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Growing up an only child meant spending most of my time alone. My parents would play games with me occasionally but I mostly remember being told “After I finish this” or “I don’t like watching cartoons”. That meant playing and creating my own world. However, it also planted the subconscious belief that other people's wants, needs, and priorities will always be above mine. Taking care of others isn’t a bad thing, but I had no clue what taking care of myself even looked like. Starting college and being a chronic people pleaser proved to be more damaging than good. My film peers were sure of themselves and confident, already having pinpointed what they were good at. I, on the other hand, was seeing everything for the first time ever, and it was hard to feel adequate or good at anything. I spent most of my first semester standing around waiting for someone to need help with something and it got so boring because I realized no one needed anything. For the first time it was expected of me to have my own projects, thoughts, and opinions without the fear of someone else’s priorities. It felt good to be valued and thought of as an individual and not just other people’s advice giver.

I had spent all this time being understanding and accommodating, trying not to be a burden. Meaning none of my needs were ever a priority for myself. It took many nights crying and countless therapy sessions to figure out why I was so unhappy. It also took strengthening my relationship with the Lord in order to find how I should be treating myself. Ephesians 5:29 is a verse I have written in many of my journals, it reads “For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes it, just as Christ does the church.” It isn’t selfish to take time by yourself or to learn what things make you anxious. It’s ok to have a safe space to unwind and spend time with the Lord. You can say no, and set clear boundaries. Taking time for myself hasn’t made me any less of a loving person. I still jump at the chance to help someone but now I know how to help in a way that makes me feel fulfilled and loved.

Often I think we expect to get things right on the first try and as obvious as it sounds we were not made to be perfect. It’s ok for things to not go the way you or anyone else had planned, because it isn’t our plan anyways. It’s God’s plan. Keeping that in mind has kept me from panic attacks more times than I can count. Learning that things are not in my control has turned time that I would usually spend stressed into time finding ways to cope with that stress. Through everything the Lord has been my best and sometimes my only positive support system. “Fear not for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous hand” Isaiah 41:10. When in doubt look to the Lord for comfort and for support.

Taking the time to check in on myself has forced me to come face to face with insecurities I didn’t know I had before. It’s difficult when you get older and you realize what your weaknesses are, it can be easy to dwell and compare yourself to others. I don’t finish projects that I start, I’m awful with deadlines, I'm jealous, I'm sensitive, sometimes I talk too much or too little, but I am loved. Jesus loves me “for I am fearfully and wonderfully made, wonderful are his works; my soul knows it very well” Psalm 139:14. I encourage you to take a look inside and see if you're treating yourself with the respect and sympathy that you would have for others.  

With love, Emily

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Rooted in Victory

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Did you know that trees take anywhere from 10-30 years to grow to their full size? Not only do they take this long to grow, but they take anywhere from 3-4 weeks just to root themselves into the ground once they’ve been planted. As the tree continues to grow, more roots form and begin to connect with surrounding roots, in turn creating a communication system between the plants. So, while I may not know whether or not a tree makes a sound when it falls in the forest if no one is around to hear it, I do know that trees talk to one another using their foundational system and it screams God’s design. 

Just as trees must be planted in good soil in order to grow and flourish, we too must be rooted in proper ground in order to fight all that is combating against us. As Christians, we’re called to be set apart, and being set apart in a world that is focused on self, pleasure, achievements, and possessions isn’t always easy. The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life (1 John 2:16) are all things of the world that the enemy is using to distract us from living the pure and holy life God has called us to. In order to live the life created for us we have to take root in ground we can be settled in.

There have been times in my life when I’ve chosen to gratify the desires of the flesh and root myself in temporary circumstances only to find myself being uprooted and longing for my Savior. Whether we’re fighting against temptation, struggling to control our temper, or choosing to listen to the world rather than Jesus, we’re all in need of God’s grace and forgiveness. It’s evident that with our sinful nature and the enemy working against us that there will be times when we fall short, but when we are rooted in victory our failures can never define us. 

There is a way we can overcome the world and all of its desires, and that’s through our faith in Jesus. 1 John 5:4 proclaims, “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith.” Faith is not only believing that God is able, but that God will do what He has promised, and it not only gives us victory over our sin, but victory over all of the temptation and pressure that comes along with it. When we give our lives to Jesus, we’re identified with Him and have eternal life through Christ, therefore His victory is our victory and our faith in Him conquers the world and all that is in it. Because of Jesus, you are an overcomer. You are not bound to any sin, any lust of the flesh, or any lust of the eye. The battle has already been won and you can walk in victory, rooted in Christ, and with full assurance of your faith. 

Trees not only need to be rooted in proper soil to grow, but they’re dependent upon us to provide them with a key component they need to flourish. In the process of making their own food, plants expel oxygen that our lungs need to breathe, and with each respiration we provide them with the carbon dioxide they need in order to grow. Therefore, not only do we need to root ourselves in the One who suffered and died on a tree so that we may live, we also need to continuously breathe life into one another. With our faith and fellow believers by our side, we can stand rooted in victory no matter the circumstance and be able to withstand any storm that threatens to blow us over. 

With love, 


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