A co-worker said something to me the other day over lunch and it made my heart sad and glad all at the same time. She, in essence said, we never hear about struggles while someone is going through them. It's always afterwards...when things are all cleaned up and better. I was sad to hear this, because it means I'm not the only one who feels this way. I have had plenty of conversations surrounding this topic. Testimonies are good - they encourage and inspire us. But hearing the sanitized version of a struggle leaves us wondering, how? How do you get through it? But I was glad too. Glad that someone else was willing to talk about it and wrestle through it. I admire her courage.

A word about transparency. This is the buzz word right now. It also goes by "real", "authentic" and "open." Being transparent in no way makes you a better Christian or a worse Christian. It is not a requirement or rule nor is it "sin." All sorts of people share struggles with others in a myriad of different ways.

I wish I had all the answers, I don't. I have decided to write about my own current struggles and in the writing and contemplating I hope to see something I have not seen before. That is where #Messy came from. I've gathered all of my #Messy posts here, into one place. Just maybe you will see yourself, and, just maybe the world will feel a whole lot smaller and the gospel will glow a whole lot brighter. Join me for an up front look at the messiness of life.

Life is hard. My life gets messy. Jesus knows, and it's o.k.

This Is #Messy

A Search And Rescue Mission For The #Messy

Marveling At #Messy

Falling Out Of Favor #Messy

What Sufferers Need Most (aka All Of Us) #Messy

Dear Church, I'm #Messy

Confession of Sin, Celebration Of Grace #Messy

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