Satan wants me to buy into the lie that I'm a failure and that the "blogger next door" is better than me. She has time to homeschool her children (and by the way they are two grade levels ahead of their peers in every subject), she has time to make bread from scratch every other day so that her family never runs out, she has time to sew their own clothes, cook from scratch for every meal (including a hot breakfast everyday) and has meals in the freezer for those unusual times she doesn't want to cook. Her home is always neat and tidy, never laundry piled up to wash OR put away. Her children are always dressed cleanly and don't have holes in the knees or dirt on their faces.
I will admit that I have had those feelings when I read others' blogs. I do sometimes start to feel like I'm not doing enough. However, that doesn't happen everytime I read a blog, or even everyday. But it does happen. I have to be aware of those feelings and not let Satan creep in and get a foothold. Blogs can be great motivation; they can be encouraging and enlightening. Blogs can build us up when we are feeling down and strengthen our walk with our Lord and Savior. Blogs can educate us on topics we desire to learn more about. Although, I caution you to not let them tear you down instead, don't get caught in comparing yourself and your life to the "blog next door". Glean what you can from your favorite bloggers and let the chaff be blown away.So that none of you feel that doing the things I mentioned above is wrong, or that we shouldn't strive to be our best; I do bake my own bread!
Have a blessed day,
*This post was originally published Jan, 2011 but I felt it was worth discussing again. Blessings, Rashel