Wednesday, March 16, 2011

To be...

A while back I was asked what kind of woman I want to be. And frankly, I've thought about it here and there, but when I actually sat down to write it, I was surprised at how much like my mother I want to be. So here's to you Mumsie, for raising a daughter that could only wish to live in your shadow.

"I've always wanted to be an "artsy" person, and considering I've already achieved that, :P I hope to have it transferred into several aspects of my life.
I want to be the kind of wife/woman who decorates her home and her life with color, joy, and a love for all things living. I like the color green, because it represents living things. It's vibrant and clean.
I want to use it all throughout my home.
But I also want to BE green. Sorry if that's cheesy, but I see no reason with using fewer chemicals and rating organically.
I want to be healthy and fit, spontaneous and playful for my husband.
I want to cook for and with him, take long walks and have tickle fights.
I want to do little things for him all day long that brighten his day.
I want to cherish, honor, and respect him.
I want to have a big family and raise my children inter fear and admonition of the Lord.
I want them to be free to be themselves.
I want them to not have to live the way I did middle school, obsessed with what people thought of me, and whether or not I was worthy.
I want to show them what an amazing gift each if them are in the sight of the Lord and their parents.
I want to bake home made bread like mom.
I want to have a bug herb garden.
I want to have picnics in the backyard for no reason.
I want to build tents with all the quilts.
I want to let my little girls go out to eat in tutus and feather boas.
I want to make mud pies with my little boys.
I want to take then to reenactments and see then run around in breeches and petticoats.
I want to be what mom is to me: my closest confidant and biggest encourager.
I want to write stories for their bedtimes and stay up late with them drinking cocoa and reading books on Christmas.
I want to have family game nights that end with entire family pillow fights.
I want to serve, my church, my community, my world. I want to be a woman that gives, gives, and gives again.
I want to instill that passion for missions into my kids, and show them how much God loves his people.
I want to have a constantly full cookie jar.
I want music to be constantly playing. Whether I'm singing at the top of my lungs (and horribly out of tune) or someone playing an instrument.
I want dirty footprints and cotton curtains, open doors and windows, and jars full of butterflies.
I want to my children to know the Lord at a young age, and to LIVE their faith from a young age, and to not have waited to let the Lord do something in their lives until they were "older".
I might homeschool, I might not. But whatever I do, I want my kids to know their faith and to be fearless and to stand up for what they believe.
I want to the mother that all my kids' friends love and hang out at my house.
I want to be crazy in love with my husband and to wake up every morning to his face.
I want to spend time with him in the morning on the back porch, watching the sunrise, drinking my tea and digging deep in His word.

I'm an idealist, and I don't want the picket fence, but I want my country cottage and a man who lives the Lord and me, and children who follow the example of their father.
I want to love, be loved, and give love."

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A Rant on Perfection

Recently, I had the privilege, okay maybe the vexation, of having several conversations on a certain male pop star around the age of 16. Now, I won't name any names in deference to my mother, and certain fanatic friends.

But I have a problem to pick with this guy. The problem is, he claims to be a Christian. And yet, in several interviews, his stand on specific values championed by other Christians is far from the mark.

Don't get me wrong. I have nothing against the fella's musical ability (although I don't happen to like his genre per se). I applaud the guy (in an age of Hannah Montana's and Jonas Brothers) for being yet another 12 year old crush inducer and still having the gumption to make a 3-d movie. Bravo. And yes, he should've won the New Artist of the Year award for it was.

Until someone said something that got under my skin.

"Well, you can't expect him to be perfect!"

I can't? Isn't that what Christ expects of us....? Now, tell me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure that we are all held to a standard of perfection by God Almighty. We are to strive daily to meet that.

You tell me that I'm not perfect. That no one can meet that standard. Right you are.

We are flawed. All humankind, from the moment of the Fall has been flawed. We can't be perfect. At least, not on our own. God has given us a standard as Christians to constantly fight to be. But we can't without Christ.

And in a young man who claims to be a Christian...I don't see this at all.

If your heart's desire is to be a man or woman fully devoted at following after your Lord, otherwise known as a Christian, perfection should be your goal! When young people in the media make a claim that may or may not be true in order to garner more fans or become "okay" with parents of tweens, this isn't true faith! We see what we want to! Another role model who's values are wishy washy and who's music is safe.

But for how long?

When another teen pop icon dropped her supposed "Christian girl" image for one of blatant pornagraphic suggestiveness, I lost my faith in teen pop icons. If this is the image the world has of us, no wonder they look down. We are represented by a generation of weak-minded teenagers who's only care is their reputation. Not the Lord's.

I am sick and tired of people supporting a standard so far below the one that is outlined in the Word.

I admit. I am a flawed, sinful, wretched sinner. I can't sing worth a wit. I have no talent for dancing on stage in front of thousands. I can't become a boy magnet by flaunting what little body I have.

When I see a young person finally stand up, stake their claim as a Christian, perform, proclaim their values, and then campaign for them, THEN, and only then, will I support them.

True Christians live out their faith, and strive for perfection. All the others give wishy washy answers in Rolling Stones and settle for "good enough".