> 00:15:23.468
  • - Anybody.
  • 00:15:23.468 --> 00:15:25.003
  • - And you actually got marrieda year and a half before you-
  • 00:15:25.003 --> 00:15:27.438
  • - Yes.
  • 00:15:27.438 --> 00:15:28.873
  • - And so, whywouldn't you do that?
  • 00:15:28.873 --> 00:15:29.974
  • Well, that's the shame part.
  • 00:15:29.974 --> 00:15:30.942
  • - That's the shame.
  • 00:15:30.942 --> 00:15:32.643
  • - I probably have keptthings for 34 years. (laughs)
  • 00:15:32.643 --> 00:15:37.348
  • - I've probably stillkept a few things
  • 00:15:37.348 --> 00:15:39.484
  • but that marriagepart was something.
  • 00:15:39.484 --> 00:15:41.886
  • But even with havingsuch a bad relationship
  • 00:15:41.886 --> 00:15:45.390
  • in the beginning, the enemytried to put so much guilt
  • 00:15:45.390 --> 00:15:49.394
  • and condemnation on me likeI had done something wrong.
  • 00:15:49.394 --> 00:15:53.731
  • I could never beanything greater.
  • 00:15:53.731 --> 00:15:56.067
  • And it's like I neverwanted to tell that story
  • 00:15:56.067 --> 00:15:58.403
  • until years laterafter pastoring like,
  • 00:15:58.403 --> 00:16:01.672
  • "Hey, why not share our story,
  • 00:16:01.672 --> 00:16:04.342
  • "so others don'thave to go through
  • 00:16:04.342 --> 00:16:06.744
  • "what we have gone through?"
  • 00:16:06.744 --> 00:16:08.379
  • It's like, there's a better way.
  • 00:16:08.379 --> 00:16:11.282
  • Let me offer you a better way.
  • 00:16:11.282 --> 00:16:13.451
  • - I think I learned, in withwhat happened to me at college
  • 00:16:13.451 --> 00:16:18.456
  • in that test and thecheating on that test.
  • 00:16:19.924 --> 00:16:22.360
  • I didn't really sharethat for a while.
  • 00:16:22.360 --> 00:16:24.896
  • Only my family knewbecause they were there.
  • 00:16:24.896 --> 00:16:27.065
  • But I didn't really share it.
  • 00:16:27.065 --> 00:16:28.866
  • And then I wrote itin my first book,
  • 00:16:28.866 --> 00:16:31.202
  • so I didn't letthe shame keep me
  • 00:16:31.202 --> 00:16:33.838
  • from actuallyultimately sharing it.
  • 00:16:33.838 --> 00:16:37.442
  • But again, you're thinking,
  • 00:16:37.442 --> 00:16:39.610
  • "Are they gonna think thatI did that on every test?"
  • 00:16:39.610 --> 00:16:42.313
  • Or thinking like I cheatedmy way through college.
  • 00:16:42.313 --> 00:16:44.415
  • I mean, I just hadto let that go.
  • 00:16:44.415 --> 00:16:46.350
  • And so I don't know where shame
  • 00:16:46.350 --> 00:16:48.653
  • is trying to hold you captive,
  • 00:16:48.653 --> 00:16:49.887
  • but you just have to let it go.
  • 00:16:49.887 --> 00:16:51.122
  • And people are gonnathink what they think
  • 00:16:51.122 --> 00:16:52.423
  • but you know whoGod says you are.
  • 00:16:52.423 --> 00:16:53.991
  • You know, the truthabout who you are.
  • 00:16:53.991 --> 00:16:56.427
  • So don't let that keepyou from sharing it.
  • 00:16:56.427 --> 00:16:59.397
  • Yeah, I remember whenPhilip and I first started
  • 00:16:59.397 --> 00:17:01.165
  • doing marriage conferencesor seminars or whatever.
  • 00:17:01.165 --> 00:17:04.735
  • We would just tell our stuff.
  • 00:17:04.735 --> 00:17:06.804
  • (all laugh)
  • 00:17:06.804 --> 00:17:08.706
  • - It was all his stuff, we know.
  • 00:17:08.706 --> 00:17:10.041
  • (all laugh)
  • 00:17:10.041 --> 00:17:11.742
  • - Wait, I thought he wasthe Christian. (laughs)
  • 00:17:11.742 --> 00:17:14.112
  • - Okay, busted.
  • 00:17:14.112 --> 00:17:15.613
  • We taught and some ofthe people normalized it.
