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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. Oh, all too often these days – mainly when I’m stressed about things going on, or frustrated with my own ability to be diligent and productive with my time which inevitably leaves me with things either overdue or too many things that need to be done all at once, right at the last minute … basically, when I have allowed myself to forget to rest in God’s presence, strength and grace. The more time I spend in His Word, and in prayer, the more energy and ‘go’ /drive I have to get things done before they NEED to be.
    Thanks for the reminder today Angela!! Could do with one everyday!! xx

  2. Wow. This is exactly what I needed to hear. I’ve been messing up TONS lately and have been walking around feeling soooo guilty. I like how you said that when we wear forgiveness it’s letting us shrink and allowing God to be more. Thank you so much for this…I really needed it!!!!!

  3. God knows exactly what we need and when we need it. Thank you for sharing your heart so God can work in mine.

  4. I have that CD too!!! And love it…I’ve listened to this same song so many times. On days where I need to be comforted, encouraged or just to unwind from a crazy day. All the songs are encouraging and straight from God’s word. A friend shared the CD with me several years ago so I’m not sure how to find it…but it’s definitely one worth having. The words to this song resound with me….that our Lord gave His life for “MY” sin. And with His immense mercy provides a place for me to come to lay it all down at His feet receiving His forgiveness and great love. I’m undeserving but forever grateful. He is my all in all!! Thank you for this reminder today….I’m pulling out that CD when I get back in my car.

  5. All the time! I suspect that’s because we are human. But when we learn to forgive ourselves, life is so much more rewarding.

  6. Constantly! I’m usually wallowing in self-pity and mad at myself for past choices that have turned out lousy!

    I love to listen to the words of songs like this and truly think about what the writer is saying…and what God wants me to hear!

  7. Wow Angela….~so blessed by this today, seriously. I cannot even tell you how awesome it is that you chose to write this… *specifically *this*…this song was divinely brought to mind yesterday out of nowhere (as if there’s such a place, really), so, since I knew it was The Lord, I kept meditating on those exact lyrics… I had not even heard the song in forever but had His Peace at that moment… it was so beautiful to me… the fact that He can make beauty out of our ashes and that we can wear His forgiveness like a crown is such a humbling~amazing privilege… all we have to do trade them in… all we have to do is put it on… Oh, sisters…how I pray this over each of you, over myself today… I personally, spend far too much precious time wearing shame and insecurity… Lord, help us as women… as Your daughters Father, help each of us to trade our ashes for beauty and wear Your forgiveness today. ♥ Amen~

    • Crown!!! I love crowns…and i would love to wear one just like the sweet angel in the picture above your precious words….Oh how they have helped me this evening…god bless you for sharing them..

  8. My adult daughter died. I keep crying….”they have taken away my daughter, and I don’t know where they have laid her….it has been 8 years, and I still cannot live in gratitude…as I did before she died. I don’t want to. I am stuck here, and I want to grieve the rest of my life. I want to be with her. That is all I want. If she is not here, everything else has died. Christmas died. All pleasure died. I cannot, will not start believing again. I do not want to…

    • Dear Martha Jean –
      I am deeply sorry for your loss and cannot fathom the pain that is ripping through your heart. Please know that you are loved. I am praying for you to feel comfort and joy once again.

  9. I forgot to say…my husband has alzheimer’s, and I am experiencing the long goodbye. I have no grandchildren….but thank goodness, a wonderful sister. God does not show me Himself. Joy is not there.

  10. Wow – I am battling a lot of shame right now. A friend was encouraging me yesterday to just lay it down and accept the Lord’s forgiveness. I wanted to cry and explain how it wasn’t that simple. But I see in what you have written that the part that is so hard isn’t the tangled mess of relationship and emotion – rather that I don’t feel comfortable wearing it. I would rather bear my shame than accept a free gift. Shame is exactly what makes it feel so impossible to accept a crown and live like a daughter of the King, yet it has been paid for. Thank you for your words.

  11. I too often forget… especially this week. I have memory lapses regularly that last minutes… hours… days… and I need constant reminding that this is not my best life, or glorifying to the God who made me. I must put on that crown daily – however much or little I deserve to be wearing it, however ill it feels or fits; He has purposed it for me and desires with all His heart that I wear it and reflect Him.
    Amen.

  12. I can so relate to this!
    It is an everyday effort to let go of the shame. I am getting better at it the more I do it. And I have found that the more I walk through valleys with others, valleys that I have blazed, I am seeing forgiveness in a whole new way.