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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,
    I love how, through everything, that you’ve found hope through the very things that once frightened you. I can see you holding onto hope with the tenacity of that bug hanging onto your windshield. Thanks so much for the reminder that God can use my fears and turn them into harbingers of hope. What an amazing God we have…thanks for the reminder this morning!
    Blessings,
    Bev

  2. Thank you!really needed to read this.brought tears to my eyes:)many blessings!

  3. Wow, Angela, that’s incredibly brave. I can’t imagine walking away from one life into the great unknown of a totally different life. I admire your tenacity and am thrilled to hear how you hung in there. Your story is really encouraging! Thank you for sharing it.

  4. Angela,
    About a year ago I went back to work after being a stay-at-hom-mom & home-education mom for 18 years. I’ve recently started a *new* position at work (“yay!” for little promotions!) and FEAR seems to be tagging along everyday these days…your post brings the much needed reminder of HOPE and as always, in our amazing Father’s perfect timing. Thank you! …AND a thank-you to Bev (comment above), too

    • Oh PJ — I know that fear of which you speak! My hiatus from the workforce was not as long as yours … but the doubts I had when I reentered were massive. Praying for you during this life change.

  5. This spoke to me just what I needed to hear this morning.

    Putting this on a sticky note right by my computer! —– “If a bug that has nothing but instinct, grit, and physical strength can hang onto a vehicle moving 65 miles per hour, then I can withstand the hurricane-sized winds of life when I have the God who commands armies of angels telling me that He’s got me. I can rest assured that hope belongs to me in all things and at all times.”

    Thank you! 🙂

  6. Thank you Angela. You have a gift with words; part of that gift is to share so that others can know they are not alone…on this earthly world or above. You are a beautiful work in progress!

  7. I have been a Christian just about my whole life. I have poured over God’s word many, many times. My problem is not belief in God’s promises. My problem is disbelief in myself. I have failed and gone the wrong direction so many times. I cannot handle my failure and inability to cope with the circumstances I’ve brought myself to. I have lost hope in myself.

    • Oh Wanda, I understand your hurt and disappointment. I do. But please know that if you are in Christ, you are enough. There is nothing you can do that will make you hopeless in the sight of the Lord. We all sin. We all are far from God’s glory on our own … but even situations of our own making can be redeemed. Praying for you, friend.

  8. Angela:

    I spent two years in Florida after graduation. Life changing and mine were, to date, the two worse years of my life. And yet they were the best. They shaped me and formed me and God used them to sustain the ministry I have been in for 20 years. Thanks for you words and for reminding me of my time in Florida, about the 2 checked pieces of luggage (and a carry-on) and for Palmetto Bugs. ( I live in SC…they are secretly our state mascot. ) 🙂

  9. Angela,

    Thanks for the encouraging words. It is just what I needed to hear with situations I am dealing with.
    God bless!

  10. Love this statement: “Hope isn’t a feeling. It’s a promise from the giver of life.” ‘Can’t trust feelings, but we can certainly trust the one who promises hope. Thank you, Angela!

    P.S. I’m surprised you didn’t mention the lizards that flourish in FL!

  11. Angela, you definitely had me with this wonderful quote: “I remember that hope isn’t a feeling. It’s a promise from the giver of life. And the promise of hope was sealed and delivered with the blood of Jesus. That kind of promise is unbreakable.” I want this on a poster where I can see it everyday 🙂

  12. My name is Angela too! And this post was published on my birthday, July 31! What a coincidence.. 😉

    I totally needed to hear this. And even reading the comments, “Angela.. You are brave”, I read it as if it were towards me as well.

    My fiancé, the only man I could see myself marrying, broke up with me. It felt like a divorce. Our community of friends and our church split up and I felt so abandoned by people I thought were my friends. He said it got too hard and he thought it would be easier to start fresh with someone new. We were working through things in pre marital counselling and he felt like it was too much for him. And he left. We go to the same church, are involved in the same ministries, and share(d) the same friends. And then it was all gone.

