My first post in this series Dear Self: You Are Enough was about recognizing your worth and exchanging negative thoughts and words with something more positive. This second post Dear Self: You Are Loved, is about how to feel well loved by yourself and by the people in your life. As mamas, we juggle a lot of responsibility: house work, homework, teacher meetings, practices, games, extracurricular activities, and on and on. In the midst of such busyness, it’s easy to feel underappreciated and overlooked. We are so focused on managing everyone’s else’s schedules and activities that there is often no time left for ourselves. I’ve decided that 2018 is the perfect time to make self-care a priority, as well as expressing what makes me feel most loved to my family.
Dear Self: You Are Loved
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Discover Your Love Language
Dr. Gary Chapman developed 5 Love Languages – 5 different ways people express and receive love. They include Quality Time, Acts of Service, Gifts, Physical Touch, and Words of Affirmation. If you’ve not read this book, I highly recommend it for you and your spouse. Once you’ve discovered your love language, talk about ways your family can show you love. If your language is acts of service, maybe your kids and spouse can take time to help with your chores, cook you dinner, clean up after dinner, and so on. If your language is words of affirmation, a card, letter, or just spoken words that tell how much you mean to them. These little acts spoken in your language will go a long way in making you feel more loved.
A lot of times, our problem is not receiving love from others in our lives. It is taking time for self-love: taking care of ourselves and doing activities we enjoy. My priority for this year is to do more things that I enjoy. We live far away from family, and my husband works long hours, so it’s not always easy for me to grab time for myself. But I have found that if I don’t find a way to get some alone time regularly, I become overwhelmed. If you are like me, it may take some creativity on your part, but please make self-care a priority! Take a walk. Take a hot bath. Read a book or watch your favorite show while your kids nap. Exercise. Eat healthy. Do SOMETHING for yourself every day. Even if it’s something small, it will make a difference in how you feel about yourself. I know it does for me!
You Are Loved By Your Creator
Sometimes, we have a void that cannot be filled by our loved ones or by our self. Or maybe those you love so dearly do not make you a priority. It hurts, I know. But even if you feel no one else loves you, it’s important to remember that you are loved by the One who created you, always. Unconditionally. No matter what. You can never do anything to make Him love you less. What a comfort that is. When I’m feeling unloved, I use these verses to remind me just how great God’s love is for me. I hope they will encourage you too.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails…” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
“‘Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:10
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
If you are struggling with how you see yourself, I encourage you to read my post Dear Self: You Are Enough and check out the resources I mentioned. And remember, no matter how you feel in any given moment, you ARE loved!
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