“I am a child of God. That’s the only consistent lasting basis for self esteem. We come from God, and we go back to God. Our lives are in his hands. We are worthy because He says we are worthy. He thought we were worthy to be born, He thinks we are worthy to live, and He had made provision of His forgiveness available to us because we are worthy to live forever” –John Fopp. To love YOU is to value yourself; having value for YOU are all about having good self- esteem, self worth or self-appreciation. This quality will determine how YOU raise above your limitations; so how much do you love yourself? How much you know and accept yourself determines how much you love yourself How much you love yourself will determine how much you love others. How much you love yourself will determine the standard you set for yourself and your capacity to live up to the highest standard possible without compromising. How much you love yourself will determine how much you respect and value yourself, how much you respect and value yourself determines how much you respect and value people How much you love yourself determines personal effectiveness and quality of your relationship with others. How much you love yourself will determine how much confidence you have in yourself and your abilities and this in turn determine how much confidence people will have in you How much you love yourself will determine how much others will love you How much you love yourself will determine how much you approve of your life and this determines how much other people will approve of you How much you love yourself will determine how much you will make out of yourself and this determine how much you will make out of life When you love yourself you will invest your time wisely rather than spend it on trivial and self defeating activities The more you love yourself, the greater will be the goal or dreams you will set for yourself The more you love yourself the more persistent you will be in pursuing your dreams: never giving up on yourself and your dreams The more you love yourself the more you will improve on yourself in every important areas of your life The more you love yourself the more constructive habits you will imbibe and will discard destructive habits The more you love yourself the happier you will feel about the success of other people The more you love yourself the less pressure you will feel about earning the love and approval of other The more you love yourself the more you are able to act according to your values and conviction irrespective of the opinions of others The more you love yourself the less you will compete with others and the more you will compliment them The more you love yourself the fewer faults you will find in others and the more you will compliment them How much you love yourself determines if you will invest your time or spend it The more you love yourself the more positive will be your thoughts, words, feeling and behaviours Joyce Meyer wrote “a strong woman knows how to keep her life in order: Even with tears in her eyes, she still manages to say “Am Ok” with a smile”. Rise above that limitations today and be strong I LOVE MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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