79: Amy Carroll | Sharing Your God Story
Amy Carroll | Sharing Your God Story
Amy Carroll is a speaker and writer for Proverbs 31 Ministries.
She’s the author of Breaking Up with Perfect and Exhale as well as the director and coach of Next Step Coaching Services.
As a woman who loves a great story and a challenging idea, co-hosting the Grit ‘n’ Grace podcast has become one of her favorite things.
Amy and her husband live in lovely Holly Springs, NC where you can find her on any given day texting her two adult sons, typing away at her computer, or trying to figure out one more alternative to cooking dinner.
Amy and I chat about learning to listen, leveraging your feelings, and sharing your story in your day to day life by making your words consistent no matter who you are around.
Questions Amy and I Discussed:
- (5:40) Share a little of your faith journey with us. How did you come to know Jesus?
- (8:34) Your work focuses on coming alongside women who long for both a tender heart, steeped in God’s Word, and a strong voice that speaks up for Him in their world. How do you go about equipping them for this call?
- (20:05) You also encourage women to leverage their feelings when it comes to sharing their story. What does that mean and how would someone go about doing that?
- (28:20) Most Christians have a desire to share their story with others, but are often paralyzed by fear. How do you encourage women to share their life with Jesus with others?
- (37:27) If you had the opportunity to sit down with your great grandchildren, what some wisdom you would like to share with them.
Quotes to Remember:
“My new tagline is tender heart, strong voices, because I really believe that God is calling all of us….to use our story, our voices for Him in the spaces that we live, wherever we have influence, in our household with our children, in our neighborhoods and communities, in our workplaces and story is such a powerful way to share God’s truth.”
“God has been teaching me to really, really listen, because if we want to use our stories, to connect with other people, we have to know their stories first.”
“One of the big things that I’ve learned about listening is listening is not agreeing. This used to be…my big problem. I felt like if I listened to someone, and they were saying things that I didn’t agree with, and if I didn’t speak it would be as if I agreed. And I have learned that is not true. Listening is not equal to agreeing, listening is equal to love.”
“I think as Christians we are called to be aware of what is going on in our world, and where to engage with the pain of people who are suffering around us and to know the stories of people who don’t have a voice so we can help share those.”
“The power of story is it connects people. And I think our faith stories is just simply sharing whatever God is doing in our lives.”
“If you would tell a story about what God had just done in your life to your Christian girlfriend, why don’t we tell these stories to our next door neighbors.”