1) Learn to put on your bracelets and zip up your dresses by yourself. There will be times when you will be alone.
2) Get on a long plane ride. Look out the window. Understand the immensity of our world. Understand your insignificance. Understand your absolute importance.
3) Press the send button. If you don’t say it now, you never will.
4) Do not sneer at happiness or roll your eyes at sadness. Be aware that apathy is not healthy.
5) You are more than the amount of people who want to have sex with you.
6) That pit in your stomach when he doesn’t text you back, it shouldn’t be there. No one should be able to control you like that.
7) Shopping is cathartic. Buy the shoes and deal with one-ply toilet paper for a while.
8) It will get better, but it will never be perfect. Learn to live through the small moments of happiness. When they disappear, remember they will resurface.
9) I promise that cookie will not change anything (except that it will make you smile).
10) Please, please, take care of yourself. You are everything to somebody. You are everything to your self. That alone is enough.
I am a lover, but I am not love.
I am art, but I am not an artist.
I am healed, but I am not a healer.
I am created, but I am not a creator.
I am living, but I am not life.
I am shining, but I am not light.
I am a mere reflection of the One who is.
The mark of true femininity is an essence as much as it is a mentality. It does not depend on externalities or material things. Her outward beauty is nothing more than an extension to what is already true of her inner self—an expression of her style, not her value. She deals with insecurity by making much of Christ because only He is the source of her identity and the essence of her security. She trusts that He defines her rather than requiring the fickle affirmation of others. True femininity is uninterested in the world’s approval, deaf to their commentary. Her eyes fixed and ears attuned heavenward—interested solely in the guidance & pleasure of her maker.
Joy lingers in her path because she leads a life of kindness, intelligence, and confidence. She is genuine, and she is approachable. She extends herself to others and lives in a manner that invites you to know her. She uses her influence to encourage and inspire. Her life is a banner of integrity. Her voice is one that calls for equality and justice because the more she discovers His heart, the more she resembles it.
True femininity is never accidentally embodied. It’s always a choice, and it’s a worthy one because it’s contagious. It’s not about trying harder, but about accepting what has already been spoken over you—peace instead of chaos, love instead of hate, service instead of vanity. True femininity will manifest when we stop trying to prove ourselves and instead embrace the truth that has redeemed and repurposed our lives. Once we are satisfied in the source of beauty, there will be an evident joyous freedom in the way we hold ourselves & treat others. When your life is punctuated by the truth of Christ, others prosper—for your beauty is not your own, but a living picture of His nature and an invitation to know the fullness of His freedom.
you are not fat
you have fat
you also have fingernails
you are not fingernail