Christian Encouragement

Too Fat, Too Skinny, Never Good Enough….

Too Fat, Too Skinny, Never Good Enough….

    The title to this blog was the theme song of my life. I had set such unrealistic standards on myself based upon what I thought would be pleasing to eyes of another. 

    At 21 years old, I used to get Botox and temporary lip injections. AT TWENTY-ONE! I look back at my insanity and laugh. I didn’t even have wrinkles back then. 

    I believe a form of freedom comes from self-love and confidence. Confidence is when you can admire another man or woman’s physique and not feel any less valuable for not looking as thin, muscular or as curvy as they do.

    I want to encourage you today to practice self-love!  This means that regardless of your imperfections, you can still love yourself. You are worth more than your bra size, more than your “gains”, and more than your pant size.

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Discovering Your Vision.

   Do you know what God's will is for you? Do you have a vision? Do you know what you are going to do with your life? You should! Having a vision for your life is very important as God's Word declares in Habakkuk 2:2-3

   When young people start out in life, they may not know what their futures are going to hold. There is nothing wrong with that because many times God unfolds His plans as we start to move in a direction and trust Him to lead. What young people need to do is seek God's plans for their lives and then write down what they believe God is saying to them. As they begin to move in a certain direction, what they are supposed to do with their lives will become increasingly clear.

   People who are older should have figured out their purposes in life. However many of them still do not know what they want to be when they "grow up" because issues in their lives have blocked the formation of their vision.

   Too many people concentrate on what they cannot do. They focus on everything they do wrong and never on what they do right. They get so caught up in their mistakes and inabilities that they lose sight of the fact that we serve a great God. If this is you, I encourage you to study Hebrews 12:2. This verse tells you to look away from the things that distract you and focus on Jesus. Even if you are being sidetracked by your own inabilities and weaknesses, stop looking at those things and start looking up to Jesus. If you believe you can do only one thing, make up your mind that you are going to do that one thing well. Decide that you were going to be the best you can be at that one thing.

   Take an inventory of your life and decide what you have that you can use to fulfill God's purpose for you. What are you doing with your time, your energy, and your abilities? Stop looking at what you do not have and begin using what you do have.

   Become a person of purpose. Know why you are doing what you are doing. Make sure you do not lose sight of your goals. In order to do that, you may need to heed the advice of Habakkuk: write your vision and make it plain!

 

(Excerpt from The Everyday Life Bible: Joyce Meyer Commentary.)

You Are Loved!

Pruned To Prosper...

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Have you ever asked God for something and it seemed like instead of giving you what you asked for he began to remove things from your life instead?

For instance you pray for greater financial provision and then you lose your job…

Or you pray for a relationship and then suddenly nobody wants to date you…

In the heat of the moment you become frantic and fearful and you think that God does not hear your prayers. I want to correct that thought right now, because God does hear your prayers. However, we get confused because we think that just because we asked God for something that he has to answer it the way that we have determined that he should answer it. But Isaiah 55:9 teaches us that God's ways are not our ways. So be encouraged because God has plans to give you the desires of your heart, but the process of getting you the blessing you asked for may not look like the process you were expecting. You may have been expecting a raise at your current job, but God allowed you to get fired so that you would start the business you always wanted to start. You may have prayed for a relationship, but God is keeping you single to prepare and mature you for the right man or woman. God will always prune you with the intent of prospering you. Don't allow a season of pruning to discourage you. God has plans to prosper you, but first He will prune you.