"I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ." Philemon 1:20
So many girls pretending to love the way they look and deep down they are battling, trying to be someone other than themselves. From young girls to women, many feeling ugly or feeling insecure about their bodies. They just don't measure up to the expectations.
So many women afraid to become more than what they're told or more than the dysfunctions they grew out of. Young girls believing the lies they need to cut to feel alive. They need to give up their bodies to feel loved. They need to be with a girl because they don't know their identity. Some of us
haven't healed from our pasts and we continue to bitterly breathing each day. Single moms afraid to ask for help because of all the stigmatized comments they may receive as to why they are single in the first place. Pastor's kids afraid to be honest that they are overwhelmed and pressured in the mindset of being PKs.
There are so many women trying to act like they got it all together. Their husbands. Their jobs. Their makeup and clothes, but every time they come home, they just pour another glass of wine in their cups or just scroll through the lives of others on their phones. So many kids are saying "help me" and are getting "leave me alone" or "I'm just too busy, today isn't the day."
Life is not a snapshot, it's living within ourselves. It's loving unconditionally, wanting to change for ourselves, it's being transparent in our struggles to help someone who needs our story. Being healthy, not skinny. Changing bad habits to live longer. No magic pill, body slimmer garments, or even starving ourselves counting calories and not the costs of our unhealthy and unrealistic expectations. Beginning something little by little and actually sticking with it. Enjoying pregnancy, motherhood and learning to be patient with ourselves. Focusing on the life in front of us, rather than those jeans that we need to get back into.
Young girls are contemplating suicide every 7 seconds, forgetting that they matter because life is just too hard or they aren't important. Maybe because they haven't been seen or heard.
I just can't understand why we have to try to be something we aren't. Why we have to work so hard for likes, follows, and comments. Why does our day begin with everything but Jesus. Everything but a prayer. Everything but the word of God. Why do we say we forgive people and yet, we shut them out our lives completely? Why do we say we know Jesus, yet we never meet his love in our hearts, we don't reflect it in our lives.
Sadly, many are unaware, while living their lives, that so many young girls, women, and boys are being forced into human trafficking. Unawareness is our best excuse.
There is so much pressure towards perfection, that we forget that we were created to be unique. Designed so fearfully made that we shouldn't have to break a sweat to just be ourselves.
Today, if that's you, if you find yourself relating to this post, or you find yourself hurting or struggling to just be--right there, right where you are, touch your heart and say the following:
"Hey heart. Seems like I am still here.
I must have purpose if your still beating in there.
Sorry if I don't take the time to check on you, but thank you that you don't stop doing your job just because I haven't stopped to check in.
Life has been ____ (enter whatever you feel about life). I really need to take things a little slower.
Help me to remember that you're in there and that no matter what I do outside of you, you're still interested in my innermost parts. Help me to see this. Help me to feel love. To feel accepted. Help me to feel ___ (whatever you want to place in this space). Refresh me.
From this moment forward I will be sure to remember that you are in there."
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