When I was a teenager I hated it when people would call me beautiful.
Secretly I loved it, but I had such a problem with selfesteem and accepting myself for who I was.
That I was not sure if I could trust them.
What if they are just saying it to make me believe it and then they are going to laugh at me for falling.
What if it's only a big lie.
When my parents told me that I was beautiful, I could not believe it.
They were my parents, obviously they were going to call me beautiful, it was their job to do so.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Now I'm closing to my fourties, I have a son and I am nothing like I was when I was young.
But I can finnally pass a window or see myself from a mirror, and think, I am beautiful.
Without a doubt.
Because I have learned to love myself.
I have learned to accept myself for who I am.
I know that I am not perfect but I know that I was made by God, planned by Him, done exactly like He wanted me to be, perfect as myself.
When He chose between all the possibilites, all the children my parents could have had, He chose me.
He made it possible for me to be born, He gave me the spark of life and He wispered me into existence.
He made me for His purpose, He needed me, He wanted me, He set me apart and made me holy.
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
Jeremiah 1:5New International Version (NIV)
I am as perfect as I can be, as beautiful as only a perfect God can make.
And because of Him, I shine.
There is a light in me that only exists because I exist.
No one else could be me.
And no one else can be you.
How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes are doves.
Song of Songs 1:15 (NIV)
You were made perfect, and called apart, in all the possibilites that existed.
You were called to be born.
You are perfect and holy.
You are beautiful.
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You ARE BEAUTIFUL!!!!!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Tammilee. So are you :)Delete
I have always loved the Psalm 139:13-15 verses.ReplyDelete
It does talk directly to the heart, Rebekah.Delete
Aw so sweet. I know that we can be our worst critics, and that leads to little self esteem! We are all beautiful :-)ReplyDelete
You are so right, Kelsey. We are all beautiful.Delete
Amen! He has formed us in such a unique, priceless manner. You ARE His Masterpiece!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Marina. So are you!Delete
This is so true! We are too hard on ourselves!!!ReplyDelete
Sadly it is so, Jennifer. We need to learn to love ourselves and show ourselves some compassion.Delete
As a teenager, it's a double-edged sword. If you acknowledge your beauty then you're considered a snob. If you downplay it, then you are selling yourself short. I hope my girls find a way to see their own beauty and acknowledge it with grace.ReplyDelete
That is so true, Nicole. It is hard for the girls, even more so with all the photoshopped perfect beauties. But they need to find themselves and see themselves through love.Delete
Why do girls have to be so hard on themselves?? I wish everyone could see their true beauty. We are are fearfully and wonderfully made! Amen!ReplyDelete
Amen, Michele. We need to show compassion to ourselves also.Delete
You are beautiful too! God looks at the heart not the outward appearance. We are beautiful because we are made in His image!ReplyDelete
Amen! That is so true, beautiful!Delete
The best way to over come low self esteem is to start hearing when people say nice things about you. Once you start hearing then you can start believing the positive things. You are beautiful. Accept it and enjoy itReplyDelete
That is so true, Onica. Sadly not everyone has a person in their life who cares enough to tell them good things about them.Delete
this is a beautiful post. look at those precious faces. beauty is in everything!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Candice. You are right, there is beauty in everything and everyone.Delete
This was so beautiful! I hope all women can learn to love themselves for who they are and think they are beautiful because they are.ReplyDelete
Beautiful pictures! I think we are all beautiful!ReplyDelete