Life Lessons

Self Love

Self LoveI never quite understood what loving myself meant until one day I realized I didn’t. Admitting this to myself was difficult but saying it out loud was even harder. How does a woman with family, friends and a relationship with God find herself in such a place?

Easy, I let life happen. In other words, I allowed myself to always be last to everyone else’s needs. I put relationships at the top of my list of priorities and got lost in what I thought was love. I accepted what I didn’t want in hopes that I would eventually get the things that I wanted. I allowed my relationship with God to wither as I struggled to keep unimportant things in my life.

Self-love is a never ending journey that I travel each day. Small things like watching what I eat and maintaining a healthy body is one of the ways I show myself love. I take part in things that bring me joy. I help others and motivate them to follow their dreams and live their best life. I think many women would be surprised that some of the things that they do is due to a lack of love for themselves.

For years, I didn’t know how I was ruining my own self-esteem by not treating myself like the child of God that I now know that I am. Sometimes we just need a reminder that we are loved despite how we may feel. I once thought that I was unworthy of love, but I now know better. God created us all in His image and He makes no mistakes. Proverbs 4:23 is one of my favorite scriptures about self-love:

“Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.”

Reading scriptures like these reminds me of my purpose. These days, I love me some ME! If I can help someone else find their love, I’m up for the challenge. And yes, it is a challenge; especially if self-hate is all you’ve ever known. To look in the mirror and recognize yourself and love what you see is truly a blessing.


Rachelle Monique| @wordsunwrittn| Instagram: wordsunwrittn

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11 Responses to “Self Love”

  1. On November 14, 2013 at 3:38 pm A. Britt responded with... #

    This is outstandingly awesome! I know that it will inspire and encourage others to show themselves a little more love! Thank you for being a willing vessel. May God bless you!

    • On December 17, 2013 at 12:53 am jenndiva responded with... #

      Thank you for your comment! Means so much to hear that you liked it. Rachelle did a great job with this post and I personally saw a lot of myself in this.

  2. On November 19, 2013 at 9:21 pm M Conner responded with... #

    Love this! Such a great read, this will definitely inspire someone who is dealing or may have dealt with the same feelings..

    • On November 20, 2013 at 12:29 am Lo responded with... #

      Truth! Wonderful words! Confirmation! You have true gift. God has used you my love!

    • On December 17, 2013 at 12:54 am jenndiva responded with... #

      I definitely agree. So glad to hear that you liked it.

  3. On November 21, 2013 at 2:15 pm Olympia responded with... #

    So blessed to call this author my friend. She always knows JUST what to say and it’s always right on time. Thanks for the “hott fresh Word for my life!”

    • On January 3, 2014 at 9:53 pm jenndiva responded with... #

      She did an amazing job with this article. Definitely a great addition to our site.

  4. On November 22, 2013 at 10:56 am Wanza Leftwich responded with... #

    Thank you for this reminder. I’ve experience this and have also come to the conclusion that I didn’t love or care for myself like I should.

    • On January 3, 2014 at 9:48 pm jenndiva responded with... #

      Same here. This is something that I’ve made a goal to work on. An old saying that comes to mind is “if you don’t love yourself then who else will?”

  5. On November 27, 2013 at 8:01 am tiffany responded with... #

    love it!

    • On January 3, 2014 at 9:05 pm jenndiva responded with... #

      So glad that you enjoyed this post!

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