    My hope and dreams for a future married to my best friend. I sometimes wake up and stare at the ceiling and wonder if it was just a bad dream for a split second, and then I realize it’s not. It actually happened.

    We lost thousands of dollars from the wedding we planned, I don’t know what to do with the dress I bought that carried so much excitement and anticipation with it. I had to email back 225 guests and explain to them the wedding was off. The party favors are sitting in my basement with a date that has now passed.

    It was THE most difficult time of my life. To wake up, get dressed, go to work, face everyone who would ask about my relationship status since photos had been taken off Facebook, go to church- a place where I would see him talking to other girls. It was painful.
    And through it all, keeping my eyes on Jesus was the only thing that got me through – and is still getting me through – each day.

    Thank you for sharing this. I desperately needed to hear these words to remind me to hold on to Hope. Hope is a person, and His name is Jesus. And He is faithful to His promises.

    #clingingon

    • Oh Angela! Your story … heart-wrenching in deed, yet I see so much hope too and it is beautiful to read how Jesus is walking with you in such a trying time. Please know that I will keep you in prayer tonight and I also just want to whisper that you are loved, you are worthy, you are precious,you are beautiful, and you are enough! Hugs to you!

    • Angela,

      Prayers for you as you go through this trial. May God give you the peace and contentment that you need to get through this and move forward. It is times likes these that I use Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, ” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you.” “To give you a hope and a future”. Remember that God has some wonderful uplifting plans for your future!

      Blessings and Prayers 🙂

    • Bear in mind: Things happen for a reason. That guy will most likely not the best for you. Trust God!
      Pretty soon you will realize why it happened and you will be very grateful to HIM. Jesus works in mysterious ways.

  13. Angela,

    You certainly have tenacity and grit. It takes a lot to move into the unknown with little to go on but Hope!!

    Thank you for a thought provoking post! I needed to hear this today and always!! It is so easy to get down and out in the rush of work a day living.

    I just loved this: “I can withstand the hurricane-sized winds of life when I have the God who commands armies of angels telling me that He’s got me. I can rest assured that hope belongs to me in all things and at all times.” So true! Without God I couldn’t handle the many problems that have cropped up in my life over the years.

    Blessings 🙂

  14. Thank you for your encouraging word. You caught my eye when reading your post when you spoke of the box of muffin mix and eating a muffin a day. With us, it is eggs. We are on rations, eating 2 eggs for break, lunch and dinner, untill the eggs run out. Pay day is not untill Friday, AUgust 15th. $1.04 in checkbook. MY HOPE is in HIM. Claming Philippinas 4:19, But my GOD shall supply. This is a very rough patch in my life, and I just have no energy left. Hoping and Praying continually for the much needed Miricle we need so despertaly in our lives. I have signed up for your emails, hoping to be continually encouraged. Thank you For sharing your experience.Leslie

  15. God works in mysterious ways. Pretty soon you will realize why it happened and it is for your own good. Trust HIM!

  16. Wow, Angela……. It’s amazing how the most high talks to us… Hearing this message just touched me in a very big way this morning.

    When your going thru things he’s always on time with his messages. You just have to open your mind and spirit to connect…

    Thanks …Craig

  17. This is not about my story,but one of my sons,Kent.Kent was 29 yrs.,28 years ago, traveling all over the US with acid rock band,as a sound man.Totally into us drugs.on night stands,lost into the world.Came home for few days,tried to talk to Kent about giving his life to our Lord.He was sick of the life he was living,a unhappy,lost,desperate lifeDidn’t want to hear about “God”but prayed with him and never stopped for him to give his live to Jesus.He moved to Jacksonville, Fl.Someone talked to Kent,God opened his ears and heart”.BORN AGAIN”Kent instantly changed into a new man of God Stranger invited Kent to church.Now,Kent is a pastor,in the prison ministry,also street rescue missions.Married with two sons.Kent loves The Lord ,serves The Lord by preaching and going into jails with a Christan Band and on the street where men have lost hope,tells them there is hope.Kent is a witness to Gods goodness.

  18. Where there is Life there is hope. Very encouraging article indeed. This just shows how you can find the positive in all things.