Hello, Self…

By: Jackie Warner

It has been a while since we shared a moment…We have been down the road a time or two…maybe even three, but look at you!

I am thankful for the good days and for the not so good ones too…the experiences have added to my patience and given me wisdom to be a better version of who I am meant to be. Ecclesiastes 7:14 says to “Remember that nothing is certain in this life. In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity, consider: without question, God has made the one as well as the other, so that man cannot discover anything that will come after him.”

Have you ever written a love letter to yourself? We write letters and send cards to friends and family all during the year, but rarely do we take time to write to ourselves. Reflections, Affirmations, and self-talk is good for the soul!

As we celebrate February, known for Valentine’s Day and love, remember to love on yourself

1. See the beauty in you! No need to compare yourself to others.

2. Care for yourself — intentionally taking care of your mind, body, and soul.

3. Get up and get out; move your body and your mind.

4. Turn down the noise of life, friends, and love ones so you can hear your own voice.

5. Recognize that boundaries are necessary. Note to self — Gates can’t always stay open.

6. Your feelings are meant to be acknowledged; lean in for clarity and self-discovery

7. Not everyone is going to like you…so know that it is okay.

8. Journal your ideas, goals, thoughts…and then engage in positive self-talk often.

9. Explore interests, hobbies, and new things, always.

10. Sing, cry, laugh, and talk to yourself.

11. Live with intention.

12. Speak life.

13. Learn to value your identity in Christ and nurture your relationship with God.

Dear Me…From now on…

I’ll speak to you kindly…I’ll listen to you

I’ll be honest…I’ll get to know you more

I’ll spend time with you

Always know….You are loved

You are strong…You are appreciated…You are forgiven

You are faithful…You are moving on…

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