Sooooo….you know how everyone puts their best foot forward on social media? I’ve read whole articles about it. Honestly, I feel like I try to keep it pretty real over here. I post a good bit of our daily stuff, which is pretty mundane if ya ask me. I’m not really sure why anyone would want to read that unless it’s to make you feel better about yourself (ha!) or maybe so you can learn from all my mistakes? (Ahem…like the time I let Jase run diaperless, walked in the laundry room for two seconds, and returned to both a terd and puddle of pee in the floor. At least I spared y’all the pictures.)
I will continue to blog about our weekly and monthly updates because it’s the easiest way I have personally found to document and reference, and it COULD help someone in the process. Maybe it’s not legit helpful like some of the other mommy bloggers’ pages…maybe it just makes you feel better to know you’re not the only doofus mom who gave your 10 month old honey nut cheerios and then spent hours on the phone with the emergency nurse hotline because you’re not supposed to give babies honey? Oh wait, I’m the only one who did that?? (Maybe I would be better off writing a “what not to do” blog! haha!)
Plus, as ashamed as I am to admit this, I think I have momnesia. I used to have this jam up memory, and all of the sudden I can’t remember ANYTHING. I seriously have no clue when Jase did anything. Sometimes my friends will text me and be like “When did Jase…” & I totally have to play it off because I seriously have no clue. First tooth? First time sleeping through the night? First time crawling? Walking? First word? Seriously, I can’t answer any of those. (Yes, I am aware that any hopes of my “mom of the year award” just got revoked upon that admission). In all seriousness, thank goodness for this blog!! (Plus, I like to have it printed into blog books so the kids will have it in the future.)
There have been a few times I have almost shut the blog down or gone private (mostly for safety reasons), but I truly 100% believe this has become a ministry for me. After praying about it, the Lord revealed to me I need to continue blogging and be even more bold in sharing what the Lord has taught or is currently teaching me. I know there are other women going through similar issues who can relate & need that some godly encouragement. I am so thankful for every friend I have made through this blog and for all of the awesome relationships that have come about as a result of some seriously awesome readers. You guys are some of the BEST people, whom I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to “meet” (or at least e-mail) if it weren’t for this fun little space on the internet.
That being said, I do want to admit that while I try to keep it “real,” I absolutely do NOT always blog about super personal issues & struggles. If it’s a devotion or something the Lord has taught me and lays on my heart to share, then I do. But regarding trials, I typically don’t…for a few reasons. For one, I think it’s important to keep some personal matter private, especially when it affects someone else (who may not want their biz put out there on my blog). I also like to keep it as upbeat and positive on the blog as possible. Our world is SO FULL of negativity, why in the world would anyone want to come here to read more of that? All you have to do is turn on the news for 5 minutes if that’s what you want. I want this to be a breath of fresh air!! And to be honest? I DESPISE negativity. Don’t get me wrong- real life means real issues. And again, my life is not perfect…I have my fair share of issues! (Ask my hubby!) Some people like to blog about them, and I can respect that. Writing is a great outlet, which is yet another reason I LOVE this blog. However, I have found it more effective for me to PRAY, PRAY, PRAY through issues as opposed to writing them out. Then, if the Lord lays it on my heart to do so, I will share that struggle with all of you. (Like I did my feelings on having a c-section or losing my brother. Y’all are so supportive & encouraging and that means so much to me.)
Anyway, what prompted this post was a conversation with my best friend the other day where she brought up that it might seem like my life is perfect from the outside looking in. (By the way, I am incredibly thankful for your friendship. For your wisdom & realness & unconditional love.) I can assure you, it is NOT. And I really don’t want to make it seem that way. But, we are BLESSED beyond measure and I want to make sure God gets the glory for that. I am so thankful for wonderful hubby & precious little Jase, for my sweet parents & family, for my true friends, for our health, a home we love, an awesome church family, and extremely fulfilling ‘career’ that has provided us with a lot of freedoms & options. I know the Lord has blessed us tremendously and we try to be good stewards of those blessings. More than anything, we know any of them can be taken away at any moment, and we are thankful to have them right now and want to give God ALL of the glory. It’s nothing we’ve done, and every bit favor from the Lord.
I recently read a few things about the phrase “so blessed” being entirely overused these days, and I couldn’t disagree more. I think our nation has a big case of ungratefulness, covetouseness, & complaining and negative attitudes. We are not thankful for all of the gifts we’ve been given, and I feel as if it’s a slap in the face to God. I get that we all have issues, but seriously? As a nation, we are BLESSED and I personally appreciate when people acknowledge that. (No, I’m not saying we should be all “New Michael Kors purse…so blessed!” That’s ridiculous.) But giving the Lord a shout out for your husband? Your health? Healthy children? A roof over your head? An answered prayer? Yes, it is okay to publicly acknowledge blessings and be genuinely give God the glory!! I love to hear about the Lord working in the lives of others & how he is blessing them.
God knows your heart. If it is about making others jealous or being boastful, God will not honor that. But giving him glory? He LOVES that!!
So if you’re wondering, my life ain’t perfect yo. I hope it doesn’t seem like I try to portray that either. But I do like to keep it POSITIVE. I LOVE being around positive people, so of course that’s the kind of person I want to be. (I think some people are naturally more positive, and others have to be more intentional in that. It is something that can be improved with effort and prayer though. Ultimately, it is a choice.) Plus, I feel it’s tough to be a negative person and truly radiate the love and JOY of the Lord. That just seems contradictory to me.
If it makes you feel better, I do have issues & trials and struggles. (And if that does make you feel better, that’s kind of sad and you may want to truly examine your heart.) God is good & faithful to bring us through anything the enemy or our own sinful nature may bring our way.
Thanks for following along with us and our journey! We love you guys.
“When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.” –Luke 12:48
“so that, just as it is written, "LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD." –1 Corinthians 1:31