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“You Too Have A Story.” Share your story! By Rev. Crystal Schmalz

“You Too Have A Story.” Share your story! By Rev. Crystal Schmalz

Rev. Crystal March 6, 2014 0 comments
We all have stories to share, but somehow these stories sometimes get lost in the everyday busyness of life. As I began to pray and think more about Women of Vision Leadership, a thought came to my mind. I would try and collect stories from other women in ministry. I posted on Facebook, and the stories began to flood in. Every time I opened my email I was excited to hear about another woman whom God was using. One of the most fascinating parts about these stories is that these are normal everyday women who are being used in great ways. These stories all share the commonality of a woman who felt a call toward ministry, stepped into the unknown, and said “I’ll go, I’ll be.” As you read these stories think about your own story, and allow God to create a path and journey for you.
In my own life it has been like a puzzle trying to figure out how God is going to unfold the rose. There are times when God will give me one piece, and times when he gives me others, but it isn’t until I look back on the pieces of my life I see a bigger picture. God takes all the stories and all the pieces (whether they be happy or sad), and makes them into one big story. I’ve often thought of my life as a broken glass. I see all the pieces, and in the beginning they seem broken. The path isn’t always easy. The path isn’t always what others think is “normal,” but somehow he takes every piece of what I call broken and makes it into a beautiful new glass. The glass may still have a few cracks in it, but he still says the glass can be used. I’m glad we don’t have to be perfect to be used. I’m glad God calls us just the way we are. I’m glad God sees more in us than we see in ourselves. Never be fooled or tricked into believing you are not special. You are an amazing woman, a woman whom God wants to use. Whether you will preach, or sing, or pastor, or clean, or write, or organize, or design clothes, or be a district youth president, or prophecy, or evangelize, or be a hospital chaplain, be assured, God is with you. Know God has called you. Know God will not leave you, and he has given you the strength for the calling in your heart. Be strong. Be courageous. Be a woman in ministry. Be what God has called you to be. Read these stories and receive hope. Read these stories and be strengthened. Read these stories, and know “You Too Have A Story.” Share your story!

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About The Author Rev. Crystal Rev. Crystal Schmalz is a licensed minister in the United Pentecostal Church International, holds a Master of Divinity degree from Urshan Graduate School of Theology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities and History from Michigan State University. Crystal has served as a staff chaplain at Barnes Jewish Hospital, has completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education, and is a member of ACPE. She served as a ministry staff leader for ACMNP in Yellowstone National Park and enjoys the beauty of God’s creation. She served on staff at Life Christian Church pastored by David Stephens doing outreach, guest coordination, youth leadership, Sunday school, and music ministry. She currently attends New Life Center pastored by Garry Tracy, and is involved in teaching Sunday school, preaching at nursing homes, teaching Bible Studies, and helping people connect to God and community. Crystal loves to spend time with her husband Luke, and her hobbies include writing, “thrifting,” eating ice cream, and playing Settlers of Catan and Scrabble with friends and family.

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