Just keepin’ it real…

22 Jun


I’m always tryin’ to keep it real here @ Suzanne Shares. I think it’s easy to read blogs and think that those writing have it all together. This is an easy assumption when we see only snapshots of others’ lives rather than real-time, video footage. 🙂 And, I think we, as women, put undue pressure on each other (without realizing it) when we act like we have it all together; we assume all women have it all together and must be losers because we don’t. By doing so, we miss out on opportunities to share with women and others as to how God has met us in the midst of our chaos, “not-all-together life.” I actually just had this conversation earlier in the week with a college friend battling through postpartum depression. We had both shown our scars to one another; we were encouraged & the Lord was glorified. (Sorry, I digress…) So, along those lines, here’s a snapshot into how I spent my Saturday.

What are those piles of pictures and envelopes you ask? Well, those are Christmas cards that we received 6 months ago (it’s half way to Christmas people!!! how is that possible?!?!?) and have been sitting on my desk in our bedroom. I saved these particular cards so that I could update addresses for my “Christmas Card List” Excel spreadsheet (which is a GREAT way to keep up with addresses, btw.) I spent this afternoon entering the addresses in my Excel file. Yup, that’s right! Nothing like completing a task 6 months later (and I may or may not have let dust collect on top of them for the past 6 months. I digress….)

So, here’s to keepin’ it real! And here’s a quote from one of my spiritual heroes, Elisabeth Elliot, in her book, The Shaping of a Christian Family: How My Parents Nurtured My Faith, which I just finished & highly recommend (YAY for summer reading!!). May this encourage us Mommas (and Dads, if you’re reading!) today as we walk through life with the majority of our days spent on ordinary things. The Lord is in the ordinary things. May we see Him in them, glorify Him through them.

“Ordinary work, which is what most of us do most of the time, is ordained by God every bit as much as the extraordinary. All work done for God is spiritual work and therefore not merely duty but a holy privilege.” (Elisabeth Elliot)


2 Responses to “Just keepin’ it real…”

  1. i have no greater joy June 22, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    I just wrote about this on my blog, too. I love the quote and must read the book! Thank you!

    • Suzanne Shares June 22, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

      YAY! would love to read it! please post it here! YES, you must read that book!!!! it was soooooooooooo good!!! The first half of the book is about her life growing up in the Howard family. The last section is filled with NUGGETS of WISDOM. it was a delightfully refreshing, inspiring read.

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