If I knew I could, I would...

Friday, April 29, 2011

Written for Five Minute Friday at Lisa-JoBaker.com
So, Lisa-Jo Baker said, "if she could, she would" write a love letter to women, which is a beautiful idea.  I thought about how to go about this, and realized - it's easy to write, but so much harder to believe.  I'm sure so many of us can come up with a multitude of encouraging words for others - but draw a blank for ourselves.

That's what I love about the Blogging world though.  When I come up blank - when I'm discouraged - when I feel that no one quite 'gets' me... when I sometimes wonder if Homeschooling and Homemaking and all the things that fill my days are truly worth it all... I find rest and peace and truth hidden in the written pages of the like-minded. 


So, "If I knew I could, I would" tell every single writing Mom who has inspired me, even a morsel, that she's making a difference in the world by sharing her stories, insight, and beliefs.  I'd wrap my arms around the discouraged, the tired, the weary... and whisper "this too shall pass".  Because I've been there.  I know what it's like to feel alone, telling yourself, "I'm not a good enough Mom."

"If I knew I could, I would" scream from the mountaintops how important the role of Mother and Homemaker are and how profoundly committed we are to the bringing up of a grounded, centered, spiritually filled brood of next generationers.  That it isn't as easy as the world makes it seem to balance doing 'everything' as a Wife and Mom.  That there is intense purpose in parenting intentionally and we can find sheer joy and bliss in the raising of our families.  That it can be and is 'enough'.  That Homemaking should be highly respected and revered as a career of huge importance.
"If I knew I could, I would" encourage every Mom who has something to share, to share.  We are so often gripped by fear, anxiety, worry, feelings of inadequacy.  I was.  How can I write?  Can I write?  My writing isn't that good.  My life isn't that interesting.  No one will read.  No one cares.  People will appose me.   So many Moms are so much more brilliant, organized, prepared, educated, disciplined, spiritual...  on and on the list goes.

But then I'm reminded that the 'lists' aren't what matters.  Being ME matters.  Being who God created us to be in life and in words is what we are called to.  Blogging is an incredible outlet because we are allowed to just 'be'.  And amazingly, people actually encourage us to do it!

"If I knew I could, I would" just 'be' a whole lot more often.

How about you?

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Consuming Kids Pt. 1-4 ... Must See Awareness Videos

Monday, April 25, 2011

These are incredibly informative and thought provoking videos about Childhood and Consumerism. Every parent needs to evaluate what role they are allowing "Branding" to play in their children's lives.

The Trailer-

Pt. 1

Pt. 2

Pt. 3

One Thousand Gifts: Living with Gratitude - and being real about it.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

There are so many bloggers who are already talking about the new book, One Thousand Gifts.   Already a bestseller and climbing in sales daily, it's no surprise people are buzzing about this!  I ordered the book online and received it the other day.  It's in my pile of titles to read in May.

Funny thing is, long before this craze began, my Dad-in-law showed me his "List of Things to Thank God For", and I honestly thought it was super cheesy.  (Sorry, Dad!)  Although I understood the over-all idea, I thought the act of listing random things to thank God for was weird.  Its become a bit of a fad, I guess you could say.  I mean, some people's lists have things like "Cheese-Whiz" and "Hair-dryers" on them.  Seriously?

I don't want to be critical of others' passions and growth - everyone is different.  But for me, to truly savor the blessings and really express my gratitude, I need to be real.  Be real with myself and be real with what is in the heart of God. 

I want to be free in my thankfulness, but I also want to be meaningful.  Anyone can make a list a mile long of 'randoms'.  After a while you can start saying things like "Mickey Mouse", "Sweater Vests", and "Money".  I think the soul of One Thousand Gifts is about finding the much more precious gifts.  The blessed moments in our every day.  The blessed moments that directly affect us and those around us - the kind we can snap a shot of with a camera or candidly write about in our journal.  Not just whatever catchy phrase or silly item we can pull out of the sky and jot down on a numbered page. 

I plan to start a daily Gratitude Journal - one that is heart-felt and meaningful, not just scribbled down to get to a certain 'number' of 'things'.  It is a bit tempting to just jot down a list, so I can post it and say, "There, look.  I'm THANKFUL."  Ha.  I want to endeavor to find the little blessings daily... something new every day... but something particular and directly related to me, my walk, our family, our growth - God's provision.  Something I can take time and meditate on, and truly whisper prayers of thanks and awe to the One who gives all good things.

I love that in One Thousand Gifts, Ann Voskamp combines her list of things to be thankful for with very specific moments and interesting stories in her life and the lives of others.  This is what makes living fully truly possible - it's not only counting our blessings, but relating them to the heartbeat of God.

Can't wait to read more, and having fun reading all the other lists of blessings and precious moments.  I trust this book will profoundly affect me - and I trust too that it will propel me forward to a genuine heart of gratitude.

On the journey...


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