Love Your Neighbor As Yourself...
 

“And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31

That’s a pretty strong statement there: “no other commandment is greater”. This verse says three things:

  1. Love God with all of your heart.

  2. Love yourself.

  3. Love your neighbor as yourself.

Why did I put love yourself before loving your neighbor? Because how can you love your neighbor as yourself if you don’t love yourself. Or better yet, imagine treating your neighbor the way that you treat yourself. For some of us, that means our neighbor would be treated pretty harshly. Loving your neighbor comes AFTER you learn to love yourself. You must first love the you that you are, so then you can show love to those around you.

You are worthy of love where you are right now. With all of your flaws and messes, you are LOVED. Let God come and make something beautiful out of you. And then, show the people around you the love that you have found.

Ways to show yourself love:

  1. Spend time each day in prayer and reading the bible. Your identity is found in the word of God.

  2. Speak kind words to yourself.

  3. Take yourself on a date. Just you and God.

Ways to show others that they are loved:

  1. Send a sweet encouraging note in the mail.

  2. Bake/Make your friend, neighbor, or family your favorite sweet treat.

  3. Have someone over for coffee and let them talk.

Spread the love today and everyday. Love God. Love yourself. And love your neighbor.

You are LOVED,

Carly

 
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2018, A Year to Dream Again
 
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Almost three years ago I graduated from college, and embarked into the great unknown. For 22 years of my life I had always dreamed of the day I would graduate from college, but I never really thought about anything past that. I hit the question "What now?" like a brick wall. I had not planned for anything after college and dreaming past graduation day had not happened either. 

Out of what felt like nowhere, I remembered an idea I had of making smashed penny jewelry and ended up starting re:Created shortly after. The last few years have been dedicated to building this small business and I wouldn't have had it any other way. In the last few years, due to working from home, I have experienced life in a way that I never thought I would have been able to. I have learned to enjoy a simple life, adapted to a slower pace (blog to come about that), traveled to places I thought I would never go, and experienced things I thought I would never experience.

The last three years have been full of so many great things, but in the midst of all of the awesome that was happening it was like I had lost vision and focus for where I was headed and questioned my purpose and what I was called to. Over the last three years, I have business planned and dreamed for my business to a certain extent, but since graduating from college I still never dreamed any new dreams or thought much about my own future. Most women my age were dreaming of getting married, building careers, moving to cool places... and for some reason I just couldn't let myself go there. I was taking life day by day, and not thinking much past that. 

In September of last year, I began a study by Havilah Cunnington called "Eat Pray Hustle". It's all about dream chasing God's way. Without dreams we live purposeless. Proverbs 29:18 says that "where there is no vision, the people perish." I had this moment where I realized that me feeling purposeless was because I was lacking vision and because I I hadn't allowed myself to dream. I knew coming into 2018 I had to change my thinking and dreaming process. Taking things day by day is okay, but, you must look to the future and look at the big picture, and let yourself dream. I feel like dreaming is comparable to setting goals, you must dream short term and long term. You must look at the now and the big picture. You must have vision.

At the beginning of each year, I always ask the Lord to give me a word for the new year. A lot of people do this and get extravagant words, but mine always tend to be very simple: TRUST, BE, FEARLESS... those are just a few from the last several years. And yet again, when 2018 rolled around I asked the Lord for a word and the word I heard was DREAM. As I have thought on this word for 2018, I knew that God was asking me to dream BIG dreams. I have limited my dreaming for so long, and I knew this was the year to dream again.

So here I am at the start of this year learning to dream again. Dreaming is risky and sometimes can seem so unknown, but leads to so much fulfillment. What dreams have you forgotten about? Maybe you have stopped dreaming because of disappointments. Or maybe you've got the dreaming thing down. Wherever you find yourself, dream and dream bigger. Together, let's pick up dead dreams and dream new dreams. God gives us dreams so that He can partner with us so that His will can be done in the earth.God is with us, and together with Him these things WILL happen. 2018 is for dreaming again, inspiring others to do the same, and creating beautiful things. Are you with me?  

I challenge you to picture yourself this year. What risks do you want to take? In what areas do you want to see yourself grow in? What is that thing that you can't shake? Write these things down, and challenge yourself to make these things happen or atleast take some steps towards making them happen. Here's to being lifelong dreamers.

 
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