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The Most Honest Post I've Ever Written

Change and growth John Maxwell quote

Lately, I've stumbled onto some incredibly honest and well-written blogs, and have been inspired to share my deepest thoughts and whatnot, but I've been afraid of the repercussions...until today. Rather than fussing with snappy titles or seamless transitions, I just decided to list all the things that I generally keep hidden. I hope this is taken exactly for what it is: a true account of a woman who is wrestling with the messes of this life. These are thoughts I've pretty much only shared with my husband. (In an inspired moment, I put a note on Facebook detailing some of these, but took it down the next day. Sigh) Well, this, my friends, is staying up.

  • I don't like feeling as though I'm supposed to keep the LGBT community at arm's length, so I refuse to do that any longer. I know what it's like to be stared at, viewed as "other", and to have people recoil because of something you can't help. I have friends I care for rather deeply who just happen to be gay, and I want nothing but God's favor--and protection--to fall upon them.
  • I don't believe the Harry Potter books are evil (haven't read 'em yet because I'm waiting until my kids are old enough to read and discuss them with me).
  • I'm actively searching for ways to bridge the gap between science and faith because I'm tired of thinking my God isn't big enough to have created both. 
  • I love the churches I've been blessed to attend but being one of a handful of black faces in the crowd is getting old. 
  • For the first time ever, I'm thinking of not voting this year because the system is so broken it doesn't matter who's in office. 
  • Most days, the move back to Phoenix feels like a huge mistake, one I'm completely responsible for.
  • My heart wants to be a vegan, but my body is weak and has a particular affinity for leather shoes and handbags. 
  • For my own personal reasons (my being adopted, for a start) I am wholly anti-abortion, but I'll never judge someone who believes otherwise and/or has been in a situation where she had to make such a gut-wrenching choice.
  • I still feel guilty for giving up on cloth diapering. 
  • I read more magazines than books.
  • I think I have "voice denial" because I chronically pick songs that don't suit my voice.
  • We will talk to our boys about sex and all the important things that go along with it, but I pray they wait until they're married old enough to process what that level of intimacy means.
  • I yelled at my four year-old son this morning (and apologized a few minutes later). 
  • My kids watch a lot of TV because playing trains/cars with them makes my eyes glaze over. 
  • I bought a guitar for my birthday (in December) and have only picked it up once because it's super frustrating and I'm kind of a quitter.
  • I want a daughter...and then I don't. If I get one, she'll look like I wanted to look when I was growing up (caramel skin and "good" hair). I'm worried I'll be jealous of my own offspring. 
  • My sexual purity on my wedding day may have been about lack of opportunity rather than spiritual discipline. 
  • I'm afraid of failure, but I'm not sure if I have the integrity to handle success in a healthy manner.
  • I listen to mostly secular music because a lot of mainstream Christian music is awfully boring.
  • I often resent housework, so sometimes I just don't do it. 
  • I care way too much about what other people think of me. 
  • I still want my mother's approval.
  • I hated Fireproof, but LOVED Courageous
  • I feel entitled to a great life, but don't want to work for it.  

Well, that's my list! Do you have anything you'd like to add? Please feel free to share it below!  

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