One of the best books I have read on how to build great relationships. Van Moody, a pastor from Birmingham, Alabama explains that “there are no neutral relationships.” The People Factor provides you with clear steps on how to approach relationships and to build them to be stronger than ever. He covers the laws that govern relationships and asks thought-provoking questions to help you enhance your “relational IQ”. This book illuminates God’s word in magnificent ways and allowed me to gain a greater understanding of the different types of relationships used throughout the Bible. By using examples from the Bible, Van Moody demonstrates that whenever “God wants to do something in a person’s life, He usually does it through a relationship.” Whether you are looking to define what to look for in a healthy relationship, find out if you are in a toxic one or learn how to end a relationship that is hurting you; this book covers it all. The People Factor not only taught me a great deal about myself, it made me incredibly grateful for the friends and support system I have surrounded myself with. It made me grateful for the relationship I have with God and that I can seek his word to find help on relationships that is still relevant in today’s world! I encourage you to take the time to read this book and watch as it transforms your relationships.
Ladies, this is a touchy subject when it comes to loving ourselves. This is an area I have struggled with and I am still learning and growing.
When you look at youself, what do you see? How do you feel? This question isn’t always easy to answer. There are tons of bible verse that talk about how God sees us.
* You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14
* Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.” Philipphians 2:15
So why is it that we have a hard time seeing or even believing what He says?
I believe that as we get closer to God, continue to walk in obedience with Him and get to know Him, he reveals more of himself to us. As we know, if we try to hang on to our lives we will lose them but if we will lose our lives for Him we will find them.
I honestly believe that when we find our lives through Christ he provides us with the strength we need to face up to the hurts that may have caused us to look at ourselves negatively.
I encourage you to get into his presence and let him reveal and heal those hurts. In that, we will be set free from past hurts that used to define us and we can make room for God’s truth (which now defines us, who we are in Him and how we are to live).
So to begin this series, for today just take the time to look at yourself and try to look beyond the physical. Do you like who you are? Whether yes or no, why? What are the things you like about yourself?