Monday, March 26, 2012

To all the girls.

According to the Real Girls, Real Pressure National Study,
  • 7 in 10 girls believe they are not good enough or do not measure up in some way including their looks, performance in school, and relationships with friends and family members. 
  • 62% of girls are insecure about themselves.
  • 75% of girls with low self-esteem report engaging in negative activities such as, eating disorders, cutting, smoking, and drinking when feeling bad about themselves.
  • 25% of teen girls with low self-esteem purposefully injure or cut themselves.
  • 25% of teen girls with low self-esteem have eating disorders (starving themselves, refusing to eat, overeating, throwing up, bulimia)
In everyday life, there comes a point when girls feel like the whole world is judging them - Criticizing every detail.  A time where they feel like no one will ever love them because of how they look or act. The world is telling girls they aren't skinny enough, or pretty enough, or sexy enough to ever mean anything to anyone. Girls see the air-brushed, Photoshop-ed, celebrities in magazines and on TV and create a negative image of themselves. This negative way of life is so bad, the celebrities themselves even feel the pressure to be perfect. With most all of them acting in negatively because of it.

Every girl has felt this pressure, whether it's in the little things (not feeling good about themselves) or the big things (cutting, gagging, ect.). Why? Society is telling us that in order to be accepted, we have to look like supermodels. So, girls often turn to cutting or gagging themselves to be accepted. Not realizing how messed up this view point is or not realizing God created them the way He wants them to be. Beautiful and perfect in HIS eyes. So, don't let the world come at you like a pack of wolves, but stand firm in Christ so that when these thoughts come at you, you can deflect them away and turn them into something positive. Confide in Him for strength to defeat the hurt that comes at you.

Personally, I haven't experienced the whole train of thought when it comes to things like cutting or gagging, but I have witnessed it. It's a horrible thing that damages the beautiful woman God created you to be. Something that you will struggle with the rest of your life. So, stay as far away from these negative thoughts as you can. If you see someone struggle with these issues, try and help them. and if you currently dealing with some of these issues, I encourage you to talk to someone about them so they can help you.

..and always remember, when you look in the mirror, you may see imperfections, but God sees past those imperfections and sees beauty. You are beautiful. You are loved. and don't EVER let anyone tell you otherwise. <3


Sunday, March 4, 2012

A simple question, or much more?

A few weeks ago, I came across something. Something that really made me stop and think. Something that made me wonder if I'm really following, praising, and loving God to the best of my ability. What was it? A question - "Is what your living for worth dying for?". What stared out as a simple question, became more difficult when I really thought about it. I realized that it's not just a simple question, not  even a fancy analogy to wake me up, but a reality. Jesus died for me. He died so I can love, honor, and praise His holy name forever. He took all my pain, all of my suffering, and died on the cross so that I may live again. He suffered the most cruel punishment anyone could ever imagine, for me. An good for nothing girl, who is constantly disobeying God's commands. But my God, my King died for me. and  He didn't just die for me, He died for every murder, every adulterer, ever thief, and every stuck up person. HE DIED FOR EVERYONE. An act so amazing, so selfless shouldn't be taken lightly, so I'm asking you, is what you're living for worth dying for?