I often create something out of the need to just be:) Some go for a run, others go for a drive or watch TV…I like to do something creative with my hands in paint…So, last night I picked over my “stash piles” collecting a few odds and ends that caught my eye and began to put them together.
Including: a spool of 99 cent paper studio ribbon, some cut up pieces of an old “background” page, a left over strip of old music that I had punched squares out of from another project, some added string & a small canvas painted with black gesso.
At this point I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, but I began to think of what I was processing that night.
I meet with High School girls in the hope that I can be an encouragement that I didn’t have when I was that age…to speak truth in love, and provide a safe place for girls to “talk through” the difficulties of life…the joys, the sorrows…the lies they believe…
The world tells them so many lies
“You have to look this way”, “You have to buy this”, “You have to have a boyfriend”, “You have to act happy, even when you’re not”, “If you just do _____, then you’ll be happy”, “Everyone else is better than you”, “You’ll never be as good as _____”, “If you please everyone, then they will accept you”, “You are what others say you are”
It’s no wonder our perspectives change. Our view of ourselves, others and even God becomes so distorted. This is true of many of us, no matter what age we are.
This quote was playing in my head. So I went from there.
“The Reason We Struggle with Insecurity is Because We Compare Our Behind the Scenes with Everyone Else’s Highlight Reel.”
(I’m not sure who the author of this quote is…if you know, please share with me)
Ephesians 1 is one of my favorite Chapters in the New Testament. It says that as believers we are already Loved, Accepted, Forgiven, & Redeemed. There isn’t anything else we have to do. I pray that you will read this Chapter and find hope and encouragement today!