Originally published Tuesday, 26 May 2015.
To love, to give, to laugh, to serve. These are the beautiful.
To hold, and kiss, and want, and need. These are the beautiful.
To call, to cry, to sing, to eat. These are the beautiful.
To believe in mercy, and grace, and refuse to give in. These are the beautiful things.
With every breath you participate in beauty.
Your life matters.
Why are you downcast O, my soul? Why are you disquieted within me? Why do my eyes see something different than my creator? And why does the heaviness shadow my beautiful?
These are questions we need to ask. These are the raw and real. It’s not shallow to wonder who we would be if we could shake the need to look like the women in the magazines. We aren’t’ seen as weak or egomaniacal when we ask Jesus to fix our sight that we may see ourselves the way He sees us.
It takes strength and determination to dig to the depths to find our beauty and work to uncover who we are in Christ.
It takes a warrior to believe in, and fall deep in love with, a God we cannot see.
It takes a heart filled with true beauty to whisper yes to the cause of Christ.
With shaking lips and a trembling voice, whisper yes to your beautiful.
PS: Tomorrow we will read some dear words from my writer friend Katie M. Reid. She’s written a letter to her tween daughter about beauty, and you won’t want to miss it.
You will also see the interview she conducted with me about Nothing to Hold but Hope, and The Beautiful Blog Series! See you then, friends!
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