What is love?

A year ago, I had this counselor who gave me a writing challenge.

She asked me this simple question, “What is love to you?”

These are the words that came pouring out of my heart…

Love is noticing the little things. @nursehealingadvocate

What is love?

Love is…

Noticing the little things

Sideways glances, silly smirks

Playful winks across the room

Saying my name with tenderness and joy

Spending time connecting with me

Walking, talking, laughing, joking

Snuggling on the couch

to watch a movie or our favorite show

read books together

just talk and listen with our whole hearts

dancing together in the kitchen

encouraging each other often

to chase our passions and dreams

texting and calling just to say,

“I miss you” – “I love you” – “I believe in you!” –

“You’ve got this!” – How can I love you today?”,

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Love is knowing me

And not knowing just about me

But knowing who I authentically am

Knowing what makes me tick

My likes, my dislikes

My victory, my disgrace

And still…

Wanting and needing to be with me

Love is letting me know all of you

Your strengths, your weaknesses

Your hopes, your heartaches and despair

Love is letting me in, trusting me

In the most fragile, vulnerable sense

Love is coming together

As a united front

Seeking something beyond ourselves and our love

Love is…

Praying, hoping, and worrying with me

Forgiving me when I do you wrong

Apologizing when you do me wrong

Enduring life with me through it all

Love is a choice that must be made each new day. @nursehealingadvocate

Love is patient, kind, and believes the best

Love not only melds time and space

Love binds and fuses hearts in the deepest sense

Love is hearing me, seeing me, understanding me

feeling me before you touch me

And me also being that person for you

Seeing you, hearing, you, understanding you

Love is caressing my face softly

Just because you love to be near me

You love to touch me sweetly and gently

And our love is more than a feeling

Love is choosing to hold on to “hope against hope”

even when love feels stagnant, hard, or hopeless

Holding on to God until the difficult moments pass

Believing and trusting they will

if only we “be still and know”

Serving each other and others

Love is seeking God with me

as we grow in grace

Love is never giving up on growth

Love is never giving up on yourself, God, or each other

Love is not a return on your investment

But love seeks to invest without thought of return

Love seeks to be of service without recompense

Love seeks to lay down your life for your beloved

Love is unfailingly choosing to be on the same team

Fighting together for those you love

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Love is a choice

That must be made each new day.

Love is letting go of the past

Love is wiping the slate clean

Starting fresh each new day

True love is choosing to forgive

“Love keeps no record of wrongs”

from day to day

Love is never giving up in the belief of the goodness in your beloved

Because of the ultimate goodness of God

The light that never fades

The love that leads to hope

Our ever present refuge

Love is choosing to surrender our pride for the higher good

Taking the first steps to trust again

In this world without peace or rest

The God of grace alone is the way

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With hope and faith,

Ruth Renee

09.07.2020

I would love to know, “What is love to you?”

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Your authentic voice matters…

The most important thing I’ve learned about transformation is that we get there the quickest by slowing down, by speaking our truth in love, and by becoming who we truly are at the deepest level.

When you slow down, you can hear yourself think. You can sort the clutter of all the voices in your head until you can encounter your own.

You must let all the other voices go, and only then can you have a clear conversation with God. Only then can you discover who you really are!

For the first time, you meet your most authentic self without all the noise of the world telling you who you are and who you are to become.

You then have a choice…to share or not to share your most authentic self with the world. To be brave enough to truly be yourself, to JUST BE YOU, to speak your truth in love.

Your authentic voice matters! When you do not speak your truth, you abandon a part of yourself. It becomes harder to love all of yourself!!!

One of the most important things I’ve learned about being able to love myself is that authenticity matters! I matter!! My story matters. My authentic voice matters!!!

When you speak the truth in love, you step into being more fully alive, more fully you, more fully connected to God, grace, understanding and knowing. Knowing that this is the one life we have to live on this earth, HERE AND NOW.

When you hold back, when you shift your words to what others want to hear, a part of you dies inside, a part of your awareness fades away.

You step into living only half alive. And piece by piece, you continue to fade away, and the real you slowly dies.

If I could tell the world just one thing, it would be this…YOU MATTER, YOUR VOICE MATTERS, YOUR AUTHENTIC VOICE MATTERS, YOU ARE ENOUGH!!!

I’ve been doing healing work and trusting the process of transformation for quite a few years now.

I have many regrets of who I was and how I behaved in the past, but I am not my past. The slate is wiped clean.

When we transform, we step into grace and beauty, into knowing and understanding that no one is worthy, no one is perfect.

We all make mistakes. We all lose hope.

It’s okay to let others know you struggle. It’s okay to be vulnerable. It’s okay to give yourself permission to be you. I want to hear what YOU think, what YOU believe, what YOU feel, not how the world tells you to be.

I am here cheering you on. If you feel you have to hide a part of you, if you feel you can’t love yourself, or can’t let the world see ALL OF YOU, I am here cheering you on to just be you, to SPEAK YOUR TRUTH IN LOVE.

I know you can step into being you, loving you, accepting you.

I struggle with anxiety, depression, and complex PTSD. Thoughts of hating myself return from time to time, but I no longer live in the world of self-hate and abandoning myself, abandoning my voice.

I know that what I have to say is important. I know that I matter, that my authentic voice matters.

And I choose to speak the truth in love. I choose to live more fully alive each and every new day.

Today, I live in the world of hope and never giving up, the world of climbing every mountain, the world of giving myself permission to rest when I am weary and tired.

Today , I choose to step out of darkness into the light.

Will you join me?

With hope and much love,

Ruth Renee RN

Student Nurse Wellness Coach

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Rest & PTSD…

Telling the story of my past
Overcome with exhaustion
sadness, fear, and hurt

Thoughts haze and fog
Droopy eyelids blink
Head weighs heavy
Memories of trauma
Impossible to carry
Alone

Drive home safe
Collapse into bed
Open the window
Turn on the fan
Weighted blankets
Fetal position
Calves twitch
Intestines flutter
God whispers, “rest”

Weak eyelids closing
I whisper this prayer

God, I’m hurt and scared
This terror from my past
I can’t carry it alone
I need your armor
I need your love
I need you with me

Help me know
it’s safe to rest

Meet me, Jesus
in my worry
hurt and fear

Meet me, Jesus
in my room
on my bed

Make it safe
Make it safe
to sleep
to rest
to be alone

I trust you, Jesus
I surrender

Safe to rest
Safe to rest

Body, surrender
Body, rest

-Ruth Renee
05.16.2020

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Set free…

Trapped words set free
My time is now
To verbalize what happened
The story of my life
symbolism in everything
Understanding God, truth, poetry
my gift, my talent, my identity

Seeds not buried under a rock
But planted in good soil
Watered enough to grow
Sprout and blossom
Rise up as a sapling tree
Young, small at first
Growing mature, tall, strong
A mighty live oak
Reaching up to the blue, blue sky
A mighty live oak
Filled with leaves year round
Sometimes needing pruning
Always bearing green, green leaves

Thank you, God
For sending me believers
Who showed me who You are
I learned who I really am
I accept the gifts and talents
You gave me before I was born
I am finding my purpose, my calling
My words no longer hidden
My talents no longer buried under a rock

I let go of guilt and shame
I cast my cares on you
Because you care for me
More than I will ever know
It is time now
My time is now
Trapped words set free
Trapped words set free

©RuthRenee
05.17.2020

With hope,

Ruth Renee

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