Bark and Bite

Psalm 141:3
~Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;keep watch over the doors of my lips!

I am doing a 30 day self esteem challenge in support of someone very close to me. I did not come up with the challenge myself. It is a conglomerate of mental illness mouse on tumblr and faithfitnessfun.com.

Day 1 is: Choose a facial feature you like on yourself.

I love my lips. My whole mouth actually. It is the vessel used to express myself. Sometimes it is a double edged sword but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. As I grow and I learn to control my lips and appreciate them, I am growing stronger. I am learning when to bark and when to bite.

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Please share your favorite facial feature with me!

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Who Is the Queen in the Room?

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Do feelings of inferiority prevent you from moving to the next level? No? Are you sure? In the reverse, do you have too much confidence and fail to relate well to others? Do you have the courage to find the happy medium?

The funny thing about arrogance and low self-esteem is they are opposites but they can create the same end result.    If you think too highly of yourself you will drive others away. If you think you’re beneath others, you will drive them away because they will believe what you believe. They will accept the ideal you sold them through the demonstration of your actions. The end result is involuntary solitude.

“Alone is such a nebulous state when one is queen.”
~ Rae Carso, The Crown of Embers

Do you recognize your own regal nature? Do you accept your nobility? If you do, do you force others to recognize it also?

1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood,  a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

You have the authority to change life. Whether it be yours or someone else’s, the authorization is yours. It was given to you. Conduct yourself in a regal manner. It has nothing to do with your monetary circumstances. My mom used to say, “You can’t be a king with no gold.” I beg to differ with mom a bit. Wisdom, devotion, and emotional relatability have a indispensable  unparalleled currency. I really believe that. There is something so valuable about someone you can trust, someone who is kind, and someone who is warm.

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There are different kinds of kings and queens. Choose who you want to be.

“Circumstance does not make the man;it reveals him to himself.”
~As A Man Thinketh, James Allen

When you are nervous, impatient, challenged or afraid …just ask yourself who the queen in the room is. Empower yourself and encourage yourself or Shut Ya Mouth and Call Me Ugly.

By: Shaun Nickens