Welcome, friends! We are thrilled that your search has led you here to our little peace (wink) of the blogosphere.
Share His Peace began as a community of bloggers centrally comprised of four struggling, broken ladies (Stephanie, Jamie, Yvette, and Vanessa) who wished to share Jesus and His peace with other struggling, broken individuals.
We all reside in Johnston County, North Carolina and actively participate, lead, and/or attend various opportunities at Temple Baptist in Selma, North Carolina.
So how exactly did Share His Peace come into existence?
Let’s go back to the very beginning.
Just as God breathed life into you to begin your earthly existence, my friends, He breathed life into me (Stephanie here) to begin my earthly existence, and he has been breathing life into me to continue my earthly existence and ensure my heavenly existence ever since.
Of course, I only really started paying attention to His life-giving-beyond-earthly-existence-breath a few years ago. Before my revival, I was simply…existing (though threads of spiritual, heavenly existence sometimes interwove themselves among the dysfunctional threads of my physical and emotional existence), and I wondered if there wasn’t more to life than the existence I had chosen to live.
I still felt emptied and unsatisfied, like there should have been so much more to my life, although I ended up getting everything I had once before so desperately wanted (husband, children, home, job). (Thank you, God!)
Eventually I realized that the key was Jesus, that although I professed faith in God and gladly accepted my unearned and undeserved gift of salvation through Jesus’s crucifixion, I was missing a personal relationship with the One I claimed to be my Lord and Savior, my Messiah. This realization soon led to another realization that I was also missing personal relationships with other believers. And through my relationship with God and relationships with others, I came to yet another realization that my ultimate purpose is to represent Christ well and connect people to God, to others, and to a godly purpose. But then the “How?”
Let me go back again. When I went to college I began as a history major, convinced that I would spend my days teaching high school students the messy history of our great nation and maybe even the world. But then I took a freshman English composition class (and God had other plans). My first paper was a narrative entitled, “True Healer.” It was about taking a break in nature to rejuvenate from everyday stresses (which at the time revolved around college coursework, recently divorced parents, and an abusive boyfriend). It was about finding God in nature and enjoying the beauty of what He had created. It was about God’s healing and God’s peace. And it was written by a girl who actually knew very little about God though she was seeking something more even back then.
I was so nervous to receive face-to-face feedback from my English instructor. Really friends, writing wasn’t my “thing.”
But….“You really should be a writer,” she said. And then she praised the “beautiful imagery” of my story. It was the first time I felt like there was something that I was actually good at, and I have clung to English and writing ever since then.
Many years ago I changed my major from history to English, and I have been teaching English in some capacity (as a tutor, secondary teacher, higher education instructor, etc.) for close to 20 years now, but… I’ve always wanted to be a writer. But then the “How?” and “When?”
In the past year I have been working on my recovery through Celebrate Recovery, “a biblical and balanced program that helps [people] overcome [their] hurts, hang-ups, and habits.” It was during my recovery that I realized that God was calling me to write, but not on my own, not as I had imagined I might one day do when I finally figured out what I was supposed to write and when I was supposed to write it. It was during my recovery that I realized that God was calling me to build a community to help connect people to God, to others, and to a godly purpose with the help of some believers representing Christ well who had helped connect me to God, to others, and to my godly purpose.
So one day I asked Jamie, Yvette, and Vanessa to join me in helping me live out my godly purpose and they each said yes! And so here we are, representing Christ well and connecting people to God, to others, and to their godly purpose.