Y'all this is a topic that has been on my heart for a while, and I want to address it and reassure you at the same time. Listen, we're all unique, you know that already, but we tend to gravitate toward people who have similar interests as we do, and that's normal. I want to encourage you today to be yourself, don't be someone else.
For the longest time, I've had a dream. That dream was to live a more simple life. About five years ago life seemed to speed up so fast my head was spinning. Every day was faster than the next and more than a few times I told my husband I just needed a pause button. I was so completely overwhelmed with my everyday life and I felt helpless to stop the hustle.
There were so many things I wanted to do, but I didn't seem to have time to do any of them, and that was a real bother to me. Finally, I took it to the Lord in prayer about a year ago and He started speaking a slower pace into my life. We stopped thinking the kids had to be in a ton of activities, and we started examining how we spent our time. I had always wanted to learn to bake. Listen y'all, I'll own what I can own and I'm a pretty good cook, but I was never a baker, and I wanted to be.
I wanted to work on my sewing skills. My grandmother is quite the accomplished seamstress, but my mother never learned to sew. I always found that sad and troubling as a young girl, so when Home Economics class came around in Junior High I took the class and excelled at sewing. Since that time I've sewn only a minor amount because honestly, I relied on my grandmother to sew for me, but she's older now and doesn't sew as much, plus she lives 1000 miles away from me, so it was time to start sewing again; ya think?
I wanted to have chickens. I had wanted chickens since Hank was born in 2011, but never got them mostly because I was taking care of lots of babies, and you know, that time factor. It just never happened. I wanted a garden too, and I have had a few over the years, but never to the scale, I hoped for. I wanted to learn to can and had never been taught, so there was that. Just so many things y'all, that take time, but that are time well spent. I also used to craft a ton. I'm an artist, and being a creative spirit I love to do DIY and handmade things. Upcycles and such are my favorites. Again, I wasn't doing those things because my life had gotten crazy busy and I didn't like it one bit.
Now I'm going to admit all these things danced in my head for a long time but it wasn't until I began to pray about them that the Lord spoke urgency and trust into my life. An urgency not to wait anymore, and a peacefulness that said: "Trust me."
In the natural, I was a little worried about a venture of including many of these things as I started a blog. I wanted to be an encouragement to women, but I wondered what people might say. Would they think I was copying them? I have friends who blog, garden, farm, craft, bake, well really all the things I mention some or all of them are partaking in, but few of my friends, if any at all, have all the interests I have. I, just like everyone else, am drawn to people who share my interests, so I know lots of women who do the things I do, but none of them are me.
I'm different in one way or another from all my friends, and we're supposed to be. God didn't make us all the same, so I want to encourage you today on a couple of points.
FIRST, listen to the Lord. Whatever it is you're wanting, ask Him, and then do what He says, and not what you think or what anyone else tells you.
SECOND, be who you are. Don't be her, she's already taken. Having said that, I don't mean you can't do some of the things your friends do. Of course, you're going to do that, that's likely why you are friends, but do your unique version of whatever it is you're doing. No one else is you. God made you perfectly unique and you should embrace that, and not try to full out copy anyone else.
THIRD, Go for the dream God has given to you. Whatever your dream looks like, just go for it and trust in His plan completely. You'll be your best when you're being you, whatever that looks like, and when you're listening to and following God's plan for your life.
As I begin to put my life out there on social media, and make new friends and share all the things I'm doing, I'm finding peace in it. Embracing the things I love and sharing it with others who also love those things is an amazing feeling. I pray God will use me as an inspiration to someone. He has placed people in my life who have inspired me to live the life I've imagined, but never thought possible. God said it is possible, and I'm trusting in Him that He's never wrong.
I encourage you today to do all the things you love and don't waste a minute. Whatever that looks like for you, if you're in God's will it doesn't matter what people think or what they say, you are on the right track. Be you, not her, it's that easy.
I pray you have a wonderful day and drop me a comment below if this blog was a blessing to you today. Until we meet again.
Hi I'm Jen, and I'm so glad you're here. I have a passion for Jesus, my family, and connecting with a more simple way of life. I love to write, and enjoy many creative avenues. I look forward to sharing so much with y'all so come back often!
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