even if your voice shakes a little

April 21, 2016 | 10 comments

We’ve been without a pastor for several months now, and while that’s not been easy, something really amazing has been happening. Week after week, members of our little congregation have agreed to take the pulpit — some for the first time ever — to lead our congregation in worship. They’ve led the prayers, delivered the messages, and very often, they’ve shared their personal testimonies. Their voices shake, but they tell their stories anyway.

It’s so tender, that it makes me cry almost every Sunday.

As someone who didn’t used to believe in Jesus, I can tell you this: the testimonies of believers are hugely powerful. Testimonies are, at the core, rescue stories. Testimonies are firsthand accounts of how Jesus enters into people’s messiest messes and clears a path out of the junk.

Rescue stories are how we know, in 2016, that Jesus is still in the miracle-making business. Back when I didn’t believe, rescue stories tipped me over to the heart of Jesus.

What’s your rescue story? I know you’ve got one. Maybe it’s not flashy. Tell it anyway.

Maybe your rescue came quietly in the dead of night. Tell it anyway.

Maybe your story goes back so far, that you don’t even remember when it all began. Tell it anyway.

It’s not the details of your rescue story that matter the most. Here’s the mattering part: that your hero entered the scene to make a great rescue.

We’ve all been rescued. And we’ve got a whole world out there in need of the rescue stories. Take a long look, at the despair, the hopelessness, the doubt, the fear, the defeat. Your rescue story might be the one thing that tips someone over to the heart of Jesus.

Remember how Jesus healed a demon-possessed man one day, and that man so badly wanted to get into the boat with the hero who wrote his rescue story? But Jesus didn’t let him in the boat.

This is what he said: “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you” (Mark 5:19).

That’s what we’re called to do. All of us. Go home and tell our people. Even if your voice shakes a little.

THIS is our story.
This is our song.
Let’s praise our Savior,
all the day long.


this is my story, this is my song

by | April 21, 2016 | 10 comments


  1. karen

    I LOVE, LOVE how your body has pulled together and each is doing their part…even if it’s with shaky voices!

    You are right. I realized many years ago that my story was just that — my story. And my story, regardless of the fact that it felt “plain”, gave me the ability to minister in my own unique way!

  2. Trudy Den Hoed

    I love this idea, Jennifer. Does your church have a website where one can listen to the services? Thank you for encouraging us to tell our rescue stories. Blessings and hugs to you!

  3. Richella Parham

    This is beautiful. Truly. What a gift for you all to tell your stories, to share your blessed assurance with one another.

  4. Martha Orlando

    One of my favorite songs! Let us tell our stories and share the miracles of mercy from our loving God! Blessings, Jennifer!

  5. Katie

    Love this. Sharing our story, for His glory, is a beautiful humility and God-honoring brave! I watched it happen at a women’s retreat recently and I was amazed how it united women, healed hurts and built relationship. Plus, that kind of brave is contagious! 🙂

  6. Nancy Ruegg

    Thank you, Jennifer, for the affirmation that even if our story goes back so far we hardly remember the beginning, it is still a story worth telling. Sometimes those of us who accepted Jesus into our lives as children think our testimonies aren’t exciting enough to share. Perhaps our miracle is the steadfastness of God’s power and presence, making a difference in our lives through every stage.

  7. Jody Ohlsen Collins

    Jennifer, I would concur that something amazing happens when the pastor is gone… Every August our pastor takes a month ‘off’ (a staycation or a vacation) and it is so heartwarming to see how–miracle of miracles–our little body of 150 or so folks stays filled up, cared for and on track with Jesus.
    What a testimony to your church body; what a precious time.

  8. Lisanne

    This kept waiting to be read in my mailbox and I kept leaving it there until today. I needed to read it today as I’ve taken the first step in storytelling this week. This is good. God is good. You are good through God.

    • dukeslee

      So glad to hear this, Lisanne!


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