What is your story?

By Christal M.N. Jenkins


Life is so interesting. It is full of twists, turns, challenges, mountain tops, etc. Everyone’s life tells a story. Even though the situations may have unique elements, the circumstances by which a person may find themselves in may not be a unique as one would think. It is easy to convince ourselves that no one understands or may have shared life experiences. That is the beauty of humankind. Although we may have our differences, it is through our similarities that we are brought closer together.

The question I pose to you is “What is your story?” This was a question I pondered as I began to write. At the time I had no idea that what I was composing would become something much greater than I could ever imagine. Many times we assume that what we have experienced or gone through has little value, when God sees every bit of our journey as an amazing story. It is a masterpiece waiting to be displayed. Sure, our stories may be filled with pain, shame, difficulty, and obstacles but I can also bet that if we took a moment to reflect we can find the joy, victory, and triumph even in the midst of it all.

Despite what that voice inside you may be telling you, there is someone out there that needs to hear it! We were not called to live our lives in isolation. We were created to live in communion with one another. Our lives are living testimonies that are not a depiction of perfection but of grace, mercy, redemption and salvation.

The awesome part about being story tellers is that we can tell our story in so many different ways. Maybe your story is told through comedy or satire maybe you take us on an adventure through lives of fictional characters, etc. You can decide how your story is told!

As I began to share my story, I was amazed at how many people could relate or even make connections to their own lives. There is power in your story! I strongly encourage you to step out and tell your story. I can guarantee you that if your story reaches just one person, it was all worth it! I hope and pray that you will be encouraged to share the amazing gift God has given you—your story!

If you are reading this and you are not sure of your next step, I would urge you to check out the Faith and Cultures writers’ conference. This will be a place where people from all walks of life, having various interests, each with their own story, will be gathered in one place, at one time, to share in a phenomenal experience that will be life changing. This is more than just a typical writer’s conference; don’t allow this awesome opportunity to pass you by!

I look forward to seeing you there!





  1. Cornelia Seigneur (@CorneliSeigneur) says:

    Christal! I love this post and I love the question you are challenging writers with. What is our story and how can we share it! We look forward to you sharing your writers journey with us and how God has used your story to impact others. See you April 5-6 at Multnomah at the conference!

    Blessings, Cornelia Becker Seigneur

  2. Ashley Larkin says:

    Christal, I love this: "Our lives are living testimonies that are not a depiction of perfection but of grace, mercy, redemption and salvation." Amen! It was so great to meet you at the Writers’ Connection months ago. I’m looking forward to seeing you again at the conference and know the attendees will be blessed by your encouragement to share the story you’ve been given because, yes, God indeed creates common ground through the telling of our own stories! Thank you for being with us….I’m sure looking forward to it!

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  4. Paul Figie says:

    It’s the beginning of September and I was working on a sermon titled "what is your story" that God had laid on my heart. I Google the title after I had finished and found this post! Wow what a confirmation. Your words were so in sync with what the message was about it made my skin tingle. God Bless you.

    Pastor Paul Figie

  5. Barbara Lewis says:

    Thank you woman of God, I ama newly single mother of 4 children after many years of faithful and loyal marriage. We served together in ministry and lead many to salvation and today as a 1st generation college student at the age of 43 I am faced with that same question Barbara What is Your Story? i have lived most of my life helping others find, live and tell their story that i never took the time to really understand the depths of my life story. even as a child i found myself caring for a drug addicted mother and rasing my siblings keeping us out of foster homes, I lived my life as a child validated by the many childmolester’s and sezual predators that sought me out. I was delivered and saved at the age of 26 and married a pastor whom i served with faithfully for over 16 years. I received and accepted my call tothe prophetic ministry while dying in a local hospital from a terminal illness and today my story contuniues after all this i am a single mother going through a divorce because the man that i served faithfully as my husband the man that i honored as my pastor decided to come out of the closet and has openly confessed to being gay. so God I ask whats my story now? I want to thank you for sharing simply because I am in search of God on a level I have never imagine may God bless you woman of God and please continue to write

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