Tell The Story

4 Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power. 5 I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor and your wonderful miracles. 6 Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue; I will proclaim your greatness. 7 Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness; they will sing with joy about your righteousness. (Psalm 145:4-7 NLT)

It’s my God-assignment to keep the stories of God’s mighty acts alive for my children and grandchildren. I am determined to take more time to think about the things God has done in my life—how he has sent Jean and me from nation to nation, how he has opened doors of effective service, how he has provided for our needs in the most amazing ways, how lives (ours and others) have been changed as we served him and his people from day to day.

There really have been miracles! I need to think and talk about them and remind my daughters of the miracles of provision and blessing and protection we experienced in Washington, in Oregon, in Missouri, and in Jamaica when they were young. I need to make sure my sons-in-law hear those stories and know how God guided and provided and of the faith-heritage my daughters bring into their marriages. I must make sure my grandsons hear the God-stories from the days in Jamaica, London, and Africa.

Psalm 145 says, “I will meditate, I will proclaim, everyone will share the story.” So it’s up to me to 1) Meditate. I will think about the exciting, challenging, scary, and even routine times and craft the stories for my children, my grandchildren, and for anyone else who is interested! 2) Proclaim. In conversations, through my writing, as I teach and share God’s truths, I will tell the stories of God’s mighty acts! 3) Everyone will share. Others will learn God’s power, his character, his ways. Others’ faith will grow. Everyone wins! I will Tell The Story! And you, friends, tell your God-stories to everyone who will listen!

Prayer:

Father, You have been good and faithful to me and my family through the years. I have seen your hand of power, provision, and protection raised on my behalf and for my family. Remind me daily, Father, of your goodness and your mighty acts. I’ll meditate on these things and I’ll tell the stories to the next generations. I know you will be their God as you have been my God through the years. Amen.

About Jim Stephens

I am a Christ-follower, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. I’ve been a pastor, church-planter, missionary, mechanic, and business owner. My life is a journey of faith and discovery and I love the season of life I find myself in.

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One Response to Tell The Story

  1. jim little says:

    dear Jim and Jean… I was very interested in your piece on peace.afew years back I was on holiday in Austria in a large hotel with a group of 50 or 60 English Christians.The leader had arranged we all met in a large room for communion and prayer.She said that later she would throw the meeting open for prayer.I was thinking what can I pray for these dear ones.
    Then it came to me pray for peace.
    When my time came to pray I prayed for peace and the presence of God came down on all the people in that room.No one prayed after me .After some considerable time of silence the meeting ended of its own accord.A number of people came to me and thanked me for my prayer having been touched with the peace of God.Isnt God marvellous to do that and He did it two or three more times back in England!

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