Monthly Archives: May 2012

Love myself?

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Do you know what I just did…the mistakes I have made…sound familiar?

This is a continuation of “I Love Me Too”. Feel free to check out that post too. I mentioned how important it is to love ourselves. Many of us don’t know who we are. So how can we love ourselves if we don’t truly know who we are?

Typically, when people begin dating, they don’t say “I love you” on the first date. They take time to get to know each other before they use the ever so meaningful three-letter word.

You may say: How can I love myself? I know every wrong decision I have made, every rude comment I have said, every possible imperfection I have.

A phrase my Pastor has said is “Separate your WHO from your DO“.

Think about it.

Now obviously, if you rob a bank every day, you need a little help with your “who” and “do”. Know what I mean?

Just because we make mistakes doesn’t mean that we are a mistake.

The best place to help us with our “who” is the Bible. There are so many verses that say who we are.

For example, Romans 8:37 says that we are “more than conquerors”. To be a conqueror is wonderful. To be MORE than a conqueror is amazing!

Ephesians 1:6 says that we are “accepted in the Beloved.” Philippians 1:6 says that God has started a good work in us! There is good on the inside of us and God wants to complete it!

Romans 8:31 – “…If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Besides, how can we not love ourselves, God is on the inside of us and He “is” love. God defined is love (I John 4:8).

The One who can do anything (nothing is impossible for God – Matthew 19:26), fix or change any situation lives on the inside of you and me. That’s the wonderful benefit of being a Christ follower.

Joyce Meyer had this as her status on Facebook – “Choose to see yourself in Christ today.” (Ephesians 1:7). That pretty much sums it up! If we see ourselves in Christ, what’s there not to love?!?!

I hope you were encouraged today! I know this encouraged me!

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I Love Me Too!

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I remember when my husband and I would say to our 2-year-old “I love you” and she would respond in her sweet voice “I love me too!”. Naturally we would giggle.

Then I started thinking about her response.

When God tells us that He loves us (through His Word) we should respond “I love you AND I love me too”.

Not in an arrogant way. It’s ok to love yourself. I mean you’re stuck with yourself for the rest of your life so you might as well love yourself. Right?

Many of us have forgotten to LOVE OURSELVES too!

Mark 12:30-31 says “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’This is the first commandment.  31 And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

If we don’t love ourselves, we’re going to have a hard time loving our neighbor! Right?

Sometimes we wonder why it’s challenging to love those around us…maybe sometimes it’s us and not them?

Trust me, as I’m typing this I am saying “ouch” to myself.

We have to learn to truly love ourselves if we’re going to truly love others.

How do we love ourselves? I’m glad you asked!

Keep an eye out for my next post!

I hope you were encouraged today! Thanks for reading!

En(courage)ment

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My husband has been teaching our daughter about encouragement. He told her that she needs to encourage kids around her by telling them they are doing a good job. It is so sweet! She will put her hand on my arm and say “Good job, Mommy!”.

No matter who you are, a nice pat on the back every so often can do wonders!

I’m not talking about flattery. Flattery’s is insincere praise. It’s people pleasing at it’s best!

Encouragement defined: to inspire (someone) with the courage or confidence (to do something)

We as people thrive where we are “celebrated”, not “tolerated” (I can’t take credit for this…learned this from Pastor Jim). So why not celebrate someone in some way!

Celebrate them by encouraging them. Trust me, I’m working on doing this myself.

Society is about the big ME, what about the big E…Encouragement!

The verse that comes to mind is Proverbs 25:11 – “The right word at the right time is like a custom-made piece of jewelry,”  (Message Translation).

Wow! What woman wouldn’t like a custom-made piece of jewelry! 🙂

Not only is encouragement courageous, it’s CONTAGIOUS! When we start encouraging those around us, it creates a positive environment and makes people want to encourage others! Let’s be contagious with encouragement!
Thanks for reading! I hope you were encouraged today!