Importance of Self Love

Self love is important in setting the stage for all chapters of your life, such as your relationships, friendships, career and personal growth. The level in which you love yourself will determine how you allow others to treat you and how you treat yourself. It is important to truly love yourself in order for you to be able to love others and most importantly to love God.

Loving yourself means you have accepted yourself just the way God made you, whether short,tall,light skin or dark skin you have accepted your outer beauty as well as your inner beauty. You have recognized your strengths and weaknesses and you have capitalized on your strengths and are working on your weaknesses.

For example you’re good at singing; you don’t join the dance group if  you know you’re not good at dancing, you sharpen your singing skills, and you take singing classes, you learn an instrument you capitalize on it, and yes you can take dance classes if you love dancing but perfecting that which you are already good at will make you  better if not the greatest in your field, and that’s why loving your self is the first step in becoming your greatest self, as you love yourself you work on bettering yourself.

Written by

Laurna Guiste

The Greater You movement,a movement aimed at inspiring both women and men alike, to accept and love themselves. Also, encouraging persons to tap into their greatness and becoming who God has called them to be.

Step Out, Rise Up.

Step Out, Rise Up.

Hands clasped, and lowered eyes as you pray,

You know you are going to make it.

You are powerful beyond measure, you are wonderful.

No matter what may come your way, you believe in yourself.

Many place tags on you because they do not understand you.

They try to define you, but you are not moved by their words.

You are extraordinary, special and you stand out;

But most of all, you know your worth.

You are going to make it in this world,

Because in you lies the essence, to make it happen.

So step out, rise up.

Make it happen.

Written by

Laurna Guiste

Excerpt from my Book “The Greater You”

Don’t walk into the light

Don’t walk into the light,though its what I’m getting used to,Don’t walk off on us just yet,

Come back,step back into this tunnel,and i’m praying that you find some decency in you which will give light to the pathway that will guide you back home. While you were here,i know you danced on the broad path,stayed up late and flirted with darkness,you were not always nice and you oftentimes cursed the God that made you so beautiful,and claimed he didn’t exist you darn fool!

I was always  angry at your decisions,for hating me for standing on that hill, and waving so you could see me,and that you’d see how strong He makes me, but  your wind and energy were aimed to out my flame,you wanted to be water to my fire,now for your sake i wish that water would cleanse you,so God would please spare you,so

Don’t walk into the light!

Written by

Laurna Guiste

(Matthew 5:14)You are the light of the world–like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.

Ladies, Listen up!

Dear Ladies,

Learn to love yourself enough that men wont feel like they are doing you a favor when they pass you on the streets to say hey,ensure the reason why they stopped to have a talk with you is because of the radiance of your smile and not that skirt that’s exposes all your thighs. Ladies get to know yourself before you allow any man to know you,be wise enough to not let a man seduce you into his bed by the mare smell of his skin,swaying of his tongue and look of his eyes,ladies be strong and like the women of the bible let him work hard to get to know the real you.

Ladies wear your crowns with pride,strive for modesty,honesty,don’t let these players push it to the side and rape the standards that you placed so high, don’t let it fall to pieces just because he knew the right lines.

Ladies you are one to be courted,loved and respected, fearfully and wonderfully made,you’re valuable,precious for on the cross your price was paid,no man can love you more than Christ, for you He gave  His life,and He doesn’t want you to trade  His temple,your body for rice.

You are a queen who deserves  a king who knows how to lead you,a man who cares,loves and protects you, he will be honest and won’t mislead you,he’ll fast and pray and serve with you.A man of God that He  will help find you.

So ladies wait as God prepares you

Written by

Laurna Guiste

A champion’s cry

I wanted to be used by God but i didn’t realize how much i was still caged by my own selfish desires. Christ i said was my everything i quoted the Scriptures and encouraged others to lay their burdens at God’s feet and let God carry their baggage’s ,it was as though i spoke to everyone but myself as i took on my own to wrestle these demons. i couldn’t win this battle,i felt prey over and over and over again and overtime i thought the fight was won,my opponents would hit me with a secret blow. I honestly feel defeated in this race,as many of my brethren expected me to have been closer to the finish line or at least won a gold medal by now i mean i had the talks of a champion but where were my trophies to show for it.

