Loving Who God Made You To Be

Hello there lovelies!

Today we have a guest post from my friend Cori. She was one of the first people to volunteer to write a blog post for this new blog post series I wanna do throughout the year and I LOVE what she has to say.

I hope you all receive some encouragement from this lovely gals words of wisdom.

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Well, it’s a new year again and our social media is filled with “New year new me” posts and new years resolutions that will last a couple of weeks.  Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t see anything wrong with trying to better yourself, but when its all about me, me, me I think we might just be missing the point. My resolution is to grow closer to Christ and to love who He made me.
        The world tells us that it is all about you. You do you. You only live once. I agree to make the most of your life but when your life revolves around you and you only that isn’t exactly what God has planned. God tells us to live humbly and to always put your neighbor before yourself. He tells us to give a homeless man the clothes off our backs if he doesn’t have any. He tells us to pray for our enemies and love them no matter the harm they’ve caused you.  That may not be very easy, but that is what we are called to. There is a difference between loving who God made you and being a self centered jerk
        Now my life hasn’t been that easy. I was sexually abused, I’ve harmed myself and did for many years, and I even attempted suicide. Growing up I’ve had major self esteem problems.  I would look at myself in the mirror and hate everything about my reflection. I would cry at night because I wasn’t good enough for society or even myself. It wasn’t until recently, actually, that I realized  I wasn’t living how God had planned. It took a mental hospital being waved over my head for me to finally get my act together.  My point is this: God made you who you are for a reason and you are perfectly and wonderfully made. He planned out every inch of you, beautifully, inside of your mother and God, the God of the universe, does not make mistakes. (Psalms 139:13-18)
        Now I pray that in this new year you learn to love yourself for who God made you. Not for what the world wants you to be. Serve your Lord with all your heart soul and mind and love every bit of yourself because the creator of everything there ever was and is to come made you and that is pretty amazing if you think about it.
    Now I still deal with all of these things today. I am not saying that life is gonna be a bundle of joy on a sunny day. Life sucks, there’s no other way to put it, but it is so much easier to have hope and to love who God made you to be then to dwell on things and to try to be this perfect person society makes the standard out to be. You will never be perfect. You will never be “Good enough” , but you know what? That’s why Christ died for us. So that in Him we are good enough and always will be. God doesn’t look at us for all the bad things we have done.  He looks at us as perfect, just as He made us perfectly.

“Lord help me to love who You made me to be. Help me serve you in any way that i can in this new year. I pray that in the new year i grow spiritually and grow to love others more than myself, thank you for all these blessings, i pray that my self esteem will be high this year. In your name I pray , Amen.”

Yours Truly,
Cori Heck
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Don’t Fret Over The Unexpected

It might be more than you ever hoped for…

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Whoever finds me gets virtual brownies!

Don’t fret over what plans didn’t happen. Thinking back on Grad and this year so far, I realize (while discussing school related things with my boyfriend) that if my graduation hadn’t been moved an extra year so many things wouldnt have happened. Originally I was supposed to be in the Centre For Learning At Home Class of 2015 but because of a failed math class and a confusing and mixed up list of what courses I needed to finish school on time, things were bumped and switched around and it was arranged for me to be in the wonderful Class of 2016. (A group of 67 people) Aside from meeting and getting to know many of the people I graduated with there are many things I realize may never have been possible had the unexpected changes and turns (like my Graduation being bumped from 2015 to 2016) like:

I still may not have met my (now) boyfriend at this point and he most certainly wouldn’t have been my grad date and I his.

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I may not have discovered the amazing writing group I am a part of.

I may not have had the opportunity to Nanny one of the most precious 8 year old boys I’ve ever met for a few months.

I may not have met new people at church or my friends from school had I graduated in 2015


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and SOOOOO many more amazing things. Major life events or even just the little things like spending the day at the mall with my friend Laticia who I may have never met because our being in the same Grad Class together. Or going to YC this year with some amazing friends!

But now, I’ve Graduated, met many amazing people , gotten a waitressing job I love, had a possible college opportunity open for me for a course I’ve wanted to do for a few years,  became a youth leader and many more things (over the last month especially that I’ll share in other posts)! All things that might not have ever happened if certain things in my life had gone the way I wanted them to.

I might sound like a repetitive and broken record here so basically, my point is. Don’t fret or worry about how things may not have gone how you wanted because you honesty never know what could come from those ‘unexpected change of plans.’ It might be amazing and beautiful things that come from it.

 

PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7  (ESV)

6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.