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For the Love

by Stephanie on August 18, 2015

This post is part of Jen Hatmaker’s “For the Love” Blog Tour, I am so excited to be a part of this team along with many other inspiring bloggers. For-the-Love-Social-Media-6

In my life, I have a lot of titles.  Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, engineer, job coordinator, writer, runner, blogger, bible study leader, cook, baker, coffee maker… I could go on but I think you get the idea. I am the first to admit that I juggle a lot of responsibilities in my life, but I can’t tell you why I feel the need to be BETTER at everything I do.

No had ever said to me, “You need to be a better ____________.” (fill in the blank here with one of the titles above)

In fact, if anyone ever spoke those words to me, I would throw a cup of coffee in their face. No, I would never do that. If you know me, you know I am love my coffee and would never waste it by throwing it on someone who is mean and spiteful.

The bottom line is, I would NEVER let someone tell me I am not good enough. So why do I let myself feel or speak those words aloud? Why do I feel like I must be better at everything?

Today Jen Hatmaker launches her new book, For the Love, that is for every women who feels like I do, like we must be better at everything. We can blame society, social media or Pinterest for our addiction to be better.  However, Jen recommends that we break free of guilt and shame by dismantling the unattainable Pinterest life.

“But maybe if we reject the invented standard, if we stop fearing a “no” we end the world, if we pare our lives down to what is beautiful, essential, life-giving, if we refuse to guilt one another for different choices, and if we celebrate the ordinary accomplishments of Ordinary Good Hard Life, then we’ll discover there wasn’t a beam in the first place, that God’s kingdom never required a balancing act, and Jesus was in the fun foam pit all along.”

Balance is a big issue for me and it is comforting to hear that God’s kingdom never required a balancing act. Maybe the key here is to not try to do more, be better, and balance a busy life. I love the idea of paring our lives down and doing less but enjoying life more and to escape the impossible standards for parenting and marriage by accepting the standard of “mostly good.” It is time to give each other some grace and stop comparing our lives to our friends, neighbors or other moms at our kids’ school.

“We need to quit trying to be awesome and instead be wise.” via @JenHatmaker #ForTheLove Tweet:

Jen’s books have always made me think, made me laugh, and made me cry. For the Love is no exception and I am excited to be part of her book launch team. In fact, I will be visiting Jen at her farmhouse just south of Austin in a few weeks for the For the Love launch team party! Be sure to follow me on Instagram to see pictures of all the fun! Get your copy of For the Love today!

Jen Hatmaker is a mom to five children, a pastor’s wife, sought-after speaker, best-selling author and star of the popular series My Big Family Renovation on HGTV.  She is best known for her books 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess and Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity. For more information, visit JenHatmaker.com.”

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