Saturday, October 23, 2010

Let's get personal here.

Hi everyone!  (if anyone is out there anyway :))

For a few days now, I have been struggling with keeping my blog or deleting it. We have a family blog that I post pictures on and keep things up to date pretty regularly, but I miss this one. My little tiny blog.

Sometimes, my time is questioned as to how I spend it. Isn't that silly? Anyone that knows me knows that for the most part I am pretty busy. I don't really need to explain that. I guess because I "stay at home" with my kids makes me susceptible to scrutiny. I sure do see that happen a lot in real life. I think the worst part about it all is that I actually took it personally. I let someone judge me and let it affect how I am living.

Truth be told, it doesn't matter what anyone thinks of how I am living. I have nothing to be ashamed of. First and foremost, God does need to come first in my life. Then my husband. Then my children, Everything else will be taken care of. Each day, I strive to be a Proverbs 31 woman. We make sacrifices so that I can stay home and raise our children. Each day I strive to learn more about God's love, so that I can let HIS light shine in me; not someone else's idea of what that light should look like. Daily with my family alone, I pray, teach my children how to pray and love God, keep up on my household responsibilities, drive with small three children back and forth to my oldest's school, make meals, and support my husband as he works fiull time and seeks his role in our faith, ministering to those who don't know Jesus...and those who do too. And thats just the normal stuff that happens within our family.  Can things change for the better? Of course. Everyone has things that they need to change.

No longer am I worried about what people think of me, or what I should be doing. As long as I am living how Christ instructs us, and as long as I am doing everything I can to reach out to those who need to see Christ as well, everything will fall in place.  Really, I didn't have to sit down and explain what I do during very short nap times (while listening to sermons on podcasts or praise music), or when my husband is home watching football. My blog never is first priority (anyone that does read on a regular basis knows that!) I don't have to explain anything at all. God knows my heart, and He judges me. (Which is a scary thought on its own and not to be taken lightly!)

So I will continue to sew, to capture my family's memories, to cook and maintain a happy and clean home. I am not super woman. I don't ever claim to be. But if I want to blog about how I do those things, then I will.

Til next time! :)

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Diana Waite said...

amen! Couldn't agree with you more--I think you are EXCEPTIONAL thanks for being a great woman of faith!

Sparklinbecks said...

Thanks Diana! :)

Melissa said...

Hey Rebecca,

I truly admire the fact that you can stay home with your three children. Reading your blog you don't just "stay home" you give your kids experiences that help them grow and be better human beings. Not many parents do that for their children. Its a hard thin line to be a mom. I could never stay home, financially, but I think I have the ebst of both worlds at times, I can be that mom to students who have nothing at home, and then come h ome and appreciate what I can give my kids. I enjoy your blog, I enjoy your craftiness, but I enjoy the fact that your a real mom and don't pretend to be perfect.

Erin and Donny said...

thank you so much for posting this! I have the same struggle as you do with staying home and working through my own family's faith journey. I too have MANY of those who scrutinize how my time is spent on day-to-day basis and they should NOT-there is truly only ONE who can judge (although, everyone thinks they have a "say" in others lives. I am going to put a link to your blog on one of my blogs ( if you don't mind. You have made my day. Thank you!


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