so i like to find blogs and articles and send them to people. this has multiple purposes. one, i just like sharing things that are awesome. recipes, cool apps, an unreasonable amount of pictures of my niece and nephews...you get the idea. two, when i resonate with the heart of the article/book/blog, sharing it is a way of sharing part of myself without having to come up with all the words on my own. as an introvert, sometimes i just don't have enough words. and three, sharing something important to my heart is a way to stimulate thoughts and conversation about real life stuff.
speaking of sharing, i hope you've been checking out mj's blog. you can subscribe by email, so there's no reason not to! just go here and do that quickly. then come back.
ok welcome back. :)
this blog i write is not about singleness. it's not about introverts. it's not about middle children. it's about life--the stress, the mess, the grace, and the joy. but because my life encompasses singleness, introversion, and middle children (ok, i don't write about being the middle child very often--it's probably more in the undertones.), i write about these things from time to time.
and let's face it. it can be a struggle to be a single introverted middle child. talk about the short end of the social stick, am i right?
so here's one of my shares: this week, i sent a link to this blog to a few people. you'll notice it in mj's blog, too. it has some great words, and i would love for you to read it. it talks about singleness in a very real way. what i love most about it is how continually inclines toward Jesus. i think that's incredibly important when talking about anything that we are chewing on--matters of the heart that just don't sit or fit. no matter where you're at or what you're feeling, learning to press into it. search out God in it.
and i think it's helpful to talk about these things as they relate to the body. it's difficult to be a single person in the church (thank you, Jesus, for my small group!), and it is easy to feel misunderstood or even forgotten. but i think it's also tricky to articulate how we need the church to love us and care for us. it's challenging at times to affirm in ourselves that we are not less-than because we do not have spouses. it's hard hard hard to answer questions about why we are STILL single. it's frustrating to carry the hope of being a wife and mother while also trying to live fully and authentically.
so we wait. we pray. we hope. we cry. and we wrestle with the questions. we give ourselves to the process and to community. we share, and we talk.
this is life.