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Sunday, January 8, 2017

#youarebeautiful

Sometimes God speaks to us through a sticker during recess duty. haha.. let me explain a little later ;)

I have to be honest, I really struggle last Fall. I spent a lot of time in self-doubt and really truly feeling like I missed the mark. I honestly did not feel beautiful, I felt stretched thin, tired, and drained. I actually spoke with my dad the other day and he spit some philosophical quote about handling the jabs of life haha. You see, my dad was referring the the use of a jab in boxing when one boxer would use a jab to stun or surprise his or her opponent. The only way that boxer could miss the jab is by bobbing and weaving. My dad was reminding me that I have to not let life's challenges stun me or knock me on my feet.  We discussed how the mind and our thoughts can all too often be a gateway for distress and pain. When left to wander, honestly, our thoughts can bring us all the way down. They too can become the jabs of life if we don't have the proper tools for good mental health. 


Now... back to the sticker... As I spoke with my coworker as we were on recess duty in 30 degree weather, I spotted a sticker that stated "You Are Beautiful". I remembered that the sticker represented You Are Beautiful, which is a movement created to provide people with reminders of their worth by brightening their day.  As I smiled, she pulled out several stickers to provide me too of that reminder. 

Seeing that sticker and my conversation with my father reminded me of a verse that truly helped me when I felt mentally broken during the summer of 2012. 1 Corinthians 2:16 states “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. Yall, this verse blew my mind. While I struggled with anxiety or other's view of me or dealing with the uncertainty of life and plans.  I felt so much peace reading this verse because I realize I too have the mental strength of my Savior. Because I have the mind of Christ, it is beautiful <3 

YOU are beautiful friend. I know life's challenges can weigh us down and I know the world can make us feel like we should have it all together mentally, physically, or spiritually. Your mind is simply beautiful. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL <3
 
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