Truth is i had been in this race long enough to fake it, i learnt the songs,testimonies,bible verses  long enough to look like i was making it,but honestly i was struggling,i was fluctuating in my walk and I had no one to blame but myself.I must admit i have had some victories,won some fights,given my opponents some serious punches and marks but i forgot that this enemy wasn’t defeated my just me, i had God fighting for me and i forgot that this enemy never gives up,so the times he got me were the times i let my guard down,i compromised and i didn’t stay beneath God’s protection.

I have failed miserably, and i realize i cant continue like this as many people are looking up to me to win this battle, i cant quit because i owe myself this championship,i wont let the enemy win because God has been to good to me to let that happen.Christ didn’t save me to barely make it to heaven,he saved me because He loves me and has a purpose for me.so i stand amidst my pain and struggles,i stand amidst my trials and mistakes and i look to God to heal my wounds and make me whole.

I am going to make it, i am going to take the necessary steps,discipline,training to get in this match and fight,it is not going to be easy,it is going to be painful,but no pain no gain. So help me God I am going to FIGHT this good fight of faith with God as my coach and number one fan.

Written by

Laurna Guiste

Intruder Alert!

Intruder Alert!

Touched by hands that were sweaty, smelly, hands I didn’t want come near me,

Hands that were harden and bruised from the tools he handled earlier on today in the backyard,

He worked for my dad, he was a cousin, a brother, a friend, not a stranger that snuck in, but we handed him the keys, and he unlocked a part of me that made him an intruder to my soul,

I was no longer whole, he took pieces of me and tore me apart like a raged doll, he tore me limb from limb and left me possessed  with a hatred, bitterness and discomfort from myself,

Was pulled down from my polished shelf, brought to the ground, trampled upon and left there,

Tears to my cheeks as I didn’t understand the feelings that rolled over me, like a heavy ,cloak nothing seemed to protect me, My experience shattered how I view sex and I became a victim to the cruelty  of an untamed human.

Forgiveness felt as a mask I was forced to wear, as I wanted to rip it off, let everyone see my hurts and tears, let the world mourn, cry and feel every ounce of my betrayal.

For years I walked liked a sepulcher of bones of dark secrets, and no matter how I tried at first I couldn’t move pass it,

How and why did this happen to me, I couldn’t figure out how God was going to heal me,

Questions without answers, knocking on doors that seemed sealed, and screaming at ears that seemed shut, I went through all sorts of emotions until one day slowly I began to lose my grip on something that was hurting me more than it was hurting him,

God touched my heart and made me at ease, and I learnt to accept what I couldn’t change

I learnt to forgive myself and I forgave him, though nothing wasn’t the same,

God was planning to use my pain to show how ugly we are, and capable of His unconditional love,

And though we fail Him time and time again He forgives us,

And so I forgave and I accepted forgiveness

Written by

Laurna Guiste

The Tobacco Monster

BEWARE OF TOBACCO: IT IS A KILLER

They conceal me in boxes, pouches, cartons, tins and packages.

Label me front and back with well – designed health warnings and messages.

They do so to notify that I’m bad to persons of all ages;

For I am The Tobacco Monster, a killer.

Though it’s made clear and bold,

My tales of making folks morbid and causing premature deaths are many to be told.

I brew several health defects,

So they aim to keep me under control.

I contain benzene, a known cancer-causing substance,

I’m hazardous; with me I wouldn’t dare you to take a chance.

I cause more mischief than just tinting ones teeth.

I’m a gruesome monster whose insane narcotic health risks,

Are not to be played with,

So they package me, and they cage me,

Try to restrict me,

In attempts that you’d quit me,

For I am addictive in nature,

For sure, they’re not to deceive or mislead you,

For I am truly the monster which kills you!

written by

Laurna Guiste

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salvation is what? FREE

Salvation is what? FREE

Way to salvation

It is not God’s will that any man should but all should come into repentance.

Romans 10:9 & 10 if you confess with your mouth (confession) the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart ( belief) that God raised Him from the dead you will be saved.

Mark 16:16 you must believe and be baptized to be saved. Acts 16: 30 & 31

Salvation comes by God’s grace Titus 2:11-12

The way to God / salvation is narrow (Matthew 7:13-14)

We can be saved no other way Acts 4:12

Call on the name of the Lord and you shall be saved Acts 2:21

It’s God’s will that all men repent 2nd Peter 3:9

Who will inherit God’s kingdom 1st Corinthians 6:9-10

All things are possible with God Luke 18:27

Christ died for us sinners Romans 5:7& 8

Christ came to seek those that were lost Luke 19:10

Christ will appear unto those who look for Him Hebrews 9:28

Romans 5: 10 we shall be saved by Christ life.

