So it’s a Sunday morning, and I decided that I’d like to do a little reading. We skipped church so I thought I’d look for some Christian blogs to read.
Why, oh why am I so cynical? And maybe my Google skills are rusty, but why do so many of them seem so . . . fake. Where are my fellow childfree Christian women with tattoos? Maybe the ones I would connect with aren’t on the first few pages of Google. Or maybe if I could get past the veneer I’d find some interesting ones. I would love suggestions for new Christian blogs to read. However, these are the types I’m NOT interested in:
1. All Mama, All the Time.
I get it, you’re a mom. Great. I’m not. I’m sure you have other interesting things to talk about. I have great conversations with co workers, family, and friends and while we do talk about their kids quite bit, we also have lots of other common interests. Write about something else once in awhile, eh?
What I would LOVE is if the “mamas” talked about the times they didn’t like being a mama. I know there are days. And maybe talk about other interests and how they are able to still do things with friends even though they somehow have to find time to cook everything from scratch and homeschool.
2. My Perfect House.
Wasn’t there a story in the Bible about not worrying too much about being perfect? (Ahem, Mary and Martha, cough). I get it, you like to spend obscene amounts of money or time thrifting to find just the perfect tablescape materials. Meanwhile, I am lucky if I can get my husband to eat at the table instead of on a TV tray in the living room. Call me crazy, but I suspect more people fall into the latter category than the first.
I’m all about housekeeping tips. I even share some of them here on Wholistic Woman. But please, let us see your unmade beds once in awhile!
3. The Sky is Falling. It’s Obama’s Fault.
A sure sign that someone’s been drinking the Fox News Kool-Aid is when they use the word libtard. Somehow a store deciding to no longer separate boys and girls toys becomes an evil plot to destroy the very fabric of America. Instead of, like, maybe a business decision? But through some sort of logic I don’t understand, the end result is that if you are a Christian you should boycott Target. Not because of the cheap clothes made in sweatshops by child slaves, mind you–but because they are mixing up the Legos.
Think for yourself, and recognize that not everything is black or white. Sometimes there are several shades of gray.
4. I’m too Blessed to be Stressed.
OK, I stole that line from a church sign. But it drives me crazy when people write about “problems” in a way as if to highlight how perfect their lives are. If the only illustration you can come up with about difficulty in friendships is when your bestie took the last chocolate pastry at Panera without asking if you wanted it, I can’t even.
If you’re going to blog, you need to get real. Otherwise what’s the point? I think that’s what it boils down to. Real life is messy. Thinking that everyone else’s life is like their Pinterest boards is a quick way to get depressed (even if you’re blessed). It’s OK to not have all the answers. It’s OK to leave the dishes in the sink (or on the floor) and go take a walk in the sunshine. And if you recognized yourself in any of the above, take a step of faith and take off the mask. You will be able to breathe much easier. Trust me.
So there you have it, my wish list for great blogs to read. Share your favorites in the comments below!