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40 Days of Prayer: Day 18

Today’s blog was written by Stephanie Casey.

How Big is Your Mask? Mine? Well, I have several I tend to put on. Depends on what day and what outfit I am wearing!!

I’m not talking about an actual, physical mask. I am talking about the mask we all tend to carry with us from day to day. You know, the one we hide behind when we don’t want anyone to see the real us? The broken us? The fearful us?  Masks come in all shapes and sizes; for some, it could be as much as makeup that creates a mask. Others, it may be laughter or cutting up.  Whatever the mask is, it clouds our judgment and tricks us into thinking we are okay and we have it all together, when in reality we do not. 

This has been me for years!! I was the one that smiled, laughed, cut up. I made everyone else laugh and still do! What I have learned this year, when some of life circumstances came my way, is that it’s actually okay not to be okay. God removed my mask months ago. Ever since then, it’s been impossible to hide my emotions and tears. It’s an uncomfortable feeling that leaves you vulnerable and wide open. 

You see, until the mask is removed, you can’t truly see what you look like. You can’t see what is inside that God wants to show you about yourself. You can’t see your beauty and you will never know your worth. You are fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image. There is no flaw in you. You are His creation. You are a child of the most High God. In Him, you live, breathe and have your being. He wants to use you and your gifts and talents for His glory. Others need to hear your story. Others need to see your vulnerability. You may never know this side of glory, what impact you will have on someone else. 

I encourage you today, and I can say that I speak from experience., take off your mask. Let the true you shine through. It is okay if you are not put together and have it all together. God can take the most broken of pieces and make them beautiful. You can be made whole. Look at yourself as a tapestry, on the backside where it is sewn, it isn’t all that pretty, but on the front you see all the beauty it has. Aren’t you glad God can make something out of nothing?

Thank you for reading. Now, please go to our Prayer Wall and pray for the requests. You can also add your own prayer request or testimony there.