: Talk :: Foundation Friday :

*{Foundation Friday is going to pop up on here every once in a while, may be more often or less often but really it just comes down to when I feel led to write something based on the foundation I know and love}*

If you're a facebook friend of mine you know that I posted a photo via a challenge my friend Amanda had posted.

"Here's how it works: Take a pic of how you look RIGHT NOW and post it. Tag me or comment that you have done it. Some of you may be too afraid to do it but COME ON! I did!"{this was us -- at that moment...It was supposed to be just me but that's what made it so real, once the boys saw the web cam on, they were in there like white on rice!}

This was {at least what I took from it} meant to show all of us that really we're all the same, some of us may have a better hand at house-keeping, organization, laundry, sports, playing an instrument, saving...blah blah blah...the list goes on. But we're all the same, we all have mountains of laundry and if not laundry be it dishes, we ALL lack in some part of our lives. Not one of us is perfect - nor do I think any of us claim to be.

However, if we {mostly as women} feel deficient in one particular area that someone else has great success in we tend to get down on our selves and place our friend on a pedestal thinking "she can do it all" -- "she never yells at her kids" -- "her husband brought her flowers so he must REALLY love her".

When you actually say these stupid assumptions out loud you realize how pathetic and un-true they are.

This assumption goes along with blogs and bloggers {as well as other social media outlets *ahem* facebook!!!}. As a blogger, I desire to share my heart, my life, my passions and things that bring me joy.

I don't need you looking at my blog or my life thinking "wow - how great is she" cause really I'm not that great! I strive to do all through Christ who gives me the strength and let me tell you most of the time it's Him working through me.

One of my friends took a poll on facebook the other day and asked "why do you blog?" I wrote this in response:

"I {heart} blogs; reason being for ideas/others thoughts+outlook as well as encouragement..sometimes it's nice to know your not alone on this road of life :)
I blog as an outlet - for my memories too - my everyday things that make up my life. The good, bad and ugly. It's an outlet for me and I highly recommend it - its cheaper than therapy ;)

I aspire to be the best that I can be, not the best that I can be cause I have friends who do this or that better than me. No, just the best I can be -- and trust me, my life has bumps and ditches that sometimes during the course of my day, week, month, year can run into or crash into and that my friends is a fact of life for ALL of us!

I strive to build my house on the rock -- I don't need to throw my beliefs around at you or how great my God is {cause He really is} but I do feel it on my heart to let you know that before me He goes and where I lack I try to trust Him to pick me up.

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” - Matthew 7:24-27

I hope you get what I'm sharing and the heart that it's coming from.

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We're at home with a snow day for the littlest one, but since our school is walking distance for Jacob, he's at school :)

We've got workers in the basement that I'm over-seeing today to hopefully be finished up with the project do
wn there this weekend - YES!



White Way to Light said...

Great post Shawna! Definately rings true to these ears!!

Meg Baxter said...

Cool post with great roots in the Word. I just yelled at Heidi and then instantly felt like a big jerk and wanted to cry. :( Who knew sick toddlers could be SO TAXING?! I have also recently "unfollowed" bloggers and "Pinners" (you know what I mean) that made me envious, covetous, or discouraged with my own life (e.g. bloggers with a negative/cynical attitude, and Pinterest boards focused on health, which really means weight loss). We are all in this together and struggle with a ton of stuff daily. Thanks for the honesty! I wish we lived closer; I feel like we'd make good coffee buddies. :)

Nadine said...

Great post with such good reminders. Part of the reason the I took my blog down was because I was feeling too much competition or envy towards other bloggers. I didn't have anything positive to say, so I'm not saying anything now and
I miss it. I really struggle with seeing all the moms and their lives with their children, when I yearn for that to be a part of my life so badly. I chose to enjoy reading and commenting on blogs from time to time, but have really stepped back.

I enjoyed this post so much. I like it when you write like this. :)

Shawna said...

Thanks for your comments girls, we're blessed to know everlasting love and that no matter what we are forgiven!

Thanks for sharing your hearts too.

Nadine: I think you have so much to give with or without children...you are a blessing and blessed. I will be praying for His will in your life to be exactly what you're hoping for!

Nadine said...

Thanks Shawna. I appreciate your sweet words and prayers.

Stephanie Jean said...

such great perspective...thank you Shawna!

Jennifer said...

Well said my friend!

ter@waaoms said...

I like the photo! :)

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