#139: Why Your Story Matters

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Did you know you have a story to share? Your story may be one of incredible redemption. Or it could be a story of His comfort through grief and loss. Some of us think our stories are uneventful and boring. No matter who you are, you have a story – and when, how, and with whom you share it is important. Grab your latte and join Juli, Hannah, and Yvette at the coffee shop as they talk about why you story is not only one of the greatest gifts you’ve been given, but it is one of the greatest gifts you have to give others. ​​

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