Shoot like a Girl |Found (#31days)

Found

Day 29: Solola, Guatemala.

I had told the story only three times. Once in Jamaica. Once in Kenya. And now, in Guatemala. It was my story – of abuse and neglect and destruction and horrible choices and a God who takes every shattered piece and mortars them back together into a mosaic that catches the light of the graceful afternoon sun.

The clay pot lay in shards on the floor beneath my feet – a picture of the me who was and is yet becoming new. I opened the canvas bag in my hand and held up cherished necklaces. The bent spoon. The broken brooch and dented hotel key fob. The etched Giving Key and beads fashioned from weapons of war. Every one of them felt like words on my page. “I am broken and yet, I am beautiful. I am hand-crafted and redeemed and I am made glorious.”

There were prayers and there were tears. Because there were other women like me in the room. Always. In every country. And healing was reaching out to all.

In the quiet, she motioned for me. “This is for you – for your necklace collection.” The cappucino pearls fell softly in my hands. I smiled, honored to receive her gift. “Did you make this? It’s so beautiful.”

She smiled. “No, I found it. And I know it is for you. It once was lost, but now it’s found.”

Found. So very found.

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It’s the last few days of the #31days project – thank you for journeying with me. The season has been healing for me. I’ve prayed for the stories that were stolen to return, and the list is growing slowly. And new stories have emerged – I am ready to let them be revealed in words and images. Would you share which Shoot like a Girl story meant the most to you? I’d like to know.

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About Ronne Rock

Ronne Rock’s heart finds its strongest beat where beauty and pain collide – because hope always finds us in the shattered places. There’s more than 30 years of marketing and communications experience in her bones, and she finds great joy in sharing leadership wisdom as a regular contributor to Orange Leaders and QARA. But more often than not these days, she's with the vulnerable in difficult places around the world, gathering stories that change stories. Find Ronne's words in "For You, Love" the prayer journal that invites you to respond, and in Everbloom, a collection of stories from the Redbud Writers Guild. She is currently writing, "Building Eden: Principles of a Grace-Filled Leadership that Restores and Redeems." 

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6 thoughts on “Shoot like a Girl |Found (#31days)”

  1. Powerful stuff, Ronne. Redemption. Being found. Having our brokenness be used to bring healing to others. And the reminder that He makes all things new… Wow. Powerful, powerful stuff.

  2. Love this one, I heard your story the first time. I will never forget you shattering the cups and the beautiful mosaic crosses the women made.

  3. Beautifully written!! Thanks for sharing your heart and your words and the fabulous visual – I’ll never look at something I find the same way again!!! God bless you sweet sister!!!

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