Dear Courageous Girl,

Sometimes things happen in life that are completely out of our control, that strip us of our self-esteem, confidence, and hope. These things can continue to taint us and put a stain on our lives for years and years until they distort the truth of who we really are . . . until we actually start believing the lies that come along with these kinds of experiences.

LISTEN . . . you are NOT what has happened to you, no matter what the circumstances are surrounding the situation. There is NEVER anything you did that makes you deserve to be treated badly, to be abused or to have horrible things happen to you at the hands of another.

If you are caught up believing a lie that says you will never overcome being hurt or abused, you will never be the same. You will never be able to move past the belief that you somehow deserved it or brought it on yourself. Please stop, beautiful friend. PLEASE STOP.

You are precious, beautiful, and pure. Your life matters SO MUCH. YOU matter so much. Whatever has happened to you that has tried to blow out the light in your soul, don’t ever believe there’s not a flame anymore. YOU are still in there. You are healing, overcoming, and becoming every day.

See the beautiful truth of who you really are.

You are so very, very loved.