So I chose this quote because I thought I liked it, but in retrospect I think it was the picture of the cute little puppies that I actually liked. But God is going to use it anyway.
"I have come to realize that the only people I need in my life are the ones who need me in theirs, even when I have nothing else to give but myself." -- unknown
So when I first read it (and saw the puppies) I thought yes, this is true. (and aww......) And it kind of felt like whoever this unknown person who wrote this is, has finally come to the realization and has weeded out the people who are not there just for them. But then it kind of hit me....... Why is it a realization that took time to come to? Anyone who is in your life for what you have, or what you can do for them -- why are they there to begin with?
Yes, I have been there. And God said "I can't protect you Linda if you constantly throw yourself into these situations. I know your heart. I know why you are doing it. I know the right reasons (because you love) and the wrong reasons (because you are being made to feel guilty) But all the cute puppies (in other words all of the things we cling to and say, "well it isn't that
bad" ) All the cute puppies in the world don't matter if all you are getting out of giving your love -- yourself---- your heart-- is crushed." And look up all of the synonyms for that and words like that in the dictionary and as you read them picture yourself, and your heart, and believe me --- your spirit --- in them. And if you can't picture yours right now, picture mine.....because I know you will feel that deep down.
God said, "Linda......You have to love yourself, the way I love you. (uh yeah God, I think I am like a few from the bottom on my list of people I love.) And He said He knows that and He also knows WHY that was and who did that to me. But....and this is a really big but .....(sorry, that made me laugh) I needed to know the truth that it was never about me.
He finally got through to my heart and made me believe that truth. His truth. Not A truth. Not that person's truth. HIS truth. That's really key. Re-read that at the end.
God said, "Linda, you have to see yourself as precious
--- the way you are precious to Me. You are precious. Precious. Say it a million times until you believe it in your heart. PRECIOUS TO ME."
Think about it. And now I am talking to you. You are precious to God. Really hear that sentence. Your heart is precious to God. Your spirit is precious to God. You -- YOU.
And find people who will remind you of that every day. And when you learn to love yourself, without feeling guilty about it, because love is not guilt --- that light is gonna be soooooo freaking bright!!!!!! All of heaven will see it. Big hug!!!!!
And write down this part --- because one day, you'll realize in your story, it will be part of your revelation too. "It was never about you." If you haven't realized it already.
But this part --
-- the real part-----
-- the love part? Is only about you. You, love, and that heart of yours. BECAUSE.....YOU......ARE.......PRECIOUS. With a capital everything!