Every week, I will share a “Let’s Get Real (LGR)” post that focuses on an area where I feel overwhelmed or feel like I’m failing. You can look forward to pictures of my messy house, or confessions of bad parenting. The idea behind LGR is to remind us that we can’t Get it All Right all the time. I want you to see the areas in my life that are getting left behind because I’m focusing on other things. Housework will usually be at the top of that list! I’m also starting a hashtag for Instagram and Twitter: #letsgetrealhbom where you can share your own LGR moments. Let’s encourage each other by letting down our guard just a little.
Last night, a good friend asked me how I write a blog when I’m homeschooling and have a baby. I didn’t get to answer her because the conversation shifted away, but I thought it would be a good topic for a Let’s Get Real post, because it’s not nearly as awesome as it seems.
The short answer, the one I gave her, is “I have no idea.”
Broken down, it looks like this:
1. It’s by God’s grace. If you tithe, you will understand this concept. On paper, tithing doesn’t make sense. There’s not enough money to pay bills and feed your family and give to God. But you do it anyway, and somehow the ends meet. It’s the same with this blog. On paper, I’m crazy to do this. Homeschooling is hard work, having a toddler who only stops to eat or sleep is exhausting. There shouldn’t be anything left over for blogging. But somehow there is, because it’s what God wants me to do.
2. It is an outlet for me. I have found that writing this blog gives me somewhere to express all the thoughts going through my brain all the time. Journaling was never satisfying to me, because I want to share the thoughts. Women I hang out with will tell you I am constantly talking about good books I am reading or what God has been showing me or my latest harebrained idea. This way, I can write it and send it out to you! It feels great.
3. I fly by the seat of my pants. You may have noticed that I sometimes post in the middle of the day. That’s because I didn’t write the post ahead of time (And be aware that “ahead of time” means the night before. That’s as far ahead as I usually get.), but had to write it at lunchtime while the kids are taking a break from school. Basically, I sit down to write a post when I start feeling that panicky feeling…you know the one: your paper is due tomorrow at 8am and you haven’t even written your topic sentence. Or maybe that’s just me.
So please, don’t look at my blog and think “Wow! How does she do it? She must be super-woman!” (Excuse me while I go rofl at that idea.) Instead, think, “Wow! Look how effectively God is using such a flimsy tool as that Rachael Stanley. I wonder what He could do with me?”