Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Revisiting ~ You Are Beautiful

This beautiful girl went to school this morning with puffy eyes and a red face. Her rather large tears flowed down freckled cheeks over how "hideous" her shoes were. Her sneaker laces possessed floppy bunny ears that nearly touched the floor. "People are going to stare at my shoes."

It's school picture day.

"Your sneakers won't be in your picture, but your smile will." I tried consoling her, but the tears kept flowing. Finally, I said, "You're a beautiful girl."

Her tears increased, and she spouted, "Other girls are prettier than I am."

It seems no matter how often I proclaim her beauty, she either can't believe it or won't believe it. People tell me every day how beautiful she is. Yet she can't seem to see the beauty within herself.

How often do we, as women, doubt our own God-given beauty? How often do we complain about the size of our hips, the lack of a backside, or the muffin top that rolls over the top of our jeans each morning? How often do we wish we had long hair, short hair, curly hair, or straight hair? Do we buy green contacts to cover up everyday blue eyes? Do we smear cover up across our nose and cheeks to hide freckles? Do we wear 5" spike heals wishing we were 5'8" instead of 5'3? Do we slouch in photos, feeling as if we tower over the four people in the photo with us?

Why is it so difficult for women to feel secure in the beauty that God designed them with? We are all unique creatures. No two are alike, not even identical twins. Whether we're looking at our inner beauty or our outer beauty, we should be looking for God's reflection in our reflection. He doesn't make junk. His creation is beautiful, and there is something beautiful in each one of us.

It's time to acknowledge that we are beautiful, each and every one of us. And we are His. Daughters of the King. Loved for who He created us to be, not how we or others see ourselves. Quit comparing yourself to others. Find your image in Him, and you'll see the beauty within yourself.

Before she exited the car this morning, I reminded my daughter of this truth: God made each of us beautiful and in His image. None is more beautiful than the other. We each have unique qualities about us. And they point us to Him.


  1. I hate that our daughters compare themselves to other girls, and I hate that it carries into our adult lives. How liberating it is when we finally break that yoke!

    One of my favorite MercyMe songs. Thanks, Alycia :)

  2. Thanks for the reminder, Alycia. He thinks we're so beautiful and He loves us so much that He covers us and sings over us in the shadow of His wing. I love that picture!


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