Life Lessons for my Younger Self

A friend of mine posted on Facebook two pictures of herself. Her wedding day and a more recent picture. She stated her thoughts on herself then and now her expectations and her life experiences. It made me stop and think of things in my life and how if I could have seen into the future when I was younger what I would have done differently. I know I can’t change my life but I thought maybe some of these young ladies that are just starting out may find it useful.

Be yourself! Don’t try to be someone you are not. You are created in God’s image and are perfectly and wonderfully made. Stop looking at worldly imperfections because when you get older and gravity takes hold you will think; Wow, I had a smoking hot body when I was younger! Now I just try to keep it all covered and tucked in! 😂😂

Don’t sweat the small stuff! I tried to keep everything in this perfect perception I had of how life is supposed to be. Don’t do it! Go snuggle with your husband or baby. There comes a time that you might not have them. They will remember when you took that time out of the business life throws at you to devote for them. I wish I had worried less and enjoyed more!

Slow down! You do not have to say Yes to everything! Things come along like a grave illness 😑 that will make you slow down. Don’t be like me! Slow your roll before it slows you!

Build each other up! I don’t know about you but it’s hard when someone is hateful. I want to lash out and be ugly back. A few kind words doesn’t cost a thing and if you can’t find anything nice to say just zip it! I struggle with the zipping part. 😣

Let it go! I would be willing to say that my mama has told me this a thousand times in my life. I have let folks steal my joy because I can’t let something go. Don’t let them. Chances are the don’t have joy in the first place and they are miserable. Pray for them. Most likely the thing they need is a true relationship with Jesus – the Real Joy Giver!

Make God a priority! Read your Bible everyday. There are plenty of apps and online Bible Studies you can’t do. Take 15-20 minutes out of your day for the one who made you. I promise it will give you a different perspective on life. My grandma used to say “Good stuff in good stuff out!” It is so true. The world bombards us with worldly things that when I was a child would never see the light of day! Protect your heart, protect your family and protect your future!

Thanks for reading! ~ Melynda

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