Good afternoon! I hope this finds you well. For those who regularly follow, a quick update. Mamma went through surgery very well yesterday, and is already up in her chair this afternoon after her first rounds of OT and PT. She is doing amazingly well, and so we give thanks to God, who gives all good things. Thanks to many who have been praying. She is doing so well, she is going home tomorrow.
Yesterday, Mom, my sister, and I were discussing the modern beauty trend toward extreme thinness and the “need” to dress in a way that shows so much body to “be beautiful”. I’m so grateful that God doesn’t need either to see me as beautiful, for I’m neither thin nor do I like to show a lot of skin.
Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. 4 You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. I Peter 3:3-4 NLT
God views me as beautiful when I clothe myself with Jesus.
When I’m struggling with who I am, that is comforting! I am loved and accepted – even if my shape isn’t stick thin. I can be beautiful to the God of heaven, even if I don’t dress in the latest fashions. I can enjoy MY skin, because the God of heaven sees me as beautiful when I clothe myself with a growing character that looks like his Son!
How we see ourselves often relates to our circumstances. When we are struggling, it’s too easy to lose focus and view ourselves wrongly. This week, I would love to look more closely at how we can see ourselves as God sees us.
If you are a man reading this blog, please don’t avoid our table the rest of the week! You may not struggle with “beauty”, but you may have a special woman in your life who does. The men in our lives contribute to how we see ourselves, based upon their personal ideology of beauty. So, our discussions this week may give you ways to encourage your special lady. So please don’t stay away!
I look forward to being with you the rest of the week. Discussions will also include practical ideas that have worked for me during times I’ve struggled. As with any discussion, I’d love your input as the week progresses.
With love and prayers,