Get Real Fridays

So I’ve had this idea in my mind for months now.

It all started when…..

There are so many Pinterest perfect lives being put out there on social media.  The perfect picture, the perfect room, the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe, the perfect hombre hair, the perfect activity to keep your child busy while you try to educate the other two activity.

And while I’ve been a sucker for ideas since I began clipping poetry and pasting them into journals.  Then I went to college and there were the days of all the idea files for my education classes, and that moved onto the wedding idea notebook…On and on it goes—that’s all fine and dandy.  But, somewhere in all the pinning and clipping, we lose sight of some things.  And, more fearfully, other things can and have taken hold of us it seems.

Comparison.  Keepin’ up with the Jones’.  The evil nemesis of women all across the world since… for a long time.

Get Real Friday.

The Heart of It:

A community to foster real-ism.  The quality or fact of representing a person, thing, or situation accurately or in a way that is true to life—that’s real. 

Unfiltered, Veil off kind of living.

The Caution:

I am not nor will I ever (I think) promote not caring.  I think it is good and wise to strive to make good food for our families.  It’s nurturing to keep your nest and promote a safe and functioning home for love, learning and creativity to abound.  It’s awesome to try to keep yourself up and rock what ya got for good health and to be attractive to your man.  It’s not about picketing perfect.  It’s about letting the veil fall and admitting to ourselves and the world that it’s ok to be real.  We are all real.  We’re imperfect people.

We never get it right all the time and we rarely get it right the first time.

So please don’t purposefully not wash your dishes or do your laundry all week so you can have the most shocking Get Real Friday post.  Then, we’re missing the point of this and making this the same as all the other.  A competition.

What it’s Not:

A place to rant.  No thanks.  We’re not here to gripe about the life we’ve been given.  We’re not here to throw stones at Martha Stewarts and type A people.

What We Are: 

A community that says NO to falsifying everyday life to somehow make ourselves seem more interesting, exciting, or more successful than Sally, Jill or Evangelina.  A community that instead of posting things on facebook that we wish were true, we embrace living in the moment of our real—and seizing that moment for His glory.

How You Can BE Involved:

Come here on Friday.  Post a picture, a blog post or even just a comment that highlights your real for that week.  Maybe you burned dinner, again!  Maybe you waited at Penney’s two hours for pictures to only have your child scream, kick and land a few shots with a perfectly posed finger up the nose.  Maybe you haven’t put a lick of makeup on all week because you were packing to move your family, or you had a sick child, or somebody’s something dumped on you and wrecked all your well organized and disciplined plans for the week.  Whatever.  Whatever your real is, this is a place to share it.

We want to combat the fake like with the real, sweet (and always messy) life.  We want to encourage women sucked into the vacuum of self-promotion, people pleasing and false identity to join us in just being them.  To be free of the pressure of perfect, clever or all together.

Let’s do this together.

Let’s encourage each other to be real.

Our identity is in Christ.  He stamps His approval on you.  He likes you. He comments over you with singing.  He shares your highs and lows a thousand times.  He blows your Google analytics off the charts because He cares about You!

Let’s be Real for Him.

I am SOOOOO excited to hear from you on this.  I hope you’ll share story, share pics, whatever, just turn up and be real.  This is your safe place.  We can exist in social media in a real and healthy way while choosing to build each other up!  Let’s do this!  Together!

See You right here Friday!

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Vulnerable

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”
C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

The hardest thing about Getting Real with Each Other has to be allowing yourself to be vulnerable enough to put yourself out there in the first place.

To take that chance.

“Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.”
Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam

The chance of loving well.

The chance of hurting much.

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”—Dr. Seuss

There’s always that chance of hurting.  Maybe not a malicious event.  Maybe just simple geographical changes that cause relationships to distance.

But do you want to miss your chance?

This is Day 27, you’ve stuck with this 31 days.  Give yourself a hand!  We’re glad you’ve come and hope you’ll share the love.

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Resting in the Waiting

DSC_0627So many seasons of our lives are filled by periods of waiting aren’t they?

Waiting to grow up.

Waiting to marry.

Waiting to finish this task, or achieve that accomplishment.

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Then, you might have children and you wait for them to complete this phase, and get out of that stage.

We can wile away our entire lives always waiting for the next thing, and forget to live our real lives in the here and now.

Allow yourself even in the angst of the unknown, to live and rest.

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Let your spirit rest today.

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