Friday, July 10, 2015


The temptation with "living" in cyberspace is to only present one's best, shiniest self. We all know the drill. We've experienced it on one side of the coin or the other. Yes, we can polish ourselves/homes/kids/personalities up, take that rag to the things that matter most and make them gleam like a new pair of kicks.

But I want connection. I want friendship and love, the thumping hearts and every shimmering filament tying me to you, there and back again.

I want what's real. I want you to take me as I am.

You already know I read books with bad words.
It's the same with shows and movies.
Some might not understand, and that's okay. I only answer to One.

When there's something in my life I choose to hide, I know I'm in trouble.

You guys, my internet besties, have become my secret accountability partners. If I'm not willing to blab something to you, then I probably don't need it in my life. That's been my litmus test now for years, and it's worked well for me. Until last week.

Last week, God spoke to me about something very specific. It should have been no surprise to me that it was something I'd opted to leave unsaid.

The experience opened my eyes again to the wonder and mystery of being in relationship with God, where His business is delighting in me, but He's also not afraid to call me on my crap.

Conviction is an uncomfortable gift. I wrote about it over at (in)courage. (click here to read)


  1. I love reading your posts. I read books with bad words too, Farm City and Home were a couple of books that, powerful in their own way, would have been missed if everything had to be rated G.

  2. In this day and age you can't always control the first look, but you can the second. I tell my kids garbage in then garbage out. I think all Christians know what God wants us to watch and what He doesn't want us to watch, and read. It isn't easy and I watch a whole lot of old westerns.

    Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29


  3. A couple of your sentences really hit home and as I sat and read, agreed with your heartily. "He loves me enough to notice my particulars. I make no apologies, because I answer only to One. May we never forget the power of His voice." Perfect, lovely and thank you for the reminders and sharing your heart.

  4. Being fully transparent with your real friends is hard enough but with your online audience it can be even more difficult. We like to hide those parts of our lives that we know are weaknesses which we can improve and are nervous to tell others we struggle with because they may change the way they see us. blazecc

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