Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Confession Time

I am beautiful.  

Wow, I can't believe I just said that!  God gave me a post to write a few months ago and the name He gave me was "I am beautiful".  You might have guessed it but the blog post has sat around for several months because I have argued "Lord, how can I title a blog post that?  Or say to the world that I think I am beautiful?  How arrogant!  And on top of that, there are days that I simply do not feel beautiful so I wouldn't want to lie".

Have you ever looked in the mirror and said out loud "I am so beautiful!"?  I never have and the Lord asked me to do it.  I have to admit that when I did immediately lies jumped in saying "yes but look at your belly, you still have stretch marks.  And do you see those bags under your eyes? You look like a hot mess."  I now realize that the reason God asked me to say this out loud to myself in the mirror is to bring those lies from the darkness into the light.  You see, we all have thoughts in our head that are not true but we don't realize we are being driven by those lies because we don't give them a chance to surface.

I believe if these lies aren't brought into the light our entire life is driven by the lies we have believed.  When I don't allow God to address those lies all of the sudden I am willing to spend way too much money on beauty products, do crazy dieting methods and sit around in my "shell" all day feeling sorry for myself that my body looks different than it did before having kids.

John 8:32 says:
Then you will know the truth and the truth shall set you free.
As I continue to expose these lies in my head and bring them to the Lord He sheds light and truth on them.  I am the only one who has the power to bring them into the light.  Anyone who knows me well can tell you that I really dislike confrontation.  Thanks to my husband I have become more and more comfortable with it.  The thing I have seen as I face confrontation is that anything that was hidden and secret now has light on it.  Yes, it can be scary to bring it into the light.  But the alternative of living with that darkness is so much scarier than the brief moment it takes to bring it into the light.

Tell me....when was the last time you said "I am beautiful"?  Give it a try today and see what God reveals.

Here is what God's word says about our beauty:

  • Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30
  • He has made everything beautiful in its time.  Ecclesiastes 3:11
  •  But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7
  • Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:3-4
God clearly has a different definition of beauty than we do.  Will you bring your ideas of beauty into the light today?  You are beautiful!  



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