I sat in Bible study amazed at what I was hearing.
The woman who was leading was confessing something she had struggled with for years. She said it was really hard for her to share, but God had really pressed it on her heart that someone in the room needed to hear it.
That someone was me.
Several months ago I had been in a situation where I needed to talk to someone about that very struggle, but I didn’t know who to turn to.
I wasn’t the one who was struggling personally, and I didn’t feel like I could talk to just anyone. I needed someone trustworthy, someone who would really understand the depth of the struggle. Someone very close to me was in a bad place and my heart was hurting, but I didn’t know how to help. Or even if I could.
I felt alone.
Her confession, while months later, was a balm to my soul.
I hadn’t even realized how much that wound still hurt. The event was in the past, but the pain was still very real. I was still struggling, even if it wasn’t a day-by-day, minute-by-minute struggle to keep going.
Sometimes struggles are like that.
The drama fades away, but the pain remains.
What my friend offered me that day was more than healing though. More than friendship and camaraderie. She offered me hope.
She had been through it, and come out okay.
Yes, she still struggled, but she knew how to fight her struggle with God’s Word and she shared that with me. That’s the hope she gave me. And that’s a hope I could share with my loved one if their struggle ever resurfaced.
I was no longer feeling helpless, but I was armed with the Word of God.
I will forever be grateful for her obedience to get candid and share her struggle. Even though I know it was hard. Because when we share our struggles as Christian women, we encourage one another and build each other up in a mighty way.
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Introducing Candid Conversations
On that note, I am excited to announce the release of our new book, Candid Conversations.
So often, like I did, we feel like we face our struggles alone. In Candid Conversations, you’ll hear stories from 26 Christian women who weren’t afriad to get candid and share their struggles. While each author has a unique perspective, the overall theme of this book is that while we all struggle, there is hope to be found in Jesus.
Candid Conversations invites readers to join the conversation, and then take that conversation off the pages and into their every day lives.
Ladies, it’s time to get candid, because we all struggle with something.
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Here’s what early reviewers are saying:
“In a world where everyone tries to hide their struggles and scars it is refreshing to read of women who are willing to share both their struggles and how God has met them in their need.” ~ Sue, A Real Grandma of 8
“Something truly amazing happened when the authors of this book opened their hearts and shared their life experiences. I not only related to every story I read, I was also reintroduced to God’s presence, love, and grace with each one. This book brought the peace I long for in my crazy mom life.” ~ Gina Q., A Real Christian Mama
A Breath Of Fresh Air
“I love the wisdom and encouragement in this book! Such a breath of fresh air for every woman, but there’s special insight and comfort for the heart of an introvert in these pages. Highly recommend!” ~ Carolyn Leggo, A Real Christian Wife, Homeschool Mom, & Indie Editor