Monday, April 27, 2015

Does God Like Me?

I read a blog post that really resonated with me. You should click on the link below and read it too. 

What Hanna was sharing is so crucial to the foundation of any relationship, whether with humans or God. Unfortunately, it is also a very hard concept to apply to life. It can feel so easy to believe the lies, and continue in the false beliefs that we are living in. Changing beliefs and thought processes is SO HARD. The false belief that God doesn't like us becomes a building block to our other thoughts and rationalizations. 

If God doesn't like me, I can't like me. If God doesn't like me, and I don't like me, other people certainly won't like me. And it quickly becomes this downward spiral of thoughts. 

Self hate and anxiety about relationships comes because we don't feel secure in who we are. After all, we're convinced that the God of the universe doesn't like us. If our creator only tolerates us because he loves us, what hope do we have of liking ourselves and being in relationships where people like us?  So we are afraid of God giving up on us. We're afraid of the opinions of others. And to top it all off, we are afraid of how we view ourselves. 

"Why am I so fat? I hate my body."

"Why do I get flustered when I have so much to do? I'm incapable of getting it all done."

"Why are my relationships always failures? I can't relate to people."

And so on and so forth. We tell ourselves negative thing after negative thing, not giving ourselves permission to like the good parts of us. 

Guess what?!


GOD LIKES US. 


He created us to be His precious children and shows us unconditional love, all the while still liking us

If God likes us, we have the permission to believe that we are capable to like ourselves, and believe that others can do the same. 


If this is something you struggle to believe, you aren't the only one. This is one truth that I find very difficult to believe some days. Those days that I can't believe that there is anything in me worth salvaging. Why would God choose to like me?

I don't know the whole answer, but he does. He likes me, and he likes you too!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Being Quiet
















Sometimes people don't understand an introvert's need for quiet.  And believe me, if you ask any introvert, they will answer that quiet is a needed part of life. 


I think a lot, but I don't say much.


The reason for this is because introverts need to process internally a lot more than extroverts do.  It can take a lot more time to work out what is happening, to decide what we want to say, and then get up the courage to act on those feelings.

But just because I'm quiet doesn't mean I'm not taking everything in.





 Introverts do care.  They are paying attention.  They may just be choosing not to vocalize what they are thinking. 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

College

Being at college teaches you about every piece of your life that you take for granted.  And so here is a list of the little items in life that I am thankful for and that I miss at times.

I'm thankful for the chances that I have to hug my family, for the time I get to spend with them.  For cars, planes, and trains that transport me to the people I love. 

I'm thankful for time to sit and just think, or rest.  For days with people, and days alone to recharge.

For taking in new information, and information overload. 

I'm thankful for the people that make sure I take the time that I need for self-care, to laugh, to have fun.  It is impossible to live life alone.  People need people.

And most of all, I'm thankful for the fact that no matter what I do or don't do, God is always there.  He loves unconditionally and always provides hope. 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Encourage one another

I've been struck lately by the importance of encouraging others. Even just one kind word or gesture can make someone's day better. 
Do unto others as you would have them do to you. 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Don't Forget

"Write what should not be forgotten." ~Isabel Allende

This is the reason to write.  Writers control history.  If no one takes the time to write down the important things, there will be a severe lack of important memories.

By choosing what we record, history will be put into place, and will hopefully have a more balanced view of what happened.