Loving Me

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Written by Minister Kim Johnson, Founder of I Am My Sister (Women helping Women) @ immysister.org

As I look in the mirror and examine the scars left behind from breast cancer surgery, I see a beautiful woman staring back at me. A woman that finally realizes her own self-worth, and a woman ready to live life on her own terms.

Self-acceptance hasn’t always been easy for me, I mean, I have always thought that I was pretty but there were certain aspects of me that I didn’t like. If only I could hide this area, or cover this up, and drape and conceal this or that, I would look perfect. But no matter how I fixed those areas of me, I still didn’t accept me.

One day I had ah ha moment and realized that the part of me that needed to be fixed was the inside of me. I needed to stop judging me and being so hard on me.
Too often in life, circumstances and situations change our view of ourselves and we become our own worst critics. We dwell on the negative aspects of ourselves, thinking we can never change or do better. The fact of the matter is, we need to change our mindset about ourselves and get rid of that negative thinking.

My favorite Pastor Joel Osteen, whom you may hear me quoting quite often, described it best, he said, “Our minds are like computers. We can have the fastest most powerful computer but it won’t function well without the right software. We know how PC viruses contaminate a computer. Not because the PC is bad; but that someone reprogrammed the software.

Fortunately for us, God created us as a masterpiece. With the right software. To be victorious, confident, strong, creative, and able to do all things thru Christ. We were programmed to live a victorious, abundant, faith-filled life. We just have to get rid of the viruses in our software and tell ourselves what our Creator says about us. I am blessed. I am valuable and soon we will be back to our original software.”

Sisters, we have to learn to hit the delete button when negative thoughts come, and remember what the bible tells us, we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).”

Sister to Sister do you hear me? Are you loving you?

References
Osteen, J. (2014, June 21). Reprogramming Your Mind. Retrieved from http://anointedmessagesnotes.blogspot.com/2014/06/reprogramming-your-mind-joel-osteen.html

That One Moment I Felt Afraid

That One Moment I Felt Afraid

Written by Kim Johnson, Author of I Am My Sister (Women helping Women) LLC @ immysister.org

 As a Christian we are told not to be afraid because God is with us, and I believe that with all my heart.  But that day when I went into surgery, as I slid from the gurney onto the operating table, I felt a moment of terror.  A thought ran across my mind to tell the nurses that I had changed my mind.  I panicked for a moment.  But as quickly as that thought entered my head, the Holy Spirit began to minister to me. And I knew that whatever happened on that operating table, either way, I would be okay, because I had God.

Admittedly, even though I forgot Gods promise for a minute, I repented and I have no doubt that God forgave me. The thing is, we are not perfect people and sometimes our first instinct is to be afraid, but thank God we live under the Covenant of Grace, and that God forgives us over and over again, Amen.

In any event, in the bible it tells us, to be strong and courageous.  To not be frightened, and to not be dismayed, for the Lord our God is with us wherever we go (Joshua 1:9).

Saints, “when we face trials of any kind, we must remember that God is beside us.  When we experience joy, love and sorrow, God is close to us.  Nothing is greater than Him, and He has pledged never to leave us.  The only way we hinder the victory is through disobedience and unbelief.  So no matter what you are facing or how bad your situation seems, take courage, believe God, and do exactly as He says.  With God fighting for you, there’s absolutely no reason to be afraid” (Stanley, 2009).

Sister to Sister do you hear me? Do you know that God is with you at all times? Do you know that God Will work out whatever you have doubt about or what you are going through?

References 

New International Version. (n.d.). Joshua 1:9.

Stanley, C. F. (2009). Life Principles Bible. La Habra: Thomas Nelson.

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