Good Afternoon blessed, brilliant, beauties!
I hope you are having as beautiful as a Saturday I am! The sun is shinning, the wind is dancing, and the birds are singing! Today I had a little something on my heart that I wanted to share with you and it has to do with staying truth to ourselves. Let’s jump right in!
We live in a world that is constantly brainwashing our minds and hearts into thinking we have to look and act a certain way to feel accepted. Instagram is telling us that we are not skinny enough, twitter is telling us that we are not funny enough, Tumblr is telling us that our hair is not long enough, and Facebook is telling us that we are not smart enough. So what do we do? We take a break and turn off our phones and go have a fun day at the mall with our friends. Well, even without our phones we live in a world where everything that makes us human is a commodity and its being advertised on billboards, magazines, and more!
So what does all of this do to us?
It’s horrible! Now I am not saying all of those social media outlets are horrible because if you know me, you know I love Insta! However, without the proper foundation and times of recharge, we get so overwhelmed with what we think we should look like instead of appreciating the natural beauty God gave us and this in turn makes us feel, well, horrible! I was watching a video on youtube by Girl Got Faith (click on the link to see the video) and singer/songwriter Sharlene-Monique described these overwhelming “voices” telling us to be this and that as noise. And I couldn’t agree more! A little noise is okay, just like listening to your favorite song. However, the issue comes when we have that noise a little too loud and for a little too long. It gets overwhelming and exhausting!
So how do we stay true to ourselves when we have all this noise around telling us what we our not?
Stop. Breathe. Spend some time with yourself in a quiet place. I love listening to some calming Christian music and writing in my journal when I don’t feel like reading my bible. I typically write a list of things that I feel like God blessed me with. Doing this daily really helps me convince every piece of myself that I am those things–talented, intelligent, kind, etc. Here, think of it this way…When I was younger, my dad would always tell me that I was beautiful and smart. Literally every single day. Even though it got irritating (“Okay Dad!!!” was my typical response once I got into my late teens), when I left for college and some days were really hard and I didn’t feel beautiful or smart, because my Dad spent the last eighteen years of my life telling me I was beautiful and smart, I automatically was able to get out of that slump because those words were engraved into my heart and mind.
There is also a scripture I recently came across in my bible study that I am going to keep close to my heart in times that I feel that the noise of the world is too overwhelming for my heart and soul.
Romans 12:2 says
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
I love this because I don’t have to be anything but myself with God and neither do you! So just to recap what I have been saying, the noise of the world telling you that your not this or that is not louder than God’s voice telling you that you are just perfect the way you are. However, if you ever feel like the noise is too overwhelming, trust me, I know exactly how that feels, spend some time away from that noise and more time with yourself and God! Try to shoot for ten to fifteen minutes a day and I promise you, all those silly insecurities will just dissolve away!
I hope this touched somebody today and remember, that no matter what, if you didn’t get anything out of this blog, you are blessed, brilliant, and beautiful!