The Rest of Your Story 31: The End (and the beginning)

Green Pencil photo by D Sharon Pruitt (flickr) * Last post of our 21-day challenge!

Thank you so much for sharing this journey with me. We’ve shared, learned, prayed, and grown together.

On this final day, I simply want to pray for your story


Thank You being the Author of our lives.

And thank You for the woman who is reading these words.

I imagine her, leaning toward a computer screen or peering into a cell phone.

I wish I could be there with her, to wrap my arms around her in a hug of celebration and declare, “We did it!”

I’m so glad that You are there…

in each moment, every word of her story.

You know what is happening now,

 both the happy and the hard.

So I pray You will surround her with all she needs.

Write every line of her life with love, sweet Jesus.

Hold her close to You when she aches,

give her joy that overflows when she is happy.

In every scene, every moment be near to her heart.

And bless her story, Lord.

Bless all who share it with her too.

We have just begun to see all You have in store.

We wait with anticipation to see what You will do…

and we surrender our stories to You.


And now I’ve got a some fun surprises for you as a little “thank you”!

First, I hope all of you have thought about your Story Statements. I kept trying to think of another formula to add to the one we did. But I really think it’s just about you and Jesus having a conversation to see what else might need to be said.

And after you do, I’ve got a surprise for you! I asked my friend Mandy, who is fabulous and creative (and is allowed to use a hot glue gun, unlike me), if she would design bookmarks for all of us so we can remember this journey. She will personalize one with your Story Statement.

Here’s mine…

(front & back)

Red-BW-Front by Mandy    Red-BW-Back by Mandy

So go see Mandy and find out more!

Reflections from a Mother's Heart *Barbara Viney is the winner of this giveaway!

Also, this series was focused on our present and future. Many of you asked how to record your pasts so that your story could be a legacy for your children.

I shared your desire with our friends at Thomas Nelson. They’re releasing a new book called Reflections from a Mother’s Heart: Your Life Story in Your Words.

Y’all it has not even in stores yet! But because they think a lot of you, I have a copy to give you! Just leave a comment before midnight on Friday to enter. They’re also providing a giveaway on (in)courage today!

Will you help me show our appreciation by visiting their new site, Blessing and Truth?

And speaking of giveaways, I’ll announce the winner of the $50 gift certificate to DaySpring and (in)courage tomorrow when we kick off our next series, OUT of INsecurity! (We’ve done a lot of giveaways lately. Hope you don’t mind–I just love sharing!)

We began this challenge with one word and I’m going to end it with the same…



QUESTION: What’s one thing you’ll take with you from this challenge?

Leave me a comment! (your comment gives you an entry for Reflections from a Mother’s Heart!)

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About Holley

About Holley

Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author and Life Coach

I like humans, words, and good coffee. And I’d love to help you beat what’s holding you back, become all you’re created to be, and kick butt for the greater good.

Cheering you on,


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