One of the biggest traps for those in the public eye is to somehow show the world that your life is picture perfect. Every post. Every photo. Every tagline offers a glimpse of all the good parts.

While the good parts are worth celebrating, the problem with a picture-perfect life is that it leaves others feeling as if they’ve failed or fallen short. After all, she just had a hard day or a series of hard days and it may leave her asking:

Am I doing something wrong?

Can I tell you something? I love my life. So much. Yet there are days when it’s really hard. Yesterday was one of those days. I found myself in a doctor’s office waiting to hear results on someone I love.

It was a day when I had a list of things to do, and not one of them got marked off.

It was a day when a little one got really upset and I didn’t know how to make it better. In fact, there’s a good chance I made it worse simply because I didn’t know what to do.

So, what if we could all just be real about the hard days?

Maybe, just maybe we could all grab hands and say, “me too, sister” as we take a deep breath of relief.

Because tomorrow is a new day.

We don’t have to carry our bad days around in penance. They exist. They happen. We can learn from our hard days. We can talk to each other about it, and we can talk to God about it for our relationship with God offers an open-door policy. He’s a safe place where we can share our frustrations, ask for help, ask for a do-over if it’s needed, or find help with what we need.

So here I am, sweet friend, letting you know that my life isn’t picture perfect at all, but it’s a good life and one I treasure. If you are having a hard day, I’m reaching for you with a huge hug and cheering you on. Let’s be real about those hard days, celebrate the good parts, and hold each other up.

Also, if you need prayer, let me know. I’d be honored to pray with you.


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Did you know that I co-host a podcast called More Than Small Talk? In today’s episode Holley, Jennifer, and I talk about a sixth love language. It’s that one extra thing that fills us up and fills up those we love. I think this episode is fun, but it also goes deep. I hope you’ll check it out. Find it on your favorite podcast app, or follow the links below.

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