Yes I'm talking to you...
You the young girl, teenager, college student, adult
You whether your're single, married, old, young....you who work all day in retail, fast food, daycare, farms, teaching, serving, cleaning, making....homework...you who have watched T.V. shows, commercials leafed through magazines, turned on your portable device.. driven down the road, and have been blasted with the Media infused idea of the beautiful woman. I mean seriously they even made a new Dora.....You who doesn't happen to be the 5%... and no amount of dieting, or new cloths will get you there.
You the average woman who have had children, miscarriages, stress, heart ache, ..you without money to pour into make-up and special designer and tailored cloths, diet plans, expects, personal trainers, or even all healthy foods. You who simply do the best you can with what this broken and imperfect world has dealt you.
You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
fearfully and wonderfully made....knitted together in your mothers womb...fearfully and wonderfully made...
Just. Remember. That.
Remember it when you look into the mirror in the dressing room at the the dress you think is just beautiful but looks better on the hanger.
Remember it when you doll yourself up to go out clubbing only to be "out shown" by the younger, thinner, taller, curvier...More "American Sweetheart"
You are not alone in your struggle. 91% of female are there with you...though I wouldn't be surprised if it were more like 100%
(Apologies power went out and I lost the source...)
Everyone wants to feel beautiful...everyone wants to be told they are beautiful...everyone wants to be treated accordingly. I'm fortunate to have a husband who reminds me often that he finds me beautiful though I am ashamed to admit that I often don't believe him and I let the lies and ideas of a woman's beauty" in this world control my words and thoughts about my appearance.
It's not just adults who struggle with this obsession of being beautiful. It's in the conversation with a 12 year old telling her friends she absolutely has to wear make-up because with out it it's bad. It's in the conversation between a 9 year old boy and an 8 year old girl and he tells her It's okay shes not attractive anyway. The 8 year old response to my scolding the boy "It's okay Mrs. Leah, I'm use to it." What damage have we done to our youth with our thoughtless negative comments about our bodies? What damage do you do to yourself with these negative comments. what damage has T.V. games, Movies, Internet done to us?
Advertising is Brain Damage....
Advertising is Brain Damage....
I am blessed with beautiful friends, and beautiful things, we are blessed with beautiful places, art, nature, poetry, music... but the greatest, beauty of all is actually the Passion...the horrible,, bloody, Crucifixion and the amazing resurrection because it's not the outside that counted..it was what happened inside. Its what happens that people can't see where he washed us clean, where he went to Hell so we would not have to.
I wish this world could re-define beauty. Beauty to me is the kindness I've seen in the world in my friends, in strangers. Beauty is in the laughter of a child, Beauty is in the tears of a friend who is crying simply because you hurt and words cant help. Beauty is the person who takes the time to ask are you okay? Beauty yes it's in the eye of the beholder but I think it's so much more. I think if children and adults are to overcome the media infused(Satan driven) idea of beauty they need to be a whole lot more willing to build others up, even strangers and a lot less willing to mock or tear them down.
When Satan uses the world to bring you down and hold you in bondage we need to go back to the bible and be reminded we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Beauty does not come from outward adornment but from within...A man might call you beautiful out of passion but it's more of a complement when you are called beautiful out of love. As parents should, As friends can, As the right man does or someday will, and mostly as God does.
Beauty redefined in random senseless acts of kindness, compassion, and love.
You. Are. Beautiful.