  • 00:17:15.613 --> 00:17:18.749
  • And that's what has tohappen, is normalize it.
  • 00:17:18.749 --> 00:17:21.519
  • Challenges and we're allgonna go through them
  • 00:17:21.519 --> 00:17:23.788
  • and marriage is hard,just normalize--
  • 00:17:23.788 --> 00:17:26.057
  • - Recently, recently we weregoing through a situation
  • 00:17:26.057 --> 00:17:28.126
  • with one of our kids and awoman in our church was so,
  • 00:17:28.126 --> 00:17:32.330
  • she met me for lunch andshe shared the testimony
  • 00:17:32.330 --> 00:17:34.699
  • of what they had gone through,a very similar situation.
  • 00:17:34.699 --> 00:17:37.235
  • And she shared withme her testimony,
  • 00:17:37.235 --> 00:17:41.139
  • their story of what they walkedthrough with their child.
  • 00:17:41.139 --> 00:17:44.642
  • And, man, that testimony,it prophesied to me,
  • 00:17:44.642 --> 00:17:48.913
  • it spoke to me, it gave methe faith and strength to go,
  • 00:17:48.913 --> 00:17:52.450
  • "Okay, all right,I can do this."
  • 00:17:52.450 --> 00:17:54.452
  • And it helped giveme strategy as well.
  • 00:17:54.452 --> 00:17:56.587
  • How to do it, how to fight.
  • 00:17:56.587 --> 00:17:59.390
  • And so that is the power ofit, that is the power of it.
  • 00:17:59.390 --> 00:18:01.692
  • - Of sharing your story,sharing your story is priceless.
  • 00:18:01.692 --> 00:18:06.197
  • - And the ripple effect ofsharing it even one time
  • 00:18:06.197 --> 00:18:09.367
  • you have no idea whowill share that story
  • 00:18:09.367 --> 00:18:11.936
  • with another personand another person.
  • 00:18:11.936 --> 00:18:14.539
  • - So many inboxes or so manytestimonies, letters and emails
  • 00:18:16.040 --> 00:18:20.611
  • about how peoplehave been blessed bysomething we have said
  • 00:18:20.611 --> 00:18:25.016
  • about what we have gone through.
  • 00:18:25.016 --> 00:18:26.651
  • - Which they never say, theydon't comment about our jokes
  • 00:18:26.651 --> 00:18:29.854
  • or any of our funny stuff.
  • 00:18:29.854 --> 00:18:31.422
  • I love when you tell the storyabout what you went through.
  • 00:18:31.422 --> 00:18:33.357
  • I'm like, "Well, I'mglad that helped you."
  • 00:18:33.357 --> 00:18:34.892
  • (all laugh)
  • 00:18:34.892 --> 00:18:36.794
  • That's really hard for me.
  • 00:18:36.794 --> 00:18:38.095
  • - It's that authenticity.
  • 00:18:38.963 --> 00:18:40.164
  • It's that you're areal person and, yeah.
  • 00:18:40.164 --> 00:18:43.734
  • - You're relatableunless, you know,
  • 00:18:43.734 --> 00:18:45.570
  • let them know that you'renot exempt from the attacks
  • 00:18:45.570 --> 00:18:48.472
  • of the enemy, right?
  • 00:18:48.472 --> 00:18:49.707
  • None of us are, we'renot exempt from it.
  • 00:18:49.707 --> 00:18:51.209
  • It's like, how dowe get through it?
  • 00:18:51.209 --> 00:18:53.678
  • And so we tell howwe get through it
  • 00:18:53.678 --> 00:18:56.047
  • so it could bless somebody else.
  • 00:18:56.047 --> 00:18:57.548
  • Like it's okay you're notat the end of what you're--
  • 00:18:57.548 --> 00:19:01.152
  • - That's right andI just think about
  • 00:19:01.152 --> 00:19:03.854
  • when 15 years ago, when Inavigated breast cancer.
  • 00:19:03.854 --> 00:19:06.390
  • And so I had no idea whatwould come out of that
  • 00:19:06.390 --> 00:19:09.994
  • and the people who wouldhave the confidence
  • 00:19:09.994 --> 00:19:12.597
  • to fight that fight simplybecause I was willing
  • 00:19:12.597 --> 00:19:15.132
  • to talk about all thegory details, right?
  • 00:19:15.132 --> 00:19:19.537
  • Of navigating breast cancer.
