A friend recently asked me, “how would you describe this last year?” After pondering for a moment I responded with the ever-so-technical, not-really-a-word “struggley.” 2017 has been a wonderful year, I’ve seen the Lord’s good work and guidance in so many ways, but it’s also been a year of struggle.
Amidst all the good, my heart has been heavy as I’ve wrestled with thoughts about motherhood, a strained season of marriage, and friendships that have withered away. And the hardest part of it all, I felt like I was dealing with it alone. All of these subjects, these struggles I’m working through, are things we don’t talk about.
No one mentions their difficulties in marriage because we don’t want people to think we’re a mess or assume the worst. I rarely hear women talk about their fears about becoming a mom or admit they don’t want to have kids. No one wants to disclose that friends have cut them out of their life for no reason. And what about sex, sure media and all things commercial talk about it because “sex sells” but how often do you hear people share about the struggles relating to sex in marriage?
When no one talks about these things, it is easy to feel isolated, like you’re the only one who could possibly be dealing with these issues. But this is not true. And that is why I'm writing this series. My ultimate hope is that these posts would help us start conversations about these untouched topics and encourage each other that we are not alone.
For the next month, I am writing about these things we don’t talk about.
- What if I don’t want to have kids?
- Marriage: when you don’t want to talk
- Navigating conflict in friendships
I am really excited about this series (and guest writer I have lined up!) and cannot wait to release my first post about motherhood tomorrow. To kick off the series with a bang, I'm giving away a copy of Still Waiting by Ann Swindell. And I'd love for you to enter! Head over to my latest post on Instagram to find out how.
Not sure what Still Waiting is about - tap here to read my review. It's a book that was extremely encouraging in this season of life and I know it will bless you too.
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