#Tell His Story: You’re the Local Angle of God’s Story (A Video Message from Jennifer)

March 13, 2013 | 39 comments

I was sitting in the middle of journalism class the other day, teaching a few of my advanced-level journalism students about what it means to “localize a news story.” And then it dawned on me: We are the localized angle to the best News story ever told.

A video message for you… (Subscribers: click here to see the video.)


.. Music credit: Song at end is “Sometimes by Step” by Rich Mullins.


So, what’s your Story? A #TellHisStory is any story that connects your story into the story of God. From now through Easter, I encourage you to consider stories that center around our Lenten journey, as we move toward the cross and resurrection of our Savior. (However, you are free to share any story that God is speaking into your life this week.)

To participate in the #TellHisStory linkup, simply:

1. Write your #TellHisStory post, from your heart, straight onto your blog. A #TellHisStory is any story that connects YOUR STORY into the story of God. What story is God telling in your life this week?

2. Link here and invite friends to join in by posting the #TellHisStory badge on your post.

3. Copy the permalink of your post.

4. Using the linky tool, paste your link in.

5. Find someone (or two) in the link-up to encourage with a comment.

6. Come back on Friday to visit our Featured #TellHisStory, in the sidebar.

Your words matter to God. They matter to people. And they matter to me!


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YOUR TURN: Share a recent time when you’ve sensed God “localizing His story” in your life. It might be big, like a shout, or small, like a whisper…

(Visit the previous blog post for a chance to one of five copies of Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Moms. I’m delighted to have a story in this book, by Nancy B. Kennedy.)


by | March 13, 2013 | 39 comments


    • dukeslee

      Bless your heart, Michele. Thank you. It’s scary doing videos, I think. 🙂

  1. lynndmorrissey

    And Jesus is the localized story, too……the Word made flesh! And I simply canNOT believe that He chose the locale of my broken, sin-shattered heart (and all of ours) in which to dwell. Such a praiseworthy, meaningful video, Jennifer. Very thought-provoking.Thank you for sharing!

    • dukeslee


      Thanks, Lynn.

  2. RinaPeru

    Nice to see you, Jennifer. I’m blessed to be telling my own “local angle” of God’s story every opportunity I get. Blessings!

    • dukeslee

      I love your spirit, Rina!

  3. eil1een

    Great words, Jennifer! “We are the localized angle to the best News story ever told.” Love this reminder.

    • dukeslee

      My pleasure, friend. Thanks for being here.

    • dukeslee

      Right back at ya, girlfriend. So grateful for you.

  4. Lisa notes...

    Your words (and you!) are beautiful. This is so applicable to those of us memorizing Psalm 71 this winter. Last week we learned Psalm 71:12 “O God, be not far from me; O my God, make haste to help me!” So I’m linking your video to our Facebook page for Hide His Word. Thanks, Jennifer!

    • dukeslee

      I’m honored that you shared, Lisa. Thank you for making me feel a bit braver. Posting videos feels terrifying!

  5. ro elliott

    so sweet to hear your voice…thanks for being brave enough to speak inside of write…and i am so thankful that He is writing our stories in the midst of our lives. blessings~

    • dukeslee

      Keep living your story, Ro. You’re beautiful!

    • dukeslee

      Thanks. I’m such a dork, though. 🙂

  6. Kristin Hill Taylor (@kristinhtaylor)

    Honestly, I don’t always watch or finish video posts. But I watched every second of yours. I loved it. The reporter in me loved the localized angle of what is indeed the best story every told. And the believer in me loved the reminder about how that God in those pages is the same God who has changed my life.

    And (!!!) that Rich Mullins song was the theme song of the Chrysalis retreat I went on in January 1996 as a high school junior. That’s when I decided to follow Jesus. Sweet reminiscing this morning.

  7. 3dLessons4Life

    What a blessing is was to watch this video today! Thank you for sharing your heart with us, Jennifer. I am in awe of the fact that God allows us to be part of His grand story. It’s a story full of romance, mystery, friendship, and gut-wrenching plot twists that keep me on the edge of my spiritual seat.

    Hugs from Florida. It was great to see you, beautiful.

  8. Leanne

    Thank you! I have a story that I’m going to mull over how to tell as I head out for the week’s grocery shopping, but thank you for sharing yourself in this video …. I think this is what I needed to hear to get out of my head in reading Scripture like my story last week and into the heart of how God is working in my life right now….

