love yourself (linkup)
today i was inspired by anne from anne the adventurer and torrie from fox + hazel to share a little of my story.
i've tried to make it a habit to be pretty vulnerable on my blog. i want to be honest and open, to allow others to be themselves. to allow others to feel the freedom to be unique and imperfect and not put together. because who really is "perfect" and "put together?" And what do those labels mean, anyway?
the other day in our community group we were reading encouragements to one another. it was so beautiful. seeing people be vulnerable and share and cry and love others through words of affirmation. amazing.
a friend read an encouragement to me. she told me that she enjoys being in my presence because she feels that she can be herself and be at rest in my presence. i was honored (and shocked!) to be encouraged in that way. that is what i want to offer people that know me and love me. rest. acceptance in vulnerability. peace. comfort.
the reason why her encouragement was so beautiful and such a shock to my soul was because if i were to describe myself, i would have never used those beautiful words. rest. peace. comfort. the words i would have used would have been much less beautiful and most likely negative. i would have described myself as imperfect, selfish, lazy and tired. the words i would have used would have not helped to encourage me, but rather to discourage me.
and how often do i do that to my soul? a lot.
lately i am finding more and more of my heart and seeing more and more of the ways God desires to change it. i am discovering that i have a lot of labels for myself. the common ones: ugly, selfish, immature, lazy, inauthentic, tired, uncreative, too much. and what i'm seeing lately is that the Lord is desiring to put away these labels i call myself daily in my head and instead renew my mind with truth, that the only label i have is: His. i am His. His daughter. His beloved. His.
and this is the only label i need.