For most of my life I've been a Negative Nancy and a Debbie Downer. As far as negative talk went, I was a pro. I could talk a mean game and cut to the bone with my words. The sad thing, this all went on inside my head. My entire life, I've compared myself to others around me. I was too fat, my booty was too big, I hated my nose, my teeth weren't white enough and now lets add to it a stomach that is riddled with scars and looks like a road map.
Over the past few years, I've had a lot of bad days. I mean horrible, breakdown, take you to your knees days. Add to that the stress of multiple surgeries, weight gain, hair loss and scars beyond scars.
And it just hit me like a ton of bricks. I am beautiful as I am because I'm a daughter of the King and I'm made in His image. The tears slowed and a smile graced my lips.
I don't have to compete with anyone.
My entire life I've been striving to be someone that I'm not.
I was searching for confidence in places I would never find it.
My husband loves me as I am. My friends love my heart. My scars from a bazillion surgeries tell a story of survival. I am perfectly perfect as He wanted me to be.
A precious gem's beauty isn't always recognized until it enters the hand of a skilled jeweler who knows just how to clean and cut the gem in the way that will best reflect the light that shines on it.
I can be confident and so can you! We can walk through this world with heads and hearts held high as daughters of the King. Daughters who are messy and broken but transformed into beautiful simply because we are His.
True beauty is found on the inside. When we allow Him to guide us, mold us, to cleanse our hearts of anything that doesn't please Him it's reflected on the outside. We are beautiful on the inside and outside when we acknowledge Christ's deep and abiding love for us. Love that doesn't change with our appearance. He loves me in spite of my scars, booty, nose, bags under my eyes and droopy eyelids. His love is always, always, forever there and He accepts us exactly for who we are.
Sweet girls, embrace this truth with me today.