Hello Beloved and welcome to September! This month we’ll be discussing all things related to self-love. Before we dive into defining what it is or what it looks like, we’ll first start off by answering the why.
Why self-love? The answer is simple. It’s the hope of Beloved.
Our mission is to let each and every girl know that they are God’s beloved. We want them to know and understand that they are loved deeply, but we also want to take it a step further. We want them to allow themselves to be loved.
See, when you allow yourself to be loved by yourself or another, you are giving them permission to care for you, see your vulnerable side, and also love your imperfections perfectly. You take down all barriers and let them in entirely.
I don’t know about you, but that’s a scary thing to do, especially when you’ve been hurt before. I remember wanting to close myself off to love after my first real heartbreak and letting it affect my perception of myself. Then four years later, I found myself having a hard time letting my current boyfriend genuinely love me. Why? Because I let my past brainwash me into thinking that I didn’t deserve to be loved in such a way.
Without even knowing it I found myself as a victim to self-hate. By neglecting myself to be loved, I allowed myself to settle for less. It took me a while to realize this because I truly do love the life that I live, I love who I am, and the things that I do. Yet, here I was not allowing myself to be loved.
Many of us do this quite often. We think things such as, “that’ll never happen for me,” “I don’t deserve to be happy,” or “I can’t do it because of (insert reason here).” We don’t notice it but we’re putting a limit on ourselves. We’re closing ourselves off from opportunities, adventures, experiences, and so much more. We’re not allowing ourselves to be loved.
I say all of that to say this. It all starts with you. Once you allow yourself to love you, it will become easier to allow others to love you as well. But, this is why we’re talking about self-love this month. It’s time we start changing our perception of ourselves and genuinely love the beautiful creation that God made. Self-love is important and is a battle that we’ve all faced from time to time. I’m excited to discuss this topic with you!
Remember, allow yourself to be loved because you are.