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Whew-smack dab in the middle of 2014 I was like Whoa, Wow…you are more than your past…more than what the mirror says…more than the things you did or were done to you…finally…I am free to be me! And, hey…I like me! I like my loud laugh, that I cry easily and all my freckles. (spots as the lil people in my life call them). These are a part of who I am! 

Finally…my yesterday is not defining my today!

But forget all that, it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.
For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? Isaiah 43:18-19

Finally…I am happy with who I am and who I see in the mirror
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it! Psalm 139:14

Finally…I am not ashamed of my past, but walking into my future
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17

Finally…I can mark my past with a period and start my today with an exclamation point!
No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 
Philippians 3:13

It took me about 54 years to accept these things about myself and I don’t ever want to fall back into that rut. So, going forward I will stand on His promises and these reminders*:

1. Never think or speak negatively about yourself.

2. Meditate on and speak positive things about yourself.

3. Never compare yourself with anyone else.

4. Focus on your potential not your limitations.

5. Find something you like to do and that you do well – then do it over and over.

6. Have the courage to be different. Be a God-pleaser, not a man-pleaser.

7. Learn to cope with criticism.

8. Determine your own worth – don’t let other people do it for you.

9. Keep your flaws in perspective.

This is a list I will keep close by to keep me always moving forward! After all, the best is yet to be! 


“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, 
but rarely admit the changes it has gone 
through to achieve that beauty.” 
~Maya Angelou

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