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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. Angela, since I’m new to this whole blog world, this is my first time reading your heart and I enjoyed it.
    Since I usually skip the whole gift returning thing….I never really think about it. But wow, I’m thinking now, of some gifts (in the past) I returned. Actually, one was stamped: keep this one. Shortly after standing at the “returns” counter, I repented. But this is a great picture of what my attitude was during that time. Thanks for sharing.

  2. You ask a good question. It made me SIFT through some of the topics that have been in my thought-swirl as I tried to come down to my resolutions for this year.
    I think my heart needs….to know I am, each step, in the place I belong, doing what I am supposed to do. I get regular confirmation of being on the right path, but I can tell from my response to that confirmation how much I really NEED it.
    I think we often labor under the impression that having received the need of our heart once it will set us for life. In truth we need manna daily, His guidance and feeding daily….and we need to show up for the meal.

  3. I have thought a lot this fall about the difference between what I want and what Jesus has to offer. Unlike the woman with the red shoes, what I want tends to be a little flashier than what I get – the dependable presence of a God who does not fix things but who walks with us and helps us to make good out of the bad.

  4. I have lived this too. The truth that we have only to make the choice to receive is somehow a hard one to live out. Yet once we surrender and reach out to take the offered treasure – it is ours.
    So beautifully written. Thank you.

  5. Oh, when I read this, I could totally relate. Far too often I cry, “wrong, wrong, wrong” when the Lord allows something in my life that I don’t feel is a good fit instead of accepting gratefully.

  6. Angela,
    What a great reminder and really so very true! He knows what is best for us but that is so hard to reconcile with our pride of thinking we know what we want/need.
    Blessings!
    Tara

  7. I was cheering reading your post — it is so wonderful that you made it a point that there is no regret in being sad or mad. In the earlier part of my Christian life, I was totally led down the wrong path of stuffing my (true) negative feelings — and it created a lot of distortions of God’s love. It wasn’t until I truly could face God with all my sorrows and found that He could exchange them with His joy and peace — that my intimacy with God increased.
    Thank you for keepin’ it real, Angela!