Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall...

Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall...

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Ladies of our generation have such a hard time with viewing themselves as worthy and not “worth-less.” I, too, know this constant feeling of not being good enough. But, I have seen through God’s constant love and encouragement of His Holy Spirit that I am enough. This is something I have struggled with starting when I was in middle school. I was reminded daily that I was the tallest girl in our grade and that every guy thought it was so weird. I used to think that it would always be that way and that I would never be accepted. But guess what? I am accepted, loved, and wanted by a heavenly Father that will never leave me. I never saw this reality until I was 17 years old. Wow! Do you think that is way too long for anyone to think she is not fearfully and wonderfully made? I definitely regret the years that I walked around with my head down and avoiding contact with anyone at all cost.

Social media has ruined our generation -- I constantly see girls posting photos on social media of them partying and wearing extremely revealing clothing. This is the way women try to find their value by the number of “likes” or comments from others. It is simply ludicrous to see the way women, young or old, find security in the way others see them through social media. Whether it be the “good lighting,” how “artsy” the picture is, or how much of an editing app they use, it is not truly who they are. I have found that none of these girls are truly happy through our passing conversations. The media constantly shoves being a size zero down our throats beginning when we are little girls watching Disney Channel!

We have to put aside others' opinions and show who we truly are -- do not be miserable in your own skin because of the opinions of others. It is so heartbreaking to see the way girls treat themselves to become the “perfect woman” for men by giving into the ways of the world. Turn to the Lord and let Him show you how He sees us. He says we were created in His image and that we are the apple of His eye, isn’t that so amazing?

If you are a girl struggling with this and feeling like you are not good enough, you must remember the words of the Lord. He says in 1 Peter 3:3-5, “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful.” I feel like there are many girls of this generation that can learn from this verse and from the women of the Bible. We do not need to confide in what men think of us. We are fearfully and wonderfully made for a unique purpose. I pray for every girl that is currently reading this and that you would become comfortable in your own skin. Remind yourself daily, “I am enough for a man that will one day pursue me the way that the Lord has called him to.” You are beautiful!

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things. If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity towards this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you, if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs. In a world where a six figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm..

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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Unless You Want Your Immune System To Be A Total Brat, You Should Probably Get Vaccinated

When it comes to vaccinating children, I support vaccines.

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When it comes to vaccines, there is a broad range of opinions. Some people believe vaccines are bad and chose not to vaccinate their children. Then there are the people like me who believe vaccines are good. By all means, you are entitled to your own opinion and I'm sure my views won't persuade you, but there's so much more to think about when it comes to vaccines.

Majority of the vaccines we have received have the live virus in them. I'm almost positive you don't know why. Once the live virus enters the body, it teaches the immune system how to detect it and develop an immunity. For example, the chickenpox vaccine has a live virus. I received that vaccine when I was a baby and received a booster in the years after. Guess what I NEVER got? Chickenpox. Same goes for MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)

When it comes to vaccinating children, I support vaccines. A baby's immune system is not as strong as an adult. They are much more susceptible to different pathogens. Especially while in a public place. Children tend to put things in their mouths that could be covered in germs.

Did you know that vaccines are the reason why smallpox is not around anymore? Because of the vaccine, the United States has been free of polio since the 1970s. Before vaccines, smallpox was responsible for the deaths of 300 million people worldwide. Now, smallpox has been eradicated worldwide.

Polio caused severe paralysis to many people in the years of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Polio was so contagious that public places were shutting down. Then, Jonas Salk made the polio vaccine. Polio is now on the path to eradication... thanks to the vaccine.

Polio and smallpox vaccines are examples of inactive vaccines. This means there's no live virus in them.

By not vaccinating, you are putting yourself and others around you at risk.

I understand you have your reasons on why you choose not to vaccinate. I have my reasons why I do. If you still choose not to, I'm not going to judge you. That's your choice.

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