Are you honest?

Several things prompted me today to this topic. I read a blog talking about a similar topic, a friends facebook status, and just my own life situations (and yes, these all occured today). How often do we feel we need to put on the facade of having a "perfect life"? I mean, as Christians, aren't we supposed to have it together? And if we don't, does that mean we aren't walking like we should?

Let me tell you, that is far from the truth! Here is an excerpt from Jenny from a Mother's Heritage who was a guest blogger on Raising Arrows found here .

We all feel the pressure, don’t we? Even within the church, we try to hide our weaknesses and somehow feel that to live the Christian life, we must always be “up”. But, is this really what the Lord would have? I used to think the Lord would only be glorified in my large family if people saw that I had it all together. But, I am learning differently.

The Christian walk is a walk of faith. It is the unseen. It is in the tears and the surrender to that hard road ahead that bears the fruit. It is in bearing one another’s burdens that we so fulfill the law of Christ. How can we bear each other’s burdens, if we appear to not have any? So no, I do not have it altogether. And I am not going to pretend that this walk is easy. I am not always “doing it”. I get tired and discouraged. But, I have an all-sufficient God, who calls me to daily look up to Him. Every day, every moment…every second. And it is when I think I am at the end…He is there. This is where His glory lies. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. In what the world sees as the weak and foolish things, He is magnified. So, today sisters, whatever situation you might be facing…let’s seek to LEAN. Not to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps…but to LEAN.

Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? Song of Solomon 8:5
I guess that sort've explains why I have really tried to be open & honest lately about where I am on this journey, as difficult as that has been. Unfortunately I can't be as open as I would like to be since my blog is public. There are people reading this who have put my family in harms way in the past so I have to refrain from sharing some things. But I have really tried to be as open & honest as I can be. Many people have really seemed to appreciate and embrace this as I have received many messages of support and prayer for putting myself out there as well as messages from those who care to know more details in order to support us. Then there are some who run from such brutal honesty.Why, I am not sure. All I can say is I hope they never are faced with such a life changing situation that others turn from them in their time of need.

The kids all still have their own struggles just like I have had lately. Last night about 11:15, one of the kids came up bawling because of missing Noah. Then it was stated that they are scared something is going to happen to this baby. After that, it was asked WHY did this happen to us? (losing Noah). How in the world can we answer that? We can't. And we were honest that we just don't have the answer. We know what the Bible says in that God does things for our own good. But how in the world can you even begin to say losing Noah was for our own good? I certainly don't get it & struggle with it. Every day, I long for him in my arms & have shed an oceanful of tears because I miss him. Then the next question that was asked of us was "did I (said child) do something wrong to cause Noah to die". WOW. That is such a heavy question for a child to ask. Of course we reassured them that Noah going to Heaven had nothing to do with anything any of us did. But these are the kind of things our kids have thought about. :( Talk about being honest. I am so thankful our kids have the relationship with us that they do so that they can put their true feelings out there. That is more than a lot of adults can do.

So I guess I challenge you to be honest about your life. Because you can't grow unless you are honest with yourself and those around you.

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