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You are enough.

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.  They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them.  We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us.  This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood” (1 John 4:4-6 NIV).  

I want you to do me a favor.  Stop allowing those voices that tell you that you’re not enough to creep in.  Give yourself some grace.  Remember, Jesus thought you were worth it.  You are so, so worth grace and forgiveness.  Forgive yourself.   

Whatever burden you are carrying right now, drop it.  I don’t know what it is.  But He does.  And that’s what matters.  Put it in His hands and leave it there.  Walk away and never look back.  I wish you could see what Jesus sees when He sees you.   

And, while we’re at it, look around.  Forgive everyone around you, too.  They don’t deserve it.  But guess what, it doesn’t matter.  When Jesus’ hands were nailed to a tree for you, neither did you. You never will deserve it.  If you could earn it, there wouldn’t have been a reason for Jesus to come.  It wouldn’t have been sacrificial love.  It wouldn’t have been forgiveness. You were an imperfect person while He was the perfect Son of God who CHOSE to come to earth and die for your sin.  

You’re hurting. You’re broken.  But your story isn’t over.  You just must flip the page.  Here’s the thing, you must make a conscious choice every day to flip the page.  You can’t be stagnant.  You must move on.  Life goes on.  And if you’re not actively seeking His kingdom, time is going to pass you by and you’re going to regret the time that you waste.   

Moral of the story: you are a child of God.  Therefore, focus on giving both yourself and others grace and forgiveness.  Because God is going to use you in ways that you can’t even imagine.   YouAreEnough

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To My 15-Year-Old Self

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If I could tell my 15-Year-Old Self a few things about the past few years;

First and foremost, just keep going. You’ll get there.  

The next two years might seem like you’re walking through hell and you won’t know which way to turn, so you’ll just want to lay down and take a nap instead.  Don’t.  Pick up a book and read or pick up a pen and write.  I wish you wouldn’t have wasted your precious time.

It’s okay to ask for help. 

With anything and everything, you waited way longer than you should have.  Ask sooner, it’s okay.

You’ll lose friends, but you’ll get through that too. 

I’m not saying don’t try.  I wish you would’ve tried harder.  But the friends that stick around are good ones.

Life never was and never will be about material possessions. 

Give to others, show them how much you care about them, and tell them about your faith.  Create relationships that last.  That’s what matters.  What doesn’t matter?  Stuff.

Remember saying “God will use this?” He will.

Just keep trusting Him, always.  You don’t have to be angry, but it’s okay to be mad that you are where you are as well.

It’s okay that you’re not happy, but don’t stay there. 

For whatever reason you’re not happy, there’s a reason.  You’re walking through this dark world around you and you know that there is so much more than this, so at times it makes you miserable.  Don’t hide it, deal with it.  Be honest with those around you, they’ve probably experienced similar things.

Don’t fight God’s plan for your life. 

It’s not worth the pain and confusion it’ll cause you.  (Hint: you’ll never win anyways.)  There’s a real battle between what your flesh desires and what God has for your life.  The day you decide that what you want more is what God’s will is for your life, will be one of the best days of your life.  I promise. Find your worth in Him and Him alone.

On that note, don’t make so many plans, because God’s going to change them ALL



“This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

Every day, find something to thank God for.  It’s not that hard, I promise.  It’s being grateful for the little things that grows into being more joyful in the longterm.  But when you find yourself without any joy, don’t let that define you.  Let the Word of God tell you who you are.  Not anything you’ve been through, not anyone else, nothing but God deserves to define your worth.

Step outside of yourself, tell people about your faith, love others.  Not everything turns out as you wanted but God’s working everything out His way.  You’ll eventually learn to live with the beautiful mess that you will learn to trust that His will is greater than anything you could ask or imagine.