Love Abounds: Embracing Yourself in Love



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I wonder, how often do we actually embrace ourselves, all of our self? 
How much happier would we be if we decided to live our lives fully, not running from any part of who we are, but accepting and embracing all of us? What beauty could occur when we merge the pain that has caused us to rage, with the pain that has caused us to withdraw and be timid? What would we discover when we accept what we have been through, who we have been in the past, who we are now and the potential of who we have yet to become?
I can relate to running from parts of me. Running from memories that caused me pain, feeling stuck and paralyzed while attempting to hide from myself. Afraid of myself. Afraid of what would happen if I stopped being afraid. Fear of fear is a doozy, and kept me trapped in a viscous cycle. 
I have learned in order to be my best self, I must accept and embrace all of myself. The part of me that feels afraid at times, overwhelmed at times, overjoyed, delighted and stressed.


There aren’t any parts of me that aren’t worthy of love, compassion and support. Angry me deserves just as much time and attention as happy me. Stressed me deserves as much validation and compassion as peaceful me. Even in my darkest moments, I deserve respect and kindness. Oftentimes we are told we must consistently behave a certain way to receive kindness and love, when that’s simply not the case. God loves us always and in all ways.

Jeremiah 31:3
The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.


God loves us when we are sad, mad, confused, hurting and heartbroken. There is never a time when our Father does not love, care for and empathize with us. We are His Beloved Children, and He wants us to love and treat ourselves the way that He loves and treats us. God wants us to run to Him, confide in Him, and take refuge in His love, at all times, not just when we have been on our best behavior and life is going good. When we learn to allow God to embrace all of us, and allow ourselves to be loved by Him, we can embrace and love ourselves. There is no need to be afraid when there is love, and there is no better way to live, than in love.
                                                           
1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

Thoughts on Forgiveness


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Forgiveness is a word that makes people shudder when heard, because it can sometimes feel like forgiveness is condoning the hurtful behavior of others. Hurtful behavior that has caused wounds within our hearts and has seemed to affect us adversely, causing us great pain. It is the fear of feeling the same pain that makes us react so strongly towards forgiving a wrong that has been inflicted. We fear the pain, and feel as if letting go of the pain and negative emotions towards the person that caused this action, will mean that we will experience the same pain. We feel as if holding onto the anger and resentment will right the wrong that was done.

 Our anger and hurt is what got us through the the initial moment of hurt, of pain, of trauma; but once that moment is past, we are left on a new path but carrying the baggage of a previous destination, with no room to pick up the new emotions and energy that are needed for the current leg of our journey. If we continue to hold onto old negative feelings we deprive ourselves of the ability to receive the blessings, healing and comfort that God is providing us in every moment that we need it. It can be hard to hear God’s voice and feel His presence when we feel clutched in the throes of despair, but just because it is hard for us to hear and feel God, He never leaves us.

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The human journey can be grueling. Filled with ups and downs and very little love, let alone unconditional love. The type of love that can be counted on through thick and thin. These precarious, loveless, circumstances that many of us find ourselves in from time to time, can begin to harden our hearts to love as a whole, which in turn hardens our hearts towards our Loving Gracious Creator. God can never turn His back on us, but we sure do turn our back on him every so often. More often than I am sure any of us are willing to admit. I am sure God’s heart must ache when we allow ourselves to suffer by turning from Him, to nurse the wounds we procure in our journey of life, alone. Yet, He is continuously patient and loving with us. He continues to shine love down on us, even stronger when we are attempting to go it alone.

If we allow ourselves to trust in this constant love and surrender the burden of hurt, pain, anger and resentment to God, in exchange for renewal, healing, strength, and a greater understanding of ourselves and the world as a whole, we can move forward in our journey of life with the correct luggage. The type of luggage that is feather light and does not cause the wearer to tire, because it is filled with hope, faith, and so much love that the luggage floats and carries you along your journey. Whatever we need, we can always ask our Heavenly Father for and He will provide in accordance with His divine will which only wants the absolute very best for you.

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Allowing yourself to let go of hurt and pain and anger, is the true definition of forgiveness, and allows God to work on our behalf because God respects our free will and waits for you to ask for what you need so He can provide it for you. God loves you. He loves me. He loves us and He wants us to feel an increase of His love by allowing ourselves to forgive by releasing all toxic emotions so that we can receive His love.