Hey, Self Talk

Okay, self talk. We do it all day long — mostly unconsciously — whether we’re looking in the mirror, considering job performance, school grades or even looking at our kid’s behavior. What percentage would you consider positive versus negative?

You are loved. You are cherished. You are beautiful. Not when you lose 10 pounds, not when you get that promotion, not when you have a boyfriend/husband, not when you have kids, and certainly not when you perform well enough to get the perfect grades or accolades at school or work. BUT right NOW. Right now, in the body you have, in the messy house with dishes & laundry, in the workplace that may be mundane, the school that seems unending and difficult, in the relationships you have now; in that my sweet friend you are gorgeous, adored, bright and ever so beautiful.

Don’t get me wrong, I want good grades, a great body, to live healthy and have the picture perfect home but life is a journey. Every day a progression, not perfection. And the self hate I see around me and even in myself is devastating. Why would anyone {including me} want to live life hating on one’s self — whether publicly or silently in our very own mind?

There is nothing, absolutely nothing that can change the love the Lord has for you. Unbelievable, right? Not possible?

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3

Maybe God missed that I’m not perfect? He can’t know what I’ve done?

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, AND all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ.” Romans 3:23-24

I encourage you, as I will be doing, speak truth into your life. Whether it be a sticky note on the mirror, a tangible reminder, phone alarm or accountability with a trusted friend — speak highly of yourself for you are highly valued, just as you are. Not in the next accomplishment but right in this very moment.

God has given you everything you need. So as we strive for better, always better — love yourself in the process, speak it out loud when you look in the mirror, are overlooked at work or when you get that next grade back. You are chosen, loved, cherished & desired. Not when you improve but right in this very moment.

“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

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