• Shannon Cantrell

Its Never Too Late.

Have you ever read something and it REALLY resonated with you? So much so that you ponder on it awhile, then go back to it and ponder some more and then a light flickers a little in our heads and we start to realize why we were meant to read it. And then maybe, what we read changes us a little. And that little change begins to change us more. Then all of a sudden your little world doesn't seem so complicated anymore. We start to realize that no matter what, we are loved by a magnificent God who is ready and waiting for us to just allow him to wrap us up and say, "Child, it is okay, I have got you." (Isaiah 41:10, Deuteronomy 31:6 & 8, Zephaniah 3:17, John 14:16-18, 2 Corinthians 4:8-9)

We all go through things. Hard times happen, sad things happen, things that break our hearts happen, people gossiping happens, lies about you happen and lots more things that I have not mentioned happens. We are pretty good at allowing those hard things to get us down. And then, when we are kicked a bit more while we are already down, well that's a whole new level of being down. So yeah, I'm just going to say it, sometimes life just sucks. (Psalms 147:2, Jeremiah 3:22, Matthew 11:28-29, Psalms 103:2-3, Philippians 3:14.)

When we go through something that has altered our life in a negative way, sometimes we allow our minds to be invaded with lies and thoughts about ourselves that are so off base. Feelings like we just cannot go on. And unfortunately sometimes we allow them to consume us. In a devotional that I recently read, "Girl Wash Your Face", Rachel Hollis tells us, "All lies perpetuated by society, media, our family, and even the Devil himself are dangerous and devastating to our sense of worth and our ability to function. The lies have played in our heads so long that they become white noise. Recognizing the lies we've come to accept about ourselves is the key to growing into a better version of ourselves..." We have to take complete control of our minds and not allow the lies to continue to beat us down. (Romans 12:2, Philippians 4:8, Proverbs 4:23, Colossians 3:2-5, John 10:10)

So back to the beginning about reading something that resonates with us... I am a die hard Pinterest pinner! I have, well, ALOT of boards. So I come across many things that resonate with me. But this one thing, when I was going through some some life changes, just stuck with me. It was a quote that is known to be by F Scott Fitzgerald. The more I read it, the more I new i needed this reminder ALL THE TIME. So I had a friend of mine make me a farmhouse style sign with the quote on it. Here it is:

THIS GOT ME. "For what it's worth, it's never to late to be whoever you want to be....I hope you live a life you are proud of. If you find you are not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again."

God has made each of us unique and wonderful. And He has an amazing plan for our lives. All we have to do it reach out and take it. He does not want us to deny who we are in Him. So many times we are afraid to be who we are, for fear that someone will judge us, or bring us down as I mentioned above. We deny ourselves the right to a wonderful life because we have believed all the ridiculous lies about ourselves. It doesn't matter how far we have gotten from God or how many lies you believe about yourself, It's NEVER TOO LATE. Have the courage to start over, retrain your mind to KNOW that YOU ARE WORTHY and that God loves you. Are you proud of who you are? Are you happy with the life you are living? If the answer to those questions is no, then Rise up and have the courage to start over! God wants you to have an AMAZING life! (Jeremiah 29:11, James 1:5, Proverbs 3:5-6, Philippians 1:6, Romans 15:13)

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