Reflections on life, marriage, and purpose...by a young woman who is constantly learning how much there will always be to learn!


Friday, October 28, 2005

Long-winded?

My husband says that maybe my long posts are scaring people away. I guess I have been a little rambly.

Is short and sweet the way to go with blogs? I don't know if I can do it, but I can try!

So how is this one for short?:o)

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE long posts....so keep em coming!

12:52 AM, October 29, 2005  
Blogger Lydia said...

I never thought of your blog posts as being particularly long. Some of mine are probably three times as long:)
I try to vary the length but it seems most tend to be a medium length. I don't mind long posts if it's something I'm interested in reading about. It just depends on the post. If I start reading it and it doesn't hold my interest, I just stop.

BTW, I liked your post on Guarding Against Selfishness. It was a good reminder for me. It seems that as an unmarried woman I am more prone to it. I'm constantly asking God to help me not be so selfish. I know that being selfish won't get me very far if I'm ever married some day. About staying home making one selfish, I don't think this is necessarily so. Think of all the women who choose to stay home to take care of their families. They are doing a very unselfish thing. Being selfish is more a state of the heart rather than circumstances or location. It does seem that once couples start having children they must quickly learn and adapt to giving constantly. This makes them work at not being selfish. My own mother is one of the most giving, unselfish people I know. She is constantly putting other's needs before her own whether it be my dad, the children or other believers in our church assembly. She has joy in her work, as well, so an observer knows she does it from the heart and not just out of duty. I think the best thing one can do to combat selfishness is to pray for strength to overcome it, confess it to God and purposely look for ways to serve others. To me that is the best way to fight against it.

Oppps! I think I made my point that my posts are much longer than yours. Sorry for the extra-long comment. Please keep your thought-provoking posts coming whether they be long or short:)

1:00 PM, October 29, 2005  
Blogger Erin said...

Thanks for your comments, Lydia!:o)

I definitely agree with you that stay-at-home moms are doing a very unselfish and important work with their lives. I guess my point is...and knowing my own tendency for selfishness (definitely not just an affliction of the unmarried! If anything, marriage points out one's selfishness even more!)...I'm trying to figure out the line between focus on family and the world.

One thing that seems like a good principle, the more I think of it: Seeing ministry to the world as a family endeavor, not just an individual one. Perhaps it's not just each person going out and doing their own thing, but finding ways for the family to serve together and to get their focus outside of themselves. I'll post more on this later, after I mull it for a bit:o)

3:22 PM, October 29, 2005  
Blogger Carrie said...

I enjoy all your posts, as well. But it's something I've also wondered about with my own blog . . . if anyone really wants to take the time to read through some of my lengthy posts?! I guess I'll just write what comes to mind, be it long or short, and let the chips fall where they may. :)

I also enjoyed your recent posts on home. Very encouraging and thought-provoking! I was going to mention (but I see you already did) the idea of outreach as a family ministry. Involving your kids in helping at a homeless shelter . . . having a family project of giving money to a particular ministry or charity . . . etc. I know these are just a couple ideas, but I'm sure they could be expanded on significantly! Another thing that I've been reminded of since having a little one of my own, is that your home is your own mission field. When you become parents, your desire and goal is to raise your child(ren) to come to know and love Christ. So this is a kind of outreach in and of itself.

So while I see where home could become a point of selfishness, I think it's unlikely to happen, particularly in your case, where you are currently employed outside the home (a type of mission field for you now), and then later when you are able to stay home with your children. Having children does reveal areas of selfishness in one's life, but also causes a parent to have to become more unselfish in order to minister to the children.

Hmmm, I see I'm also long-winded. :) I don't know if that makes sense, but just my .02 cents worth!

6:47 PM, October 29, 2005  
Blogger Mrs. Happy Housewife said...

I've not been scared away. I enjoy your long posts.

10:20 PM, October 29, 2005  
Anonymous Jaime said...

Hi, I'm from Kemah, Tx
how about you?
I Love your Posts!
I have a 3yo Daughter Named Lilly.
The only thing scared away around here is the Trick or treaters. Because of the Severe weather! Te hehe. Looks like God rained on the pegan parade. Hope the kiddo's aren't too dissapointed. Let's all pray for the Holloween Participants.

9:41 PM, October 31, 2005  
Anonymous Jaime said...

you articles are soo deep and soo fufiling i guess i don't have a comment toward them as far as critic. More like an admierer in a big audiance saying Encore! :o) I will try to speak up more, even though it seems you put to words what i am thinking. LOL!!

10:01 PM, October 31, 2005  
Blogger Moments Of Clarity said...

Hi,

I just wanted to say that I don't always comment but I do always read. Your posts are always thought-provoking and you have a very unique perspective & writing style. I enjoy your blog very much!

I hope that makes you feel a little bit better! :)

PS: Fluffy is adorable!!!

8:35 PM, November 02, 2005  
Blogger Erin said...

A special welcome to the first-time commenters, Jaime and Moments!:o) Thank you for reading, and thanks to everybody for the encouragement!

Jaime, I'm close to Houston. I have been to Kemah a couple of times and enjoyed it!

Moments, I have to agree with you (biased as I may be) that Fluffy is a cutie-pie! I am a firm believer that every responsible family should have a dog to add to the cheer:o) Fluffy is the goofiest thing, and is always making Micah and I laugh. Side Benefit: Maltese are excellent dogs for children; very gentle. I had two of them growing up and am sold on the breed! Actually, those two are still living, at my parent's, but at fourteen years old are moving a little slow these days:o(

10:13 PM, November 02, 2005  
Anonymous The Happy Feminist said...

Hi there, I was just checking in again and really enjoyed reading a number of your posts over my lunch hour. I like longer posts because there is more to chew on.

12:05 PM, November 03, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello. I found your blog through another blog on this website and just wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed reading your blog this afternoon. All of your posts are very interesting :-)

3:19 PM, November 07, 2005  

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