Let me begin by just saying Happy Halloween friends! Eat tons of candy and stay away from clowns!
Okay all joking aside, let's get into it.
Last night, one of my friends, a sixty- something year old woman (what can I say, I'm an old soul) made a comment about my skin being clearer than usual. Always nice. "What are you doing different?" she asked. The answer? Really, LITERALLY nothing. I am using the same facial cleanser and moisturizer which is the entirety of my skincare routine. Okay, you most likely do not want to hear about my boring and probably insufficient skincare routine; but it was her reply that really stuck with me. Her eyebrows perked up and she smiled and said: "Oh, then it must be love". I giggled in agreement.
Although this was a small, casual gesture, it spoke volumes to me. It really got me thinking about all areas of my life. My relationship with my amazing boyfriend (which was most likely what she was gesturing to), my workplace, my ministry work, schoolwork and even my hobbies. In this season, although EXTREMELY busy, I just feel an overwhelming and overflowing amount of LOVE. I am currently a full time student, have a part time job at a dental office, am involved in two amazing ministries at my church where I am also taking a leadership class, AND get to do what I love with people I love on the side. Although it is a full plate, for me this is what brings me a full heart.
In the leadership class I briefly mentioned, we are reading a book called "The Entitlement Cure: Finding Success in Doing Hard Things the Right Way". (Seriously, check it out) In a recent chapter, the author talks about establishing a "Life Team"; in short, finding and recognizing a group of people who love you and will help you grow; including loving you enough to keep you accountable for your actions and goals. Upon reading this chapter today and thinking on what my friend had said last night, I realized that I have already found my life team, whether I knew it or not. I already have a group of people who love me and grow me and I am constantly floored by the amount of love and kindness God has put in their hearts, as well as the fact that he allows me the privilege to know and grow with them.
My prayer for you (and everyone) today is that you will be able to find and recognize the group of people in your life who make up your life team and that you are filled to the brim. Filled to the tippity top with love and gratitude.
Yes I know that it is not love in particular that prevents acne, but the lack of stress and anxiety, blah blah blah, but that, my friends is what love does. Love casts out stress and anxiety. So yes, having clearer skin is definitely nice, but the reason behind it is even nicer. Smiley face <3