Letting Go of Being a “Pinterest Mom”

I think most of the general public knows what Pinterest is. For those who don’t know it’s a virtual pin board for you to ‘pin’ creative ideas like decorating, party throwing, gardening, relationships, diy projects, and pretty much anything else you can think of. For me it started with travel ideas and now I have too many pins to even look at.

Matthew 6:20-21But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Since the creation of Pinterest there has been this stigma of being a “Pinterest Wife” or “Pinterest Mom”. Meaning that you have to be super creative and make everything by hand while having a perfectly decorated home and having the perfect body all while doing creative activities with your perfectly dressed children.

I thought that I had to conform to those “Pinterest Ways” if you will, to be happy. I thought that my house had to be perfectly decorated like Joanna Gaines’, I thought I had to make all my food from scratch, whatever it was, I thought that I had to do it. I needed that perfection and it was bringing me down.

1 Peter 3:10  For the Scriptures say, “If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies.

God created man in His own image but because of sin we are no longer perfect. Sin gives us this illusion that we need to be perfect to fit in or that we need to fit in at all. Who are we trying to impress? God certainly doesn’t care if my lamp shade perfectly accents the rug on my floor. I don’t want to be living for man but I want to be living for and pleasing to God.

1 Thessalonians 2:4 On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts.

I have been trying to plan my little man’s second birthday. He loves Toy Story. I searched Pinterest for months to find the perfect hand crafted decorations, to find the prettiest cake, customizing the invitations…he’s going to be 2. He literally doesn’t care about any of that. I started to realize that I wanted all that special, fancy stuff for myself-to please other people-to look good on social media. This party isn’t even for me, it’s for my child. So, I went on Amazon and picked the Toy Story “party pack”, bought the cheap invitations and ordered a cake from the grocery store. Every decoration has the characters from the movie on them and that right there is what my child will love.

I would rather my little man be surrounded by and celebrated in love than materialistic, perfectly decorated, irrelevant items. We will be celebrating him and the joy that he’s brought us.

What is important to me is that I surround my child with love, I strive to be the best mom possible, and teach him about Jesus and spreading kindness.

1 Corinthians 13:4-5 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs

I do continue to add things to my pin board because there’s some pretty cool stuff on there! I just choose to be pleasing in the eyes of the Lord instead of pleasing the eyes of man.

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