Paige Rauh is my sister-in-law, a teacher, a mom of three, and seriously one of the most authentic and gracious women I know. She rocks a yoga pant like nobody’s business.
Rhonda Sisson is a new friend. She is married to the children’s pastor at my church, has a heart for God, and for singing. She has a powerful story if you have a chance to connect with her sometime.
Amanda Weber is also on the worship team at Community Fellowship. She is an artist, gardener, and mother of three…and deserves an award for somehow gardening and creating art while mothering.
Hollie Smith is the only person in the world still not on Facebook (don’t even know if she’ll ever see this), a mother of two lovely girls (they actually sit and work on crafts and reading quietly–I can’t even imagine), and a great friend. She lives in Washington state, and it makes me jealous.
Paige’s (33) List
Rhonda’s (38) List
I’m 38…and still learning that life is about PROCESS and PROGRESS not PERFECTION.
Don’t be afraid to try something new or follow through on a task or “Holy Spirit assignment” because you can’t be sure of success. My selective perfectionism often gets me in trouble.
God has used my meager attempts at obedience more often when I’m driven to total dependence on Him rather than reliance on my own supposed ” greatness”. :-). The older I get…and frankly, the more I practice parenting (the most humbling job in the universe!), the more I’m reminded that perfection is never the right motivation. The pursuit of perfection is wrought with the entanglements of pride.
And yet, the opposite temptation of passivity also sucks me in sometimes too…and that is equally destructive and disobedient. I’m always tempted to avoid/ignore things if I know I can’t do them perfectly…including house cleaning, ironing, disciplining my kids, reaching out to others, hosting…etc.
We tell our kids all the time: “It’s always better to obey.” It would be great if I could practice that perfectly, but I’ve learned (am learning) that it’s more honest, and effective if I admit to myself and others that I am a work in Progress…not to the credit of my own pride, but in step with the Holy Spirit.