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Why I started this devotional?

During my school years, from about 6th grade to 12th grade, I struggled with a lot of different circumstances, emotions, decisions, and peer pressure. Although much of my experiences have led me to who I am now, I want to be able to encourage, help, and offer advice to you (or your daughters) as you travel through those formative years.

My weekly devotional (each Sunday) is meant to be an encouraging source for you as you experience heartbreak, school struggles, relationship issues, friendship misunderstandings, fallouts, insecurities, adversity, hurt and and the never ending drama of being a teenager (or adult). I want to emphasize God’s love and will in your life each and every week. If you don’t believe in God, please don’t let that stop you from taking in the weekly inspiration as you may relate to many of the stories being shared.

This devotional has been on my heart for quite awhile now so I’m extremely excited to get to share life with you through the lessons I’ve learned. Each week will include a message, verse, question, and action to keep at the forefront of your mind and get you through the week on an uplifted note.

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Week 3:

A day without social media would be like a day without water. As a society we are consumed with images, comparisons and distractions that can either make us feel inadequate in our own life or insecure of our appearance.

We must be reminded that it is our heart and actions that determine beauty, not our outward appearance. It is so easy to get caught up in how we look each day; especially when we put our worth into what others think. I have to admit that I used to care far too much about what other people thought about my outfits, makeup, hair and figure in high school that I would spend hours in front of the mirror before making it to class. My confidence was lacking because I put more importance on my peers opinions regarding my looks rather than my heart or actions.

I mean, of course it’s nice to catch the eye of the cute boy in science class but there is no need to worry about how you look multiple times a day just to do that. Putting the focus on your appearance takes away the focus on more important things such as your character, personality and confidence. When we place importance solely on our appearance that will be the only thing others will focus on as well.

A mirror reflects only what you WANT to see and what you see will reflect how you feel. No matter what you do to alter or enhance your appearance, that cannot change your heart.

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Question:

 

Are my days consumed by how I look? Do I constantly obsess over the way I look or compare myself to others?

 

Action:

 

Beginning today or tomorrow, get ready in the morning without thinking twice about how you look throughout the day or checking the mirror (phone) every second. Focus on the more important things, such as great conversation with friends, productivity, and what makes you happy. Continue to try this and see your confidence grow each day.

 

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  • Victoria Van Hofwegen

    Thanks for being a positive influence in this harsh world. Keep the devotionals coming.

    • desireehartsock

      Thank you for reading! I will keep them coming. 🙂