I Just Wanna Be Myself

Let the words of my mouth and the meditationof my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Oh, people.

I have dreamed about blogging for so long and now that I am here, I am struggling. I feel like there are rules I need to be following, but I am not comfortable within the confines of them. Many of my posts so far feel forced, like I’m trying to “teach” or something. I’m not a teacher. I’m more of a come-along-sider. I’m a poster of long Facebook posts to my friends and family when the words just need to come out.

I have recently joined a Godly community of writers who give so much wonderful advice about coming up with plans and editorial calendars. Techniques and narrowing focus. The important first sentence. Picking a topic and breaking it down. I love the things I am learning and I have no doubts (maybe a few) that it will all help me become a better writer.

But I’m not there yet.

So I think I’m going to take a step back for now and just write what I know. This blog may sound like a Facebook post for a while, but I want to keep writing, and I believe it will help me stay comfortable with the writing I know while learning to stretch my boundaries. (Can’t I just stay a Facebooker?)

Hopefully I will grow into this. If not, it will have been a good learning experience!

My prayer today: Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14

 

God has given us all hands ~ hands to serve. Let’s use them to serve Him well.

Parenting Trenches

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everythingin the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

 

Having recently gotten our third and final child graduated from high school (yippee!), my heart goes out to young moms who are still deep in the trenches.

I remember the days. The long, long, long days. The tears and loud voices and angry words from my kids…and me.

I see the pain on the faces of moms who just want reassurance that they are doing this parenting thing okay. I see that smile that fades too soon after our polite conversation is over. I can relate to the fears late at night when thoughts won’t shut off as the brain ponders what in the world she’s going to do if her children get hurt or sick or rebellious beyond easy repair.

Of course, the beautiful moments are there also. Those Springtime park days when everyone gets home happy just in time for a long exhausted nap or when those sweet kids are just so darn cute you can’t stand it!

It’s blissful, but it’s not easy. It’s your favorite moments and most fearful moments all mixed up together. It’s breathtaking one minute and slow breathing exercises the next.

Today I want to encourage my young mom friends that God is always there. He’s in every moment as you walk throughout your day. He’s with you in the loud screamy writhing-on-the-floor moments just as much as He’s with you in the blessed teary sweet-sleeping-baby moments.

And I want to also remind you ~ In everything, on the best days and the worst days ~ the words you say, the deeds you do ~ do it all in the name of Jesus. And never forget to give thanks to God for being right there. He never leaves. And when you do forget (which you will unless you’re a WAY better parent than me), there’s always grace.

The tagline on this blog is Running the Race ~ Resting in Grace.

Young mama, while you’re running the beautiful, crazy motherhood race, cut yourself some grace. God does.

And when you remember to keep Him front and center, your reactions in the day-to-day will go more smoothly, and your perspective will err toward the positive.

So in case I haven’t said it enough already ~

The words you say, say them in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

The deeds you do, do them in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Busy Hands ~ And whatever you do, in word or deed,

Folded Hands ~ do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,

Lifted Hands ~ giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

 

God has given us all hands ~ hands to serve. Let’s use them to serve Him well.