But that night I was struggling. Ever been there?
No pretty pictures. No carefully planned conversation. My heart just poured out instead, and it prompted one of the most honest discussions we’ve ever had in this beautiful community of moms.
This was my unexpected post:
I’m sitting on the bed and it’s late and to be honest I am cranky. Or sad. Maybe both. Is it okay to be honest with you? And the problem is that it is my issue. No one has really done anything wrong.
Perhaps it is the three 15-hour ministry days in a row, or perhaps it is missing my sweet husband, or that my computer crashed and I want to post amazing pictures, and get this conversation started for tomorrow, and I can’t do that from my phone.
Or maybe I am just having one of “those days”. : )
Now often this is the place where we can jump in with the “if you just do this. . .” or “if you do a + b it
will equal c”, but is it okay just to admit there are sometimes that we struggle, and that God loves us right in the midst of that struggle?
So I’ve dumped today’s planned topic for another day because maybe you have felt the same way at some point. Maybe you feel that way right this moment.
Is it possible that by being honest about the days that we just struggle that we release something powerful, because there it is. . . right out in the open, right where we can pra
y about it, right where we can encourage each other, right where we can admit that there are some days when it’s tougher than others.
But the cool thing is there is no pretense.
So, that’s our topic today. An honest one. We are going to provide a space for grace all day Wednesday (and every day). Let’s take time to encourage any struggling mom or wife or grandma or daughter or sister today.
Do you know what I loved about this unexpected conversation? Women poured out of their busy schedules to say, “I get it”.
Others shared how they thought they were the only ones, and just hearing someone publicly say, “I don’t have any answers. I just know God can show up in the midst of it, and He loves me right where I am”, was exactly what I needed to hear.
The one thing I took away from this was that we should all be honest. That we all have “those days”. And that it’s pretty awesome to find encouragement with those who give you space for grace to be real.