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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Camp NaNoWriMo || Meet Paisley

Hello Readers!

So today, I am going to be introducing you to Paisley Moore, one of my main characters from my Camp NaNo Novel titled ‘More At Home With Strangers’ I have written Paisley’s first chapter to kick of Camp NaNoWriMo so I will be sharing it with you today! 😀

In case you missed it, a couple weeks ago, I did the Beautiful People link-up in which I discussed all four of my POV characters meaning, you can go learn about them a bit more there! (You can get to that post by clicking HERE)

So, time to Introduce you to Paisley Moore

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Chapter 1
Paisley Moore

A loud beep interrupted the grogginess in her mind. That shrieking beep was followed by another quick one, then another, and another after that.

With a moan Paisley opened her eyes, her head pounding and body sore. She looked around the room from the strange bed she lay on. The grogginess filled her mind and remained leaving her unable to know where she was.

“Why am I wearing these clothes? What is this thing?” She thought as she poked at a tube that was attached to her arm via needle. Her head felt so heavy and her body moved so slowly. She was so slow she was annoying her own self with the amount of speed she was moving at.

“Paisley?” She heard an unfamiliar voice that made her heart start to pound as the beeping continued on but she couldn’t move as fast as her mind raced telling her to move and run away. She turned to look at who the voice belonged to and found a woman standing beside her. Even in her groggy state, Paisley couldn’t help but think about how this woman looked like a inflated balloon with curly hair.

“Who are you?” Paisley muttered, “Where am I?”

“You are in the hospital.” The woman replied in a deep voice. The sick place. She hated the sick place. She wasn’t sick.

“Why? WhyamIhere?” Her words slurred together as her eyes became heavy. She struggled to keep them open.

“You tried to kill yourself last night.” The nurse replied in a calm tone.

“Oh..”She whispered to herself as the grogginess suddenly faded for a brief moment as she remembered. Remembered the bottle of pills she had found.

Remembered how she took them.

Remembered why she took them in the first place. That filled her with dread that shook her body, her heart pounding hard inside her chest. She didn’t want to go back after this.

She wouldn’t.

 

PaisleyAs you can see, Paisley is in a dark place at the beginning of the novel. Cast out and mostly ignored by her parents was a hard thing for Paisley to accept. (and finding out at age eight, that she had a slight mental disorder was no help. She still didn’t and doesn’t understand why.) Paisley is also a poet and loves it a lot. In my novel I have, with the permission of (and credit to) my friend, Annie Prok, used/will use some of her poems that she wrote in this novel. (I will also be using some of my own poetry as well but mainly hers cause this girl is just talented!)

Paisley is, so far, the youngest POV character I have had in a novel so far. (She’s 13) and yeah, not like its a super huge difference in the way she would act compared to my other three characters who are 16 and 17 but it’s still a bit of a difference….Though it will be interesting considering Paisley is more mature than two of the other characters in this novel at points.

 

Now, here is a little bit about Paisley’s style/fashion sense so you can get to know her a bit more. These are some questions I found online….With that said, if you have any questions for Paisley you can comment on this post and I will interview her in another post!

 

How would you describe your character’s style? I would describe Paisley’s style as very simple and laid back.

If they were a cartoon character, what would be their signature outfit? Her signature outfit would probably be a pair of runners, jeans and a t-shirt/sweater.

Tattoos? Piercings? She just has her ears pierced. That’s it.

What color do they wear most often? Paisley usually wears green. It’s her favourite color and if a shirt or piece of clothing comes in green she WILL get it. No persuading her otherwise.

Would they wear two different socks? She doesn’t really like wearing socks, so she really wouldn’t care too much. Matched socks, mismatched socks, she doesn’t care.

Do they need fashion advice or do they give it to others? She always wants fashion advice (Even though she looks fine). She’s always going to the older three girls for advice.

How do they react to having their style criticized? She just ignores it. Her clothes are comfortable and she doesn’t care…..As long as she thinks they look nice.

What kind of shoes do they prefer wearing? Runners or sneakers mostly.

What do they usually wear at home? The usual. Jeans and a T-shirt. Sometimes a comfy sweater.

Which outfits would they definitely pack for a vacation? You know, I’m not really sure. Her style is pretty casual. I’m not really sure she has any favourite outfits she would definitely pack for a vacation or anything like that.

Do they have a particular skin care routine? Haha nope. She’s 13 years old and could care less about skin care or makeup.
How much do they care about their hair? She runs a brush through it, sometimes does it up and that’s about it. So…I think that answers a lot.