Hi, I’m Julie!
The sun was barely coming over the horizon as I scampered to the chicken coop in my trendy muck boots. (Are they even trendy?) The excitement of producing something edible every morning was real and this girl couldn’t help but skip, hop or jump to the coop.
This morning, the coop was quiet since the girls were outside already. As I reached into the nest boxes subconsciously, I pulled my hand back and almost grabbed a sharp-toothed possum. In short, it turned into a messy situation.
Yep, there it is. This city-girl-turned-country-girl is learning new messy things every day.
- How to raise chickens
- Drive a tractor
- Load hay
- Butcher chickens
- Raise 5 kids
- Traveling through insomnia
- Dealing with anxiety/depression
Lots of chances for messes and they seem to happen all around me. My past default reaction to the small messes would be to get angry and huffy. The reaction to the large, overwhelming messes would be to question my faith and get mad at God.
Why God, why me? I don’t understand.
As I’ve trusted in the hard over and over again, God is slowly replacing my defaults and deficiencies into strengths and wisdom.
In the toughest of times, God was my anchor and He was stable and reliable.
Some of the messy moments will reveal His sense of humor, like the time the donkey got stuck in the ladder.
Or maybe spilling a big pot of chili down the carpeted basement steps.
God tested my faith during a difficult season. As a result, I wondered would my faith get me through?
My mind had a lot for questions for God.
I felt alone and overwhelmed.
God did have the master plan, because through it, I have a greater faith. I vowed to use my experience to encourage with others with defeated feelings, and loss of hope like I did.
During this period, God asked me to write beyond my journal notebook. I had been hiding my struggles and putting on a mask and telling everyone I was fine.
Unmasking is scary and being authentic is frightening.
I didn’t know anything about blogging. I don’t like to write papers and my grammar is questionable.
Unmasking the Mess
My blog is raw and honest. I struggle with my faith, and I am a work in progress.
Unmasking the Mess is what God is teaching me, but I hope it shines the truth for you also.
As I grow in faith, I promise to help you find tips and resources to help with the hard seasons of your life.
Unmasking the Mess is a place where I hope you can come, unmask and be refreshed and encouraged through God Word’s as He lays them on my heart.
I don’t have it all together, many times I feel like I take one step forward and two steps back. This Christian walk is hard and messy, therefore we need others encouraging and cheering us on this path.
We need each other, God doesn’t want us to walk this messy path alone. When we look back over the footprints of our journey, God will start unmasking the hard places. Joy and wonder will fill us because there was meaning in the mess for us. Ultimately, God will be glorified and we will be more who He wants us to be.
Are you ready to join me on this faith journey?
Grab your muck boots and skip, hop or jump with me to a new life where God produces great things.
Journey with me in this faith walk, will you?
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Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.