Being Real

I read lots of blogs. I enjoy reading blogs. But, I found myself, not long ago, falling into a trap. I would read these blogs where homeschool moms with houses full of children rose at dawn (or before) and baked bread, made three healthy, homemade meals a day and served healthy, homemade snacks. Where beds were made and houses were clean and children were educated. Where everyone treated everyone else with love and respect and not an unkind word was said.

And I found myself in a state of discontent. Why wasn't my home spotless with well-behaved, well-mannered children? Why can't I always serve healthy, homemade meals? Why didn't I have the knack for decorating that __________ had.

So, I have been convicted, and I have learned to take what I read with a grain of salt.

First, it is not wise to compare. God has put us all in different positions with different circumstances, different families, etc. My life is not the life of others whose blogs I read.

Secondly, it is easy to be something in a blog that you are not in real life. I am sure most of the bloggers I read do not purposefully attempt to be something they are not, but the truth is, even I find myself occasionally making things seem more "rosy" in my blog than they really are.

So, I will continue to read blogs. I have learned much from other blogs. But, I will not compare. And I will continue to blog, but I will always attempt to be real.

I want my readers to come away knowing that life is sometimes imperfect. The kids misbehave. I misbehave. We eat junk food. My house is messy- real messy. I don't know how to sew very well or bake a good loaf of bread. But God is good, and He is faithful, and He sustains through real life.

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  1. I had a friend once who blogged. She was always baking bread, sewing clothes and doing amazing crafty things with her 6 beautiful kids. And then her husband left her because she was cheating on him. That taught me worlds about blogging, and how you can't always read between the lines.

    Sometimes I am tired. My house is pretty much always a mess. Many days I'd much rather blog than homeschool. Yesterday I got so mad at my kids for bickering that I curled up in a ball on my bed and sobbed--after I yelled at them. I try to incorporate these things into my blogs sometimes, but on the whole I just try to keep it real and focus on the good stuff because my life really is good. But I have to wonder--if it were falling apart, would I blog about it?

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  2. That's true, Sarah. It would be hard to blog realistically about a life falling apart. You never know what is really going in someone's life.

    I don't want to have a blog of gloom and doom. I really do have a very good life. I just want to be realistic.

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