Thursday, February 21, 2013

We Pause for "Station Identification"

I come across a lot of blogs as I research things for sermons, family ministry, and keeping two kids under the age of three "entertained" at home.  And I've mentioned before how some of my friends have awesome blogs--so awesome in fact, that they could write a book on how to make your blog look impressive.

The problem I run in to is that a lot of times, it seems blogs only present someone's (or someone's family's) best.  Since we're creatures geared towards self-preservation this completely makes sense, but it can also be discouraging.  Especially if you're feeling a bit overwhelmed and trying to find something that meets you where you are.

I realized this week that that is the kind of blog I want to offer.  Yes, I want my blog to be a place you look forward to coming and then leave feeling inspired and equipped.  I want to fill it with ideas and resources that you can put into practice without much effort.  But I also feel the need to acknowledge what this blog is not.  For starters, this blog is not my way of saying, "Hey, look at our family and how great we are!"  Most of the ideas I share are ones that I have borrowed or learned from someone else.  It just so happens that most of my "field testing" is done at home.

Secondly, this blog is not going to be perfect, because I am not perfect and our family is not perfect.  In fact, I think perfection is a myth and that aiming for it is more draining than anything else (at least it is for me).  So I try to operate out of the perspective of "good enough" and often have to remind myself to do so.  Yes, I have high standards, and I like things to be done well.  But I certainly do not have it all together; I don't have life all figured out; and there are plenty of days when I definitely don't feel as on top of things as I'd like to.

With that in mind, I want this blog to a be a place where you feel like you can come when you are feeling challenged and need some inspiration or encouragement.  And I want this blog to reflect life that is  that is real...that can be complicated...that is lived hands-on...and that is full of blessings. 

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