I’m so glad for having Aidyn Creson as my very first guest blogger! She’s an 18-year-old Biology student from Southern Louisiana. Over the past year and a half of working in ministry God has placed on her heart the mission of spreading His love. She absolutely adores children and has a slight obsession with coffee and herbal tea.
Her blog Coffee Shop Christian is all about meeting you in your ordinary life with words of encouragement and advice for making your relationship with the Lord stronger. She prays that you know how absolutely, gloriously loved you are!
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Love yourself more
As a young woman, I know all about what it means to not love yourself. I know the ins and outs, the struggles of hating the girl in the mirror and doubting her abilities to keep on. Everyone always says to love yourself, but frankly they never give you a reason why, do they? Whether you don’t like yourself, maybe like yourself a little, or love yourself, I want to call you to love yourself MORE. Here are some reasons why:
God knows you and made you just the way you are supposed to be
“Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something, Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.”
Psalm 13-16 MSG
That’s right, YOU ARE MARVELOUSLY MADE! God hand-picked every aspect of you, He created you—brewed you just like the most perfectly satisfying cup of coffee you’ve ever had. In Genesis, during the creation, God continues to repeat after He forms the world into existence how “good” it is. And darling, He said the same thing when he brought you from nothing into something. God only creates good, so that is exactly what you are. He knows you are good—He loves you! Embrace the absolute truth that you are BEAUTIFUL!
God has a wicked awesome plan for you
“…’I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.”
Jeremiah 29:10-11 MSG
In the passage of Psalm above, it talks about how you are like an open book to God, with Him just writing away the steps of your life before you even know they are a possibility. That can be pretty intimidating, am I right? God already knows who I’m going to marry, the names of my future children, the day I’m going to die…He has total control. But, in Jeremiah, God reassures us that he will take care of us and never leave us because He loves us. He knows what He is doing! All of the big dreams you have, the wonderful plans and hopes, God wants to give you. Life may get difficult, but in the end, God’s plan for you will provide all that you could ever want or need. You were made with a great purpose. Live in the abundance of God’s love and plans for you to prosper!
Life is generally better and happier
“He who gains Wisdom loves his own life; he who keeps understanding shall prosper and find good.”
Proverbs 19:8 AMP
When you love yourself, it is much easier to live life. You don’t have all the sludge of doubt, hate, and insecurity bogging you down. Merriam Webster defines wisdom as “the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgment.” By loving yourself, you gain the capacity to make wiser decisions and, consequently, have a much easier life than if you were to have clouded judgements. Through a deeper understanding of this love over time, you will inevitably grow and produce fruits greater than you could ever have believed possibly. These fruits could be anything—a better job or deeper relationships. Loving yourself directly correlates with a happier mindset and a more exciting environment to live in!
If you don’t love yourself, you can’t love others correctly
“’And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
“’A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”
Last, but certainly not least, the way you love yourself affects how you love others. If you live with insecurity in control, your relationships will endure hardships such as false expectations and jealousy. The second principle of the ten most important rules God gives us is to love one another AS WE LOVE OURSELVES. Okay, but what does that mean? Well, in John, God calls us to also love one another just as HE HAS LOVED US. So doesn’t that mean that we are to love ourselves just as God has loved us? The same God who loves us unconditionally, and sent his only son to die on the cross for us? When I first made that connection, I felt a weight lift off of my shoulders. Of course, it is easier said than done. How can I love myself unconditionally, God? With everything that I’ve done and all of my imperfections? Remember what you read in the first part of this article, HE KNOWS YOU. He knows all of your imperfections—He put them there—and he does not care what you have done. That’s why the word unconditional is in there. So, please, cut yourself some slack. If an all-knowing, perfect God can love you so abundantly, despite everything, I know you can love yourself the same. When you take all of that weight off of your own shoulders, it gets a whole lot easier to lower your expectations of others as well. Your love from others mirrors the love you have for yourself and the love God has bestowed upon you, remember that!
This week I challenge you to love yourself more. Embrace how utterly amazing you are. Spread that love to others, so that they too can learn to love themselves. I have faith in you, and so does your Heavenly Father. Have a wonderful week, full of blessings and love!