Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Another Season

I've come to realize slowly over the past 3 months I am entering a new season as a mother and as a woman.  When I started this blog I was desperate to find an outlet for myself that challenged me in the way I was used to being challenged when I worked outside the home.  I wanted something for “just me”.  Oh I said it was to record our memories; and in part it was, but more so, it was for me to have something that was just mine.

I found something I didn't expect to find and with reinforcement from the blogging community (I didn't even know existed) I've quite humbly realized that it is NOT in fact all about me.  When I look back at my yesterdays I want them to reflect that I served my Lord; that I served my family; that I served my community.  I want this blog to represent the person I pray each day to be.  I want it to reflect my love for my family and friends.  I want it to reflect my love for many different peoples.  I want it to reflect these things because of my love for God as His child. 

As I've prayed over this blog and my role as a woman in this life I've realized that I long to encourage women.  I talked a little bit about that in this post earlier this week. 

As for this blog I want to be more intentional and specific about its content while probably posting more like 3 days a week instead of 5.  It will still be a scrapbook of my life with littles because THAT is my life and THAT is my WHY.  But I want it’s content to reflect my wish for all mamas to feel that they are not just “getting by” each day but even in those moments when they feel like they are the only one feeling “this” way, or they are “failing at motherhood” that day that they are TRULY not alone and there are those of use that have been there too.  There are more that have “been there” than we ever imagined.  THAT is what I've learned in this last year of blogging.  I am NOT alone.  And THAT my friends, is a beautiful thing.

If you've been reading this blog very long you know my faith is a very integral portion of my life.  I've grown in my faith so much since becoming a mother and specifically since becoming at stay at home mama.  I've clung to His grace in so many of the hard days and am constantly reminded of how when I let Him order my steps as it states in Psalm 119:133 although things may not go smoothly or without trouble I am at peace through it.  I am better able to handle things. 

Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me. Psalm 119:133 (KJV)

I like how the English Standard Version says it:

Keep steady my steps according to your promise,
    and let no iniquity get dominion over me.

KEEP STEADY IN MY STEPS.  It is a reminder that through the day to day stuff of life or through the hard things or when hit by the unthinkable we can Pray Psalm 119:133 for God to KEEP US STEADY and hold us up.  But the really important part of that verse is  “according to your promise”.  ACCORDING TO YOUR…meaning according to His promise…His ways. 

If we pray to God to have Him set our days up how He would like them to go then He can truly show us the path of least resistance.  And when resistance comes he will equip us to gracefully dwell in it and when the time comes, move through it and come out on the other side. 

My prayer in 2013 is for this blog and my life to be AUTHENTIC encouragement to women and specifically mothers.  I want to be a place you come to know “it’s ok to feel the way you do”, to not be judged; and I want most of all to be your cheerleader to pursue whatever it is you feel called to.

Love and blessings as we begin this new year: 2013.    

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  1. I love this post! Authentic! LOVE IT! I've been a 'serious' Christian for about 20 years and I've struggled at times to find my place among women in the church. There's so much 'plastic' faith out there. (not to sound that a word?) You know-- the type that recites platitudes and smiles big with no real MEANING behind any of it? I can't play that game. My tag line for my blog is 'Keeping it real for Jesus"-- AUTHENTIC faith! TANGIBLE! I'm so with you on this! Keep going!

  2. Love it Kelly! God is awesome! You are a true sister in Christ and an encouragement to me! So glad to have you in my life!

  3. this was a wonderful post and so very encouraging. I am currently in a state of seeking where I am to be...i think sometimes i have dreams way bigger than i think I can even make sense of, so instead of pursuing them, i cower behind them and sort of hide out, particularly in my blogging life...meanwhile knowing that God wants me to do more and say more via my blog...I just dont want to because Im scared it may lead me to committements to people and things I cannot make...
    Please pray for Gods grace as I figure this all out. Ive been quiet, but i'm still around, reading everyone's words =) love you..

  4. Wow Kelly. I was so touched by your blog post today. I especially like the verse you quoted. You know I have never really "seen" that verse and tonight when I get home, I will chew on this Scripture some more. What a blessing. Yes, we need authentic Christian women and I pray that the Lord God will make us those kind of women this year in Jesus Name.

    Love your heart Kelly. God bless you !

    Gertrude @ A Chosen Remnant.

  5. Love your heart! I was feeling overwhelmed today taking care of my sick little one while hubs is away for the my last trimester...and read your post. Thanks so much for your encouraging words when I was exhausted!

  6. sounds great lady!!! Love that you're doing this!! xoxo

  7. "ACCORDING TO YOUR…meaning according to His promise…His ways." What a relief we can rest in His promises, huh?! I'm always encouraged by your transparency and your encouraging intentions with your blog! :)

  8. I thought I was caught up with your posts, buuut somehow I missed this. Isn't it crazy and awesome how rich the blogging community is and how empowering and growth-inducing? and how looking back on a year what has changed in us, how our focus has shifted. I love getting a more refined vision for blogging, and yours is great, my friend =)


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