You look in the mirror and see your flaws. The muffin top, the rear end that has started to travel south, the lines on your face. Each and every one of you reading this knows exactly what I am talking about. Your eyes are attracted to your flaws.
How about we focus on those beautiful eyes that see the good in people, the heart that is broken for the poor, the hurting, the lost? Those hands that have held a newborn, made thousands and thousands of school lunches over the years, the ones that have tenderly held the hand of somebody you love that is dying. Look in the mirror and see the beauty within you that radiates outwardly. Sometimes we try to hide from the world because we do not fit within the standard of what the world perceives as beautiful. Beauty does not come in a size, a bottle, or a pill. Those stretch marks – embrace them. Maybe they are a reminder of the weight you have lost or the beautiful children you have had. Those lines on your face, around your eyes, how awesome that you have laughed so much in your life that your face shows joy. The white hair we cover up with dye every month – those are just signs of the wisdom we have gained as the years have passed by.
Our goal as daughters of the King should be to become the healthiest version (physically, mentally and spiritually) of whom God created us to be. Do you need to grow closer to God? I sure do, every day. So I spend time with Him. I speak to my Papa God about everything, including how sometimes I am tired of waiting on things I have been praying about! Or how I don’t agree with His decision on a certain matter. It’s a relationship and pure love that I have with Jesus. Sometimes I imagine Him sitting back patiently waiting until I am done with my portion of the conversation. Then His love and grace start to rain down on me and His purpose in whatever “it” is that I am fussing about, is made so clear to me.
How awesome that we have a God that we can go to and express all that we are feeling. He makes our relationship with Him safe for us. He wants to hear from His kids – the good, the bad, and the ugly.
I’m on a health journey of losing a few pounds; anyone else need to lose weight, get more fit? I am by no means where I want to be but it doesn’t change my beauty. I have restarted my health journey after gaining 30 pounds from inactivity due to physical issues. There have been personal stepping-stones over the past several months, but I am still pressing forward.
Discouragement sometimes tries to camp out in my mind, but it is not welcome and does not stay long because I start reciting truths to myself … I am a child of God, I am beautifully and wonderfully made, I am redeemed, I am powerful. I am victorious, I was born to overcome!
It’s never just a snap of the finger to lose weight or get healthy. We need to work at it (sometimes really hard)! But what an awesome lifestyle change to make and the great thing is that it’s NEVER TOO LATE!
For me, I am changing my life and, in turn, I am changing the life of my entire family because I can experience life with them the way it should be, the way God meant it to be. I will be able to serve in the ministries I am passionate about because I am physically and spiritually fit to do so. I know we aren’t going to live forever but let’s enjoy our time on earth while we are here.
Next time you pass by a mirror and start to criticize yourself, just boot the negativity committee right out of your mind and remind yourself, “Girl, you are BEAUTIFUL right where you are!”
The Apple of His Eye,