Here in my little corner of the blog-iverse, I share some pretty strong opinions on marriage, having children, being more feminine, etc.. Many of my posts are a bit heavy-handed-- I want you to know I recognize that.
And because of my strongly-worded posts, I'm sure there are probably some women who come here and think:
"We can't all have large families."
"What about those of us who struggle with infertility?"
"I'm single and lonely."
"I was a victim of abuse, and you're telling me that modern women treat their husbands badly?"
"You. Are. NUTS."
As I state clearly in my side bar, the thoughts I express here do not neatly fit in with the accepted philosophies of society at large. They are not meant to; I have no desire to "fit in." However, I am not seeking to drive away any woman who is hurting, who is seeking, who is needing support and love.
What I AM trying to do with my blog scribblings is to help, encourage, lift-- and yes, MOTHER the mothers and women who come here. I don't write for popularity or acceptance. I created the OFM blog to impact mothers for the better, to encourage them to raise their sights higher and look at the role of motherhood in a new, exciting way.
I have come to know many amazing women in my life and through my ramblings here, and I am in constant awe of the valiant souls and tender hearts that God has given to us, as His daughters.
To me, Old-Fashioned Motherhood is all about the state of our hearts. Are we hard and resistant to the Lord and His plan for happiness? Or are we willing to be formed and shaped under His mighty hands?
When we embrace God's plans for our lives, we are living up to our potential. That doesn't mean we don't have problems, or that life flows smoothly and perfectly onward. And it does not mean that we will receive everything that our hearts desire. But it does mean that we have our Heavenly Father on our side, loving us, helping us, lifting us every step along the way.
My goal is not to preach, but to uplift! And as I write, I am giving myself the same pep talk I am sharing with all of you.
It really is all about the state of our hearts, which manifests clearly in our willingness to follow God's plans.
As I've been writing this post, a favorite song of mine has been playing in my head. It's meant to be a love song, but when I hear it, I also feel like much of it is the Lord speaking to His lovely daughters.
May the Lord continue to bless and uplift us all as we strive to give Him our very best efforts.