This is something I have always wanted to do…except for Wisteria. While Wisteria is beautiful, especially when used in wedding or other romantic photographic settings, it can become overpowering if not properly maintained. We had a Wisteria vine that took over the back part of our property. It wrapped around trees and other plants. It must be cared for to maintain harmony in your garden.
While it may seem easy enough to go out to a gardening nursery and get seeds or young plants, there are other ways to expand your garden or landscaping. The most effective way is to grow your own plants from some that you already have! In fact, growing from cuttings can be quite rewarding, offering […]
Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also
accepted us to the glory of God. Romans 15:7
As news reports indicate, mistreatment of children is tragically widespread. And kids wounded by abuse can be scarred for life. Fortunately, most people’s experiences aren’t that extreme. But even mild hurts can fester, affecting relationships and self-image.
The Origin. The bondage of self-rejection can often be traced to feeling unaccepted by someone close. Trauma like divorce or a loved one’s death may also contribute to a distorted self-image. Once internalized, this type of thought pattern can lead to negative behaviors.
The Symptoms. If a person has difficulty accepting himself, he may have a tendency to criticize others and interpret innocent comments as personal attacks. Perfectionism and feelings of inferiority are also common. As a result, fear of failure and criticism may lead to procrastination.
Another outcome of self-rejection is unpredictable anger. People who are hurt may find themselves easily frustrated. Such individuals might become loners or feel overly concerned about others’ opinions. For example, instead of focusing on a church service, one may notice what people are wearing and feel insecure about her own outfit. Someone with this mindset can be hard to love because she questions whether she’s worthy of care and affection. Sadly, she may then behave in a way that “proves” her theory.
We find the solution in today’s scripture: We are to accept one another as Jesus accepts us. This includes accepting ourselves. Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of self-rejection.
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Thank you, Father, for loving me enough to send your Son to die on the cross for my sins. It is a miracle that You saved me, and I will dwell in Your house forever.