There is a country song called, Church Clothes and one of the lines says “Oh, that’s the stuff that nobody knows when we’re wearing our church clothes.” This specific song is about a marriage that appears as perfect and put together as the clothes they are wearing. The song goes on to explain that their marriage is in deep trouble.
Just like in this song, many things in our lives can be hidden from others by putting on a mask. As Christian women, I believe that each of us puts on a mask from time to time and I am not referring to the paper or cloth ones we see today. We think that we must have it all together and it is easy to make the outward appear acceptable to others by putting on a mask. Many of us have become experts at hiding behind a facade of serenity when in truth we are masking an array of emotions: anger, hurt, fear, and bitterness.
We are real women with real struggles, and it is time to remove our masks and have real conversations about these issues. As women, we struggle in many areas such as: submitting to our husbands, anxiety, wayward children, depression, homeschooling, parenting, abuse, eating disorders, infertility and being single. In 1 Cor. 12:25-26, Paul describes how the body of Christ should function: “There should be no division in the body, but its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it.” Considering his instructions to share each other’s pain, why are so many of us determined to suffer alone? Ladies, we do not have to!
You and I need to take off our masks and share where we are and, even more importantly, where we have been and what Christ has done and is doing in our lives. By sharing where we have been, we are not glorifying our past, but instead we are bringing glory to Jesus Christ for what He has done in our lives. Our past choices cannot be reversed, but they can be redeemed.
Join us for our Women’s Summer Drop-In Series “Behind the Mask” where real women share real struggles as we remove our masks. This will be a Potluck Dinner so bring your favorite dish to share. Desserts and drinks will be provided.
We will be meeting in Wilson Hall at 5:15 PM on Wednesday evenings:
- June 2 & 16
- July 7 & 21
- August 4, 2021
6/2 Angie Good
6/16 Jayme Barone
7/7 Lauren Bosco
8/4 Debbie Huffmyer
Our speakers will be finished before the Encounter Wednesday Evening Prayer begins at 6:30 pm.
For planning purposes, please let us know if you will be attending. Click the REGISTER button below.
Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions. firstname.lastname@example.org or (412) 741-4900 Ext. 117.