Encouragement, Happiness, Inspirational, Life Lessons, Motivation

When God…

by Ariane Cunningham

When God….

When do you learn the lesson? When does the light appear? 

The answers are these. When God shines his light into your soul, radiating through you for all the world to see. When God lets you know that you are not perfect, that is not how he created you to be. When God allows his Word, his grace, and his mercy to be hidden in your heart. When God lets you know that no weapon formed against you may prosper. It won’t work. When God arms you with his full armor, and you can use his word as your shield. When God answers your request for wisdom, and he gives it freely because he loves you.

When God stands at the door knocking for you to let him in. When God orders peace, and orders you to be still. When God calls you according to his purpose. When God wipes your tears and says, the battle is over, you can shout now. 


Know Your Worth

by Ariane Cunningham

“We are not worthy! We are not worthy!” This infamous line from the movie Wayne’s World was said by both Wayne and Garth, played by Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, upon finally meeting their favorite heavy metal icon.

From a personal perspective, there are times that I have felt unworthy of love, praise, promotion, gratitude shown to me by others, and God’s love. I believe in God with all my heart and mind. I know that his grace is sufficient for all my needs. I am so thankful to him for his love, his grace, his blessings, and forgiveness. When I meditate on how God sees me, which is as his child beautifully and wonderfully made, I realize I AM WORTHY of love.

Lack of self-esteem and a lack belief in ourselves is something we have all struggled with at least once or, in my case, more than once. The issue with self-doubt is that it can be such a hindrance in realizing our relevance, our importance, and our worth. Self-doubt can be crippling and debilitating and cause us not to pursue our dreams simply due to a lack of fear. The great poet Langston Hughes compares a dream deferred like a “dried up raisin in the sun.” I do not know about you, but I do not want to be that dried up raisin. I want to rise above my fears, my self-doubt, and moments of lack of self-esteem so that I may pursue my dreams, inspire and encourage others and, most importantly, LIVE and realize my worth. I wish the same to all of you reading this right now. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgement.” 2 Timothy 2:7

Let us move forward, fearless, walking in self-love, not self-doubt. Pursuing our dreams with boldness, power, and sound judgement. We all have something to contribute to this world, no matter the size or scope of our contribution. There is a truly powerful quote that I love by the writer C. Allen that says, “Remember that you are needed. There is at least one important work to be done that will not be done unless you do it.”

Finally, my friends, I must disagree with the Wayne’s World infamous movie line. I AM WORTHY, and I KNOW MY WORTH.

We are ALL worthy of greatness, love, and blessings. Know Your Worth and run with it. The sky is the limit on the journey to your destiny, if you allow it to be so.