You Are Good Enough!

Hello all!

It’s been a very long time since I last wrote, but It’s been more crazy than I ever thought was possible. I literally have NOT stopped…. AT ALL. My first year of Uni is finished, and I am finally able to kick back, relax, and…. WORK. Three jobs gets a little crazy, but I love it 🙂

Recently, I’ve been seeing a LOT of posts, and blogs, and pictures and whatnot about body image. I mean, our culture IS based around what we look like. But we are all told that we are not good enough. So, let’s get one thing our of the way: NO you will NEVER be good enough. Why? Because this society is constantly expecting something different. It’s like electronics. You finally get the newest upgrade, and as soon as you have it, a new one is released, and let me tell ya those upgrades are not cheap.

Now, I am NOT saying that I am perfect, because I’m definitely not. I’ll make it easy for you, and I’ll TELL you what I’m insecure about:

1) I am not a size 0, and that frustrates me. My life has been a constant struggle to make myself look better, and change my outward appearance so I could possibly catch a guy’s eye so he would be willing to actually take the time to understand who I am on the inside, because, not matter how much you preach the” It’s what’s on the inside that counts”, Not many guys will see someone who isn’t physically attractive, and try and get to know her for what’s inside of her heart. Yes, this is very upsetting for people like me, because it seems that no matter how hard you try, you will never be good enough until you can wear that bikini, or until you can wear those short shorts that catches their attention. Girls! We are also guilty of this. I catch myself all the time passing over guys because they aren’t attractive to me. Doing this has caused me to miss so many great guys who have such great hearts, and really love the Lord.

2) I suck at being quiet. Ask anyone at Cedarville, in my hometown, or at work.. I am not a quiet person. Because of this, I feel, well, the best word to say it is manly, but let me expand on that: I’m not dainty. I’m loud, I like to go outside and get dirty. I like mud, I like fishing, I like helping my family cut up deer, and I like gardening. No, I am not the stereotypical “country girl” Because I actually do it. No offense to all of those ladies who claim they do it, and they don’t. You’re sweet.. Keep trying. I’m just not a girly girl, and I feel very insecure about that. I don’t like wearing dresses, because I don’t feel like I deserve to dress up. I know, very skewed, but that’s just one of my insecurities.

3) I have been rejected so many times that I’m pretty sure that I will never find someone who will truly love me for who I am, and not the person I try to be to impress people. There, I said it. So many women have this problem. So many women try SO hard to impress a boy, that who she really is gets buried beneath all this fake, and phony malarkey. I’ve done it, I still do it sometimes. It’s hard, and it’s honestly downright scary to be rejected. I’m the queen of rejection, and I’m still standing. I promise you will be to at the end. Get some Ben&Jerrys, and take a nice hot bath with a LUSH bath bomb, and I promise you that you will feel much better.

So, will I ever be good enough for this society? Probably not. Will I find someone who loves me? Maybe. Do I already have someone who loved me unconditionally?

Yes

Who is that?

Jesus Christ.

He died for you, and he loves you just as you are. You are made in his image. You know that song “Jesus Loves the Little Children.”? I’ll leave the lyrics here:

Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red, brown, yellow
Black and white
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children
Of the world.

Jesus died for all the children
All the children of the world
Red, brown, yellow
Black and white
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus died for all the children
Of the world.

Jesus rose for all the children
All the children of the world
Red, brown, yellow
Black and white
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus rose for all the children
Of the world.

Now, there isn’t a verse in there about Jesus loving all the fat, skinny, tall, short, sad, depressed, hurt, angry, happy, excited, outgoing, quiet, loving, hateful, hurting people, but PSA: He does

He loves you so much he died for you.

He gave you your body, and he wants you to love it. It is a temple created for him, and he wants you to love it, because loving your body is loving a part of God.

He LOVES you

He DIED for you

He ROSE for you

Please remember that the next time you look in the mirror. YOU are worth it, and YOU are beautiful. I don’t care what you look like, I don’t care how many times you’ve been called too skinny, or too fat, or too nice, or a goody two shoes. YOU are beautiful. Because God created you as you are, and he knows all of your faults, and he knows your strengths, and he loves you despite the faults, and because of the strengths. Trust him, and lean not on your own understanding, or the world’s understanding. Because the only person you need to impress is Jesus Christ. The End. No one else.

Now, I’m not just saying this to you, I need to work in this as well. We all need to have confidence. I don’t mean rude, and inappropro confidence, but righteous confidence if you will. We are saved by an almighty and loving Savior, and that should be enough to make you radiate His love towards other.

To end this little rant, if that’s what you want to call it, Love yourself, because Jesus loves you, and he cares about you, and he holds you in his hands. He will never leave you nor forsake you, and he gave you your body to love and cherish. Love him, and love yourself He loves you too.

And I love you all, and I must go.

Have an amazing day, and don’t forget about Jesus’ unending love.

– Grace

Intro

Hello there!

Well, this is my first post, and in all honesty I should be writing my research paper that’s due on Thursday, but alas, I have found myself captured by the idea of other people reading my not-so-interesting ideas.

As I said in my “Meet the Author!” post, I am a music major at Cedarville University in Ohio. It’s so much fun! If you’ve never been to Ohio, I will give you a brief, but powerful description of the state…. Cornfields, and Ohio State. Those are really the only two things you really need to know about Ohio.

Another interesting fact: I’m not from here… at all. I hail from the beautiful (yes, I’m biased) state of Maine! It’s gorgeous there. Mountains, lakes, the ocean, even a freakin’ desert. When people say Maine is vacationland, they mean it.

Being at Cedarville has taught me a lot so far. We are almost done with the first semester, and I can honestly say that I have never been this stressed in my whole entire life. I actually guzzle my coffee now. No, I don’t care if it’s extremely hot, it will sustain me, and provide an additional 2 hours of work when I need it. I also have come to realize that when people say that college students are lazy, they are serious. Not only have I mastered guzzling my coffee, but I have also had several successful naps, which, up until this moment in my life, was a feat I could never really accomplish.

Another interesting fact: I randomly break out into song. It’s almost a signature of mine. People know when I’m around, because I’m usually singing. It’s fun, and lighthearted. Not only does it provide entertainment for those around, but it’s almost like a release of theatrical expression… ALL THE TIME 🙂

An interesting fact about CU: We have a rock. You actually might have seen it! It’s been pretty popular on Tumbler, Pinterest, and basically the internet as a whole. Yes, Yes, it’s the one with Donkey on it saying “I like that boulder that is a nice boulder.” This rock is painted at least three times a week with multiple sayings.

Yet another interesting fact about me (these might never stop): I LOVE Doctor Who! It is really something that makes me very happy. Although I prefer the 9th Timelord, Matt Smith, the 11th has also become a favorite of mine. I mean, who could hate a British guy in a bowtie?! He is really the epitome of Sexy Geek, and yes, there IS such a thing.

Well, that’s all I can really think of right now. Maybe I’ll think of more tomorrow! Goodnight all!