Flowers In Her Hair & Stars In Her Eyes

Flowers In Her Hair & Stars In Her Eyes

The story of a girl who gave too much
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Let me tell you a story about a girl who had flowers in her hair and the stars in her eyes. She spent her days flipping through the thin pages of a book, letting the sun caress her skin and warm her heart. Her golden eyes saw the beauty in everything and everyone; her words were never harsh. She seemed to glow as if she had absorbed the sun she spent so much time in.

Because of her beauty and her kindness, people would go to her in hopes that some of her light would rub off on them. Now this girl was compassionate and hated to see these people in the dark, so she offered them some of her light whenever they would come. They left with smiles and promises that if she ever needed anything, she could come to them. Soon, though, the people kept coming and taking, but never giving back. Her light began to diminish and slowly fade away.

She cupped the last of it in her hands and vowed to keep it safe, for if she gave it up, she would be left alone in the darkness.

“What happened to you?” People would ask, “Where is your light?”

“Don’t you have enough?” She’d ask, “You have more light than me.”

She showed them the small glow that sat inside of her hands, and with a tear, she sighed, “This is all I have left, I gave it all away.”

“We need more.” They pleaded, “Don’t you care at all?”

“But what about me?” She asked, taking a step away.

“You can make more.” They’d say.

“But it doesn’t work that way.”

“Please, we need this more than you.” They held out their hands with a spark in their eyes, they know that she’ll give in.

Her compassion is her weakness. Their words are a gun to her head, her selflessness the bullet, and her decision is the trigger.

She held out her hands and fell to the ground as they took the last light she had left, “Take care of it for me.” She said.

They left in glee, leaving the girl who was no longer bright to sit in the darkness where there’s no light.

She gave up everything; her light, her happiness, the flowers in her hair. The book she held was ripped and torn, her body felt used and worn. The sun no longer favored her skin and her eyes could only see the offensive. Her words held no warmth and a cold settled into her bones.

“I don’t understand why she’s acting that way.” The people would say, watching her from afar as they basked in the glow that she had given away.

“Why doesn’t she just make more?” They’d whisper, “It can’t be that hard.”

“Maybe she’s just being selfish.” One woman glared, “There’s nothing wrong with her.”

But they didn’t know the sorrow in her heart and the ache inside her chest that had come from offering her light to everyone. They couldn’t see the darkness in her lungs that choked her everyday. They ignored her cries and continued to live with the pieces of her that they had taken.

“I never saw it coming.” They would say after she was gone, “She was such a kind, happy girl.”

“I don’t understand why she would do such a thing.” They lamented, “If only she had asked for help.”

They soon forgot the beautiful girl with the flowers in her hair and the stars in her eyes who had given everything she had until there was nothing left at all.

Cover Image Credit: Tristan Hughes

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.
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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

Cover Image Credit: Julia Waterbury

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Goodbye To The Boy Who Sexually Assaulted Me, You Can Never Hurt Me Again

In 30 minutes you turned my life around.

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*Content Warning: Sexual Assault*

You destroyed me.

You took away my innocence.

You were able to take away my dreams and aspirations.

You were able to shut me down in ways I didn't know to be possible.

In 30 minutes you turned my life around.

Broken trust, that is what you left me with. A broken sense of stability and love. Sometimes I sit and wonder why you thought it was okay to take advantage of me? Why it was okay to hit, and belittle me? You had me left feeling foreign to my own body.

But then I realize it is not my fault, it is yours. This is not a cry for help or an avenue to get attention this is me raising awareness that not only did you hurt me but others are experiencing the same thing you put me through.

My innocence was taken by you without consent. I sat in my room for hours after that night thinking of ways to end the life I was given. I spent countless nights waking up screaming with tears rushing down my face. I spent the majority of my future relationships scared of ever letting myself feel again. I was forced to take avenues of help like therapy appointments and trying different depression medicines. All of this resulted from the 30 minutes you could not control yourself.

Yes, you destroyed me. But now I'm stronger than ever, you will never be able to hurt me again.

With all of the pain and endless nights of contemplating my reason to live, I found strength, I found a way to share my voice and help others experiencing this pain. I am stronger now than I ever thought possible.

I wake up every day now appreciating the things in life that matter most to me, like the love my boyfriend has for me, the amazing family I am blessed with, and the amazing friends that helped me through this experience. I have learned that fighting for my life was worth it and I was not going to let you take that away from me.

I will not stop sharing my story, I have learned that sharing my experiences of sexual assault has let others feel less alone in the scary process that you, unfortunately, put me through. What you did to me was not okay. But through this, I have understood and realized my worth in this crazy rollercoaster we call life.

I found strength in the moments you made me the weakest, and I'm no longer looking back.

I have hope that other survivors will understand that their life is just as valuable. There is a bigger fight for happiness and finding it is not always the easiest but the journey getting there is worth it.

You ARE strong.

You ARE worth it.

It's NOT your fault.

You're NOT alone.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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