  9. Jessica

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Thank you so much for taking the time to do a video for us this morning. I’m sure it’s a weird feeling! I so appreciate your words. Yes, we are ALL a part of what God is doing right here in our own community. What a crazy honor and privilege. Blessings to you today.

  10. Cori D.

    I worked at AP in Des Moines for a few years out of college, and we always got a kick out of how the Register found an Iowa angle to so many stories. 🙂 I LOVE the idea of us being the local story of God. Such a neat way to think of it. Thank you for sharing!

  11. Abby

    Great video Jennifer, I’ve pinned it. A good personal message for all of us, right from your heart. Sounds like you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone a bit, good for you. Hope to see more.

  12. Glenda Vermeer

    I am so honored to know you my dear tender friend. You are gifted in saying what many of us find hard to articulate, you make the words come alive by example and association, you have assured ALL of us that Psalm 139 was written exactly for each one, and that He rejoices over each of us with singing! Blessings to you my caring friend.

  13. Dolly@Soulstops

    You are so brave and beautiful, Jennifer, to do a vlog…love your local angle analogy…Thank you 🙂

  14. Harriett

    Well, that was awesome. I clicked over here, and there you were “live” and in person. Now, when I read you I will hear your voice. *smiles*

    Oh. God. You are My God.

    I loved your message — as what’s important there is the personal relationship we have with HIM — “you” are “my” God…. says it all.

    BTW: In my Bible study, we are in Genesis — and the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob is MY God — He revealed himself to them — and He reveals himself to me — in my daily walk with Him. As you said, whether it is a “kiss” a “child’s smile” or “spring rain” — HE is present. That, my friend, is only what OUR GOD can do —

    BTW 2: Proud of you for putting this out there especially being willing to show your kitchen. If I talked to you from my kitchen, I’d have to move stuff, dust, and find a place for the cat. You know what else I loved — it was like I was sitting across the table from you, and we were sharing a cup of coffee. I loved the way you swiveled in your chair….


    Thanks for this. Thanks.

  15. tammy@meadows speak

    I loved your “angle”. 🙂 And I just get a hoot outta watching all you lovelies on these vlogs. Yes I do! And I adore your kitchen, ahem. You inspired me today.

  16. tammy@meadows speak

    Clarification: Inspiration from your words, not your kitchen, but then again…..

  17. Sandra Heska King

    I wish I’d brought along a cup of tea and some muffins for the two of us. I can’t wait to hug your neck again. I’m glad my God/your God/our God connected us.

  18. kelliwoodford

    very simply, Jennifer: you rock.
    i can’t wait to hear you in person at jumping tandem. bringing my tissues.

  19. Beth

    I’m so very grateful to find you. What beautiful words you’ve shared. What a beautiful heart you have. Thank you. Thank you.

  20. nacoleat6inthesticks

    Jennifer, I love that God is and was personal even in the old testament, before Jesus’ sacrifice, He made himself available for relationship. That’s what He’s always been about and He does not change. What that affirms for me, is that I don’t have to work for his love, for His nearness. He is Emmanuel. Thank you for this video post. And you.are.beautiful!! Love your voice.

  21. Leanne

    I wrote it. I got scared to post it. (Silly isn’t it?) I sent it to my hubby. I thought about sending it to you, Jennifer, by private email for encouragement. And with my hubby’s encouragement, I posted it. Phew.

  22. Diana Trautwein

    Aw, honey-girl. You can preach to me, any time. Thank you for this lovely message, spoken in your very own lovely voice, personalized by your lovely gestures and facial expressions. Yes, ma’am, PREACH IT. Thanks so much.

  23. monicasharman

    This got me. Now I’m more aware of the people around me, more aware of God in me, of what He wants to do through me…


  24. JulieS

    Oh this was for me to hear, right now, today. Thank you for affirming my story, Jennifer. We are kindred spirits in the Godstory/mystory link.

  25. laura

    I love contemplating how my story fits into THE STORY. It does make everything so much more meaningful. Too many days I let the ho-hum of life steal the importance of this message, Jennifer. Thank you for this beautiful reminder.

  26. Laurie Collett

    We are blessed indeed that He places each of us within a unique sphere of influence to share our “localized angle” on His story. Thanks for the great post & for hosting & God bless!

  27. simplystriving

    Just found a quiet moment to listen to your video, Jennifer. Loved it! (and wow, what a natural you are!):)



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