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  1. Heather, I totally get what you are saying here, as I feel the same pressure. It has kept me from posting at times, because I feel that I have nothing “good” or “positive” to say.
    There has been a determination to be “me”, the me that exists without the kidney failure and difficulty in finding a match, the me that is just me. Mom, wife and friend.
    So, I determine not post about anything that has to do with the “issues” and in turn find that is when there are only “issues” going on. An unexpected surgery, illness, setback. Whatever.
    And so, I don’t post.
    In the back of my head I know that those are the times when I should be posting because those are the times I need to ask for help. And that is the hardest thing in the world for me. By far.
    So, once again I will take your words, my dear sweet friend, and try to get it through my thick skull. Again.
    Maybe things will be better.

  2. People aren’t encouraged by other people who are perfect in the midst of trials, they are encouraged by those who rest in the mercy and grace of God, no matter what their circumstances are. Thank you for sharing your journey, the joyful parts and the painful parts. God will continue to bless you and your family.

  3. i was just complaining to God about ‘why come’my colleagues seem to have perfect lives and mine is so broken and filled with pain. I realized that I was bitter in my spirit about it. I have a certain expection of the life i would like to lead and the reality is falling way low under those standards. So confession is good for the soul, then I got this post today and realize there’s no such thing and I actually love that sone by Natalie grant.

  4. I remember the first time I heard that song was on a drive back to Texas from Mississippi after a visit and I was so terribly sad to be leaving my family once again. Loved it and its message.
    I was listening to the radio online yesterday which is something I never do and heard the song for the first time in a while and was reminded again that God is the one that makes me strong, that puts together the broken pieces.
    I’m reminded of 2 Corinthians 12:9. HIS power is made perfect in OUR weakness. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing and reminding us that we don’t have to be perfect people all the time and that when we aren’t, God can still use us…rather IS MORE LIKELY to use us 🙂

  5. He is speaking to me this morning!
    I listened to that song earlier this morning while doing my devotional. Then I get to work and see your post in the inbox. Then began reading it and the song came on KLove while I was reading it.
    God is so awesome! We all face trials in some form and it is comforting that God does not expect perfection from us. He loves us as we are.
    Facing trials daily

  6. I have been disappointed in Christians because they expected me to be perfect. So this is quite freeing. I have heard about the love in the pulpit but not experienced it in the midst of the people in the church. It seems that when I’ve struggled, I was told to take it to God. No arms went around me as I struggled, just cold admonitions to pray and search the Bible or reminders of where my shortcomings lay. Even harsh words of condemnations were thrown at me during a very difficult time. So you can see how this approach or message is quite freeing. It’s as I experienced the love at Jesus’ feet. I brought the pain to Him, and His love healed. No…Christians are not expected to be perfect, but I believe He calls us to be compassionate. If we are just followers of the law, we are more like the religious leaders that handed Christ over to the Romans to crucify.

  7. Thank you for your honesty. I truly believe we are doing a HUGE disservice to ourselves and our faith when we try to act perfect. We then get labeled hypocrite when someone outside our faith (and sometimes w/i the church) sees us “fail” or fall from our pedestal. I relate to real people, real feelings, and real problems. We’ve all got them and we can’t help each other unless we are honest with each other. Your post is lovely and a breath of fresh air! Prayers for you and yours through this struggle!

  8. Heather
    I am sucked in by this same thing. I DO NOT post much of how I REALLY feel on my blog. And then I get so aggrevated with myself because I want to be real.
    I can’t help but think….NOBODY wants to know you’re WEAK and PATHETIC!!
    Dang that satan! He’s a real prize, huh?
    Thanks for posting how you really feel!
    I may get crazy and do the same!

  9. Heather,
    I have to agree with the ladies above. This is an excellent post! I was so excited when I found your blog because of how real you are. I’m also afraid of being less than perfect on my blog, and I’m probably guilty of being overly cheery when things don’t really call for that. I really needed this reminder that we’re not perfect. No one’s perfect. And it’s OK to be scared, upset, angry, sad about the hard times we sometimes face. Thanks for these words of inspiration and God bless.

  10. I read this post three times, because it was so nice to have someone say what I feel. For me, it is so hard to tell the truth in how hard things are sometimes because I don’t want that to be all I’m known for. I don’t want my friends to be my caretakers. I don’t want people to think “Sara” and then think “sick girl.” I also despise making people worry.
    But in those moments when I just say how ugly it can be, and someone gets something from it or I am suddenly washed with love and feel less alone in it, I remember that people can love both. They can love Sara and sick-Sara… it’s me that has the limitation of that sometimes, not them.

  11. While I don’t officially know you, I admire you. Thank you for your very, very honest vulnerability. That is how God uses you. Undoubtedly, He is using you even as He walks with you through all this stuff. Thank you.