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  1. Heather… Transparency is how we draw closer to each other and to Jesus Christ. When we pretend to be something we are not, we squelch who God wants us to be! Without recognizing the struggle, we can’t fully appreciate the victory. Thank you for a blog that gives us the context of real living in real faith!

  2. As I read this I thought “Why do we as women need to be candid anyway?” As I thought about it I realized because its in the openness, realness and being who you really are that you are healed. It’s in COMMUNITY….and that sneaky enemy we all fight doesn’t want us to be healed or to help each other heal so he keeps us in private and hiding and the dark..not being candid. So I say… bring on the openness so we can all heal and move on in the things of God and give Him glory. Great article.

  3. I think naming our struggles and confessing them to each other robs them of their power over us. Satan would love for us to believe the lie that we are alone or unique in the things we wrestle with on a daily basis. It makes me think of 1 John 1:7- “but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” Not everything we struggle with is sinful in itself, but some things have the potential to be if we leave them in the dark because we are ashamed. I love that I get to be part of this community where we can walk in that light together!!

  4. Authenticity is what makes our story relatable. In my life I have found through my struggles the gift of empathy and compassion is what I can use to help others. I have struggled with self- identity, weight loss ,a brother with mental illness, sexually abused and divorced. However, through all of these struggles God has allowed me to help other women who have or are struggling with the same issues. It is true that God trades ashes for beauty and he doesn’t waste a thing. We all struggle with something even Jesus struggled when he sweat drops of blood. We all carry scars it is what we do with those scars that matters the most .

  5. I think that is one of the hardest things about being a blogger. We expose ourselves for God’s glory, because we feel the call. But it is scary to take that leap. When people are disrespectful it is painful!

  6. I’m so glad that you wrote this. I feel that The Church is not just desperate for Titus two women but also trans parent women. In this time of social media, when we only show our best online, we all have this driving need to attain a level of perfection that is simply unattainable in this world. It causes us all to feel like failures. But God…

    1. But God…. Amen! God never meant for us to hide our failures. He called us to lay them at the feet of Jesus and come along side of one another. We can’t do that when we are worried about maintaining a certain image.

  7. I get this! I’m the kind of person who seems super confident and as if I have it all together – and it took a long time to realize that acting like I have everything under control was pushing people away. I thought people would reject the real me – I learned that some will but those people aren’t worth worrying about and the people who need to hear my reality will be drawn to me!

  8. We all need a little more honesty and transparency in our lives. It’s so refreshing to find true friends who can be themselves with us and vice versa!

  9. It is so important to be real with each other. Satan uses this idea of perfect perfection against us. Only Christ is perfect and it’s only through him that our imperfections can even start to be perfected.

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