"And so with the sunshine and the great burst of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow fast in movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer."
Please excuse my bad mood, my weekend was really wonderful. I loved seeing my college girls! I miss each one of them so much. Shopping + cookie dough + Bananagrams + laughter + the Summit church + baptism celebrations, so loved it all. These girls are such blessings in my life, and they continue to inspire me daily.
Anywho, here's my first checklist for the summer:
- Repaint my room. Seafoam, coral, or light gold? Thoughts?
- Buy summer country concert tickets. (Aka find a date to buy me summer country concert tickets.)
- Pitch or donate things I don't wear/haven't worn in the past year or two. My closet is getting ridiculous.
- Transfer all paychecks to savings. Right away.
- Learn how to do basic cooking for myself. (Sweet treats do not fall under this category.)
- Make some cross-stiches for my adpi room next year.
- Catch up on the tv show seasons I've been meaning to watch.
- Road trip/beach trip/get out of town for the weekend every now and then.
- Sailing and boating and waterskiing and tanning and swimming and all of the above.That's all I've got for now, I've just got to go figure out a way to get "I'm just a summer girl...I wear my flip-flops" out of my head. Ideas?
So many things can tear us down. We compare ourselves to others and feel inadequate; we constantly desire to be loved and praised for our talents and our looks. Someone else will always appear to have the perfect balance of intelligence, beauty, social life, future aspirations, and captivating personality. It can be frustrating, to feel that you can never measure up to this person.
The thing is, God doesn't set standards of perfection. He sees us as His daughters, beautiful and blameless, worthy of His love. He accepts us despite our inadequacies.
Believe, and not just know, that you are treasured, adored, loved, and protected. Let the unwavering truth of our Lord's great affection sink down deep into the foundations of your heart. This isn't something you'll master in just a day, it's a lifelong process of accepting God's acceptance.
"The undiminished radiance, which is the result of abundant joy, is not built on anything passing, but on the love of God that nothing can change. And the experiences of life, whether they are everyday events or terrifying ones, are powerless to "separate us from the love of God... (Romans 8:39)"