Monthly Archives: February 2015

Why Others Need You to Embrace Authenticity

Why Others Need You to Embrace Authenticity | Faith and Composition

Authenticity can be a frightening prospect. The very act of baring honest struggles and removing a mask for other to witness can be terrifying. Because we’re programmed to paint over our imperfections, even as moms … especially as moms.

It’s often easier to paint on a smile and feign perfect contentment. You and I could do that with our friends, our family, our church, our children, but perfection doesn’t foster intimacy; instead it builds walls. And I don’t know about you, but I’m more interested in tearing down walls. I long for transparency, for rich relationships, for the deeply rooted friendships built on the experience of sharing real struggles and shouldering burdens.

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is always what it takes to sit down and listen.” – Winston Churchill

 

So I tell stories. I share the gritty and the glorious moments of my days. I take the risk, and I tap out the words because I think we all thirst for authenticity. And I think you should too. I think you should take the risk and tell YOUR story. Because there are women longing to hear your perspective; there are women who need the hope only your experiences can provide; there are women who need to see you made it through the messy and the mundane … and they will too!

So tell your motherhood story, your longing-for-motherhood story, your marriage-is-hard-work-but-it’s-worth-it story. Tell your faith story. Tell where you’ve been and where you’re going. How you have found God, and how you are still looking for him. Show authenticity. Take off the mask. Break down the walls.

People are hungry for truth and honesty, and they long to connect with authenticity. They want to know they’re not alone in their struggles and the pressures of their daily challenges. People need to grieve in your sadness and celebrate in your triumphs. Because when the forest is too thick or the light too dim, it may just be your truth-telling that pulls them through.

If it’s too hard to tell the whole story, tell part of it … just part of it. Tell it on a blog, in a Brave Collective, through a song, to a friend over coffee … however best suits your mode of expression. And if you don’t get the response you’d hoped for, keep trying. Swallow your fear, embrace bravery and tell your story again.

Because it matters.

Your story matters.

Your struggles assure others they’re not alone in their battles, your victories buoy hearts, and your faith walk testifies to the truth that so desperately needs to be heard.

Yes, it’s risky. Removing the mask and being authentic always carries some risk. But the risk? The risk is worth it. Because your storytelling might just be the impetus someone else needs to remove their own mask and embrace authenticity. 

So tell your story. Tell of the peaks and the valleys, the gritty and the glorious, the mundane and the majestic. Be a truth-teller: testify to grace, hope and redemption. And then after you’ve spoken … after you’ve said yes to bravery and tasted of transparency … listen. And it’s then you just may hear others finding the courage to do the same.

This is a reprint of a guest post I wrote for the MOPS International blog, “Hello, Darling“. You can find the original article here.

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Friday Favorites | February 6, 2015

Friday Favorites, February 6, 2015 | Faith and Composition

Today I’m excited to start a new series on the blog, something a bit more lighthearted that will give me an opportunity to share some of the things I’m loving right now. I’m dubbing it Friday Favorites, and today is the first installment. Every other week (or each Friday, if I’m ambitious), I’ll pop in to feature some of the lovely things that have caught my attention. They may include products I’m smitten with, books I’m reading, songs I’m loving, foods I’m craving, and more. So check back each week for recommendations that I think you’ll love as well.

Now for today’s first Friday Favorites: 

1) I love Lauren Daigle’s heart-moving song, “Let it Be.” I’ve had her station playing without interruption on Pandora for a week now. Go ahead and queue it up. It will bless your heart, promise!

2) I recently discovered Haute Hope via the Grit & Grace Instagram feed, and I was instantly smitten. Founded by Jess Puccinelli (who is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside!), Haute Hope curates a collection of breathtakingly beautiful gift boxes that give a portion of proceeds back to charities. I mean it when I say I haven’t seen a prettier collection of gift boxes anywhere. The contents, the packaging, the attention to detail are all impeccable. If you’re seeking a gift for a birthday, Valentine’s day, bridal shower, anniversary, or any other special event, be sure to check out the stunning collection at Haute Hope. You can also follow all the loveliness on Instagram.

3) Our weather is still a bit cold, but warmer days are on the way, and nothing puts me in the mood for spring like tulips. I picked up several pots of tulips at my local Trader Joe’s last week for a mere $2.99! That’s less than a latte, and the joy they will bring will last so much longer. If you have a Trader Joe’s nearby, hop in and snag some!

4) This gorgeous print designed by Jenn Sprinkle features the theme verse for IF: Gathering 2015. At just $12, the gold-foil art piece is a lovely way to put scripture on your walls. And speaking of IF, are you going? I‘m so sad that I can’t attend the much-anticipated event this weekend (I mean … I’m really bummed). Some family circumstances have prevented that from happening. However, you can bet I’ll be following along on the Live Stream. You should too; With names like Jennie AllenLauren ChandlerJen HatmakerAnn Voskamp, and more, you know there’s going to be some anointed teaching! 

That’s all for this first installment of F&C’s Friday Favorites. Have a blessed weekend, friends! 

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