Hello Darlings, 

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I have been reading the book of James for the third time this year and I have squeezed so much juice out of it. If you haven't read it, I encourage you to do so. While I was meditating on it, I came across this Instagram quote by Lauren DeMoss 

"Doing something to prove someone else wrong is the wrong motivation to do anything." 

Sometimes we give way too much importance to haters or to negative people. I have come across quite a few (well intended) quotes encouraging people to prove them wrong by becoming successful at what they said you would not be. I have to admit when I first read them, it sounded good. For some reason, at that moment, indulging on my revengeful desire seemed so legitimate. Especially when it's written with a pretty font and everything like most repinned quotes on Pinterest are. However, I was confronted and asked myself the following question: Why should someone who does not encourage me, love me, or even pray for me have any of my attention, thoughts, or even worse, be the reason for my success? 

Let us not do anything to prove anyone anything, but whatever we do, let us do it for the glory of God and to accomplish His will and purpose in our lives. 

I found that when I let difficulties mold me and when "(...) endurance is fully developed, (I) will be perfect and complete, needing nothing." (James 1:4) In other words, negativity and struggle are inevitable, which means that instead of fighting it, I have the choice to adjust my sail and surrender that which bothers and hurts me to God and let Him teach me how to grow and forgive. Smart mouthing, or clever twitting comebacks to people are also negative ways for me to deal with it. Instead, I reluctantly (because hey, I have a lot to say to negative people) walk away from it because by doing so, I am dying to my self and letting patience do its work in me.  

I strive to spread love, positivity, and support to everyone with whom I cross paths. That being said, I only allow people that encourage me, love me, and pray for me to talk into my life and keep me accountable. 

  • Do you feel like trying something new but are afraid of what others may say?
  • Have an awesome project burning in your heart but feel like you are late in the game and perhaps others can do it better? 
  • You sometimes get discouraged to follow your dream because you sometimes wonder if it's worth it. 
Do not give up, please don't. This takes a lot of work and a lot of testing but through it all you are at the right place if you have decided to follow God's purpose for your life. 

How have you encountered negativity? How have you dealt with it? Have the results been freeing? 

Ps. I've been doodling lately and I have finally found the guts to share some of my summer inspiration (on the picture). I am also working on a retro bachelorette party for one of the prettiest brides ever, preparing posts and a few more exciting things coming up that I can't wait to share with you. What are your summer plans? Do share! 

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