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A Walking Billboard

“For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.”

—2 Corinthians 4:11-12 (NIV)

My 16-year-old walked to the front of her speech class at the State College with her hair tucked up in a scarf, concealing every strand, as she mimicked how I looked some 17 years ago. She shared her story of how my husband and I made the toughest decision to not abort her when I was diagnosed with cancer when I was six weeks pregnant, but instead underwent chemotherapy with her in the womb. For a teen who typically loves public speaking, and effortlessly captivates her audience, this was the first time I heard her say, “Mom, that was uncomfortable. I was the youngest student in the class, I’m homeschooled, and now they know I’m a Christian. Why is sharing our God-story so awkward?” She continued to say she felt judged by her silent, smile-free audience, especially when the next young lady to present encouraged the class to support Planned Parenthood. Her eyes widened as she listened to this opposing presentation.
At that moment, I wanted to bubble wrap my teen and protect her from those unworthy feelings, until she admitted, “But then a handful of students came up after class and said, ‘Wow, that was really cool how you talked about your story and faith and all. We’re glad your mom, you know, listened to God and now you’re here.’”
And that was it.
That was the moment I was reminded of the importance of dying to those uncomfortable feelings and opening our mouths to share the truth and life through our redemption story, even in the difficult times when we think no one is listening, and certainly no one cares. We are much like a walking billboard, advertising how God has delivered us from a sickness, an addiction, maybe a gut-wrenching divorce, or some other heartbreaking experience where it feels like we’re being given over to death and we think no one would want to hear about that, would they?
That’s the beautiful part about becoming a Christian. We’ve all been saved from something. And when we share our story and surrender to God by dying to ourselves, even our fears, that’s how His life is revealed in our bodies, that’s how He brings life out of death.
DIG: What did God reveal to you as you read through this devotional?
DISCOVER: Pray and ask Him how He’d like you to respond.
DO: He loves to redeem our bitter places by shining His hope, by transforming our spiritual death into spiritual life, and then broadcasting it for the world to see. Today, prayerfully consider acting on that whisper you heard, that next step you know you’re supposed to make.
Previously published in Calvary Ft. Lauderdale’s Daily Devo on 04/06/2017.


  • John Miller

    Dabney, your story truly touched me as I read it this morning. We really are a walking billboard. How we present ourselves to the world is a reflection of who we are in Christ. We should wake every morning and ask the question, “what am I advertising today?” Thank for sharing this heartfelt story. It is so timely in our world today. I appreciate you and always look forward to your blogs. They continually touch me in a most remarkable way. Please let your daughter know that I stand with her in prayer and support to be the billboard that our God wants her to be. Take care my friend, and may all blessings come your way.

  • Anonymous

    Yep, she is a walking billboard for Christ, a miracle. I bet that was nerve wracking for her but bringing God glory by bringing her story to the light, obviously had an impact on them and will continue to have an impact her whole life. Just what I’ve been studying; putting away those fears so I can be bold, allowing God to heal. Thanks for sharing! ?

  • Laura Bennet

    Dabney, would you and your daughter consider letting me post this on my blog next week? I have a post scheduled for tomorrow about remembering miracles and telling our stories – then I read this and thought it would be a great follow up. I’ll promote your book too. =) Thank you for telling your stories! Please tell your daughter I said “well done, good and faithful servant!” Side note: When I started following your blog, I lived in CA. Now I live in FL and just noticed West Palm Beach on your bio. I had forgotten that. We’re on opposite sides – I’m in Fort Myers, but I would love to meet you and your lovely family some day.

    • dabneyhedegard

      I am so very sorry that I did not get back to you sooner. 🙁 I’m just now logging in and checking my comments. Eek. Of course you are always welcome to post anything from my blog. That was very sweet of you. And I’d love to meet you one day, too. 🙂
      When you get a moment, please let me know your website.

  • Lois Blackburn

    Excellent piece, Dabney–I had to look twice at the two photos…to see how your hair had grown that long in such a short time since I saw you last! A marvelous (& beautiful) tribute to your example & parenting. Good for her, and you.

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