Not So Pretty Story but Beautiful Ending (5 Minute Friday: Story)

Five Minutes on Story…

When I was growing up I decided I didn’t like my story. I wanted to have the power to change it. Forget it, or at least write a new story.I didn’t want the story that was mine because is felt dirty, was dirty. It included Un-story like circumstances. Divorce, sexual abuse, neglect, pain were all part of my story. My story included labels and names I wanted to tear off, like runaway, delinquent, drop out, and slut. Not pretty, right. I’ve worn all of those stories and yet, I am not ashamed. 
Because the One who gives His glory has altered my story completely.
Stopped this girl, in her tracks, picked her up, washed her clean and set her on a new path.
I am not the sum total of these labels or names. They don’t hurt me anymore.
I am not enslaved by them. They hold no power over me, anymore.
I have been set free, by the One who sets the Story straight.
For good.
(I was going to edit the s word but it was raw and from the heart so hoping you will give me grace – just keeping it, ok?) 
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Dawn Paoletta is the author of Journaling for Discovery and Delight. Her writing is included in several anthologies and her poems have been included in the Wickford Poetry and Art Exhibit and Books. Dawn is currently working on her next book. Inquiries at

9 thoughts on “Not So Pretty Story but Beautiful Ending (5 Minute Friday: Story)

  1. I love how He redeems and frees us…this is beautiful. Thank you for sharing this piece of your heart. Blessings! 🙂


  2. “Been set free by the One who sets the story straight” – oh mercy – YES! Raw beauty wouldn't be half so beautiful polished up. Powerful write, Dawn. So powerful.


  3. Exactly: “I have been set free, by the One who sets the Story straight.”He sets the story straight even when we can't see how it could ever work out. Thanks for sharing this, Dawn.


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