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Angela Nazworth is a shame-fighting storyteller who writes mostly about the beauty of grace, faith, friendship, vulnerability and community. She is a wife and a mother of two. Angela's also an encourager, a lover of good books, coffee, girl's night out, sunshine, and waterfalls. In the 15 years since she...

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  1. Surrounded by expectations screaming to be bowed to, being most fully who I am hidden in Him is a daily decision. Living in a recovering warzone with 100+ kids and overwhelming need is a constant choice to lay my mask and cape aside and remember. I don’t need to save the world. He already did that bit!

    Unless I am real with Him, I limit His ability to be real IN me. And that is what my war-torn patch of earth needs most. REAL Jesus in REAL time becoming their REAL answer. To be fair that is what I need most too!

    • Thank you for sharing this beautiful truth Michele about a situation with so much suffering. Praying for you and those to whom you minister.

  2. Yes. Yes. Yes. My son has arrived home after being gone to a Christian Boys’ Ranch. Everyday I fight fears and anxieties. But, my God, is a great big God who takes care of me and teaches me so many things. Please pray for “Hoss”.

  3. LOVED this post! What a great analogy! My son too used to dress as batman and for a time went everywhere in the attire….the mall, grocery store. (He is now 23 and loves to hear us tell the stories! 🙂

    BUT, I love the way you made it personal. I am going to tuck that analogy away to use with my bible study!

    BLESSINGS on you and your ‘batman’ man-child!

  4. I lived with a mask on for many many years-its still there with some folks. I’m still pondering this post so I can’t comment further right now. Its amazing how God is using the website to talk straight to me through all the writers on here. I’ve been reading Incourage since it started and its only been recently that there is something everyday that is pounding into my head. God is doing something right now.

    • Oh Lisa! It makes my heart glad that God is using the writings of (in)courage sisters to minister to your heart. I also do relate to wearing masks at certain times…blessings to you!

    • Thank you, Bernice! I love him too!! I am in a stage where I have that mask off most of the time. but from time to time, I still put it on in certain situations…like you, I have a stubborn streak and am so glad that God is patient.

  5. I had a situation this week where I had to remove a mask I’d been hiding behind for years. What I found when I removed it? A God I could cry out to. And a friend who was willing to listen, cry with me, and just be there…to support and encourage.

    Great post, thanks for sharing. 🙂

  6. I do! I want to run away from the burden of juggling the home education of 4 of my 5 children, the craziness and stress of an autistic child, the fact that I have to work because of circumstances, my husband finding a job…on and on and on. My heart wants to find God in all this. I want to find the blessings, but I feel overwhelmed by the whys. I put on a mask of thankfulness and gratitude and submission and “I can make it through this day” thoughts just for my family. But inside, I need more of Him. So much more. The little girl behind the wonder woman mask is afraid. I do trust Him.

    • Allana-my heart aches for you and I so understand. There are so many “whys” and “what ifs” and “how in the world’s” in this life aren’t there? You also taught me something with this comment when you wrote about putting on a mask of thankfulness. Sometimes we think “well, at least that’s a good mask to put on.” (at least I do). But when it isn’t from the heart, it isn’t real. I needed that reminder. Thank you. And I promise to pray for you today. May God’s love and grace ease the fears of that precious little girl inside you.

  7. i have a great smile – or so i’ve been told. it hides the darkness. i make myself take it off because i NEED people. i love this post.

    • Ohhhh how I love to hide behind my “sweet, calming smile!” Like you, I need to remind myself to take it foo and be real.

  8. I had just polished up the resume to send to my old employer. My youngest hits kinder in the fall and I was ready to reclaim some mental capacity. February 3 changed it all. My oldest was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

    Our world has changed. All the sudden, just when I thought I was finished with being the full-time mom, I got thumped back into place hard. On one hand, it’s humbling to know how critical my role is now. On the other, it’s frustrating to know that I get to wait indefinitely on getting back to myself. Or what I think I should be.

  9. Awww…the Lord is so faithful to speak to us; gently leading us to authentic living in and through him. I know all about masks. But it wasn’t until recently that I was willing to let God use His word and His spirit to unveil the real me….and then (gasp!) to take my hand and lead me out into the world….flaws and all! Growing up a Christian, I learned at a young age that Christians are nice, kind, loving, sacrificing, etc. This was my mask. The mask of perfection. Trying to be all things to all people. But, as anyone who has ever worn a mask can attest to, eventually the mask becomes suffocating and increasingly uncomfortable. You long to be free and to rip it off.

    Praise God! He came to my rescue. First, I learned that I don’t have to perform or be perfect to receive His love. He simply loves me because he loves me. It’s as simple and as amazingly wonderful as that. Second, I learned that the only way I can even begin to be an authentic Christian to the world is to move me out of the way so Christ can shine through. It’s not about me at all, but all about Christ living in and through me. Talk about being set free! Third, I don’t have to worry about pleasing the world, only pleasing God. If I delight in Him and His ways and His will for my life, it is enough. Fourth, I learned that living without a mask is to truly live. This is the abundant life that Christ came to give. But, I must choose to live mask-free each and every day. It has to be an intentional choice.

    Thank you for this post. Thank you for sharing this message. It is a message that needs to be shouted from the rooftops.

    Blessings to you-
    ~Stacy

  10. “Praise God! He came to my rescue. First, I learned that I don’t have to perform or be perfect to receive His love. He simply loves me because he loves me. It’s as simple and as amazingly wonderful as that. Second, I learned that the only way I can even begin to be an authentic Christian to the world is to move me out of the way so Christ can shine through. It’s not about me at all, but all about Christ living in and through me.” – Sweet Stacy—thank you for writing the above paragraph!!

  11. As mom two two of my own super heroes–we’re the Super Hero Squad around here–this post really resonated with me. I sometimes long to put my old mask back on. I’m not comfortable or confidant out here on my own, unveiled. But I’m not on my own. God didn’t give me a mask, He gave me a purpose, and He needs me vulnerable to work through me. “God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.” (Hebrews 11:40) Together with imperfect me He is going to work out something better. Glory!
    Thanks again for a great post.
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