I have accepted Jesus as my Lord and personal Savior for more than ten years now and I will be honest it hasn’t been easy but it is definitely been worth it. God is faithful and has kept me through every hardship and trial I have faced. I came from a Christ believing home and it was easy for me to step into the Christian faith since I was known as a goodie-goodie two shoe but I was a sinner nonetheless and I still failed God after I accepted Him into my life, I messed up deeply at times but would always feel guilty and beg for God’s forgiveness, and He is a faithful God who will forgive you, so He forgives me.

My whole life is based on God’s mercy, love and provision, when I was younger I almost died twice, I was almost electrocuted and secondly I rolled down a valley that was supposed to kill me, but see God protected  me for His purpose. I had this shy, quiet and timid personality, I never stood up for my right and  I allowed people to walk all over me. I suffered with low self esteem for years, was sexually molested as a kid, so I always kept to myself, too afraid to share my thoughts on anything. Because of my quiet and shy personality people bullied me and called me stupid long enough I started to believe them. I struggled for the first three months of my high school years trying to fit in and find myself, I didn’t do what the other girls did, my dad was super strict and didn’t allow me to go anywhere, so I had no real friends. During those hard years I surrendered my life to Jesus and I slowly I started to make some friends and I blossomed into an attractive young woman so guys became attracted to me but because of my strict upbringing I never dated while in high school. My grades still suffered though since I still experienced f low self esteem and didn’t have the motivation to do anything I was too afraid to try anything.

My grades were miserable and they didn’t change till my brother gave me a good old whooping to straighten me out and had a long talk with me about the importance of an education. I believe the subject I always passed was English, since I always loved writing and creating characters and situations I guess it was my escape from the cruel world I lived in. My grades significantly improved and I got deeper into my relationship with God, I became an active member of my church youth group where I got exposed to speaking in front a crowd the youth leader had no idea how much he helped me conquer my fears. My participation in speaking in front a crowd increased as I began ministering and I got comfortable speaking into the lives of people. I read the word more and through many pastors and the word I began to see how much God loves me and began to accept myself gradually. I became bolder and was encouraged to be my best, because God loved me just how I am, flaws and all.

As my college years went by I did pull away from God as I wanted to experiment and I did fail miserably at that because God wouldn’t allow me to do anything sinful without me feeling guilty about it, I found myself back to God and I took a back seat because I didn’t feel good enough to be used in ministry for God, I became stagnant for years and lacked motivation to be all God called me to be. During that time I went from relationship to relationship trying to feel the void that was in my heart, I wanted to feel loved so bad that I fell for anything that looked like it. I lacked self worth and value and God taught me some hard lessons so I could come back to him. My experiences inspired my first book called The Greater You, people have no idea all what I have been through all the hurts, mistakes, heart breaks, disappointments but I still held unto God and He has kept me in the midst of it all.

During all that I have been through God has always provided, protected, forgiven and helped me, He doesn’t look at you the way man does, He sees our hearts and if we desire to please Him He will show up and help us because He truly loves us. That is not all my story I maybe will write a book about it one day, but I do want to encourage you to surrender your life to Jesus and give Him a chance to love you pass your pain and regrets.

Written by

Laurna Guiste

I am Woman

Beauty ,Intelligent ,Elegant and Sensitivity …. These are some of the characteristics she carries . Really & Truly does this say who or what she is all about
No doubt in my mind that woman is a man with a womb .
Hence the given name
She is faced with the husles and busles of life
Yet still stands strong
She is an overcomer
No one seems to understand her capability
Or her desires
Though her attire may say something else
A woman is not defined by her clothes
Rather knowing who she is in this world

At times she may be feeble
Her ability to rely on self
Makes her independent
The day woman meets
Prince charming
She is entangled by his unconditional love for her
Then realization takes over
She no longer leans on herself
Instead it’s on His shoulder
He cherishes her with every fiber in his body
Only because of the Passion he has for her
Woman is Virtuous
A rare pearl in a Golden box
I AM A WOMAN ……

Written by

Tessa Titre