God made you. You are beautiful! So say it, “I’m Beautiful!” Say it again. Say it until you believe it…
I was in high school when Twiggy became the face of modeling. Her stick thin figure only added to my dissatisfaction with my size and shape . . . I’ve pretty much been on a diet ever since.
My mother’s generation celebrated curves. Think Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell. It was great for women with curves, but challenging for my mom who was tall and super thin.
More recently advertisers have represented the perfect body as one that has zero body fat with the exception of cleavage. A combination that screams – SEXY.
Add our obsession with looking young and we not only have shape issues we have wrinkle and sagging issues too.
There are days when I look in the mirror and it’s impossible not to notice every flaw.
It’s a big issue for me . . . one I’ve written about before:
So, for all of you who, like me, need a pep talk here we go:
Repeat after me, “I’m beautiful.”
Say it again, “I’m beautiful!”
One more time, “I’m beautiful!!”
Do you believe it yet? No? Me either. Just keep saying it until you do.
You were created by God.
And God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. Genesis 1:31
You were created for God.
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10
You were created to glow with inner beauty.
“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” ~Kahlil Gibran
Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. Proverbs 31:30
“Outer beauty attracts, but inner beauty captivates.” ~Kate Angell
Your Heavenly Father wants you to know that you are precious and beautiful. He designed you. He knew everything about you before your birth. Your height, your eye color, your weight, your hair color . . . even your freckles, your dimples, and the bump on your nose.
You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! Psalm 139:16–17
You were created to reflect His glory.
So, say it again, “I’m beautiful!”
Say it again. Then shout…
I was made in God’s image. I was made to reflect His image.”
Celebrate. Smile. Have a little dance party. Live like you mean it.
I know society puts expectations on you too. And although you may not use the word beautiful choose one positive image word and remind yourself that you were created by God, for God, and who you are inside matters more than how you look outside.
Then please go hug your wife and daughters and tell them just how beautiful they are to you!
Finally, I’ll leave you with the words of Corallie Buchanan, award-winning Australian author of Watch Out! Godly Women on the Loose.
“Honey, God loves you just as you are. As people who have been created by God, we are infinitely precious to Him because we are His creation. Regardless of our outward appearance, we are all made with that spiritual potential to relate directly to Him, spirit to Spirit…
You may not look so favourably on your outward appearance, but when God looks at you, He sees His beautiful daughter. While God cares deeply about our own personal struggles with our outward appearances, whatever they may be, He cares even more for you. Your outward appearance does not change God’s acceptance of you, and it certainly does not change the way He feels about you.”
Now, say it one more time… “I’m beautiful. Created by God. For God. To glow with inner beauty and reflect His glory.