Self Love / 26.07.2018

Fun fact about me: as a little girl I loved fairy tales and princesses. My favourite Disney princess was Ariel from the Little Mermaid. I really related to the song ‘A Part of Your World’ because it appealed to my sense of wanting to belong, not to mention she had an amazing singing voice which I wish I had. And to top it off, Ariel got to swim around in the ocean all day long – I would pretend I was a mermaid in the bathtub (ah well)....

Self Love / 30.11.2017

This week’s blog post is unintentionally a follow on from Your Attitude Can Change Your Perspective. Sure I have been working on my attitude to consciously choose to be more positive, happy and hopeful; but there are still days, frequently I might add, where I feel crushed by the past that undeniably shapes my future. It is no secret that life with Cerebral Palsy comes with daily challenges as I described in Letting Go: I struggle with having to use a walking frame; let’s face it, it’s noisy, ugly and...

Self Love / 16.11.2017

When it comes to self-love I don’t pretend to have it all together. The way I have viewed my body in the past has been honestly quite sad; with such comments as ‘you are fat’, ‘your arms are too big’ and ‘your skin is too white’ were among my personal favourite criticisms of myself. When I looked in the mirror I would see someone that was way bigger than what I really was and I would look at photos of myself until they turned 'ugly' only focusing on...

Self Love / 06.07.2017

Luke 8:24 - 25 “The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.” As I write this week my foot is hurting due to straining it for the umpteenth time (thanks Dad for strapping it). It was already hurting but making chocolate brownies pushed it over the edge. On one hand I should have taken better care of my...

Self Love / 15.06.2017

Proverbs 16:9 “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” For a long time I went about life as though love was conditional, based on my performance, even for my own family. I had to be smarter, prettier, you name it I had to be it in order for the people around me to love me – or so I thought. It has been only of recent (as of last year) that I truly realised; that as I love the people around me,...

Self Love / 01.06.2017

Psalm 139:15 -16 “My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” On Tuesday I had my first National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) planning meeting. It was basically an information gathering session for them to ensure the supports put in place suit me, my lifestyle and my goals....

Self Love / 02.03.2017

Matthew 22:37 – 39 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ “ I have written about loving your uniquely beautiful life in Uniquely You but what about just you? Do you love you period? Or is it always attached to something? Always conditional. I could love me if I was more beautiful. I could love me if...

Self Love / 16.02.2017

Jeremiah 29: 11 “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you; plans to give you hope and a future.” Repeat after me: I have a uniquely beautiful life. This week I needed to repeat this to myself many times whilst praying for peace in a time of limbo. In When the Waves Threaten to Drown Us I wrote: I hate labels. I hate boxes. They are so confining, restricting and suffocating. I thought I always had two options...

Self Love / 08.12.2016

Philippians 4:13 “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” I hate labels. I hate boxes. They are so confining, restricting and suffocating. I thought I always had two options to either run and I mean run in the opposite direction to any label imposed or climb into the tiny little box of expectation and stay there. For a long time I chose option A, I would do just about anything to prove I was just like everyone else and didn’t have a disability although I very...

Self Love / 01.12.2016

Exodus 19:5b “You will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine.” Do you see yourself as a treasure? Someone who is valuable and precious? If no, why is that? It wasn’t until this year I could finally start to see me as Jesus sees me – a priceless treasure worth pursuing. Before I was sure Jesus could only see my flaws, my wrong choices,  and my brokenness because that’s what I saw. I struggled to see the good. The truth Jesus had to lovingly show me was...