How personal is TOO personal?

How much information should you really share on these things? I think it is all in the eye of the blogger (you liked that, huh?). I started my blog back in January 2008 just for fun. I really had NO idea what I was doing or even what I was going to write about. I guess I really just looked at it as a way to keep my family up-to-date on what was going on in my life. Now they all have facebook, so it has a totally different purpose. ;o) (I think I need to write about the facebook topic soon...anyways).

My mother and I were discussing the 'how personal is too personal' topic Sunday...before I go on, let me just preface this by telling you that I don't mind how personal YOU get on your blog, I actually enjoy reading about people's lives (I have nosy in my genes), this is just what I think about writing things on MY blog. Make sense? Anywho, back to the topic at hand...

I don't get really deep into personal topics such as relationships, where I live (LOL), family issues, politics, etc. because I am not too sure how much info any of the people involved in these topics would want me to share. I think too, in my own personal life, if I were to talk about say, a relationship (be it with a boy or about one of my friends), I would probably say TOO much. I tend to talk...a bit...a lot...about things that are going on (If you don't believe me, just ask my mom!). Another reason is because if I were upset about something, I usually say things I regret... 5 minutes later...and while I could delete a blog post, is it worth the time or the effort it would take to write if I'm just going to feel guilty about it later? Instead, I tell God and He makes me feel tons better than writing a blog post ever would.

I haven't ever really thought out boundaries for my blog, but I guess now is a better time than any. I'm all for telling you about my wonderful friends and family and how much they mean to me. No harm, no foul. But it pretty much stops there. When I get married (no, there aren't any prospects, but I have faith that someday there will be!), I won't change my mind then either. I am not against a funny story here and there, but some things just need to be left in the real world and not brought into the blogesphere.

As for politics and things of the like, I'm going to be honest here. I have morals and values that are extremely important to me. I think that just by reading my blog, you have probably picked up on those. As far as politics go, I am not really interested. Yup, I said it. Now don't get me wrong, I care very much about what goes on in my country, but do I want to have a debate about it or write all about my opinion? No. Politics have never really kept my attention, so I don't want to bore you with them either. I have much more exciting things to tell you about!

Last but certainly not least... Me. How much do I think is too much information about me?

A few months ago, I gave God back the #1 position in my life. That is one relationship I will tell you all about! Anything. you. want. to. know. Promise! This relationship is not off limits. In fact, so much has changed for me in the last little bit I kinda want to shout it from the rooftops. It's amazing if you let go and let GOD, the things he will show you. If you don't believe me, just try it.

I have prayed for specific things and been given answers. One example (and I'm not even sure she knows) is a prayer my grandmother was praying for me. When God first started making changes in my life a few months ago I was a little concerned with turning away from the 'old habits' in my life and finding new ones. Her exact prayer was that these old things would 'become distasteful to me.' So, I started praying this too, and I'm pretty sure my mom did as well, and the bible study group I was in. Can I just tell you how well and FAST this prayer worked?? It was like day and night. Little things like music made my distasteful list. It was crazy! I have shared this prayer with others who were having a tough time too. It worked for me and now I have one more thing to add to my ever growing testimony. I highly recommend it!

Another thing I want to share with you is something someone, who used to hold the #1 spot in my life, said to me today. He told me that one thing he had always wished for me was to have a good job because I deserved it (not just any job, but one I enjoy and makes lots of money at I'm sure is what he was referring to). I contemplated this on my way to work this morning...while I totally agree that an awesome job that I love and make lots and lots of money at would be fabulous, my priorities have changed lately. I am here on this earth to do what God wants me to do and any job he has for me is awesome! I know this because if I am in His will than He will be glorified and NOTHING is better than that! I have an appointment with an elder at my church tomorrow concerning this very thing.

I have felt very strongly that my spiritual gifts are showing mercy and exhortation. Never had I ever thought before that I could use these gifts in a career sense. I have always had a gift for sympathizing with people and caring more than an average person would. I have always been a fixer. Knowing this, I finally realized that what I thought defined me as a person were my spiritual gifts all along! I am meeting with him to discuss lay counseling within the church. I'm super excited to finally use my gifts to serve God!!!


Belinda said...

You are a jewel among jewels, and I love you.

And you might've noticed...I have no boundaries. ;-P

J E S S I C A said...

To each his own. I enjoy reading EVERYTHING you write about. You just have that gift. If I have that same gift I might do the same, but I have a tendency to ramble. Go figure. :) Oh and the jewel thing? Ditto. Love you too!!!