You Are Loved
You don’t need to do anything to be loved.
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Jeanette Peterson 0:07
Have you ever automatically written somebody off because they love so much and you love so little that you automatically write them off as somebody who could love you because you don't love you?
Jeanette Peterson 0:32
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Jeanette Peterson 1:38
Girl, hey, Jeanette, back at it again ready to drop a hot one! What? No, I'm just kidding. But I am Jeanette. So who are you? And then we just like, what's your name? Where are you from? How many kids do you have? Etc, etc. I mean, like, Who are you really. Because I want you to know that the hairs on your head are numbered. Sometimes I don't think that we see that we're valuable God, especially when we're living in sin or not doing the things we're supposed to be doing. And drinking all the time. I'm talking about myself, drinking all the time, and cursing all the time and like not doing all the things we're supposed to be doing. So Who Who are we right? And I want us to remember, I'm talking to myself, remember that. And I want to remember that the very hairs on my head are numbered. Even the wigs I wear he knows how many hairs are in them than wigs, I promise you he does. And sometimes I forget my value. Not only my value as like a mom or a spouse, my value as a person to God. And Luke 12 Seven, it says, In the very hairs in your head are numbered. So don't be afraid you're more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows. And just before that, he's talking about how he feeds them every day and how they go about and they're loved. And as a people as a as a flock of birds, they are very valuable to God. Yesterday, I was walking in the woods with my daughter. And we were it's like a trail near where we live. And I could just hear all the acorns falling, just clip. And she literally handed me a fistful of acorns that she had collected during her walk and was like, Mom, I gotta take these home. These are amazing. I love them so much. And I was like wanting to lose his stupid acorns. Like there's a million of them out here. Like why these four. And then I realized even though there are a million of them out there, I could literally hear them falling. She chose these four that we're special to her. And I think that I forget that.
Jeanette Peterson 4:16
God wants us to be like a child in his eyes like with that wonder and that love. And just seeing her love these little acorns is like, Oh, God loves us even more than this. God cares about us even more than this. God is walking around. And I can just imagine God like being the Holy Spirit just flying around walking around. I don't know how he does his thing. Okay, just being around and being like, Oh, you are so loved. I love you. You are so special. This is the one this is the one that's gonna do these great amazing things for me and I love it. He loves us more than a whole flock of sparrows. I think it's hard to imagine how God could could love us like that, or just like cherish like that. Because sometimes I don't feel like we love ourselves. You know what I mean? Like when we're looking in the mirror and you're like, oh, this part of me is gross. And I have this scar from over here from this thing that happened, and not even looking at the inside of me and all the scars that are on the inside of me, but just the ones on the outside of my body, and like not really loving myself the way that I want to be loved. But we have to love ourselves, right? We have to like, love ourselves, we have to do some of that hard work, we have to work on our mental health, we have to, like learn more things, and develop as a person. And this reminds me of a Bible verse that goes to acquire wisdom is to love yourself, people who cherish understanding will prosper. Now I'm not a theologian. But I do know that the more that I've learned about myself, The Good, the Bad, all the in between, that I'm more able to love myself as a whole person, even the yucky stuff.
Jeanette Peterson 6:27
And using that grace, to understand why I did the things I did, or why the people who did things to me did the things that they did. And so I'm like trying to understand it doesn't mean that I that I think they did right or they're good people or anything like that, I just realized that I can cherish them. Or I can cherish the understanding that I have to understand why people do the things that they do. So working on my mental health, and finding new ways of thinking and just trying to find a different avenue, rather than like automatically going to, they're against me, they hate me, they don't want this for me. I couldn't go to they were protecting themselves. They were being selfish for themselves. They were trying to protect themselves, they were scared, they were hurt, they were XYZ and then having an understanding of why I have done things in the past. Because then I can start to love myself. And sometimes I think that we don't go to God because we don't love ourselves and we expect him to treat us the way we treat us. If you've ever done that, have you ever automatically written somebody off because they love so much and you love so little that you automatically write them off as somebody who could love you because you don't love you? Or you keep treating yourself in a certain way, and you have these impossible standards for yourself. And so not only are you putting them on other people, but when other people ask you ask of you something, you automatically assume they have the same standards as you. They don't typically, even if you're in a familial relationship, like they're your mother, sister, brother, cousin, something like that, that does not automatically mean that their standards are the same. And most of the time, they're impossible perfectionist standards that nobody can obtain. Barely them. But they think that that's the same standard that God is setting us to. Which is not true at all. Because God loves you now. God loves you and your weed smoking your crack pipe doing your drinking every day, your selfishness, your whatever. He loves you now he doesn't wait until you're perfect to love you. That's not what love is. I know us as humans, we like to think that well when x, y and z gets better, then I can go to church, then I can talk to God, then I can pray then I can then then then when that's actually not true. You don't have to do anything.
Jeanette Peterson 9:50
My pastor was talking the other day about how he encountered somebody that was not a Christian and they were golfing together and they asked what makes your religion differ into my religion. Besides the basics of I, the basis of Christianity is, you know that Jesus is the Son of God, and He came to earth, and He rose after three days, and he is the savior. That's basic Christianity in a nutshell. But he also said that the difference between Christianity and other religions is Grace, Grace first. Because God loves us now. In Titus three, it says, Because of grace, He made us right in his sight, and gave us confidence that will inherit eternal life. So who was he in the sentence, right? So verse six says, He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior, that is the Holy Spirit, that is the H S, the HBIC, in charge the HS coming down, he with us every single day, he lives inside of us, he is a reason that we can do anything that we can do. He has resurrection, He gives us the resurrection power and our blood. He's the one he is the one, the Holy Spirit.Jeanette Peterson:
We say he because I mean, it's, it is an IT. As far as I'm concerned, I don't know, whatever, but the Holy Spirit gave us grace. And he made his right in his sight. And he loves us now. And he gives us grace. He gives us the grace to say you know what? She messed up. But you know, I still love her. I still love everything about her. I still know how many hairs on her head there are I still know everything about her because I extend grace to her. And I love her. It's so easy to put those impossible standards on us and our children and everybody else around us. Because we think that that's how we can be a good person. But that's not it. How to be a good person is given love, and grace. And knowing more about yourself, so you can do that to other people. Recognize your hurt, heal your hurt. And then extend that grace and love to other people so they can do the same. Sometimes I think our society is just built. So that way we don't ever do that. We don't ever experience the Holy Spirit. We don't ever grow outside of ourselves. In fact, we're watching TV shows that show low. In fact, we're watching shows that show low intelligence people. In fact, watching shows this show people with low emotional intelligence that are not in tune with the Holy Spirit or God or anything else. And they're just operating from a place of hurt, pain and scariness which are not from God. None of us are from God. So we're literally watching and thinking that's how we should act because that's how society is telling us to act because it's not from God. So my friend, I need you to know that you are loved. Just how you are.Jeanette Peterson:
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