What It Looks Like To Embrace Your Beautiful Self

Mornings are not kind to us as women. The minute we wake up we instantly have to go to the bathroom and look at ourselves without any makeup on.  Inevitably we all think, “Wow, I look like crap.” Yet shouldn’t we be above this? The minute we are taught that we are made in God’s glorious image shouldn’t a light bulb just flick on? Shouldn’t we have this incredible enlightened experience where we realize just how beautiful we are and never doubt it again? Well, if that is the case, I must’ve missed the memo.

One of the saddest ways that society has affected our generation with today would be insecurity. Hundreds of teenage girls everywhere are affected by eating disorders, major body image issues, and hating the reflection that stares back at them in the mirror. Yet I want to challenge that.

Psalm 139 states very clearly, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful and I know that full well.”37151bad636de668bd6b0b79e9a6a7e5

We can hear that verse a million times and still not believe it. The truth is, God did make us exactly the way we are. And every time that we pick ourselves apart in the mirror is insulting to His brilliant creation.

Satan knows full well how we as teenage girls are susceptible to these particular insecurities. He can use these lies on us to make us believe that we just need to lose a little weight to feel happy, or that the next color we dye our hair will finally make us feel beautiful. But his lies are just that, untruths that we waste our time and energy believing.
Those of you that know me, know that I am very tall for a girl. I stand 5’8 and ¾ inches (yes when you’re tall you tend to be exact) tall and I am proud that, but I didn’t use to be. I used to hate my height. It felt like it was this awful curse that I was doomed to deal with until I died or married someone who was 6’6’ (neither have happened). Then one day I just decided enough was enough. I was sick of not wearing heels because I didn’t want to be any taller, sick of slouching around everyone, and just sick of tearing myself down over something I had no control over. It didn’t happen overnight, but after lots of prayer and soaking in the truth of God’s word, I learned to embrace my height.It made me realize that hating things about ourselves and praying that we look like someone else is like rejecting a gift that someone had taken great care to get for us.

“You are altogether lovely my darling; there is no fault in you.”- Songs of Solomon 4:7

Isn’t it crazy to realize that the God that sculpted the mountains, who placed the stars in the sky, who makes gorgeous sunsets, also created you? I believe that every day God’s heart is breaking over the girls He sees crying because they feel like they are ugly. But God didn’t create us to feel insecure, to compare ourselves to others, and to hate being in our own skin. No.  God made us for a great purpose and with great purpose in mind.  So the next time you’re staring in the mirror hoping you can mentally fix one of your imperfections, I hope you’ll stop and remember that God doesn’t make mistakes, not ever.

To Him you are His beautiful daughter that looks just like Him.

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