Thank you to all the women in my life who have let me into their REAL life.

The women who let me see their messy house–messy because they were being wives and raising kids and going to school and doing ministry and being a friend to me, and who has time to mop the floor when all that is so much more important?

The women who farted and burped (yes, I just said that!) in my presence and let loose in other ways, showing uptight me that real women have embarrassing moments and live through them–and that those moments can help others feel more comfortable in their own skin.

The women who were depressed and grief-stricken and just sick of pretending that life was fun, who taught me that God is in the valley as well as the mountaintops, and that life doesn’t have to be pretty to be covered by God’s grace.

The women who were open about their fears and insecurities, who let me see their weakness, who were truly vulnerable. Such courage inspires me continually, and gives me courage to write this blog.

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Thank you to all of you who have taken a chance on opening up to me and letting me see parts of you that are less than perfect. I hope I can return the favor here, and that God will use this blog to encourage you. I hope you will see that you really are a beautiful mess, beloved by the King–entirely regardless of your organizational skills or your mental health or your social awkwardness. Because that is what you have shown me.

And if you find yourself hiding behind a mask, afraid to let anyone see the real you, afraid that if They saw your house, or heard you yell at your kids, or knew how close you are to just throwing in the towel, They would judge you and find you failing…I hope you find a safe place here. I hope you find the courage to trust–a little bit at a time–that there are people in your life who will understand, who have been there, who will accept you just as you are.

Who has inspired you by being vulnerable? Are you willing to trust a little bit and share a Let’s Get Real moment from your own life? Share in the comments or join the conversation on facebook, twitter or instagram with the hashtag #letsgetrealhbom.

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