February is upon us. Love is a natural theme for the month. It is the new mantra for my yoga class this morning. Inhale “I am” and exhale “love”. Do it again. And again. I am love. And so are you. We all are.
If you are reading this, be encouraged to remember that we are all love this week and this month. It can be your mantra, too. Don’t think about your problems for a second and forget about all of your responsibilities. You and me, we have both.
In class today, we were encouraged to remember to love our selves. To practice self-love. This practice of loving myself goes along with the message from Church yesterday, too.
Yesterday’s message was about the gift of adversity. We are all different, and we all have problems. But problems help us prosper, says Pastor Kerry, by overcoming our obstacles. Our obstacles help us soar. [Close your eyes. Breathe in and breathe out and think about this for a minute.] Think about changing your thoughts so that you believe there is opportunity in an obstacle, an opportunity for growth. We are stronger for our struggles. Pastor Kerry goes on to say that the pressure might be uncomfortable, like pain. But it doesn’t have to last. How we perceive where we hurt does not have to last. Stop focusing on it. Quit focusing on the handicap and begin appreciating the gift.
2 Corinthians 12:9 says that “My grace is enough.” Pain propels us forward. “I delight in weaknesses, in insults, and in persecutions.” Take that, co-worker who it would appear does not like me very much. “My grace is enough.” I will give her grace. You grace. Always have compassion for others. And grace.
Like during yoga class, I am in constant touch with my limitations. Failure changes my future. Reminder to have loving boundaries with myself, first. Rejection is protection. Remember that for the next time you are rejected by someone. Rejection is protection. I know I will. ❤
Prayer: Dear God. Hear my prayer. Carry me today and every day when things get tough. Reveal yourself to me when things get a little hard. Show me love and how to love, no matter the circumstances. Help me know you more and more. Thank you for teaching me discipline. Thank you for changing me in the circumstances. Amen.