Thursday, August 21, 2014

In Thanks

A quick thank you for the lovely comments and sweet notes in response to my post yesterday. After reading it my husband called me and said "That was pretty raw." (He was surprised as he's been challenging me to be more real here, but I don't think he thought I actually would.) I agreed that it was pretty raw, and for a moment I felt weird about it, but then I remembered my resolve, my promise to myself.

One of the things I'm trying to do is to not only show my best side here on the blog. It's easy to only show the happy, the joyful, the positive stuff. The happy kids, the golden moments, the domestic bliss. But I think that can be deceptive and discouraging. It can send out an incorrect message and make others think that it's possible for other people to have it good all the time. If all I share is the good stuff, then how will you ever know I have bad stuff too? And yet, on the flip side, if I share too much bad stuff then I become depressing and a drag and you guys don't read anymore.

So I'm looking for a balance.

I've had several private notes of thanks for what I said yesterday-- notes along the line of "I needed to know someone else feels like I do. It's good to know I'm not alone." Which is why I wrote what I wrote. As I wrote I knew that there was at least one other soul out there who just needed to know that someone else felt it, saw it, and was hurt by it. Turns out there was more than one. I heard from people who were grieved by the loss of Robin Williams, people who were struggling with a string of bad things happening, people who are troubled by the headlines, people who had to say goodbye to a child going to college, and people who are dealing with financial difficulties. There are a lot of people hurting out there, and that can be hard to admit, hard to say out loud. So I decided to go first.

To all of you, I offer the same grace and hope I'm seeking. May we seek it-- and find it-- together.
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Mary Lou said...

Add me to the list of people who needed to read what you wrote. I'm struggling through some difficult times (and, like you, mourning the end of a summer that went by too quickly), and it really, truly helps to know I'm not alone. I have cried out to God in desperation more than once lately, and like you, I await His peace and hope. Thank you for being real.

Anonymous said...

I started reading a book on prayer yesterday. One of the first things in it was that prayer shows our dependance on God. Your prayer of " I need you" reminded me of that truth.
Martha T, in Iowa.

Kristy Woodson Harvey said...

Good for you for being able to share the truth for all your readers and followers to see! It's a lot easier to share those smiley back-to-school pics -- but so much more powerful to share your heart! Hoping every day is just a little better than the last! xo Kristy

Anonymous said...

I want to thank you also for what you've written. I've struggled at times during my Christian walk that I'm not the "victorious" believer I think I should be, or think others are... I co-lead a small group and have shared some of my struggles, but for the most part, that's not what our small group is about and I've ended up feeling lonelier or frustrated. So it helps when someone else is honest and I know I'm not alone.