Beyond Borders

courage. faith. action.

The Real Me


Real. I am not sure I even know that what that means anymore. I have so many versions of me. The mom to my aspy daughter… me. Wife to my husband… me. Mom to the little one that was a gift… me. They all are different in subtle ways. Now the me that looks back in the mirror, I do not even recognize her. Her body is changed from illness, face has grown lines with age and worry and life.

The one real that I can count on is the One who made me. He assures me that I am real. And each of those me’s that I see? They are all the same, just different parts of the real me.


This post is linked up to the gypsymamas Five Minute Friday. Here is how it goes…

When last did you write for fun?

Not to impress anyone, not for blog hits or comments or Pinterest pins?

When last did you just write?

On Fridays over here a group of people who love to go all out buck wild for the fun of the written word gather to share what five minutes buys them. Just five minutes. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking

2. Link back here and invite others to join in.

3. Please visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.

Author: Shelly Richardson

A stay at home mom, married to my best friend, who loves like Jesus. Together we have four beautiful daughters. One biological, one adopted and two by way of marriage. Our 12 year old daughter was diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome when she was 6 years old and our youngest was diagnosed with autism at 3 years old. I have dealt with chronic illness most of my life and at times has been debilitating. It is through this illness and the special needs of our children that drew us closer to God. Beyond Borders is the place where I write out my story of living beyond my borders. A place to share of God’s love and grace, His mercy and sovereignty, and what that looks like in my own little world of chronic illness and autism. A place where courage and faith intersect and He moves me to action. My hope in writing is that you find something that inspires you. Encourages you. Makes you smile.

4 thoughts on “The Real Me

  1. Thanks for this honest post, Shelly. As a new blogger enjoying the journey, I am just beginning to learn about 5-minute Fridays. I really enjoy what you wrote in yours. ‘The one thing I can count on is the One who made me’. That is so true. Your writing is beautiful. I look forward to reading more of it. Blessings.

  2. Beautiful words! So honest and so true.

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