As a little girl I remember just wanting to be Accepted, to be Valued, to be Loved.
Was it the child abuse I suffered or the uncertainty of how to handle that abuse, was it the denial, or the get-over-it attitude that so many seemed to express even though they didn't always use words?
What was it that made me feel less than God had intended me to be?
What was it that made me sacrifice so much of myself, to compromise my values, to put myself in positions of risk in high school, in college, in married life so that I lost who I was, that I gave up dreams, that I believed false promises?
What was it that made me less?
I see so many others today sacrificing, compromising, risking who they were meant to be in the name of "love," especially victims of abuse, abandonment, divorce, those who have forgotten or who never knew their worth, the Perfect Love that is offered to them through God the Father.
My message to those still sacrificing, compromising, risking is to take a Real Risk, a worthy risk, take off your mask - the mask you wear for yourself.
Discover who you were meant to be.
You Are Beautifully and Wonderfully made.
You are Special.
You are Unique - and that's a Good thing! :D
You are Never Alone.
You are Loved.
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