I tend to get really frustrated with myself sometimes. Why is keeping up with a house, a business, barrel horses, and 2 little kids so hard? Why do I always have a mountain of clean laundry to fold? I mean, it’s NOT like it’s hard to wash, dry, and immediately fold and put away clothes. It’s NOT rocket science. And yet, I regularly find myself having to re-figure out systems, tweak things, and look for new ideas to get things done with my children in tow. It’s frustrating, to say the least, some days.
And then one day, I realized one of the main reasons why I feel so frustrated:
I’m expecting myself to feel like an expert in a season I’ve never been through before, on a day I’ve never lived before, solving problems I’ve never encountered before.
When the reality is, each new season brings its own challenges AND graces. Each season, each phase, heck, sometimes even each DAY, is a first rodeo.
So, I began to shift my thinking: what if I showed myself the same grace I would if it really WAS my first rodeo? What would that look like? What kind of attitude would I have? What kind of expectations would I have for myself? What progress would I celebrate?
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You know that quote, “show me your friends, and I’ll show you your future”? Pair that with the fact that the Bible has a ton of things to say about our friendships and the company we keep. And all of this is good, but adult friendships are HARD sometimes if I’m being brutally honest. And don’t even get me started on finding and keeping strong female friendships as a work-at-home Mom in rural America. Like, wanna drive 30 minutes across bumpy dirt roads to hang out? Lemme get back to you in 3-5 business years when my schedule isn’t dictated by naptime and budget constraints. (Cuz Fiji for a week with a nanny in tow, not in the budge pal). The fact of the matter is this: adult friendships look a LOT different than our friendships in high school or even college. But it seems like the whole world expects us to still operate with the same capacity for fancy friend things as we did when we were 18, kidless, and footloose. However, I do genuinely believe that having strong female friendships is not only essential but possible. So read on and hear my heart and some of the lessons I’ve learned.
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I’ve gotta be honest. When I would read the scripture about “come unto me like a child” years ago I didn’t really give much weight to it. If you’ve been around here for a minute, you know that large groups of small children are NOT my thang. Gimme teenagers all day, but booger eaters in large quantities? Nope. I’m out. It honestly wasn’t until I had my own kids that this scripture started taking root and making me examine the way I approach my Heavenly Father. I mean, sometimes you just don’t know what you don’t know, right? But for those of you who are where I used to be (or maybe you never struggled with that) here is some fresh perspective on things my children have taught me about my relationship with God and spiritual growth and development.
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