Have you ever noticed that the home blogging and crafting world is filled with women of faith? Most noticeably there are women who identify themselves as followers of Jesus, Christians, and LDS (Latter Day Saints). Many LDS bloggers will have a pic on their sidebar letting you know that “they belong” with a pic of Jesus, or the Salt Lake temple underneath those words. Other Christian bloggers will let you know that they are Christ followers by telling you so in their profile, having Bible verses for blog posts on Sundays, and often by including a Biblical/spiritual reference right in their blog’s title. There is (in)courage, a blog and movement by a group of Christian women who originally all worked for Dayspring, Hallmark’s Christian subsidiary. You can find many of your favorite bloggers’ crafts marketed on Dayspring’s site. There is Relevant, the Christian version of Blissdom where you most undoubtedly will recognize some of the speakers’ names. So…what do you think of all this?
I think it makes perfect sense for those with a Judeo/Christian worldview to gravitate towards home blogging. Biblical faith and following of spiritual teachings naturally lend themselves to valuing family, children, hospitality, and the home. But what if these beliefs aren’t that important to you? If you value decorating, homemaking, family, but not so much faith, I wonder what you think of all the spirituality in home blogging? Or if you are a person of faith, but not of Protestant faith, do you feel excluded from the big movements such as Relevant or (in)courage, or do you feel like you belong? Does it matter?
Now, if you are actually taking the time to read this, chances are really good that you are a regular reader of mine and you know that I am a Christian. You know that I value my faith and that I talk about it when it seems natural. My faith is a huge part of who I am and it completely colors the way I see the world. I cannot NOT talk about it. I am sure all other women of faith feel the same way. It would be weird to even try to dichotomize faith from the rest of life.
But with all of this belongingness to faith, do others feel excluded? Do you feel excluded? Do you look at the lives of fellow “faith bloggers”, see their posts, pictures, facebook, or twitter updates and see some hypocrisy? Do you think, what is their faith really doing for them? How are they really different? Well, as someone who can be as mean and as catty as the next girl, as someone who throws temper tantrums and throws out four letter words when hurt, as someone who becomes overly impatient with her children and snippy with her husband, as someone who can be a flakey friend and a selfish beeatch, and as someone who proclaims to be a Christ follower, I apologize for the lack of difference. But I don’t apologize for the fact that I am loved and forgiven by grace and trying to live authentically, although imperfectly for my Creator. Faith is a journey and I have a long way to go.
But what is most important to me is that you feel loved in my blog home. Because you are. Dearly. You are welcome here to be yourself. Flaws, faith, no faith, and all.
Talk to me.