Today I was clicking through a few blogs, waiting for J. L. to come over and visit with me and I was struck by how many happy faces I saw. Whether they belonged to brides in beautiful white dresses, giggling babies or a few girlfriends sharing stories over a cup of coffee, I found myself feeling sincerely happy for all of these souls that I have never even met. When I first started my blog, I used it only as a form of self expression and a way to help find my writing voice. However, I wasn't expecting to enjoy reading the blogs of other women and begin to feel a sense of global sisterhood/share in the celebration of female expression. My favorite posts are always about relationships (all kinds), about women really pushing to grow beyond what they're expected to do or be and/or well written blogs, or artistic pictures, of women celebrating what it is to be a woman. It's exciting to me to see God's children just enjoying life--myself included!
However, after I overheard a conversation between two students, the obvious occurred to me: not everyone who blogs is probably in a season of heath, wealth and happiness. In the real world, sometimes life really sucks. In fact, it occurred to me that some of us may not only be having a "rough day," but that some if not most of us are experiencing extremely difficult situations like feeling the pain that comes from lonliness, loss or even abuse.
Please know that if you are in a season of feast, my heart is so happy for you, I really do hope that it continues for you and know that the words below are meant for you as well. But if you're at the end of your rope or you just feel like you're alone in whatever your situation you find yourself in at this moment, I want to take a moment to let you know that the following statements are unconditionally true:
- You are loved whether you know it or not.
- Your ability to perform or be accepted or even your the way you look has absolutely nothing to do with your worth.
- If you're hurting, you only need to reach out. I promise you're not alone.
- If anyone is treating you like anything less than a the Child of God you are, know that you don't deserve it and that you deserve better.