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I don't care -- ugh
Hey! I don't know when I stopped wanting to be the best version of myself at the expense of what others thought, but it's a thing. And it's daunting to navigate the waters of perceived rejection, especially when constantly met with verbal regurgitations of someone's doubt.
Rejection is a beast.
Doubt is too.
Constantly confronting the internal dialogue is crucial. 2 Corinthians 10:5 has a new meaning as God tests our faith in our perseverance.
In the end, may we be perfect and complete lacking nothing.
✿ What internal dialogue can you confront? And pair with the truth found in God's word?
Now that you have reflected (and if you haven't taken some time—do that), I have to share what's happened over the last few weeks since writing when running away isn't an option.
Okay, listen, as I stood in the kitchen a few weeks back preparing to wash my hair in the sink, I heard the words, "you are no longer passing through."
I needed time to explore this meaning, and I have finally settled that the last five years cultivated the soil for the years ahead. 2018-2022 were the years of uprooting, unlearning, healing, and redirection to lead to establishment. All the tears watered the ground for 2023. I count it not a coincidence I turned 23 in 2018. Twenty-three in the bible (no, not angel numbers) is symbolic for the end or the death of something. The ending is an indication of a new beginning. It is on this foundation God can build my calling.
Those who sow in tears shall reap in JOY!
Bring on all the joy, Lord, because the last five years decided to square up with me.
✿ Write down how God speaks to you. The moment you acknowledge it, you won't stop seeing it. For example, when God revealed how he talks to me, it started with writing and numbers, precisely the number 22. I always see 22 when God confirms something.
One Sunday, as I left the church, someone leaned over and told me, "it's okay to be great."
Immteidaly, I tightened my core and held my breath. To be great felt like auditioning for target practice, but I realize we can not apologize for who God's called us to be.
In Exodus 31, God made Bezaleel a master at every skill necessary for his kingdom assignment.
I am sounding the alarm!
May you be a master at every skill God has for you, unapologetically.
No more will we despise who we are to make others comfortable because self-rejection is too a thing. Let's stop drinking the kool-aid and just be.
I may not know when I stopped wanting to be the best version of myself at the expense of what others thought, but I do know when I unsubscribed from this thought process.
Signed the accountability partner you didn’t know you needed,
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