Monday, April 13, 2015

Take Off the Cape

By: Jenifer Metzger

Last week I was needing some prayer and encouragement from my Christian sisters. I went to my Morning Reflections accountability group and began to type out my prayer request out. I was half way through and deleted it.

How could I, a woman who has been married almost 18 years, a woman who writes about marriage, need advice from others!? I walked away for a few moments. Then came back and began to type my request. For a second time, I 'chickened out' and deleted it. Then I decided it was time to be real.

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I typed my request out, clicking 'post' as fast as I could, just in case I wimped out again. My sisters immediately answered saying they would pray for me and many had great advice for me.

Later the same day I posted my request, we had a women's night at church. Our guest speaker, and my dear friend, had no idea of my prayer request earlier in the day. Yet her message that night was exactly the confirmation I needed. We need to take off the cape and be real with our sisters.

Ladies, we must be real with each other. We must take off the cape, take off the mask, stop pretending to have it all together and simply be real. When we are real, we can help others and others can help us.

We are all flawed humans living with flawed humans in a flawed world full of more flawed humans. We will have struggles. We will have trials. We will fight with our husband. Those are pretty much guarantees. When we hide it all in, wearing our cape and pretending everything is perfect, we are helping no one.

When we share of a struggle or situation we have with our husband, another sister in Christ may have already been in that situation. She may have just the thing to help you through it. Or maybe you share with someone who's going through the struggle right now. You can pray and encourage one another and be a sounding board for each other. But if you keep your struggle silent, she'll never get that help.

Being real does not mean bashing your husband, gossiping or complaining. It means sharing your heart and seeking encouragement and advice. Make sure when you share with your mentor, accountability partner, pastor's wife, or friend, that you are doing it for the purpose of prayer and encouragement.

So friends, today let's take the cape off and be real.

Do you struggle with taking off the cape and being real?

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