Nancy Ward has a new DVD: Sharing YOUR Faith Story

SYFS Cover AmazonSharing our faith story plants seeds of encouragement in others whose faith might be wavering. But how do we share the story of our conversion, renewal, healing, miracle or answered prayer? Nancy Ward has a new DVD, Sharing YOUR Faith Story, a three-part seminar for evangelization to show us how. As she tells of her conversion to the Catholic faith and her renewal of her faith years later, she demonstrates how we can share our faith stories in different situations from an elevator speech to a blog post or magazine article.

This four-minute YouTube excerpt from Sharing YOUR Faith Story DVD pinpoints how sharing our faith encourages others as well as ourselves:

YouTube Encouragement Excerpt

Let me introduce you to Nancy and her seminar. Catholic convert, author and speaker Nancy HC Ward has a passion for evangelization. “All baptized Christians have a unique story and all are meant to be evangelists. The most effective way to evangelize is through the faith story only we can tell.” Her Sharing YOUR Faith Story seminar answers the question, “How do I give my personal witness?”

The Sharing YOUR Faith Story seminar came from Nancy’s heartfelt desire to share her conversion story, her renewal story and the ways she found joy in sharing those experiences that brought her closer to God. The DVD takes her live seminar and opens it to encompass anyone who recognizes the need to evangelize through personal witness.

“Since conversion is a life-long calling, we can expect God to surprise us with little steps and big steps closer toward him,” she said. “I want to help as many people as possible learn to take these steps and always be ready to tell their unique story as only they can.”

As Nancy tells her conversion and renewal stories she demonstrates how to witness effectively and authentically. Then she addresses tips and cautions that also apply to stories of healings, miracles and answered prayers. On the DVD, Nancy presents the three talks of her live seminar:

  • Sharing Your Conversion Story – how her initial conversion experience clarifies the three components of your faith story
  • Sharing Your Renewal Story – how her continuous conversion connects to your life-long spiritual journey
  • Ten Tips for Sharing Your Story – how to always be ready to share your story wherever you are.

The DVD is ideal for Catholic leaders of small or large gatherings, Bible studies, retreats, evangelization seminars and parish missions. A free study guide is available at JOYAlive.net/shop to complement the DVD.

Autumn Days and Prayers in Aging

lindas oakAutumn moves in with its usual quiet grace. I took note the other day that the shrubs and trees have become peppered with color. I smile to myself and think of my own autumn-of-life with hair becoming peppered gray—and the next thing I knew, almost white! I had changed and like the trees, in due season and incrementally.

In Michigan, and throughout the Midwest, there are visual seasonable changes in nature. There are also expectations of what each season brings. The greening in spring and the coloring dormancy before winter, the migration of birds into a region and their eventual return to warmer climates as the temperatures drop, are just a couple of the things I know and anticipate each year.

I like the rhythm of it all, when everything is not always the same. This shift leads me to alter my perspective, to see things differently, to pray in different ways. The energetic prayers of springtime are not the same as those said during times of slowing down entering winter.

I find that age—young or mature—dictates my response to change. The sudden shifts that took place in my youth would be harder to manage these days. I like change in moderation and can adapt well with a show of grace. It is dramatic changes that are jolting; when the scenery becomes unfamiliar and uncertainty skews my view.

There was a time as an adult when I came to fully embrace Catholicism. It was then that I was jolted by the reality of my relativistic decisions as compared to the new scenery of faith, and found myself disoriented in my ethics.

The prayers of my early years, chronologically and spiritually, were vigorous, eager, and thrust unto the Holy with certainty of specified resolution. The prayers that I now pray are much less frenetic and are presented with fullness and patience. I have no less confidence that they are being heard, but my expectations of how they will be answered are less defined.

Like the gentle, slow and steady pace of changing leaves at the end of a season, my prayers are slowly spoken, and hopefully more graceful in their petition. Seasons change as do our lives and how we pray. We live in all our seasons with assurance of the rhythm—day by day, familiar with the pace.

Image by Margaret Rose Realy, Obl OSB. All rights reserved.

(Reprint 10/2012)