Be•YOU•tiful

For years and years and YEARS of my life, I spent so much time obsessing over what other people thought of me. I worried so much about how I looked like and I started to believe the lies that the enemy told me. It got to the point where I was just so unhappy and disgusted with myself I couldn’t even look in the mirror without feeling ugly. It took months and months of prayer and finding my confidence in CHRIST rather than searching for my confidence in the world. I spent time with God and learned to accept my flaws because He made me beautiful. There are times were I still struggle with it (I’m not saying my insecurities just disappeared) and I still have them. However, I have learned to feel beautiful in my own skin. I’ve learn that GOD thinks I’m still beautiful, EVEN if I’m breaking out or if my hair is a little frizzy or my outfit doesn’t match. God thinks the same about YOU too!!!

I’m sitting here with a completely bare face (sometime I just started doing and would never walk out of the house without make up on three months ago) and my natural beachy waves (and somewhat frizzy) hair. I say this because this is me. I’m not saying we should stop wearing make up- we need to feel beautiful and confident with WHO WE ARE– make up or bare face.

Comparison is the thief of JOY. Think about it. When we start comparing ourself to the girls next to us, comparing looks, talent, personality [whatever it may be], our happiness vanishes. Why do something that makes us unhappy inside? Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 9.26.46 PM

So when you’re having a “bad hair day” or just don’t feel beautiful, remember this ladies:

1. “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” {Psalm 139:14}
We should PRAISE God, not complain about our flaws because we were created in HIS image! How lovely is that?! We are wonderful!! You are created in the image of God, and God doesn’t make junk! Every person is unique, embrace it! God sees you as a MASTERPIECE ladies! The next time you look in the mirror, He wants you to “know that full well.” Write this verse on a sticky note and put it on your mirror to wake up to this sweet reminder every morning or set it as an alarm on your phone so you can wake up to feeling beautiful.

2. “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 man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” {1 Samuel 16:7}
God DOES NOT CARE about what we look like, He looks at our heart!!!! If you have a beautiful heart, you also have a beautiful soul and THAT is true beauty. This world OBSESSES SO MUCH on what people look like (hence the hashtag “goals” for literally everything and anything) on the outside and makes us feel awful about yourselves if we don’t look a certain way. God focuses on what people look like on the INSIDE. Do you put more time and effort into being pretty on the outside or the inside? There is nothing wrong with wanting to look pretty, but we need to make sure it’s in balance. God would rather see us work on becoming a drop-dead gorgeous gal on the inside- being the kind of girl who talks to Him on a regular basis through prayer and reads her Bible!

3. “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” {Proverbs 31:30}
Love this verse. Beauty fades with age (as my mom always says, but I think she’s flawless!), so if you are so caught up with your outward appearance, you will be unhappy when the wrinkles come. God wants us to “fear” Him, now that doesn’t mean to be afraid of Him but rather to be in AWE of Him and all that He has done!! Think about this: picture two girls new to each other;  one is Miss Teen USA (whose beauty is limited to physical beauty) and the other young lady who a more average-looking girl who chasing after God with all heart…she is the MORE beautiful girl in the eyes of God!!!

4. “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, 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}
This does not mean it’s wrong to braid your hair or wear nice clothes and jewelry. The verse was written to warn women not to follow the customs of some of the Egyptian women, which during that time period they would spent hours and hours working on their hair, makeup and finding the searching for the perfect outfit. God would rather see women work on becoming beautiful on the INSIDE, the beauty that NEVER fades away.

5. “Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is much more important, for it promises a reward in both this life and the next.” {1 Timothy 4:8}
Yes, we know that physical exercise and staying in shape is a good thing, but God expects us to stay in spiritual shape by reading our Bibles, praying, serving, attending bible studies, going to church, etc. With that being said, there will be plenty of people who put their time and effort into staying in shape, but who are OUT of spiritual shape. If they don’t know Jesus Christ, their perfect bodies won’t get them through the gates of heaven. 

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