Self-Love Arsenal

The word “arsenal” is defined as “a store or supply,”  “a store of anything regarded as weapons,” and a “stock of weapons.” Through my battles with low self-esteem, depression, anxiety and now bipolar disorder 2, I’ m learning that music, as well as words of encouragement & inspiration,are powerful weapons. If used frequently and at the right moment, they can silence the voices that tell us we aren’t good enough, aren’t worthy enough, are ugly, we won’t make it, we have nothing to live for, we are nothing, and all the other lies those conditions try to make us believe. Music has often been what God has used to speak to me-no matter what genre-and it’s always my first line of defense when I’m down in the pit and my banner of victory when I’m feeling fantastic. The Bible says that the power of life & death are in the tongue-words we hear, words we speak about ourselves, and words spoken into our lives by others have power-the power to either bring life and uplift something in us, or destroy, rape and kill a part of us inside.
My hope and prayer is that you will find the this page loaded with weapons-weapons that will uplift, encourage, empower and inspire you to keep going when you want to give up. Weapons that will help kill, destroy, and silence the words and thoughts that keep you from recognizing your awesome power & potential in life. I hope you can do what I do and use what you find here and wear them like a carpenter wears his tool belt-tools of support and encouragement close by for when you need to use them. When you’re having a bad day, I hope that you find something here that gives you hope and inspiration-whether through a song or an inspirational quote, I hope what you find here meets you right where you are and touches that part of you that needs it. I hope it also encourages you to build up your own arsenal-in a journal, on an mp3 player, or wherever you can, I want to encourage you and even challenge you to build your own store of weapons to help you fight the giants in your life.
No matter what we are suffering from or dealing with in life, I don’t believe we were made to spend our days wallowing in the pit…We were made for more. My goal is to help you and even myself believe and live these truths on a daily basis. 

“This actually made me cry. Tears rolling down my cheeks, wiping my nose with my sleeve, cry. Why? Because my first thought was, “she’s gorgeous” and my second thought was “hey, that’s what my stomach looks like” and suddenly the two came together for me. She is gorgeous. And she doesn’t look like she lived on celery and lemon water for weeks on end. She looks like me. And like so many other women I know. And I’m okay with that.” (from Pinterest)

‎’God’s love shines into the darkness of my struggle and pain and illuminates clear the exquisite beauty He has created within me.’ Mark Brown

I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it. – Maya Angelou

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
– Maya Angelou

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”
mary anne radmacher

I don’t know if I continue, even today, always liking myself. But what I learned to do many years ago was to forgive myself. It is very important for every human being to forgive herself or himself because if you live, you will make mistakes- it is inevitable. But once you do and you see the mistake, then you forgive yourself and say, ‘well, if I’d known better I’d have done better,’ that’s all. So you say to people who you think you may have injured, ‘I’m sorry,’ and then you say to yourself, ‘I’m sorry.’ If we all hold on to the mistake, we can’t see our own glory in the mirror because we have the mistake between our faces and the mirror; we can’t see what we’re capable of being. You can ask forgiveness of others, but in the end the real forgiveness is in one’s own self. I think that young men and women are so caught by the way they see themselves. Now mind you. When a larger society sees them as unattractive, as threats, as too black or too white or too poor or too fat or too thin or too sexual or too asexual, that’s rough. But you can overcome that. The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don’t have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as hell we should never teach. Maya Angelou

The one thing you can’t take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one’s freedoms is to choose ones attitude in any given circumstance.” Victor Frankl

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.
Norman Vincent Peale

The rewards for those who persevere far exceed the pain that must precede the victory.Ted W. Engstrom

When we forgive evil we do not excuse it, we do not tolerate it, we do not smother it. We look the evil full in the face, call it what it is, let its horror shock and stun and enrage us, and only then do we forgive it.
Lewis B. Smedes

“Just like moons, and like suns,
with the certainty of tides,
just like hopes springing high,
still, I’ll rise.”
Maya Angelou

“It takes courage…to endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.” Marianne Williamson

“Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.” Corrie Ten Boom

“Happiness isn’t something that depends on our surroundings…It’s something we make inside ourselves.” -Corrie Ten Boom

‎”I learned that true forgiveness is total self-acceptance. And out of acceptance wounds are healed and happiness is possible again.” – Catharine Marshall

“There is no pit so deep, that God’s love is not deeper still.” 
― Corrie Ten Boom

“When we lose twenty pounds… we may be losing the twenty best pounds we have! We may be losing the pounds that contain our genius, our humanity, our love and honesty.” – Woody Allen

A woman who cannot be ugly is not beautiful.  ~Karl Kraus

Forgiveness is the final form of love.
Reinhold Niebuhr

If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.
Gail Sheehy

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.
C. S. Lewis

Courage allows the successful woman to fail-
and learn powerful lessons-
from the failure-
so that in the end,
she didn’t fail at all.
– Maya Angelou

Each of us has that right, that possibility, to invent ourselves daily. If a person does not invent herself, she will be invented. So, to be bodacious enough to invent ourselves is wise.
– Maya Angelou

Lumps, bumps, lines, wrinkles, spots, dots, pimples… these things are not flaws or problems, fierce ones! These things are simply part of the package. Part of what it means to be REAL and ALIVE and HUMAN. Remember that what you see on glossy magazines pages is an illusion. No need to compare and despair. Instead, revel in the earthy, raw, messy, and absolutely amazing reality of being YOU. -Fierce Love For Every Body

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