Sometimes I worry about the blogging world. It can be very easy to put our best foot forward when blogging. We see beautiful things all around us online. Pictures that show beautiful houses, beautiful outfits to wear, beautiful children neatly dressed with their hair all done, beautiful pictures of couples happily in love, homeschool settings where the children look like they are absolutely loving it!
In reality, my life is not always like that. I strive towards having it all together, but I fall far short. Somethings that are priorities for other people cannot even be something that I work towards. Trying to have gourmet meals for dinner when I know that I ship orders for my business in the afternoon is not a practical goal to have. Someone else with a different schedule might be able to pull it off. All I know is that we eat taco salad and burritos a lot around here. It’s fast and my husband likes it!
A real life glimpse into my life might show you that:
Getting dressed in the morning means a skirt, shirt, and some sandals. Getting my hair brushed and pulled back and contacts in means I’m ready for the day. Anything beyond that (like putting earrings in, or a touch of makeup) is totally extra. Most days it honestly doesn’t happen.
I don’t shower every day. I have five children eight and under. That should explain it, right?
My four year old has crazy hair that is hard to tame. She loves to dress herself and so her outfits don’t always match. If we go out I make sure she looks presentable, but if someone was to drop by, they might giggle at her color blending in her outfits. Why do I let her look like this? Because she gets up and gets herself dressed all by herself. That’s a huge help to this mama. I’ve learned to let it go and not stress about it all the time.
My house is far from perfect. We have our house up for sale and when we get a call that we will show it in an hour, we all frantically run around cleaning, because it just doesn’t stay clean.
Our homeschool is far, far from perfect. My son spent the entire day trying to do his math this week. We deal with bad attitudes, lost books, and being behind on schedule more times than I ever dreamed of going into homeschooling. We have our good moments, they are just
sprinkled showered with difficult ones as well!
My two year old may or may not talk to you. She may actually start screaming instead of talking. Yep, that’s life with Olivia right now. We are working on it.
I share all this to say, don’t despair if your life doesn’t look perfect. In reality, I don’t think anyone who blogs has a perfect life. It’s easy to push the mess aside in the house to snap a quick picture. Now I’m not saying that many of the wonderful Christian blogs you read are putting on a facade. Far from it-I think we try to be honest and upfront with our lives. But who wants to blog about the messiness in their family all the time? We strive to be encouraging, but sometimes that means being real and letting you know that your not alone.
I’m not advocating bad attitudes and messy houses. I strive to go higher, to obtain a clean house and children that are cheerfully obedient. I take comfort and strength in knowing that I’m not alone. As women, let’s encourage each other along our journey. Instead of judgment, let’s give a helpful tip, a friendly word, a helping hand. We can climb higher through the Lord’s strength.
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Phillippians 3:14
Most importantly I strive to go higher in my Christian life. To find a closer walk with my Savior. Once I do that, all these other things will fall into place. When the Lord’s Spirit is dwelling in me at all times, my home will be at peace.