One of the hardest things to do… is to Love ourselves.
I just wanted to share how perfect this devotional was that I read a couple days ago. It literally is so applicable to my life (and I think to everyone’s) that I have it sticky-noted on my phone and constantly read it throughout the day!
Here it is:
“God never intended for you to feel bad about yourself. He wants you to know yourself well and yet accept yourself. You must be able to say, “I can love what God can love. I don’t love everything I do, but I accept myself because God accepts me.” God is changing you daily. Ask Him to help you accept and love yourself in spite of your imperfections.“
We ALL have imperfections… things we wish we could change or do away with completely. Sometimes they are physical attributes… sometimes emotional… sometimes mental.
I think it is important to remember it is not just you, as well as these other “tidbits”:
1.) Never feel alone in feeling “less than perfect.” I don’t know a single “perfect” person. Not.A.One.
I do know, however, a million and one men and women who are confronted daily by their insecurities.
2.) There are so so many wonderful, beautiful women who love themselves and are confident in who they are. It does not mean that they had no insecurities to mentally get past. It means they were able to conquer those insecurities and learn to love ALL of themselves– those “flaws” included. That is truly a beautiful thing.
3.) When your mind starts wandering to all these negative places…Stop the wandering immediately. Text/call someone, turn on music really really loudly, go for a walk (or any relaxing exercise), do something nice for someone else (volunteer, mow a neighbors yard, write a letter to a friend, buy flowers for your significant other), and/or start one of your Pintrest projects you Pinned months ago.
4.) Lastly, remember God, your family, and your friends LOVE YOU. The flaws that we all see in ourselves… that don’t even notice or care. They love us… inside and out… through the good and bad… If other people can be so forgiving of our shortcomings, shouldn’t we be that to ourselves?
I hope you guys have a wonderful day and are JOYFUL and full of LOVE for yourself and others!!
What do you do when you are feeling critical/down/sad about yourself?
What is your FAVORITE activity to do!?!