‘Pinching Shoes’

rubyslippers-cover.jpgI’ve become a lazy blogger. One of the downsides (and it may be the ONLY downside, actually) of writing a book is that I’m neglectful of this blog, which I really enjoy. I have stacks of things I want to write about here, but need to spend most quiet moments trying to meet the March 31 deadline that looms LARGE, Marge.

So today I’m just going to plunk out a quote that I thought I’d use in the book, but didn’t. Or, I should say, haven’t yet. It’s from my friend Jonalyn Grace Fincher’s TERRIFIC book, Ruby Slippers: How the Soul of a Woman Brings Her Home. If you haven’t read it yet, do it. (You can click on it on the widget on my page, and it’ll take you right to Amazon.)

Here’s the quote: “Often the roles we play are like pinching shoes. …To fit into some role, we squeeze ourselves, contort ourselves, even cut off parts of ourselves. … It hurts to wear shoes that are not for us. It hurts to keep shaving off parts of our souls. Can we just admit it once and for all?”

Isn’t that great? So what do you think? Are we moms who feel contorted or chopped down so we can fit into a ready-made mom mold finally able to admit this and say it hurts? Are we ready to say this isn’t who God made us to be—and that it’s not how it has to be? Are we ready to start living as the women God made us to be–as mothers and beyond?

One Response to “‘Pinching Shoes’”

  1. February 26, 2008 at 12:23 pm #

    Funny thing is – you don’t have to be a stay-at-home mom to feel that way. I work full time and have lots of amazing things going around in my head (probably not interesting in other people’s mind).

    But, the people I know talk about their kids. And I join in – with 4 kids I have lots to add there too.

    Isn’t it just a function of who we are around and more importantly our inferiority complex? It’s our nature to feel like everyone else is put together because we don’t see them running frantically around the house in the morning!

    You don’t have to be surrounded by toddlers to think you’re boring, just human.

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