Love Yourz

“No such thing as a life that’s better than yours.
(Love yourz)
No such thing as a life that’s better than yours.
No such thing. No such thing.”

J. Cole

I first heard this phrase and song from my best friend and it’s a powerful one. Love Yourz.

What does that look like? To actually love the life that you live? Maybe it’s a few posts on instagram of a beautiful place you’ve traveled to or a delicious meal you’ve had. Maybe it’s posting a status or sending a tweet encouraging others or maybe it’s a simple selfie with a huge smile on your face. But behind all of that, do you really love the life that you live?

This past week a neighboring school district lost two young souls due to suicide. Both students were athletes, involved in school activities, and had a lot of friends…but yet, they were still unhappy. One of them was a girl.

My heart aches because there are so many people out there, especially young people, who hide their pain, loneliness, depression, etc., with posts on social media. So many wear a mask to convince others that they are happy and okay, but they really aren’t. So many easily believe everything they see on social media and sometimes envy the lives of others because of it, but it’s not always the truth.

The truth behind most suicides is this; the absence of love. Some feel like their lives don’t matter, others feel like no one loves them and some may even feel like there is no way out of whatever situation they may be in. Maybe, you know someone who feels this way or maybe you feel like this yourself. We’re here to tell you to stop believing the lies.

It’s time to love yourz. Like the lyrics state, there is no such thing as a life that’s better than yours. Why? Because it’s your life. Those that commit suicide truly believe in the lies that they’ve either been told or have told themselves. It’s time that we start speaking some truth over our lives. For some, this may seem silly, but it works. I’ve been the girl looking in the mirror stating, “I am beautiful and loved” and crying because I didn’t see it, I didn’t feel it and I most certainly didn’t believe it. However, the more that I said it my perception of myself began to change. Below you’ll find a list of a few daily affirmations and/or confessions. I challenge you to speak this over your life every day when you wake up for at least a week. If you see even a sliver of change in how you view your life then I urge you to continue speaking it. It’s time to love yourz.

Daily Affirmations/Confessions

  • I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalms 139:14)
  • I am beautiful
  • I am chosen (1 Peter 2:9)
  • I am loved (Ephesians 2:8, Jeremiah 31:3, John 3:16, 1 John 3:1, 1 John 3:16, Romans 8:38-39)
  • I am healthy/healed (Jeremiah 30:17)
  • I am blessed, highly favored, on top and rising
  • I am God’s beloved (Romans 9:25)
  • I am not alone (Joshua 1:9)
  • Today will be a great day

This is just a short list to help get you started. As your self-love grows, we encourage you to add more to your affirmations/confessions. We also want to encourage you to reach out if you need help. Whether it’s to a parent, mentor, pastor, friend, or even us here at Beloved, there are people out there who genuinely care for and about you. Yes, it’s “Self-Love September,” but sometimes people need a little help to begin loving themselves.

You are so precious, in both God’s eyes and ours here at Beloved. You are the reason why Beloved was born. Even if you struggle to love yourz, know that we love you. Your life matters. You matter. It’s time to start believing that.

Love yourz.

Xoxo,

Davina

Our prayers go out to both Kione and Kylee’s families. We pray for God’s peace surrounds you. We pray for God’s strength to rise up within you, and we pray that God’s love covers you today and always.

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