True Beauty {Community Brew}

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Today I am linking up with Madison & Rachel for volume 3 of Community Brew! This post was inspired by a fellow blogger and is straight from my heart. It is something that I have struggled with for years. I hope that you will be encouraged and inspired to realize your true beauty. You are loved!

“Where did that roll come from? I wish I was skinnier.”

“How can my husband look at me? I’m a mess.”

“Why can’t I just look like her?”

“I’m too short. No one will ever take me seriously.”

“My hips are too wide.”

“I can’t believe I hit over 100 lbs. It’s all downhill from here.” {I’m ridiculous, I know}

“My hair is too thin and not shiny enough.”

“My eyes are too dark.”

“I wish my face was clearer and my legs more tan.”

“My face is too fat.”

These are the words I too often speak about myself. I am my own worst critic and everything I do just isn’t good enough. Can you relate? But girlfriend, do you ever stop to think that what you’re thinking isn’t what God has intended for you to think? Who am I to do speak these things about myself? I didn’t create myself. The perfect and amazing Creator of the Universe who is beyond perfect in all He does made me because He delighted in me and wanted to create a life out of me. God made me perfectly in His image. Why am I so focus on the outside when God has already made me beautiful? Why do I focus so much on the physical and not the spiritual state of myself? This world, the same world that is here today and gone tomorrow, is so fixated on how people look on the outside. We are slaves to their fake airbrushed pictures. We thrive off their acceptance and break under the pressure of their worthless opinions. Their focus is shallow and solely based on appearance. How pointless is that? I don’t want to be that way. It’s time that we break away from this world’s definition of beauty and truth.

 I am a daughter of the Heavenly King. I am royalty. I am loved and pursued. I am more than just a face; I have a purpose. I don’t want my friends or sisters or even future daughters to obsess over how they look on the outside. As long as they are pursuing a healthy lifestyle, that’s what matters. I could complain about the little things that I don’t like about myself but what good would that do? Not one thing.

When I look in the mirror, I see so many things that I am thankful for.

I am thankful to have legs, strong and able to get me places.

I have arms that can swing around my husband’s neck when he comes home from work. I am thankful for that.

My many freckles on my nose and arms remind me that I am my mother’s daughter and that is definitely something to be thankful for.

My body that I find flawed is loved by my husband and he tells me multiple times a day how beautiful and perfectly made I am. I am thankful for the way he sees me. He sees me as the most beautiful woman in the world and that’s all that matters.

I am thankful for my long brown hair that matches my father’s.

I am thankful for my unique green eyes with specks of brown in them lined with blue which matches perfectly with my husband’s bright brown eyes mixed with green. I hope our future kids have those eyes that see life as a gift and an adventure and nothing less than God-given.

I have a heart as big as the ocean. It loves many people, both near and far.

I have a Spirit in me that is not of this world. His name is Jesus and He makes me who I am. My figure or my looks do not give me worth and identity. My life isn’t about me and when I look in the mirror, I see a woman who was once broken until Jesus came and made me beautiful and new. His Spirit makes me alive, new, and beautiful.

This world’s definition of beauty is a lie. Beloved, you don’t have to be stick-thin. It’s okay if your teeth are a little crooked or your hair too messy. You are beautiful with your curves and your pale or dark skin. Your nose and your eyes were perfectly placed and your ears shaped by the loving Creator. Real, true, eternal, God-made beauty comes from God Himself and it has a name… Jesus.

and Jesus is within me, in my heart and in my Spirit. That’s what makes me beautiful. I am His.

This picture below is me. I’m going on two days of no showering due to having too much fun at the lake and I am in my husband’s old t-shirt. My eyebrows never look the same {for some odd reason}. My eyelashes aren’t spider-long. You will find no trace of makeup here and my face isn’t flawless. I have bags under my eyes and lines are already showing around my smile at 21. But those are simply proof of lifeAnd on the inside, I am spotless because of Jesus. I am loved by an eternal God. No matter what I am wearing on my body, I can have confidence that I am clothed in Christ’s righteousness. I am worthy. I am beautiful.

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What do you see when you truly look at yourself? You are beautiful. You are loved. You are cherished. Every hair on your head and every freckle on your body. And your heart, that is worth more than gold. And that is the truth.

-Katie

 

After reading this amazing post by a fellow blogger, I was moved to tears and knew I had to share my own story. Thanks, Rachel, for your encouragement and inspiration!

Linking up with The Grits Blog!

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11 thoughts on “True Beauty {Community Brew}

  1. I love how you take the things you consider “imperfect” and label them as signs of life. Life is such a blessing!!! How blessed are we to live it in our human vessels?! Marks of a fully-lived life are beautiful. YOU are beautiful.

    Thank you for sharing something so real. So many women (myself included!) struggle to embrace our unique beauty. We can never be reminded enough to try to perceive ourselves as Christ does.

  2. I love this so much! Thank you for your willingness to share this and to encourage other women! It’s so true that we are our worst critics which makes no sense when we think about how the Lord has blesses us and made us beautiful in His image!

  3. Oh my gosh I love this so much!!! I have struggled with this all of my life and am just now reaching a point where I can be comfortable in my own skin. Such beautiful words…thank you for sharing!

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