I remember when I was younger (and thinner), there were times when I would do my hair, put on my makeup & just the right clothes & I truly felt beautiful! It seemed to make a big difference in the way people treated me too. Feeling pretty made me feel so special!
But as I got older, I realized how shallow that feeling really was. When I didn't have all the make up, right hair & clothes, I wasn't treated nearly the same. How strange! People will judge you & treat you as 'special' if they think you look great, and treat you very differently if you're not looking 'so great.'
In my lifetime, I've known what if feels like to be judged as beautiful & I've known what it feels like to be judged as 'unattractive.' And I've experienced the high and low of both those feelings.
I don't want to be judged by the way I look. I don't want to be liked or disliked because of how I appear on the outside. I want to feel beautiful because of who I am on the inside! It no longer matters to me how the world sees me, what matters to me is how God sees me & I know He sees me as absolutely beautiful all the time!
I know, because He has told me so. One day when I was feeling particularly unattractive & unloved by the world, I heard God's voice clearly say to me: "I think you're beautiful!" I was actually shocked because it was so sweet, loving & unexpected. But suddenly, I saw myself as God sees me, as His child, His daughter, His creation, His love, His passion, His work in progress & as one was joined with the spirit of the Living Christ.
We who are in Christ are absolutely BEAUTIFUL all the time in the eyes of our Heavnely Father! How I cherish that love of the Father! How incredibly beautiful I feel on the inside because of that Love!
Oh, you may not know it by seeing me from the outside these days, but there is an incredible beauty that exists in me---The essence of this kind of beauty is PURE LOVE from the Father! It makes me feel so special, so beautiful, so desired, & so wonderful!!!
My prayer this Christmas is that for each of you to feel absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! But not on the outside as much as on the inside! Let that beauty of the love of Christ shine brightly for the whole world to see friends!
When it's real, you can't hide that kind of beauty! It just has to shine! And it makes you realize how incredibly special & BLESSED you are! We are loved--halleluiah!
I'm keeping Christ in Christmas & in every single day of the year!
"He has made everything beautiful in its time."
Even me? Even me!
Thank you God! Thank you Holy Spirit! Thank you Jesus!
Abundant Christmas Love from His Child,