  • 00:19:19.537 --> 00:19:21.038
  • So I just think that's whywe just have to be willing.
  • 00:19:21.038 --> 00:19:24.408
  • - Willing, willing.- Comfortable. (laughs)
  • 00:19:24.408 --> 00:19:26.244
  • - It's in Proverbs 31, thatperfect girl, whatever.
  • 00:19:26.244 --> 00:19:30.948
  • (all laugh)
  • 00:19:30.948 --> 00:19:33.284
  • It says, she opensher mouth, right?
  • 00:19:34.552 --> 00:19:37.555
  • A couple of instances sheopens her mouth with kindness,
  • 00:19:37.555 --> 00:19:40.024
  • but she opens her mouthfor those who can't speak,
  • 00:19:40.024 --> 00:19:41.892
  • she opens her mouth.
  • 00:19:41.892 --> 00:19:43.661
  • And I just think wecan give someone,
  • 00:19:43.661 --> 00:19:45.863
  • our past can givesomeone a future.
  • 00:19:45.863 --> 00:19:47.531
  • I think Nancy Alcorn said this,
  • 00:19:47.531 --> 00:19:48.766
  • "Our past can givesomeone a future
  • 00:19:48.766 --> 00:19:50.568
  • "but we have to be willingto open our mouth."
  • 00:19:50.568 --> 00:19:51.869
  • Like that's my part.
  • 00:19:51.869 --> 00:19:52.803
  • You have to be willing to do it.
  • 00:19:52.803 --> 00:19:54.472
  • - For many years, I had Iguess a fear of sharing,
  • 00:19:54.472 --> 00:19:59.477
  • of opening up and sharingand talking with people
  • 00:20:01.812 --> 00:20:06.050
  • about my story.
  • 00:20:06.050 --> 00:20:08.352
  • I've been a girl, I've lovedthe Lord my whole life.
  • 00:20:10.087 --> 00:20:13.424
  • I never really walked awayfrom Him or experienced things
  • 00:20:13.424 --> 00:20:16.694
  • that derailed me fromHis purpose for my life.
  • 00:20:16.694 --> 00:20:21.132
  • But because of that,I felt like one,
  • 00:20:21.132 --> 00:20:23.467
  • I really didn't haveanything to share.
  • 00:20:23.467 --> 00:20:25.436
  • But there issomething so powerful
  • 00:20:26.504 --> 00:20:28.306
  • about the keeping power of theLord and a heart that says,
  • 00:20:28.306 --> 00:20:33.311
  • "I will obey you and Iwant your will in my life."
  • 00:20:34.679 --> 00:20:37.048
  • That is a powerful testimony.
  • 00:20:37.048 --> 00:20:39.183
  • But I mean, the enemy doesn'twant us to share our stories
  • 00:20:39.183 --> 00:20:43.154
  • and he wants to keep us silent.
  • 00:20:43.154 --> 00:20:44.689
  • And so I had a lot of insecurityand fear for many years
  • 00:20:44.689 --> 00:20:48.559
  • about just honestly talking.
  • 00:20:49.694 --> 00:20:52.029
  • I've been always from thetime I was a little girl,
  • 00:20:52.029 --> 00:20:54.565
  • I was a singer.
  • 00:20:54.565 --> 00:20:55.966
  • And so I was always the one,
  • 00:20:55.966 --> 00:20:57.935
  • my parents wouldhave people over
  • 00:20:57.935 --> 00:20:59.170
  • so Nicole had tosing for everybody.
  • 00:20:59.170 --> 00:21:01.205
  • But I always felt like Ididn't have anything to say.
  • 00:21:02.606 --> 00:21:05.376
  • And for many years, Ididn't really say anything
  • 00:21:06.777 --> 00:21:10.948
  • I'm like, "I don't feelcomfortable talking
  • 00:21:10.948 --> 00:21:12.450
  • "but just let me sing."
  • 00:21:12.450 --> 00:21:13.951
  • Let me sing someone else'swords that they've written.
  • 00:21:13.951 --> 00:21:16.854
  • And so over the past severalyears through my journey
  • 00:21:16.854 --> 00:21:18.956
  • and even our journeywith our son,
  • 00:21:18.956 --> 00:21:20.791
  • I have really been overcomingthat fear and saying,
  • 00:21:22.126 --> 00:21:25.963
  • "You know what?
