Come Out of Hiding

Several women around me lately have been hiding. No, not a game of hide and seek, a reality of: Life is really hard and I don't want anyone to know what I am going through. Ever been there? I have. Is it that we don't want anyone to know or is that that we don't believe anyone will understand or care? I think it's a little of both.

I am hear to tell you today that hiding is not the answer. We were made to connect with each other. We were made for community. Not only do you need others, but others need you. You see, I believe that is where we miss this. We think that we are fine alone, and indeed, we sometimes are. What we don't realize, is that in us being alone, somebody else is missing out. Didn't you know? Somebody else needs to see your smile. Somebody else needs to hear your laugh. Somebody else needs to see you weak. In seeing you weak, they no longer feel alone.

Somebody else needs to hear your story.

I took a group of girls to a camp this summer. I was hoping that they would open up to each other, but no one really did. One day I sat them all down and shared the importance of being real. I knew they all had burdens. They all had pain...and they all felt alone because no one was brave enough to share what was really going on in their lives. One by one, these girls began to speak up. Girls who only lived with one parent. Girls whose parents were getting divorced. Girls who were going through really, really deep things. Slightly different stories, yet very similar pains. As each girl shared, we surrounded her. We all cried with her as she cried. We all held her. We all prayed with her. I can't even begin to describe the way we all felt by the end. They needed to hear each others struggles; their pain. In hearing that someone else didn't have it all together, they realized that they were not alone. They were so brave that day.

Please come out of hiding. If not for yourself, for others. People around you are struggling and they wholeheartedly believe that they are alone. Now is the time to hold each other tight. Now is the time to change. Now is the time for you to be brave.

If not for you, for them. 🤍

Beth Campbell, founder of Payson Moms Blog

Beth Campbell is a local mom of 4 beautiful children. She has been married to her best friend and college sweetheart, Brian, for 13 years. She loves living in Payson and connecting with other moms. She has a desire to see activities for moms and children grow in the Payson area, along with support for local businesses. She also desires to create an online atmosphere of support and encouragement for moms of all ages and stages of life through the Payson Moms Blog.

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