Hey ya’ll! Hope everyone had a fantastic Labor Day weekend! I got in lots of time with friends, some rest, & had an amazing time volunteering at church.
Today I really felt like I should talk about your story & most importantly: don’t be ashamed of your story. A conversation over coffee with a dear friend yesterday made me think how important it was to share this with ya’ll.
First of all, I want to tell you to not be ashamed of what others think or say about you! The Lord sees who you are inside & sees your intentions. No one else but Him knows that. People like to judge based on outward appearance or what they think they know. And a lot of the time it is because of JEALOUSY. It has nothing at all to do with you beautiful one!
I say this from firsthand experience on many occasions. I cannot tell you how many times I have been judged by others for the business I have, the type of clothes I wear, & I could keep on going. But I know now that it has nothing to do with me & everything to do with them. The best I can do is just pray for them. Don’t be ashamed of your story! God is going to use it in a way to minister to & help so many people.
Secondly, don’t be ashamed of the struggles you are going through. I try to be very open with ya’ll about my struggles. We all have them! My biggest struggle is food & my body image & I feel crazy to say that because I mentor others with their fitness & nutrition. But, food has been a stronghold in my life. That’s why I used to weigh 60 more lbs than I do now! And I still struggle with it.
It’s not that I make unhealthy choices very often. I have the tendency to obsess & overanalyze about every piece of food that goes in to my mouth. I have turned in to an obsessive calorie counter. I also look in the mirror & don’t like what I see a lot of days. I feel like I look fat & notice all of the things wrong with me. I KNOW that is not the right mindset to have & I am working on overcoming it. I am in a much better place than I was before. But it is a daily struggle for me!
I also struggle with not valuing myself or my worth. Putting my identity in how successful I am or how thin I feel. Those are worldly things that don’t even matter & I know that, but it’s something I am working on overcoming. I am trying to remind myself daily to see myself how God sees me & not how I feel or am thinking that day.
Lastly a big struggle of mine is negative thinking. I know God can make amazing things happen & He can do anything! But, the enemy still tries to attack my mind that I am doing things wrong or I am not good enough to reach certain goals. I am working on replacing those negative thoughts with God’s Word, but again it’s a daily process.
So I say all this to say, don’t be ashamed of your story! Your story is going to help encourage so many people. I share all of my struggles with you today because I want you to know you are not alone. And you CAN get through it!
If you ever need help or advice in any of these areas, don’t ever hesitate to contact me via email. I am always glad to help <3