I’ve been reading this great book with my friend called “Am I Enough?” by Grace Valentine. Through reading this book and talking  about it together, Taylor and I have hit on the topics of calling and purpose, not being defined by the lies Satan tries to fill our heads with, and of course boys.  In walking through the chapters of this book together, Taylor had some great truth and insight to share, so I’ve invited her here today to share a little about what she’s been learning. I know you’ll love Taylor and I hope you enjoy her words of encouragement.

Hi friends! My name is Taylor and I am currently a sophomore at the College of Coastal Georgia studying early childhood education. I have the pleasure of calling Saint Simons Island, Georgia my home. I would not change that for anything! St. Simons Island is such a unique and special place to live. I love reading, planning, organizing, spending time with family, and going to the beach with my golden retriever, Copper. I am so happy that Katrina asked me to be a guest writer for her blog. She has been such an important role model in my life, and it is so fun getting to read through this book, “Am I Enough?”, with her.

In this book, Grace writes about embracing the truth about who you are. She shares her own experiences and gives advice on realizing that you ARE enough. Self-confidence and “fitting in” is something I have struggled with my whole life, especially while in high school and now college. Reading through this book has really challenged me to embrace who I am: a daughter, granddaughter, sister, cousin, niece, friend, and most importantly a child of God.  

Where have you struggled believing you are enough in your life?

In August 2017, I moved into my dorm at Georgia Southern University. In December 2017, I moved home. While at school, I missed my family and home so much. I am very close with my mom, dad, and two brothers so being away was extremely hard on me. I hated missing my brother’s soccer and basketball games and not getting to see them each day. After moving home to attend the local college, I struggled with self-confidence and feeling enough for people. I felt as if people were talking down to me because I only lasted one semester away from home.  I felt as if people were making fun of me for wanting to be close to my family, and I started to believe the lies that I was not good enough because of that.

After several months of this “not enough” feeling I made a decision that I was not going to believe that lie anymore. If you noticed earlier I stated, “I struggled with self-confidence and feeling enough FOR PEOPLE”. What? Why was I trying to be ENOUGH for other people? I was so quick to believe the lies society was telling me rather the truth the Lord shares with me. In Romans 2:12 it says, “Do not conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind”. The Lord tells us to not get trapped by the world, to realize we do not need to please the world. I have grown up reading that Bible verse, but this time it really stuck with me. I don’t need to be enough for anyone else because the Lord tells me I am enough for Him, period. So maybe in the eyes of the world, spending more time with family versus friends is “weird”, but it is the BEST part of my world.

What scares you the most?

Letting each day pass without realizing the good in it. I often find myself saying “can this day just be over yet?” when I am frustrated about school or when the day is just not going my way. However, I am striving to make it a priority to celebrate and find the good in each day.

What excites you the most?

I love learning and helping others learn (future teacher right here!) There is just something really special about finally understanding a topic you struggled with or getting to grow more in the subject that you love! There is always something new to learn, so everyone is still learning which makes it such a beautiful thing.

What do you want our readers to know? What’s one piece of advice you would like to offer?

First, you are ENOUGH

Second, enjoy TODAY.

Remind yourself each day that you are ENOUGH for the Lord, just the way you are. Do not believe the lies that society says about who you have to be in order to be enough because you are always enough for the Lord. You do not need anything extra, special, or different to be enough because He loves you more than you can understand.

Find the good in each day – write it down on a sticky note somewhere you look everyday to remind yourself that “everyday may not be good but there is something good in every day”. He created TODAY and that is reason enough to celebrate.

I highly recommend reading “Am I Enough” by Grace Valentine. It will challenge you and speak truth to you in so many ways. Basically you just need to read it-period. 

 

And friends, if you want to purchase Grace’s book, follow her blog, or just say hey- you can do so here:Grace Valentine

 

 

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