I didn’t think I was stuck.
That’s not how I would describe me.
And then I read this:
Women are hurting. A lot of us feel stuck. This is not a novel perception- this is human. We are stuck trying to be perfect. Stuck in sadness. Stuck feeling numb. Stuck pursuing more stuff to make us happy. Stuck in something we can’t even name. And most of our stuck places are invisible to the world. Which keeps us from dealing with them.
Hm. That actually sounds familiar.
I have hurts. I feel sadness and sometimes numb. I want more stuff thinking itll make me happy even though I know it really won’t. I am smarter than all of this. And yet, here I am. Stuck. In stuff. In brokenness. In anger. In a battle with weight. In parenting. In body image. In self worth. Stuck In so many places. Maybe too many to name. And I really didn’t even know it.
I don’t want people to know how I struggle in certain areas.
For goodness sake. Everyone knows I am not perfect, but can’t I at least try to keep it together in a few areas. Like maybe if I just lost this one year old baby weight I would feel better and people would think I am so disciplined. Or maybe if I could get a little self control and follow a dadgum budget, I could make my husband so proud. Or maybe if my kiddos could sit at the table through an entire meal I could keep my cool a little better. I don’t know. This list could go on. There are so many thing that have me held captive. And why? I have no captor. When I gave Jesus the reign over my life, sin lost its power. It has no grip on me. And yet, here I stand. Allowing sin to overtake what does not belong to it.
Y’all I am sruggling here. Its not an everyday, all day struggle.
It’s more of an undertone. A heart issue.
A grip on my heart that is keeping me from doing really great things for the Kingdom of God.
Am I alone here? Anyone else STUCK?
I am doing this study ironically called STUCK with some friends right now and it’s refreshing to talk about these things things with them. We thought you’d enjoy one.
ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF STUCK
Devotional study by Jennie Allen
just let me know if you’re also stuck
one winner will be drawn
Update August 4: Lindsay was our winner! Congrats!
I would love to win a copy… This post really resonated with me. I feel like I am living with this tension of wanting to be real and also wanting everyone to think I’m perfect and do everything right. those things totally don’t go together. I have a lot of things I need to work on just like everyone. SOunds like a great book.
Wow, have I ever felt like this. Some days more than others. It sounds like this would be a really good study.
What a great way to sum up a mom’s feelings…..this mom’s feelings. I know I’m SUPPOSED to be happy and satisfied. These are the best days of our lives! I know this, I BELIEVE this but yet, I’m stuck. Would love to read and start a bible study with this. Keeping my fingers crossed….
Love this Katie! So proud of you and the great work going on in your heart. You are beautiful inside and out!
I think I want to read this book! I have been feeling almost exactly like this lately.
I am stuck for sure. Would love to win?
Thank you for sharing your heart struggles. I am most definitely STUCK and would benefit from reading this book.
Like you said, Its not everyday its an undertone that may rear its head. yuck!
Oh yes, you just described me and probably countless other women! Thank you for being so transparent.
Wow–I guess we are all STUCK–and don’t really know it! what a great post and giveaway!
I describe being stuck as “being paralyzed”. I am wondering if this is just a mid-life crisis, because I am turning the big 4-0 on Saturday? Realizing, now, that I am not paralyzed, simply stuck and that if I just let God push (or pull) and surrender to His will then I can get myself moving again! Easier said than done when I am feeling paralyzed and unable to move? Would really love to get a group of my mom friends together to do this study – if I win!! Wonderful resource – thank you for sharing!
I very often feel “stuck”. Stuck in a certain mindset, job, relationship, etc. Surrounding myself with fellow Christians often helps, as well as scripture, and prayer. But I LOVE Jennie Allen, so this would awesome to win!
YOU WON LINDSAY! email me address at email@example.com
Yeah!!!! I’m soooo excited!!!!
You mean I’m not the only one? 🙂
YES I do feel stuck!! With three boys 11, 5, and 5 months and a husband who’s been called to pastor I feel very stuck at times and even frustrated! Then I feel guilty for feeling this way because I know God has blessed me so many times over!! Thank for your blog!! God bless!!
Amen! Thank you for sharing. This is so refreshing.
Yes, yes, yes!!! Frustrated and stuck all at once. I know it doesn’t have to be!
I have so much to be grateful for and so much to have joy in and yet I too find myself feeling stuck sometimes. I think I feel stuck because there are so many other things I feel pressure to do (work, volunteer, help out financially, exercise, clean, etc) but I have small kids and can’t do much of any of those things unless I want to pay for a babysitter. But if you asked me what I want to be most in life, what I’ve always wanted most in life, I would answer, I want to be a mom. So even though I sometimes feel financial pressure or pressure from society to do other things with my time, I am doing exactly what I want to be doing. Still doesn’t mean I don’t feel stuck sometimes, but at least I know I’m stuck doing exactly what I should be doing. “Motherhood is not a hobby, it’s a calling. It is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in. It is what God gave you time for.”
I feel the ache.
Wow, you described it so well, thanks for sharing, I was just thinking about this today, it is great to feel like I am not alone!
Story of my life right now, with three kids four and under. I would love to read this book!
I can definitely identify with this. I’m truly a work in progress! Bless you all!!!!
I’m so stuck! Thanks for sharing Katie!!
Yes!! I’m so STUCK…nice to know I’m not alone on the crazy train 🙂 Thanks for sharing.
Wow…this sounds exactly where I’m at right now!! Sooo Stuck!!! Yes…thank you for sharing 🙂