Be an active Christian. Not a timid Christian. Not a passive Christian. Not a perfect Christian. But one who loves with everything you have because that is how our Father first loved us.
Know that no matter what happens next, you have a God who loves you. And there is nothing to fear.
Be a good steward of your resources by budgeting well and give generously.
You are not worth less in the moments when you feel worthless. At your very lowest point, God still loves you.
Our creator, the person who made every single person on this planet, wants to listen to you. He cares for you. He loves you. To Him, you are perfect. You were made in His image and, girl, God doesn’t make “not enough” or “ugly.” He makes enough, and he makes beauty.
I tried to be the perfect Christian, and it turns out that God just needed me to be myself.
While I now felt open to the world of sex and excited to start exploring, I was left feeling even more self-conscious about my body and my sexual expression.
Know that you are loved. Know that you are strong. Know that you are beautiful and wonderful and complex and made by a God who will never leave or forsake you, no matter how much you push Him away.
I may not know if you’re the one He wants for me, but I know that He loves me and will not leave me, even (and especially) if I end up with a broken heart.
Negative self-talk is a popular defense strategy against shame, failure, and weakness. It’s also an impenetrable wall between you and contentment.