I wish that you could see that beauty is within your heart
Too many of us allow our insecurity or the words of others to try to restamp our value.
Simply put? God only made one of you. You are the only You which will ever exist or be.
He made you in purpose, just the way you are:
And you were made with such care, your skin, your body and your hair are perfect just the way they are
He thinks you are wonderful, exquisite, worth His pursuit.
There could never be a more beautiful you
Whether you are a guy or gal, this is true of you.
Don’t buy the lies, disguises and hoops they make you jump through
You were made to fill a purpose that only you could do
So there could never be a more beautiful you
Don’t like one part of your appearance? God does! He likes the curl which refuses to be tamed, every ounce of extra weight and your baby toe which sticks out a bit.
Because it’s part of YOU!
Beloved, please tune in to His love as He continues to speak truth, freedom and purpose into us.
You are irreplaceable.
No one else is meant to do what God has planned for you to do here on earth.
No one else can bless His heart like you do.
No one else can love Him as you can.
You are the crowning achievement of creation, for you are made in His image.
He is so beautiful beyond description, and somehow we mirror that beauty in a way we may never fully grasp until Heaven.
May you walk, head held high, as the Beloved. A one of a kind expression of His beauty and love wherever you go.
Quoted Lyrics by Jonny Diaz, “More Beautiful You.”
Hope is springing up
from this old ground
Out of chaos
life is being found in You..
You make beautiful things
out of the dust
You make beautiful things
out of us
Beautiful Things, Tim Neufeld
God sees something beautiful in messy, broken me.
The same is true of you.
God looks at us, and sees what we may not be able to see in ourselves:
*His hands & feet
*our covering in Christ
He doesn’t see:
*when we strayed
once we have given them over to Him.
He sees our messy chaotic lives, and sees beauty in our midst…because of Jesus.
Inviting Jesus in starts an internal reno that Holy Spirit will not complete until we meet God face to face in glory.
It means God sees the hope living within us, rather than our failure.
It means we have that living hope no matter what.
Broken in spirit, body, mind, heart?
Bound by sin?
Believing in enemy lies?
God doesn’t leave us there.
He restores our hope,
returns our dreams,
remolds our breaks,
redirects us to the right path.
He offers an embrace of grace when we think we deserve a slap in the face.
Take a walk through your bible.
Take a close look at the God you see enclosed in the truth contained within.
God doesn’t leave those who seek His Presence where He found them:
Abram > Abraham
Jacob> thief to head of Israel
Saul> Paul, killer of Christians to evangelist for Christ
David> shepherd to king, murderer & adulterer>man after God’s own heart
Solomon> overindulging philanthropist to wisest man & builder of His temple
Esther> pretty teenager to redeemer of her people
Rahab> prostitute to one of God’s chosen
Ruth> foreigner to beloved grandmother of David
Samson> playboy to judge, betrayer who God restored to mete out justice
This is just the tip of the iceberg of what God can do with a willing heart that beats for Him.
What we may see may be overwhelming pain, brokenness, mess beyond our ability to fix or clean…
Nothing is beyond His ability to repair.
God has never stopped being in the creation business.
When we look to Him, and choose to follow, He begins to restore us back to how He originally intended us to be: fully His.
His view of what is really going on is from His loving, eternal, all-knowing perspective.
We need to trust He knows what He is doing.
If we are listening, He will speak love, restoration and hope into our lives along the way.
Our situations do not limit His ability, they reflect humanity’s inability.
God chose to make us in His image, and will never stop restoring us until we are called home with Him.
And along the way, He makes beautiful things out of the dust, out of us.
Our hope is built on nothing less than the God of the universe.
Our beauty is not based on what we see, but His vision.
Our brokenness becomes something beautiful when we allow the Potter to remold us & give us His peace.
On the days when brokenness feels overwhelming, try to keep this truth in mind: When God looks at us, He sees something beautiful! Ask Him to give you clear direction and peace when you cannot see the beauty He sees.
Hey, if you want a few good tips on how to spot beauty in the broken on a hard day, especially a Monday, please visit: Beauty in Brokenness at POTSC.
Everybody should have a Hoho.
Not the snack cake variation, but the kind that comes in the mail.
What is a Hoho?
Their creator, Crystal from http://www.littlebitfunky.com says it best:
Isn’t she cute?
I have struggled off & on for years with how I look… mainly because I have listened to too many peoples’ versions of what they think beauty is.
I don’t think I have ever felt beautiful. I don’t think I am the homeliest of the bunch, but I am no supermodel.
I can tell you, partly due to the ministry & work of Crystal, that I have been able to accept my uniqueness, my You-ness (which is pronounced Eunice). I was looking at these hohos she makes, and felt the whisper that I too was unique and lovely in my own right. I don’t have to be perfect. And I am lovely in my uniqueness.
There is only ever going to be one Hoho of a kind. No two are exactly identical, as the variations in design & size are endless.
The same is true with us.
God made each of us as unique creations. On purpose. By design.
And says “It is good.”
I bought my funky hoho to daily remind me that I am beYOUtiful.
Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.
God is pleased when we accept ourselves as His unique craftsmanship. Wanted, planned, designed.
The pleasure Crystal must have when she hears how God is blessing the children (& a few adults, I am sure!) with the comfort & reminder of their cute cuddly hohos.
Accepting we are beautiful by being ourselves is a priceless concept sewn alongside every stitch of these hohos.
If you need a reminder of how God sees you, the Bible has many verses on how much God loves & cares for us, and considers us treasures.
A very visual person, my Foxy Hoho will be reminding me of many such verses daily.
Thank you, Crystal for your hoho ministry, & exceptional craftsmanship!
PS. I will be HOlding onto the truth of who I am in Christ, and asking Him to HOld onto me.
Hoho, get it?! 🙂
I struggle with this..being considered beautiful.
For me, beauty always is reflected from the inside out. The character and integrity, the genuine smile that reached their eyes, a grace to move in confidence, knowing who their Abba is.
I struggle to wrap my head around what my heart already knows is true- I am His beloved, and He thinks I am radiantly beautiful.
I think it may be because God sees not only who we are now, but the whole woman that hasn’t yet been discovered, or uncovered, yet.
God loves me. And thinks I am beautiful.
Because I carry God within me wherever I go, I can be reminded of that truth of God’s – that God sees me as whole, holy and spotless, because of what Jesus has done for me, you, us.
In God’s sight, I am restored, beautiful, beloved.
Seeing myself- I waver, feel average on a good day, and insecure.
One is an earthly perspective.
The other, the heavenly reality.
Seeing myself through His eyes helps me keep my life in perspective.