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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. What a wonderful post.
    Motherhood seems to have left me questioning many of my abilities – especially as they have gotten older.
    Thank you for sharing this.

  2. Angela, your story could be my story — up until the part about your wise Christian counselor, I thought I was reading about myself. Though I do at times look back with regret and often wished I’d done things differently, I have learned to forgive myself as I know the Lord forgives me. But what do you do when your husband continues to hold grudges against you? We are separated now, with too much pain and bitterness between us. Please pray for us, and for our three dear teenage children.

  3. As a mother of 2 young adult sons, and 1 teenage daughter…. I have more that a few words to describe my journey. But, I’ll have to say that my biggest word these past few years is: Regret. While the kids were small and growing, I tried to make sure I held, rocked, read, sang to, talked about Jesus, prayed with, played with, etc. I did not want to live with regrets when they were gone from home. Well, guess what? It didn’t work.

  4. As I was living it, motherhood for me was summed up in one word ‘struggle.’ I have sweet memories and photos to remind me that it was good, but it was tough while on the playing field because I had to make split second decisions every day and I often felt scared as I maneuvered each day. I wanted to be perfect and better than what I’d gotten while I was growing up. I wanted my children to have confidence in themselves and not have to feel the pain I did. I often deeply wished I’d had good role models to follow. I had to read and make it up on my own. I definitely felt flawed; but when I look at the results, I see strong sturdy young people; and I still love being the wind beneath their wings.

  5. Oh that photograph about took my breath away – just gorgeous. Because, motherhood is joy underneath it all. Underneath all the flaws and heartache it is such profound joy. Thank you for sharing!

  6. You struck a chord here. Thank you for writing such truth. “It is only through the grace of Christ that I can be who I need to be for my family. And it is only Christ who can give us exactly what we need…He alone is our enough. He is enough for me.” YES!!! Thank you for this post. I think so many of us, as moms, are realizing that we absolutely can not be who we need to be for our families. **But. God.** He gives us the grace of Christ. And I also so badly need it. Every single dingle day! Just ask my kids.

  7. Um…are you always writing about me? You strike the chord in me and my life. Crazy how we can relate so well.
    Thanks for the words – descriptions and your honesty.

  8. I LOVE this. I have SOOO needed this. I am SOOO right in the trenches of EVERYTHING you’ve written here. I am incredibly grateful for your truth and for the truth that you spoke to my heart today. THANK YOU.

  9. Loved this Angela!
    When I think of motherhood, I think of the word re-do. I’d love to have known then what I have come to know now. Although, things would have probably been different in other ways, and thankfully God’s grace has covered me in this area as well.
    Thanks for sharing this!

  10. Awesome post. So often we do hear about the joys of motherhood – and there are many but your story is so much more real and encouraging!
    Praise the Lord for His work in your life, in mine and in mothers around the world!