Three days ago, we attended a special Stake Conference at church. (Stakes are geographical divisions of church membership.) The primary speaker, Elder Baxter, spoke on, among other subjects, finding joy and acceptance for ourselves.
He admonished us to give ourselves credit for the good and praisworthy things we do. Too often, he said, we fall victim to Satan's trap of beating ourselves up, of believing that we are unworthy of the Lord's love. This is not the Lord's plan.
In particular, Elder Baxter chastised women for criticizing and denigrating ourselves. We are better than we believe, he maintained.
Joy for today: loving myself as well as others.