You have strength and courage beyond that of many. It is your leadership I desire, and you are doing that. There is no need to doubt yourself. Lay your burdens and anxiety on Me. I will not break what I have begun, and I have already started a good work in you. You are pleasing in My sight! That is all that matters: not people’s judgement, criticism, or praise. My song in your heart is all you need. Take heart, for I am always with you.
I am a God who loves you. The world has messed you up a bit. I don’t control that part because I allow you and others to make your own choices. Choosing to love and forgive is hard on your own. Let Me help you with that. I also ask you to love yourself, which may involve self-forgiveness and recognition of your true value and likability. I can’t control what you tell yourself daily, but it breaks My heart when you despise or chastise your inner self. Ask for My help to be kind, loving, and forgiving instead – especially to yourself first. This will spill onto your interactions with others.
I can pick up the pieces of your shattered heart. Let Me take all of the factors that caused it to break: hurt, disappointment, and self-blame. The hardest one to mend is the self-blame. You worry so much about every detail in retrospect, but I call you to focus FORWARD. When you spend so much time looking back with regret and shame, I cannot lead you ahead. Entrust Me with what was in the past, leaving it behind you. I place you with a clean slate in the present, – forgiven. Step into the day open to possibility and change. Redirect your thoughts when they try to slip back into habits of self-blame and regret, pointing your sights ahead instead to follow My aim for you.
Let Me fill you with good words today, -self-talk that builds up rather than tears down. Stop berating yourself in such hurtful and demeaning ways. I want to lavish you with renewed self-confidence, fueled by My Light that is woven into your very being. I designed you with great love and attention to every detail. Let’s work on an inner song with loving lyrics, secretly celebrating who you are for a change. Ruminate on the things you like best about yourself. No more blame and shame or hurtful words. You are My beloved!
What will it take for you to love yourself more? You don’t have to wait for the next accomplishment or compliment to come your way. If you remain stuck in habits of constant self-criticism it will be hard for love to stick to you. Tell that ego-driven mind to settle down and not be fed by lies. Remind yourself that you are loved, lovable, and likable right now, -just as you are and just as I designed you to be. This doesn’t have to “earned”; it is the truth. Embrace your Light within. Let My love rule and heal your capacity for self-love.
It pains Me to hear you beating yourself up so much on the inside. Your unrelenting self-critical thoughts are doing damage to My beautiful creation. Those exaggerated images of your flaws are blown out of proportion. Oh My Child, come to Me to hear the truth and find the reassurance you need. Look up, My beloved, and recognize the Goodness I designed and see in you. I long to restore your self-image to its natural state of ease and radiance. Trust Me, believing that you are good, kind, and capable. You are a reflection of Me. Try being gentle and kind in your self-talk today.
I am with you in your brokenness. It is through the chips and cracks that I can seep in and become a part of you. Acknowledge My Presence in you. Stop feeling like you have to strive for some intangible goal of “worthiness”. See My unconditional love and acceptance reflected back to you when you look in the mirror. Learn to be tender with yourself so that you can mend from unpleasant experiences. Trust My love and acceptance, for this is truth.
Be okay with yourself for a day. Stop the relentless teeth grinding and self-imposed pressure to perform, handle, initiate, follow through on, and take care of things. Listen to yourself setting that expectation bar so high. Just “be” for a change. Work on mindfulness, – a step by step awareness and contentment without excessive planning or self-criticism for what isn’t getting done. My ways of Peace may not seem aligned with your work ethic and drive. Listen to Me and let Me teach you. You don’t always have to show accomplishment to be a successful, devoted follower of Mine. Practice being calm and peaceful, even around others. Less is more today.
Speaking truth can be a lonely place. You have eyes that see and a heart that longs for acceptance and belonging, but sometimes the ones you want to be close to cause hurt and disappointment when you speak truth. I will send supportive people to you along the way, giving you refuge for your soul in these encounters. Stay strong, facing bitter winds of rejection. Know that I will hold you upright even in the roughest challenges. I am always with you, hemming you in before, beside, and behind you.
It’s too easy to focus on little hurts you’ve experienced, but I don’t want you to get caught up in that mess. The smallest offense tends to tumble downhill, building up into giant imaginings of being judged and criticized. Don’t fall into that trap again. Quickly release the offense, reminding yourself you don’t have to take it personally. Ask Me for help to let things roll off your back. Be reminded that I love you no matter what. You are always welcome at my table regardless of the opinions or actions of others. Release the hurt and run into My arms instead.