....Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in.
1 Peter 3:4
This last weekend I went to the park with a friend, and we saw this cactus with the vibrant orange flower, so beautiful! It was significant to me because God had been bringing the word "Beauty" to my mind all week. Later, that day, my husband and I watched a movie about a young woman that did not feel pretty. Her entire life was tainted by her belief of not being beautiful. She had a dead end job, she only had a couple of friends, and every way that she presented herself supported her belief. Then, she had an accident and hit her head. When she woke up, she looked in the mirror and couldn't believe what she saw! She saw beauty! Eventhough she looked exactly the same, she believed she was gorgeous...and because of her belief, everything changed. She fell in love, got a great job, became bolder and more courageous. The people around her sat up noticed as well, they loved her confidence, her belief, and everything about her. She had finally seen the truth about who she really was.
And so it is with every woman. The lies we so often believe that make us feel plain, withdrawn, invisible, and uncertain. This in turn strains relationships, our health, our abilities to live a full life. I've definately had my share of lies that I've believed about who God created me to be. I've believed I was fat, ugly, unwanted, etc....those lies tend to build on each other. But, as God has moved His light around, and within me, I've been able more and more to see the beauty He created in me, and my life too has changed as I've digested His truth and lived in beauty. Just like the cactus, I don't feel as prickly when I focus on the flower!
What beauty is God showing you about yourself today? Where is He asking you to journey as you listen to His truth? How have you noticed your life changing as you focus on the truth of who He created you to be?