You are …. Beautiful. I wish you believed it!!! Why don’t you? Has someone made you feel small? I know you, like me, have many prior experiences from your home, school, or work that maybe have squashed your self-esteem. Maybe you have a disability, injury or illness that has changed your outward appearance (and inward thoughts of yourself). Maybe your view of yourself is because of your culture, background, religion, or the way you were raised.
I mean, MOST of us don’t look like this….
But, big or small, whatever color or background, or shape or age you are…. God made you – in His image – and you are beautiful!
I wish you would believe it though. NOW is the time for you to be who you were meant to be.
God never creates anything bad. He doesn’t make mistakes. He knew you before you were born, and he has plans for YOU!
“For thou didst form my inward parts: Thou didst cover me in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139:13 – ASV)
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; …” (Jeremiah 1:5 – NIV)
God formed us and wonderfully made us. See, God doesn’t make mistakes…. for sure.
I don’t know how old you are, or what “place” you are currently at in your life. Maybe you are a struggling stay at home mother with three children under the ages of four; maybe a middle aged woman who is going through the empty nest syndrome; maybe a woman in her 30’s who is truly trapped in a bad marriage….. Maybe you are lonely and don’t have much family or many friends.
But please look in the mirror, see what I see … and smile. Maybe you have some “wrinkles” you didn’t have 20 years ago; maybe you are a little chubby; maybe you have “scars” or maybe even scars we can’t outwardly see. God sees it all. Don’t look at the scars from disappointments, struggles, sadness, mourning, broken relationships and crisis. It’s a fresh moment, and it’s a new day. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. See yourself as God sees you!
This moment, and this day, will not come again. See a fresh new day and a new beginning. Rise up! … and truly know that you were created in God’s image. It is almost magical when you realize that you – yes, YOU – were wonderfully made.
Forget who has belittled you, mocked you, made you feel small. They have their own problems they are dealing with.
Feel the blessings that were showered on you. Capture them, embrace them. If you can get up out of bed and move your legs…. that’s a miracle. If the sun has risen another day and you witness it … that’s another beautiful thing. If you have a roof over your head and food in the refrigerator… you’re blessed! Make yourself smile – I KNOW it sounds silly, but it works! Smile, and you’ll begin to feel a little better.
If you believe that you ARE beautiful – and not a mistake – you can succeed at almost anything, one small step at a time. Walk in God’s love, and embrace the internal strength He gave you.
Until next time, my beautiful friend.