Friday, October 23, 2009

Who Am I...Now?

I usually just skim the Publix Baby Club magazine that we get in the mail periodically (who has time to sit and read these??) but there was an article that caught my attention in the latest issue. It was talking about how moms can be totally consumed with being caretakers of the family without ever taking the time to think about their own identity. It talked about how we can love what we do, but still have a need for a personal identity in addition to our role as “mom”.

Just by reading my blog you probably realize how everything I do revolves around my family. I wouldn’t have it any other way, but the article started me thinking about how being a mom doesn’t have to be all that I am – I can be a mom, a wife, and an individual all at the same time. There were some questions to answer that I thought I would share:

Three adjectives that describe me are…
1. Loving
2. Conservative
3. Indecisive :)

My greatest strengths are…
This is a tough one, but I think I have a strong work ethic and I think that I do a pretty good job of juggling household duties, family time, church activities, and a full-time job.

My most obvious weakness is…
Personally: This might be a surprise to some of my closest friends, but I really struggle with shyness when meeting new people or in large groups.
At Work: Not being aggressive / tough enough.

What I want most in the world is…
Right now, it’s to be the wife and mother that God wants me to be. That is something that I have to work hard at every day – opening myself up to the fact that what I think I need to do is not always the same as what God wants me to do.

If given the gift of a day with no responsibilities, I would…
1. Sleep in!
2. Get a pedicure
3. Work on Collin’s baby book / scrapbook
4. Sewing

If I received an “outstanding award” in 10 years, it would be for…
Outstanding Christian Woman (aka Proverbs 31 Woman)

The one thing I can do this week that will help me get that award is…
Spend more time in God’s Word & get back into the habit of a true daily quiet time. Not just reading the “Verse of the Day” or “Daily devotional” online while eating lunch (which is about as good as it gets lately), but actually sitting down with an open bible & and an open heart!

This was surprisingly really hard for me to come up with. I probably spent 30 minutes trying to think of the right adjectives. I think that these are great thought provoking questions for anyone, mom or not.


Tiffany said...

Aw, this was great! I stumbled on your blog, and I just love finding other Christian Mommy's dedicated to serving God, their husband, and their children. Love your posts! {grin}

Miss Behavin said...

I agree! It is extremely important for women to take a periodic time out and recharge. As a young mother, I know how easy the guilt comes, but trust me when I say, if you don't take time for you, you will burn out. You're no good to your family if you don't take the necessary time to refuel and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. I've written plenty on the importance of this because I've been through it - 4 kids later.

Stopping by from SITS for Saturday Sharefest.

Have a great day!