Candid Moments

| February 23, 2017

Is your life ever less than perfect? Mine is, and I’m not alone. I’ve gathered some posts from around the web, all written by today’s Christian women, and all about candid moments.

My desk is a mess. I barely have room to get to my keyboard and mouse. It’s ridiculous. Seriously. It’s been this way for over a week, and I keep saying I am going to clean it, but then I get busy doing the next thing and the mess remains. It might be growing, but it’s so messy I can’t tell.

Do you ever have that happen?

Maybe your issue isn’t a messy desk, but you have something on your to-do list that keeps getting pushed back in favor of more pressing (or enjoyable) tasks. It seems like I always have something on the back burner. Something niggling in the back of my mind that I really need to do, but don’t really have the time. Cleaning, paper work, emails, errands… the list is endless. It’s not that I want to procrastinate, it’s just that there is so much to do.

Every time I feel like I’m getting stuff done, something happens that sets me back again.

That’s where I was today. And then, in the middle of my upheaval, I got a text from a sweet woman who could never have known just how timely her words were. She wrote, “I can imagine that things are hectic right now, but my prayer for you is that you would be filled with peace so that you could enjoy the process, not just go through it.” Those words changed my entire day.

To be honest, my day has been full of comments that were full of a truth I already knew, but twisted just enough to dig into my heart. A blog post about praying five simple words. The text from my friend. Something in my pastor’s sermon that I was listening to while running errands. Candid moments when real life happens are the norm, but today God has shown up in a mighty way just to remind me that no matter how crazy life gets, He remains the same.

It doesn’t matter how messy my desk is, or how many things there are on my to-do list, God is still in control. When my accomplishments don’t match my expectations, I am still handcrafted by God to bring Him glory. When I let others down, or make a mistake, God still loves me the same.

I don’t know if you needed that reminder today, but apparently I did. And the best part is that knowing that truth, I truly can have peace to enjoy the process. No matter what I am going through, I can rest in God’s arms, trust His plan, and just enjoy the moment. I can rejoice in all things because God is good.

So, wherever today finds you, I pray that you can have peace to enjoy the process.

~ Heather

P.S. You can visit my friend’s blog here. This is a post she wrote about being still even if you’re the Energizer Bunny. Of course I can relate.


Candid Moments Round Up

1) Neglecting My Quiet Time

I wrote this post back in November when I was crazy busy and realized I was neglecting my quiet time. Let’s be honest, as Christians we hate to admit that we don’t take time for Jesus, but it’s something many of us struggle with. I share more in this post.

2) Finding Your Balance

Candid Gal, Jaime Hampton continues that theme in her post, 5 Lessons From the Tightrope: Finding Your Balance. When we get busy, we search for balance. I love Jaime’s insight on how to achieve it, but also her openness about her own struggle to find balance.

3) What If I Don’t Want to Be Successful?

Elizabeth over at What Mama Knows is developing a love/hate relationship with Pinterest (can anyone else relate?). In this post, she candidly shares about how her life isn’t always Pinterest perfect, and why she’s okay with that.

4) An Open Letter to Those Who Have Hurt Me

Holly Haynes over at Blessed Transgressions wrote an open letter to those who have hurt her, you can’t get much more candid than that. I loved her honesty about not just the pain they caused, but how it helped her grow.

5) Moving Beyond Regret

Marylynn poured out her heart in this post about regret. We’ve all made mistakes. We all have regrets. Marylynn’s words will resonate in your soul, and remind you of God’s amazing grace. I’ll be honest, this is one of my favorites. Very profound.

Bonus Post

If you need a good laugh, check out this candid moment Niki Hardy shared on Alisa Nicaud’s blog, Flourishing Today.

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Tweetable Candid Quotes From The Posts Above

Perhaps I had prayed for the wrong thing all those years…


When I didn’t make time for God, He still made time for me.


Fear traps us in shame and embarrassment, while love, God’s love, sets us free.


Are You Willing to Get Candid?

Is there something you struggle with that you would be willing to share with us? Can you relate to any of the candid moments shared in the posts above? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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20 Comments

  • Reply Terri February 23, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Yes but remember in clthe chaos turn to him who will give you peace
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    • Reply Heather Hart February 23, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      Exactly. No matter what I am going through, I can rest in God’s arms, trust His plan, and just enjoy the moment. I can rejoice in all things because God is good.
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  • Reply April Boyer February 23, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    love this whole bundle. I picture myself getting candid with God; in candid snapshots throughout the day. Thanks!

  • Reply Andrea February 23, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    We’re not perfect, but He is – and He wants us to turn to Him
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  • Reply Jessica Wright February 23, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    “When my accomplishments don’t match my expectations, I am still hand crafted by God.” Wow, I needed to read that!! I often don’t even see my accomplishments when my expectations aren’t met! You know it really is all about perspective…if I focus on the areas I seem to be lacking in that is all I will see, but if I focus on the victories, the accomplishments then you can see God’s sovereignty and grace! Thank you Heather!

  • Reply Leslie February 24, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Heather, I just love this because I can so relate! Only at my house it’s not just a desk that is messy. Oh my! What a great reminder for me today! And I love your theme of Candid Moments. I’ll be back to read more. : ) Thank you for sharing!
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    • Reply Heather Hart February 25, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      It’s not just my desk that’s messy either, Leslie… Someone told me years ago that our kids would rather have our time than a spotless home and I ran with it… maybe a little too far.
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  • Reply Maria Hass February 25, 2017 at 1:37 am

    Oh man. I’m so frustrated with myself for being so scatterbrained. And if I’m completely candid, I know I would be less frustrated if I didn’t procrastinate as much as I do! I’ve been running behind on life instead of trying to stay ahead. Thanks for the honest moment! Maria
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  • Reply Elizabeth February 27, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Hi Heather, I am so encouraged by this – having peace to enjoy the process!! Thank you for writing this 🙂 I often feel the burden of my own expectations so it is a relief to remember how the Lord loves us consistently.

  • Reply Beverly Kinnibrugh February 27, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Heather, you are such a beautiful soul. God is using you through your words to touch the lives of many women. As I have read through your website, it reflects who you are as a daughter of the King. I count it an honor and a privilege to call you friend.

  • Reply Grace March 1, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Life is hard, and rarely goes the way we want it! Over and over again! But we need to laugh it off, pray, and keep moving!

  • Reply Kristi March 1, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Love how God shows up in the middle of our messes to remind us he is bigger than it all and will take care of us through it.
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