I want to send you to Marybeth's blog today where she addresses if all the Proverbs 31 team is blissfully happy.
Here's my two cents. I love the saying that comparison is the trap of comparing my insides to everybody else's outsides. Haven't we all gotten very practised at presenting a blissfully happy outside. Sometimes it's because it's the image we want to present, and sometimes it's to make others more comfortable with us. Let's face it. We are all more comfortable with happy people. Happy people don't present us with the uncomfortable feeling of not knowing what to do or say.
On one hand we have this crazy reality-tv mentality that says that nobody has the right to a private life any more. A friend of mine who has a public persona was once attacked by a fan for not letting her audience know some painful things going on in her personal life. My opinion is that we all should still have the right to keep some things personal especially when it involves protecting our families.
On the other hand, I think that it grieves God that we live with so many masks. Bringing pain into the light helps with our own healing and with other's as well.
To debunk the myth that women in ministry are "blissfully happy", here are some of my struggles today:
- making a budget and sticking to it--hate it! hate it! hate it!
- concerns about my boys' next school year
- wondering whether I can pull off teaching while prioritizing my family
- feeling frustrated about my book proposal
- did I mention living within a budget?
Do you have any?