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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, Thank you for your words. it seems that all the posts this week have been written just for me. I have been holding in my grief and pain for six and a half years, until, all of a sudden, this week happened. From out of nowhere it all came spilling out all over the place. So many tears. I didn’t even realize how much i hurt, until it started to come out. Hopefully now, healing can fill the place emptied. Hope gives meaning to suffering. Thank you again.

    • Penny,
      I don’t know exactly what you are grieving, but I would just like to come alongside and give you a big hug and say “let your tears flow.” God will not leave you comfortless…He will come to you. Lifting you up in prayer right now…
      ((Hugs))

    • Penny,
      ((((hugs)))) from E. TN. May God comfort you and bring a sense of healing to your grief! I pray for you now!

  2. Angela,
    I grew up in a very stoic family where emotions were just not shared openly. I honestly thought, for a long time, that something was severely wrong with me because I felt things so powerfully and so deeply and it was very hard to hold back tears. I have come to know, after my many years, that those emotions aren’t wrong…God doesn’t expect us to be stoic. He, the One who knit us together in our mother’s womb, gave us these emotions. He gave us eye ducts from which tears are allowed to flow. He gave us the ability to generate a good laugh when joy warms our soul. I so agree with you…letting grief pour out, lets HOPE come in and fill us up. So sorry about your beloved Pap Pap…but thankful for the comforting lesson of Hope that God brought to you….loved this!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • Me, too. I’ve had more pain in my personal life through no fault of my own that I could hardly bear it. God has sent many people whom I did not know to pray for my marriage and my family.
      I need a good cry. But, my children need to see a strong mother especially during the holidays.
      My husband is trying to be a better man, but the damage is done.
      Lord, help us.

  3. Beautifully said! I lived with abuse for 20 years and help my sorrow in for a long, long time. The day my ex left, the day God set me free, my soul cried tears which had been bottled up for two decades.

  4. Thank-you for your post Angela,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I understand the pain of losing loved ones. Despite the grief there is always hope, for each day is the Lord’s gift.

  5. Thank you for this post. I totally saw myself…and the lights came on. I wonder if it has something to do with being the eldest child? Anyway, I appreciate your gentle treatment of this painful subject. Much needed for me.

  6. Angela,
    Hope does give meaning to suffering. My mother passed away over 5 3/4 years ago and I miss her all the time.
    She was in Hospice Care and I was the only one with her. My brother didn’t come and I couldn’t reach my daughters. The hospice nurse had called and told me she had had a bad stroke and I left work to be with her. I got to hug her and tell her she could let go and be with the family. She left her earthly body and then I felt peace knowing she was with God.
    Thank you for today’s devotions.
    Mary

  7. Sometimes we find ourselves being strong for others. It’s natural to grieve a loss, but when we don’t deal with our emotions, grief can become a heavy spiritual burden. It can take root in our souls, a big, ugly tree to be chopped down. Fear, depression, illness all can be linked to it. I know I didn’t cry for years trying to be strong and have faith. That’s a mistake! Even Jesus wept.

  8. In two months it will be eight years since I suddenly lost my husband to a heart attack. I understand your pain. At first I was in shock but it wasn’t long till the grief overwhelmed me. Life was awful the first couple years but I learned that to get to the other side of grief you must go through it. It’s a life long process, but I’m now at a place where I can say God is good and really mean it.

    • Cathy, I can’t even begin to imagine your pain. So thankful God walked THROUGH the valley with you. From what you say, He is bringing beauty from the ashes and I know He will use you to help others walk through their grieving. God bless you…and thanks for reminding us that, through it all, God is indeed good!

    • Cathy,
      I pray you can feel God with you ALL the time, especially in 2 months!! Praying for you now and sending (((((hugs))))) from E. TN. Thank you for the thought that God wants us to go through the valley of shadow of death/grief.
      Blessings 🙂

  9. Angela
    I am sorry about Pap Pap! It felt like you were writing my very own story! 6 years ago this August my beloved mom died. I didn’t cry at the viewing, or funeral. I guess for me she had already been dead for 2 years. She had dementia and after 1.5 months in hospitals, rehab she came home with Sundowner’s and was pretty much bedridden. She did recognize me and dad, but not much else. It wasn’t long after that we called hospice to assist my dad. I miss my mom and the fun we had but I still don’t cry much-strange as I am super emotional! Now I’m going through dementia and psych issues with my dad. We called hospice on July 17th. This is tough!

    Blessings 🙂

  10. Angela,
    Thank you so much for sharing your heart and your experience. Your words are very powerful and will bear good fruit.
    I’m going to save this post because with everything that’s going on in the world, I know I’m going to need this truth more and more. I also want to share this with my brothers and sisters in The Lord. The world is full of suffering but we need to be willing to feel the pain so, as you so eloquently said, we can hope in the suffering.
    I’m praying God’s mighty hand of blessing on you and your family.
    Beth

  11. Thank you for sharing your great hope in the midst of great loss. These words are filled with encouragement for the weary soul that is wondering if it truly is okay to cry.

  12. Thank you for your beautiful authenticity in sharing. I’m in place of grieving and lots of tears right now. Your posts have given my heart encouragement. Today I was surfing the web and found your devotions…wow. God has been using your words written down to comfort my fractured heart.