  • 00:21:25.963 --> 00:21:27.498
  • "I'm gonna open up my mouthand I'm gonna say something
  • 00:21:27.498 --> 00:21:29.667
  • "and help someoneelse and be vulnerable
  • 00:21:29.667 --> 00:21:32.403
  • "and be courageousand share my story."
  • 00:21:33.571 --> 00:21:38.275
  • - Like school, I never sawmyself qualified to be in school
  • 00:21:39.643 --> 00:21:42.913
  • to be able to get adoctorate degree, what?
  • 00:21:42.913 --> 00:21:45.316
  • I thought I wasthe dumbest thing
  • 00:21:45.316 --> 00:21:46.751
  • like I could never do this.
  • 00:21:46.751 --> 00:21:48.085
  • I wouldn't be ableto comprehend it.
  • 00:21:48.085 --> 00:21:49.954
  • And for me to share my storynow has blessed so many others
  • 00:21:49.954 --> 00:21:53.557
  • because, really, I was oneof the seven percenters.
  • 00:21:53.557 --> 00:21:58.195
  • Like my parentsdidn't go to college.
  • 00:21:58.195 --> 00:22:00.931
  • My parents didn't evenfinish high school.
  • 00:22:00.931 --> 00:22:03.334
  • And so that put me ina 7% chance of evenattending college.
  • 00:22:03.334 --> 00:22:08.339
  • But now I'm a one percenter.
  • 00:22:09.206 --> 00:22:11.175
  • - Come on.
  • 00:22:11.175 --> 00:22:12.009
  • - Doctorate degrees.
  • 00:22:16.147 --> 00:22:18.115
  • And so it changedmy whole trajectory
  • 00:22:18.115 --> 00:22:21.419
  • when I decided tosee myself different
  • 00:22:21.419 --> 00:22:24.422
  • to be able toshare my story now,
  • 00:22:24.422 --> 00:22:26.924
  • to be able to be ablessing to so many others.
  • 00:22:26.924 --> 00:22:29.460
  • And so, just like you,we just have to tell it
  • 00:22:29.460 --> 00:22:32.329
  • regardless of howpainful, it takes courage.
  • 00:22:32.329 --> 00:22:34.799
  • - To courage.
  • 00:22:34.799 --> 00:22:35.599
  • (all laugh)
  • 00:22:36.967 --> 00:22:37.902
  • - Opening your mouth.
  • 00:22:37.902 --> 00:22:38.836
  • - Open your mouth, good words.
  • 00:22:38.836 --> 00:22:41.238
  • - Good words.
  • 00:22:41.238 --> 00:22:42.740
  • - I'm gonna takea moment and pray.
  • 00:22:42.740 --> 00:22:44.542
  • And I know there'ssome of you watching
  • 00:22:44.542 --> 00:22:46.277
  • and you've got some stories,you've got a story to tell.
  • 00:22:46.277 --> 00:22:49.313
  • And I'm gonna pray that you'llhave the courage to share it
  • 00:22:49.313 --> 00:22:53.117
  • at the right time andthe right way to do it.
  • 00:22:53.117 --> 00:22:55.386
  • And I'm gonna pray thatthose that hear it,
  • 00:22:55.386 --> 00:22:57.455
  • that will get some freedomfrom what you share.
  • 00:22:57.455 --> 00:23:00.591
  • So Father I pray right now,I come to you and I thank you
  • 00:23:00.591 --> 00:23:05.496
  • that each one of us has a story.
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  • A story of your faithfulness,
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  • your faithfulness in everyseason, your faithfulness.
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  • And I pray right now forevery person watching
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  • just for the challenges thatthey might be in the middle of
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  • the circumstances theymight be in the middle of.
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  • And I pray God that astory is being formed
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  • and that this story,they will tell
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  • and I know that there are people
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  • who might be just dealingwith shame right now.
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  • And I just breakthat in Jesus name.
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  • And I thank you God for courage,
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  • for courage for just mysisters who are watching,
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  • the courage to opentheir mouth and speak.
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  • Just freedom to people, telltheir story, open their mouth
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  • for those perhaps whoare unable to open theirs
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  • and so tell theirstory and I pray God
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  • that it would just bring freedom
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  • and I thank youthat shame is gone.
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  • And I thank youthat freedom comes
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  • from the sharing of thestory, in Jesus' name.
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  • Katie asks, "It's hardfor me to keep my faith
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  • I would say thatprayer is really like
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  • It's like it's not justthat we're coming to Him
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  • but it's time with Himand that empowers you
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