If you’ve read the cookie cutter story, you know that my name is Lori and I’m from Cedar Park, Texas. That’s the beginning of my story, and I also happen to know where my story ends. But first…what about the “in-between” story?
I was raised in a Christian home and accepted Christ as my savior in my early-mid teens. I met my husband at church just after graduating high school. Twenty-six years later, we are the parents of a 20-year-old boy and 16-year-old girl.
As my children got older (and as I got older!) I felt like I was living the life other people wanted me to live. I started and ended each day feeling empty and unfulfilled. My identity and purpose had been lost somewhere along the way as I trudged through life like a sloth aimlessly wandering in the jungle.
Three years ago, God stepped in and edited the story I had been writing.
I was at the end of my rope and at the end of myself. I was desperate to get out of this depressing downward spiral. A hotel in The Woodlands, Texas was my sanctuary for three days. I went there, alone, to very intentionally and intensely seek God’s will and purpose for my life. It was during this time that God revealed Himself to me in some pretty spectacular ways. I felt like Moses standing on the mountaintop, hearing directly from God. A personal testimony came from this three-day experience. It’s a visual testimony that I’ve since written and presented to women’s groups.
I’ve discovered that I have a love and talent for writing. I knew I wanted to share encouraging stories but I didn’t have a clear plan as to how to share them. God kept giving me stories to write, stories that people need to hear- encouraging stories about seeing God in the everyday, ordinary “things” in life.
In following my conviction to personally encourage other women, I accepted the God-given challenge to meet 365 Wow Women. As of November 2017, it has been an interesting and life-changing year. I invite you to see how this challenge has unfolded on Instagram. I started this blog in January 2017 with intentions of writing on a regular basis but quickly realized how time-consuming the 365 Wow Women challenge would be. I haven’t written many stories here as I would like, however, I anticipate being able to devote more time to writing in 2018.
So where does my story end? I don’t know when my story will end, but I do know where it will end…and where it will begin again. When my final breath is taken, my story ends on this physical earth. A new everlasting and eternal life begins in heaven with the One who created me to do these things He’s purposed for me to do.
Do you know the One, the Creator that I know? Do you know where your life will begin when this physical life is over? I hope the SALT in the stories that you read here will encourage you to seek the One that I write about, and the One that I write for.