Are you up for a challenge? No, this is not the typical plank, or ab, or squat challenge. This challenge is much harder than any of which you may have done in the past. How about a challenge to love yourself… In 21 days. We all know by now, it takes 21 days to make or break a habit, right?
What would happen if you made it a habit to give yourself love, respect, worth…? Would that make a difference in your life..? How do you think it would affect your thoughts, your mood, your decisions? Would you want to make it a habit to pour life into your heart, soul, mind, and body?
With this challenge, we will follow Scriptures for self love and self worth.
Look in the mirror, say them out loud to yourself, write them down and keep them with you through the day, write them on your mirrors, write them on sticky notes… On your fridge, next to your bed….. Wherever you will see them. So, when you have a negative thought, you can dismiss it, right then and there.
But… No, no, no, no! Really, you might say…..what I’m thinking is legit, it’s not just something in my mind, it’s real…
Then you say it again, and again, believe it. Believe it. You are more than thoughts. That’s all they are, thoughts. Not reality. Reality is that you are worthy, worthy of love, respect, admiration, for yourself. If you don’t give yourself that, don’t expect anyone else to.
Take these 21 days to nurture your soul. Take extra time to feed your soul. If it means waking early or staying up later, make time for YOU.
Read a book
Take a bath
Drink a HOT cup of coffee or your favorite drink
Call and catch up with an old friend
Mend a broken relationship
Pray for someone else
Pray for yourself
Do a kind deed, without expecting anything in return
Take something negative from your past you’ve been holding on to… Let it go. For good.
Go for a walk
Put on your favorite music and sing/dance without a care
Is there something you’ve been wanting to try, but haven’t given yourself the time to do it–DO IT.
Now, how are you going to learn to love yourself in just 21 days, you ask? Something that is SO hard for so many. It may be hard, but it is not impossible. Nothing is impossible for our mighty God. Again, I encourage you, write these down, screen shot them, memorize them, whatever you have to do to keep them with you, because they are your battle weapons, your defense against the enemy-yourself and your thoughts.
Song of Songs 4:7 All beautiful you are, my darling; there is no flaw in you.
Love.this.so.much. The soundtrack to my life. Because this line right here, this scripture, has literally given me life.
Read it again. And again. Did you read that??- no flaw– none— you are beautiful. When you’re looking in the mirror and you start to pick yourself apart… STOP! Dismiss it, right then and there. Say it out loud.. Speak to your soul…
I have no flaws, I’m flawless, and beautiful. Take that negative mind trash– throw. it. out.
Isaiah 43:4 you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you.
Somebody loves you- if you can’t think of anyone- know that your Heavenly Father loves you- no. matter. what. To Him, you are precious, honored, and loved, and guess what? He created you. So, why shouldn’t you feel those things about yourself?
Hebrews 10: 35 so do not throw away your confidence, it will be richly rewarded.
Do NOT mistake confidence with arrogance. People believe they aren’t worthy to feel confident. I did- but I was wrong. It says right there- your confidence has great reward. So, be confident- of who you are, and whose you are.
1 Samuel 16:7 man looks at the outward appearance , but the Lord looks at the heart.
I’ve written about this one before– it speaks for itself, doesn’t it?
We are so quick to judge others on physical traits, on things we can see. Let me ask you something, do you want to be judged solely on your physical appearance? I’m sure not. If that’s the case, which is it, I can’t even imagine some days- most days- A LOT of days- how I would be judged. Some, understandable, yes, but unfair. It is totally unfair to be judged, or to judge simply on physical appearance! Now, our God- who is perfect, doesn’t even care about that stuff!
He doesn’t care if you forgot to brush your hair that day, or conceal your dark circles under your eyes, or replace the pedicure your 5 year old gave you 3 weeks ago (currently guilty), or that you are wearing sweats in the grocery store because nothing else really fits you right because your body is changing and you haven’t had time to take care of yourself, if you have acne blemishes, if you’re hair seems flat. He doesn’t care. He doesn’t care if your makeup is perfectly contoured, if your eyebrows are on point, if you used an app to pick out your outfit, or what shoes you chose out of the gazillion that you own. He doesn’t care if you have flat abs. He doesn’t care.
No one else should, and neither should you. Wait– I’m not saying you should ‘let yourself go’, blah..blah..blah… Or give up on yourself- I’m saying, check your priorities. Look at His priorities— your heart. What would your heart look like to Jesus- what would you want it to look like to Him? Be it. Do it… Priorities.
Psalm 139:14 By I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
YES, you are!
–your works are wonderful; My soul knows it very well.
Keep it on repeat until your soul does know it very well!
Psalm 46:5 God is within her. She will it fall.
That’s you, you will not fall, God is within you. He is your Army, you will not fall, so keep going. Do not give up, you deserve this, and anything. If you’re going to fall, fall on Him, because He will be there, and He will pick you back up. I promise.
There you have it, your guideline for your 21 day challenge to love yourself. It starts Sunday, June 12, 2016.
Commit. Comment with your commitment. Share with your commitment. . Come to Instagram, Facebook, or let someone close to you know , if you’re not for going public. We all know goals are easiest to stick to when done with a friend, encourage a friend to do it with you, or at least for accountability.
I’ll be checking in daily on Instagram and Facebook, be sure to follow for motivation, or to use as a daily “check in” for yourself.
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