Whew, I’m so overwhelmed by the incredible response I received after my last post. I’m so thankful that so many of you were touched by it, and I’m so thankful at how caring all of you were towards me. I will always treasure every comment, every message, every email. For me, it really goes to show how much we are all craving to all be open, honest and GENUINE with each other and how rare it is that people really are those things these days. (Not tooting my own horn, it’s just not common… I’m crazy. 🙂
A friend (my British BFF!) and I were talking recently about how American culture is so incredibly focused on perfection – we only post the best bits of our life on Facebook or Instagram. Of course that’s not exclusive to America, but I think in the South that’s even WORSE.
A few months ago I read this amazing blog post, Stop Instagramming Your Perfect Life, and boy did it resonate with me. So often I fall into the trap of only sharing the polished, most perfect parts of my life and not being real. Or rather, only sharing half-truths.
This blog is my way of sharing my whole, real life and of documenting my thoughts, wishes, visions, dreams and advice to share with Baby J one day, and now it feels good that my real life and what I’m sharing matches up.
So many of you who have walked alongside me through the dark, dark valley of this season have mentioned to me how shocked you were at how peaceful I have been. I mentioned it before but God’s PEACE has been such a blessing to me and honestly claiming His peace and walking in it has been one of the biggest lessons I have learned. He promises to never leave us or forsake us, and that means we aren’t walking through ANY of our circumstances alone.
My dear friend and spiritual advisor Tracie has taught me that the main way we hear from the Lord is by his peace. If I don’t have peace about a situation or a decision, then I don’t move forward. God leads and guides us by HIS peace and He provides it, we don’t have to make it up or try to force it on our own.
“Peace is one of the most obvious earmarks of the authority of Christ. A sense of peace will virtually always accompany His will and direction, even when the direction might not have been our personal preference.” – Beth Moore
Boy is this quote true, because God’s will and direction hasn’t been my personal preference but His peace has never left me. It’s been my guide through trying times and I know that I will carry that lesson on through my whole life. I pray that His peace will always guide me and I pray that for J too.
Now that y’all are mostly caught up with my present reality (and now that my sweet boy isn’t a complete screaming baby… more on that later)! I’m going to start blogging more. I’m excited for you to walk with me, I’m hoping to share more about motherhood, definitely some business tips, and just everyday life.
Walking through this valley is just for a season, and the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter and brighter. I haven’t felt totally myself for a while, but I’m beginning to wake up and remember some of the things that make me ME and not let my identity of “wife” completely define who I am. Now my role as Mom is more important than ever and I’m overjoyed to be in this season of snuggles, middle-of-the night feedings, a million diaper changes and feeling like a walking zombie.
What season of life are you in? Have you been claiming God’s peace? I’d love to hear more about what you think in the comments below! 🙂