I have spent the past month on the beautiful island of Hawaii. I am on this journey of re-discovering myself. The older I get the more that I truly understand how important it is to love and celebrate yourself, but in order to understand that I had to climb come pretty tall mountains first. It feels as if I have gone through just about hell and back at certain parts of my life. Everyone feels and struggles differently, and everyone’s story is not the same. This year I turned 23, and on my birthday I found myself even getting emotional while reflecting on the journey that I have been on, but not because I was sad that I have gone through what I have, it was because I was proud of how far I have come. I am proud of myself. I am so much stronger than I give myself credit for, and being on this island (having to climb actual mountains) I have realized that I have an inner strength and determination that speaks volumes about me and who I have become. I am strong, and all the fear that I once faced has been removed by the grace of God. The more that I face and conquer these mountains the more immoveableand unshakeable I become. I remember being younger and praying so hard to be this type of person, but never believed it to be possible…well 12-year-old Olivia, look at you now. I know there is so much more to come too. God isn’t finished with me yet, and He’s not finished with you either.
That being said, I want to challenge you. I want you to reflect on your life. Think about the mountains you have climbed, the things you’ve been through, your testimonies, or whatever you want to call the tough moments you have faced. After you’ve taken a trip down memory lane thinkabout who you are now, but no negative thinking, I want you to draw on the positive things that make you, you. What have you overcome that you are proud of? It is time that we stop being so hard on ourselves and start lifting ourselves up in response to our victories. It is okay to admit being proud of and happy for yourself. It is healthy to love the you that you have and are becoming. Do not get so distracted by the busy-ness of life that you forget about you. You are important. You are valuable. Your story is yours for a reason. Give yourself the grace and love that you deserve. Face your mountains head on and conquer them in faith knowing that those mountains are going to shape and not break you. Be immoveable. Just a little faith is all it takes. Matthew 17:20