Oops, I was showing Cobe where I hit publish when I’m finished and accidentally hit it…I’ll try this again. Ha! ?
I am realizing that I have spent most of my life not really loving myself. That may seem weird but it’s true.
I used to hate my hair, I would dread washing it, drying it, straightening it, and fixing it. I just thought it was part of life, I would spend so much time trying to make it something that it wasn’t. I would complain because it would get frizzy when it rained, among many other complaints. Not until recently did something switch in the way I viewed my hair. It is naturally curly, I leave it alone, I wash it and wear it. I love it, it’s not perfect every time but it’s the way I am made and I love it.
Might seem minor, but when I was thinking about it, I realize I have always been very hard on myself. Picking apart my looks, weight, and body image for most of my life.
I have always thought I needed to get in shape, lose weight and eat better. I have struggled with it my whole adult life, and why! I wish I could tell that skinny college girl to zip it. Ha! I am always quick to pick out my flaws and find everything wrong with myself instead of all that is right and good.
I am finally remembering that I am fearfully and wonderfully made, that I am me and no one else. I am loving myself, as I am doing this I am embracing and accepting everything about myself. I am not always in a state of worrying about my outward appearance but more of what is going on on the inside.
As I am being obedient to the inside, I am achieving goals of my outward appearance. I am eating healthier, losing weight by making good choices. I am motivated to go to the gym because of how I mentally feel better.
So when I started loving myself for who I am, all of the other pieces started coming together too. It’s really kind of cool how it works. We must start from the inside out, it is really important. That holds true for most things, when I’m cleaning and reorganizing I have to get into it deep. Make a big mess and then start putting all of the pieces back together from the inside out. I want to encourage you today to take a look at yourself. Do you love what you see, you should! We were each created for a very special reason exactly as we are. God sees us as beauty, He adores us and wants the best for us.
We need to give Him our obedience, as I am being obedient to Him, He is fulfilling every gap in my life. One of the main ways is just simply being still and spending time with Him. Blogging to all of you, investing in the youth at my church and trying being the best person that I can be.
I give Him my best and He in return gives me His best. It’s an awesome trade, if you are not experiencing this in your life, you can!
I hope you will think about what I am saying today and take it seriously, as my mom has always said God doesn’t make junk, we are all perfect the way we are. Sure, we all have areas that need improvement but we are all created in His image.
So, love yourself, every part of yourself. Seek God’s will for your life and he will make your path straight. God is patiently waiting for you to come running to Him!
Ready, Set, Go!