The good Lord is leading me down exactly the path He wants me on, and that I need to be on, even if I can’t recognize the purpose in the moment. When my mind and heart rest in that truth, I am able to cheer others on genuinely. This is because I know that my future is secure and I can see that their success is exactly where they’re supposed to be, too.
My art history professor just said something recently that gave me comfort. He said "Most artists will complete 1-3 masterpieces in the lifetime." He encouraged us to relax and do what we love, that's the whole point. He also said that even if we do create a masterpiece, people probably won't like until we are dead anyway, haha. I am challenging myself to be proud of the things I make, to ask for help form the people I am jealous of, and to RELAX.
Once the shame cycle has started, we become afraid of exposing ourselves to ones we love and even to Jesus, the Judge Himself. Shame tells us to keep it all managed inside, in a dark corner where we must try to keep everything concealed and quiet. And maybe the shame does stay quiet, but the whispers that sneak out that only you can hear are the most dangerous noises shame could make.
Welcome to the first official #newfoodieproject post! If you missed the post where I explained what the #newfoodieproject is all about and why I'm doing it, you can check it out here. Today's recipe I'm sharing is a beautiful carrot cake with decedent "cream cheese" frosting that is totally gluten [...]
A beautiful woman is someone who is completely satisfied in who she is as a woman and cultivates that in others. She’s not afraid, she’s courageous; yet gentle and loving at the same time. - Amanda Hall
And let's be honest, life is full of really hard questions. It's full of questions we might not even want to ask because the answers might be painful or too revealing. But I also think that sometimes those really hard questions are the ones that we need to be asking and we need to try to answer them.
If you're a foodie too - whether just stating the journey or have been one a long time, I'd love to see what you've got cooking! The #newfoodieproject is the hashtag I'll be using on Instagram to document my progress and I'd love it if you'd join in as well!
I believe that being honest with ourselves and each other about who we are is the first step in choosing truth in our lives. Choosing not to place our value in our status, accomplishments or image; those things don’t make us valuable or define our worth.
For me, the greatest enemy of contentment is comparison. When I let myself slip into the trap of comparing myself constantly to those around me, it is impossible for me to be content. In those moments, I am believing the lie that what God has given me is not what is best for me, as if he's holding out on me, and that if he really had good things for me, he would give me the things/qualities/skills that I admire/envy in others.