As little girls, we all wanted to be beautiful. We wanted to be recognized and acknowledged as beautiful. In fact, we believe we are beautiful until the world tells us otherwise.  The world has such a skewed version of beauty that it’s almost impossible for any woman to attain the ideal.  Here’s the thing with the ideal, it’s completely fake.  I think we all know deep down how screwed up it really is yet we still feel as if it’s something we have to strive for.

As I get older, I am feeling more and more comfortable in my skin.  I have issues as we all do.  I’ve gained and lost the same 70 lbs over and over again as I’ve struggled with my weight since I was 10.  It has really messed with my self-worth over the years and I’ve had to overcome (still do) a lot of doubt and belief in myself.   Recently,  I’ve managed to realize (finally!) that my weight doesn’t define me.  My weight is simply a number on the scale that shows where I’m at, it does not define who I am as a woman created by God.  God made me in his image and his image is beautiful.  He makes no mistakes.  That doesn’t mean I’m perfect.  I still have to work on my own life and my own problems- I’ve got enough to last a lifetime!  What it does mean is that I am accepted and good where I am at right now.  Not 30 lbs from now, but this moment in time- this season of life, this second on the clock.

God is a God that is all about beauty.  Beauty surrounds us every day.  There are day lilies , and raspberries on the vine, and babies.  Puppies, and little girls in ballet recitals (notice the picture above), and hydrangea.  What wondrous things.  Only a God concerned with beauty could come up with all of that.

Know that YOU. ARE. BEAUTIFUL. Gratefully embrace all the beauty that surrounds you in your life as well.

This post is linked with Five Minute Friday.

10 Thoughts on “Beautiful

  1. Claire on July 6, 2013 at said:

    Great post mom!!! I love that picture of you and El, but where am I?????? Hahaha xD Just kidding 😛

  2. Amen! Well said. I’m popping by from FMF. It is important for us as women to see ourselves as God sees us and for us to realize that appearances and external attributes will one day fade but the beauty that is within, in a person who has a relationship with Jesus, will become a legacy in generations to come. Many blessings to you!!!

  3. So my question for you is, how does knowing the world’s view of beauty is unattainable and fake, change what you say and do with your daughter so we can begin to break the cycle?

    • D’Anne- that is a great question and one I’ve struggled with. One thing I’ve always done is point out how much photos are air-brushed and touched up, and how unrealistic Hollywood is. Even to the point of how advertising is used in everything to make us feel like we don’t measure up. We can’t escape it and I don’t try to. We just try to give our girls (and son) the knowledge of what we believe to be true and trust that, armed with that knowledge, they can call out what is false.
      I also have learned to graciously accept compliments- especially the ones from my kids. I think that simple act makes an impact. It’s important for our kids to see us comfortable with ourselves.
      I’m constantly learning and I don’t have all the answers- being aware is always the first step 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. Your thought-provoking question got me thinking hard this morning!

  4. Thank you for reminding me of what I need to hear. There’s so much noise in the world contrary to the message God has for all of us. It’s always good to hear about the truth drowning out the lies. Why is the simple so hard?!?!

  5. I enjoyed reading your post it reminded me of a post by Emma Scrivener on her blog a new name…unfortunately can’t find it anywhere.

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