Acceptance — really, it's what we are all searching for. When we feel unconditionally loved and accepted, it makes us feel whole. When we feel whole, a beautiful healing starts to happen, inside and out.
To get to the point of acceptance personally and helping others feel accepted, we have to start speaking positively. Negative self-talk and gossip damage the soul, creating a life-long journey down a slippery slope of creating a poor self-image in ourselves and others.
Ephesians 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
This scripture is the key, my friends, to feeling whole and accepted for the person God has created us to be.
• Julia refused (!) to give in to negative self-talk this week when her THIRD house offer failed.
• Cynthia talks about her mother's Alzheimer's and sever paranoia and how all the negative things in life, and her general negative attitude about them, had become her mother's whole mental attitude.
• Lori summed up the week well when she said:
Proverbs 23:7 says, "As a man thinks, so he is."
"This reiterates the idea that I should think good things about myself even in the light that I am not perfect."
i pray we will allow the Lord, our healer, to speak kindness over us today and moving forward. And, i pray that His kindness overflows so that we can pour it over others. The way we can change the world through our positive thoughts and words is hard to imagine, but i believe in big changes. It has to start with the church, that is, you and i.
Lord, even though i am not perfect, thank you for loving me just as i am. Thank you for accepting me, at my best and at my worst. i am a beloved child of God — help me to believe this every time i am tempted to talk negatively about myself and help me to contribute to others feeling accepted and loved. Amen