Last night I saw one of my dearest friend's precious (and pretty perfect looking) family pics on my Facebook feed, and my heart for the teensy-eensiest second felt a twinge of jealousy.
Now this is a friend I know well, whom I completely adore, and I quickly remembered there's more on her heart than that perfect pic could tell.
It was a huge wake up call for me, and I was reminded that as I scroll through Facebook seeing gorgeous families and wonder why their lives look so perfect . . .
when mine just doesn't . . .
that sometimes those perfect pictures don't tell the whole truth.
And that when we open gorgeous Christmas cards where children smile radiantly in clothes so perfectly coordinated ~ well, that doesn't always tell the full story either.
2016 has been quite a year in our home, but it hasn't felt anywhere near as perfect as our Christmas card might just portray.
PPP has grown more than I could have ever imagined.
(That is completely because of YOU. You have no idea how much that means to me!)
We've doubled our email subscribers.
And I feel like I've hung out with a bundle of you a little more in “real life” by cooking, baking, and DIY'ing over on Facebook live.
(For any of you who don't know me well, Facebook live is VERY uncomfortable for me, and I have to completely gear myself up for it every single day. I have notes reminding me to smile, stand up straight, and talk a little slower. Yikes.)
In fact, if you're looking from the outside-in, you might just for a second think this girl has got her act together.
In real life though, my heart's been heavy.
My husband had a heart attack back in April. (Yes, that cute one right there ~ that was him a few months before his heart attack. He's only 45. Read more HERE ~ if you've been through this my heart goes out to you because I had no idea what an emotional roller coaster this would be.)
We've had a few other not so easy things creep up throughout the year too.
We've had some extended family worries that just make life a little more difficult some days.
We're still adjusting to life in Ohio.
(Y'all, I wish I could just get. over. that. ugh. If the sweet folks down in Alabama hadn't been just so sweet it might have made this move a wee bit easier! It is getting MUCH better just still hard some days ~ I've heard 3 years is the magic mark, so crossing my fingers on that.) 🙂
To top it all off we've got one way-too-confident-God-bless-this-kid-we're-going-to-have-to-hold-on-tight-for-the-next-ten-years-nine-year-old.
But looking from the outside-in, it would be easy for someone to look at our Christmas card (in black and white to hide the wrinkles, mind you), and think our mess of our family has our act together too.
But here's the truth.
We're a mess.
We have bad days. We get tired. We holler sometimes. We get plain old g.r.o.u.c.h.y.
but from our pretty Christmas card pic and what you see online, you might just think our life looks okay.
While we have some really hard things surrounding us right now, we are crazily blessed with an abundant life I never even imagined I'd see.
But some days life is just hard.
And oh so messy.
And not as perfect as
we (ummm, I) might like to portray.
Here's what we so easily forget . . .
No matter how cute someone looks on Facebook . . .
No matter how incredibly their Christmas card arrives at your door . . .
No matter how darling that friend's home is over on Instagram . . .
They likely have struggles too you'll never know from this side of the screen.
Remember this today.
Right this very minute.
The one you're living right now today.
It's the most perfect gift you've ever been given.
Take this Christmas.
Choose to make it beautiful and memorable and perfect ~ with whatever cards you've been dealt, and exactly the people you're with,
and don't compare yourself to anyone else even one last time.
And whatever mess you're in.
Whatever struggle that's covering you up and maybe just clouding your vision from how wondrous this Christmas season is,
know that it it's in His hands (thank. heavens.) today.
Praying God's peace, rest, and hope for you this Christmas day.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
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