This post is difficult to write, not because I'm nervous about how it will be received, but in the sense that my words may be construed to mean something else entirely. I believe what I'm about to say is true, but it is not an excuse to wallow in pity or make excuses for ourselves.
We need to acknowledge the hard.
I've admitted that life with a baby is hard, but this year has been hard in other ways, too. Buying a vehicle made finances a little tighter. We started high school and had a bumpy start with our chosen curriculum. In fact, we're still smoothing the bumps. We've had to do extensive training, talking, and praying with two of the kids who have relationship issues with each other. Another child has struggled with attitude over schoolwork. Brian has worked long hours.
I hesitate to share, even with my real-life friends. It's not necessarily pride or wanting people to see me as having it all together, but it is knowing there are people going through things far worse than what I'm going through. And is it disloyal to my kids to say that their activities, growth, exuberance-- their very existence-- make some days difficult? I choose this life, didn't I?
I believe it is important to acknowledge that what we are experiencing is hard. We don't need to brush it off and paint a rosy picture for ourselves. We need to understand that yes, this is hard. The path I'm walking every day is not easy mentally or emotionally or physically. Even if I've chosen it, or even if I believe it is precisely where God has placed me, it is hard.
At the same time, I want to remember that hard is not the same as bad.
One of my friends wrote recently about her strugges with singleness. My mom wrote last year about the difficulties of walking the path of poor health with my dad .
God has given each of us hard things. He says in His Word, "My grace is sufficient for you. for power is perfected in weakness."
Let's each of acknowledge our hard and then let His grace wash over us.