I have a confession.  I want this blog to be the best.  I want it to inspire and motivate and be perfect.  I have issues with that… perfection.  It has haunted me all my life.  Maybe it stems from a deep seeded need from my childhood.  A need to be in control or to be worthy of love.  Whatever the cause… it’s a problem.  The Pinterest craze hasn’t helped either.  You know what I’m talking about… all those beautiful homes and recipes and crafts.  I love Pinterest.  LOVE IT.  But I just can’t live up to it.  And if I’m not careful, I end up with a distorted view of myself and what my life should be like.

I don’t have the perfect marriage, perfect family, perfect house, or perfect spiritual life.  People use the internet to create an idealized version of their life.  I am guilty too.  My photos are always edited before being uploaded to Facebook.  And I cringe when I’m tagged in someone else’s photos… because I know it is likely not flattering at all!  It’s easy to hide behind social media.  I can control exactly what everyone sees of me and create the perfect person that I want to be.

I want this blog to be an inspiration.  Not in a “How wonderful am I?” sort of way.  I want to encourage an authentic life of faith, love, creativity, and thankfulness.  I want to be an assurance that you are not alone and a reminder that God’s grace is sufficient and His power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9).  It’s okay to be vulnerable and imperfect. If we were perfect we wouldn’t need Christ.  Ironically, Christ is the “perfect” example of suffering, vulnerability, and, thankfully, triumph.

I don’t intend to glorify my shortcomings.  Rather, my desire is to glorify God in spite of my shortcomings, including the fact that I sometimes strive for a skewed view of perfection.  I hope that this blog will be a real look at a real life.  I hope that I can post about my latest creative endeavor or my latest struggle, such as not reading my bible daily.  And I hope, by God’s grace, it will help us all grow in love and faith.

What about you?  Can you relate to the pressure of putting on a front for social media?  I’d love to hear that I’m not the only one! 🙂

The Ugly Truth

I read, reread, asked my husband to read, proofread, and read again so that this post would be perfect.  Wow.