“I lived my younger life craving relationship with humans so much that I would rather be in a toxic situation than to be without connection. I let people treat me any kind of way, hurt me all types of bad, and hypothetically spit in my face all the time because I didn’t love myself. I hadn’t tapped into true identity, true relationship with Christ, or the true love of our Savior. BUT GOD! When I became serious about my relationship with God, my self-esteem grew. I wanted more for myself. I actually did want to get rid of self hatred. I didn’t want relationships with people more than I wanted it with God. Although it’s been a LONG journey, and I‘ve had to walk through some pain, I am here and I am better. During some of the lowest points of my self-esteem is where I met God in the most real, authentic, and intimate ways. I came face-to-face with the good, bad, and the ugly of who I was and how God wanted to change those things for the better. I now know the beauty that lies within truly being yourself, sharing your story, and building real friendship and relationships. Because humans sent to you by God will accept you for who you are but push you to change the things that aren’t conducive to walking in purpose. Who I am is okay. My dreams are okay. I don’t need toxicity to fill loved. All I need is Jesus. All I need is His love, His grace, and to walk in the authentic identity He has placed on me.”
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