When the forensic artist drew a picture of you from your own descriptions, it really didn’t look much like you at’all. The way you described yourself translated as too fat, too stand-offish, too rigid.
But when others described you, the picture that took shape on the artist’s easel turned out much more accurate: You’re a beauty.
And we all know it’s true. We women are great at under-estimating our beauty, both inside and out. We are good at picking our weaknesses to death and drawing attention to everything that is deficient and we can spend a lifetime haggling over things no one else even notices. As one woman said, we can live “me trying to fix me” sort of lives.
So let’s whisper it clear to the woman sitting next to us: You are beautiful. You are uniquely and wonderfully made and you reflect the image of your Maker.
The way you’re tender with that little one when he’s raw and vulnerable… that’s beautiful.
And the way you throw a meal together when there isn’t much left in the cupboards… that’s beauty.
And when the electricity gets shuts off and you pretend you planned a candle-lit dinner instead of complaining about what you don’t have… that’s irresistible.
When you feel like giving up but you keep on anyway… and add a smile to boot…that’s stunning.
And when you choose to take one little baby step towards organizing your wardrobe, to model femininity, to get your energy back, to live full and lovely, to live more healthy… that is your beautiful can-do spirit coming back to life. It shines, girl, oh it shines!
Sister-Friend, you are beautiful.
And if it were me describing you to the forensic artist, I’d paint you with soft lines of compassion, with a jaw of determination, with a glint of refreshing humor, with the arch of classy nobility. And I’d make sure you knew just how much you reflect Christ to me.
You are beautiful. I just want to tell you how much you enrich my life.
Because I know you are beautiful and I believe we can take steps to living it, I am praying this week… This week, may you un-furl. Un-sheath. May you laugh and nod knowingly at our women stories and may you live loved. And this week, I pray you take the next practical step to living noble and royal. Because the King really is enthralled with your beauty and you really are more beautiful than you think. (see Ps. 45:10)
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