Love Yourself 8/16/2019

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by C.J. Peterson

This day and age everyone is trying to be like everyone else. What people sometimes forget, is that you were created to be an original. Without these original geniuses, where would the world be:

  • Charles Dickens had MAJOR OCD, but still managed to produce wonderful works of literature that we enjoy even today
  • Albert Einstein had a developmental speech disorder when he was younger, but turned into one of the most brilliant minds in our country.
  • Sigmund Freud struggled with addiction and depression, yet he had some brilliant ideas in the field of psychology. (Some, not so much)
  • Ben Franklin often started his days with an ‘air bath’ (stood in front of an open window without clothing), was a drunk, and a womanizer, yet he is one of our founding fathers.
  • Nikola Tesla despite the fact that he had OCD, and later became obsessed with the number 3, he made major breakthroughs in radio, robotics, and electricity.
  • Vincent Van Gogh suffered from severe depression, alcoholism, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, but today his creations are still in high demand.

Why did I mention this group of brilliant individuals? Simple. The world today says in order to be famous or a success, we must look and act a certain way. While during their time, these guys may have not had the best reputation, the world has definitely changed, and been made a better place because they decided to be who they were created to be. Who are YOU created to be? Are you being yourself, or what the world thinks you should be?

God created you for a purpose. You were created to deliver the gift He created in you for a reason. First, though, you MUST learn to love yourself. Love the gift He gave you. And, be brave enough to step up and share it with the world!
Love Yourself

About the Author:

CJ PetersonI was raised in a Christian military home, but it was far from tranquil. Like many young people, I left home as soon as possible, and went my own way, thinking I knew better. To me anything was better than where I was. Unfortunately, some of the choices I made led me away from the Lord, and sometimes that path was a dangerous one.
God is faithful, even when His children are lost and wandering. When I needed Him most, the Lord was there for me. He led me out of that danger and into a new life…a life where I am loved and appreciated. He taught me what ‘real love’ is, and what it’s supposed to look like through my family and wonderful husband.
Who knew that “Prince Charming” actually existed? I hoped and prayed he was out there, and I found him! He is a 24 year Navy veteran and the love of my life! With his encouragement, I rediscovered the creativity I thought I had lost a long time ago, and have begun to publish the books I have written through the years. The words in these books helped me through my struggles, and my prayer is they will help others.
The way in which I write my Christian Books, is unique to say the least. I am a realistic Christian. People are people, they stumble, they fall, they trip, but God continues to dust us off, and set us back on the path again, if we just learn to trust in Him.
The challenges faced in my past give me a perspective on the realities of living the Christian life that some people may never see. There are times we wander away from God…there are times when we draw closer to Him. In our arrogance we think we can make it on our own. However, the One who made this world, and who made you, has the answers, and thankfully, He forgives our impudence and petulance and loves us through it all. God is a God of love, mercy, grace, and guidance. He loves us and only wants the best for us.
Those who have read my books, describe them as encouraging, frustrating, and a wonderful read all at the same time. The same character that could have you crying one minute, will have you cheering the next! One of my editors, stated that ‘she was so into the story, that she forgot to edit, and had to go back to do the editing’.
I pray you will enjoy my books as well!

While the stories are fiction, the journey is real.

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