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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. struck by the highlighted ‘conflict’. such an obvious truth when you actually write it down. think i’m going to write down some of my wants that are conflicted today. surely we take steps towards freedom when we see clearly what is keeping us stuck. thank you angela for sharing! xo –kris

  2. We had the same dinner fight last night. My favourite though was last week when she didn’t want to eat her spinach and said she didn’t like it because”God made her that way.” 🙂

  3. Hmmmmm. Yup. I was thinking this morning – I want to derive my identity/value from what Jesus says about me. Yet I still want to pursue the praise of man. Doh. Mutually exclusive.

    A little motive purification going on around here…. Sigh…. It’s never ending. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this Angela!

  4. To be more like Jesus. Yes! I think this is the answer we crave for every missing piece in our lives. I love that you included the word bold in your description of the character of Jesus.
    This post is lovely, and the phrased your kids choose to use are hilarious! I hope you are writing it all down.
    Beautiful post!

  5. I need JESUS as well more and more and more and more in HIS WORD especially.
    I love squash btw. It’s delicious. Had it today in a buffet. There wasn’t enough of the squash.
    I’m a person who knows what I need and know what I want. Not that I’ve calculated it in some pondering session. It’s just life for me. I’m strong willed and strong headed. Think cos I was raised to get my own way. I was not stopped.
    So, if the situation does not suit me
    There you go. In a nutshell.
    But the LORD, HE is ever first and foremost in my life and I’d seek HIM and those who love HIM. Why, I just have this desperate and unrelenting need for more and more and more and more of who JESUS is, who my God is, who my Father in heaven is, who the Holy Spirit and what indeed THEY want out of me. It’s like an upward surge. Never ending. Ever moving. Non – achieving but heart rendering and deep within no one but God can see and fathom. Not even me. Ironic, isn’t it.
    I think to myself, where do I go from here next, and then the path opens. The door opens and I just walk on. Heavenly.

  6. Like you Angela, I’m a strong-willed woman. And sometimes (too often) that means that my way isn’t always God’s way. THIS spoke to me so clearly… “And then there are times when a woman knows what she wants, but doesn’t quite understand what she needs.”
    Yep. What I want and what I need are sometimes 2 different things ~ and at that point, I’m conflicted. I’m learning to trust the Lord that He knows EXACTLY what I need, and has promised to supply my needs.
    I loved this post. It speaks to so many areas of life…not just squash! 😀

  7. Less of me, more of Jesus, but it certainly is not happening automatically. I have to deliberately choose to do it His way, especially when I don’t want to.

  8. You made me laugh out loud with this: “If I want some crunch to my chocolate, a small pack of Pretzel M&M’s will do just fine.”
    You made me pause with this: “I want a healthy body. I want to eat whatever I want to eat whenever I want to eat it.”
    Yes to this: “I am a woman who needs more of Jesus and less of herself. I need to be close to Him . . . know His character . . . His word.”

  9. I am beginning to question this theology of less of me. I have subscribed to it all my life but the more I know Him the more I understand that he made me a masterpiece, it’s the world who rejects me as God made me. More of Him=more of being who he truly made me to be. I wonder if we have this right? As I truly pursue him I allow the artist to reveal the true picture of who he made me to be for his kingdom, when I say “less of me” it seems like we are rejecting what the artist himself has designed.
    Just some random stuff that I have been wondering about.

    • Hi AJ,

      I think you make a really good point.We are wonderfully made and should delight in that truth. However, please know that when I say “less of me” I am not referring to being less of who God made me … or of giving less. I am referring to less of my selfish aspects … really I should have written “Less of the It’s All About Me attitude” 🙂 From my personal experience, I know that when I have more of Jesus I am better able to be the person I was created to be and be her for His glory. When I fill my life with more “me” (meaning framing every situation I am in to be all about me and putting my wants before what God wants for me), I tend to lose sight of truth and who I am in Christ.

  10. I truly need more of Jesus–we all do! In this crazy mixed up world of ours where everyone says no to Prayers in school, ball games, no Bible reading, etc. we need more of Him to help us through each day.

    I know exactly what I want–a different job–or so I thought. I have prayed about this for a long while now and God kept saying no stay here. He has seemingly blessed me more than I could have ever thought by my obedience. Plus through this experience I have turned to Him much more than ever before. I have also seen things in a different light!

    Thanks Angela for a great post!

  11. Wow! You nailed MY conflicts with your three examples.

    Your post also reminded me of a sermon I heard on Psalm 23. In it, the preacher stated that God will change wants the more I seek his kingdom. I’ll come to realize I don’t actually really want my “wants” which are fickle and fleeting anyway.

    Good post!