Have you ever felt a barrier to the joy you see in others? Living a purposeful life feels meaningless when you throw dirty diapers and laundry into the mix. But, when we dig into this barrier that most of us hold, we start breaking down purpose on a whole new level.
Bravely Breaking the Barrier of Perfect
It's not easy breaking the habit of seeing everyone else's life as perfect. When I hit a rough spot a couple of years ago, everyone around me started looking brighter and flashier.
My husband, a man who sets his mind to finish what he starts, decided he wanted to make a change in his life. While his alarm clock rang and the sound of his running shoes hit the floor, I continued to get nestled in my warm bed feeling hopeless.
While the blender spun around his protein powder and banana, all I craved was a big plate full of hash browns and ice cream for dessert.
My jeans snuggly fit around my waist while he was excited about fitting into a smaller pair of pants.
The joy of life in others didn't stop there, my friends wore smiles and joy way better than I could put on. They spoke to their children in a breathtaking manner. And, they could tackle meltdowns over sharing without breaking down alone in their bathroom.
Everything in everybody else’s life seemed knitted together perfectly.
Not to mention Facebook. The place where I ran to most whenever I felt overwhelmed, defeated and lonely was the same place that knocked me down two more flights of stairs. Let me remind you of a Facebook scroll in just a few words. Perfect Marriage, Perfect Friends, Perfect life.
Let me tell you. My marriage is far less romantic, my friends are far less there, and
my life is a jumbo ball of knots compared to what I see.
Two years after being a stay-at-home mom I still couldn’t figure out how to keep an orderly house, or my emotions in check. Long enough start to find something for me too!
Before I started writing at night, before my heart started beating again, I was lost. I was angry.
In addition to my son, I lost my dad to cancer and my childhood best friend from an asthma attack.
In spite of my anger, I had to know if God was real. I had to see if there were any flaws in the bible that I stored by my bedside untouched.
Never in my life had I been so intrigued to read the bible, but that’s where I started breaking that same barrier I created.
Honestly, I didn't even know it was there until my life as a mom felt unbearable and lifeless.
Living a purposeful life is far more reachable when we understand what we are dealing with on the inside.
This Week’s Momma Challenge
For this week's momma challenge, I encourage your open your heart to God in prayer. Give him the problems you're facing today, big or small. Take 3-5 minutes for prayer on this specific topic. Did you miss the last momma challenge? Check it out here.
Here's an outline of the sweet stuff in episode four:
- Bravely breaking the biggest barrier of all
- When the joy of others feels unreachable in your life
- The first step to living a purposeful life
Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoy the show! I promise you mommas bravely breaking these barriers, to others and God will help you find the purest joy mom life can hold.
May your day be filled with God’s grace and strength, a giggle here and there, and a little bit of sunshine. For we never know what goodness the day can bring until we fully love who we are.
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