So this Saturday I went to this thing called the Good Girls Project. It was run by these two awesome staff at my youth group, Emily and Kendra. Me and like 20 other girls went to Emily's house all day Saturday and spent the night. It was so cool. Most of the time, other than eating, we talked. We talked about different things in our lives that make us feel the need to always be perfect, or that we are unlovable. We discovered lies that we have been telling ourselves for so long that we believe them. We learned that we can't depend on our flesh, but that we need to depend on God. And it's all a process, of discovering these lies and recognizing them and fighting against them, not by our own strength, but letting God take care of them. If we truely let Jesus into our heart, we can do anything. You know they say that God will not give you anything bigger than what you can handle. Well, really you can handle anything, because God can handle anything, so if God is in you (which He is), you can handle anything this world throws your way. We are all just vessels, allowing Jesus to be uniquely expressed through us. Apart from God, you can do nothing. Anything you could do, using just your flesh and not depending on God, really doesn't matter. Really, we just need to let ourselves FALL. Fall into the arms of God. You know the footprints poem about how the guy was looking back at his life and he saw two sets of footprints, his and God's, but at the harder times he saw one because God was carrying him. Well, God carries us all the time, not just part of the time, and we need to let ourselves fall into his arms and allow Him to work through us. We should depend not on this world or what it tells us, but what God and Jesus say.
"Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me." -John 15:4
"But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me." -2Corint 12:9
"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them." -Romans 8:28
"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will." -Romans 12:2