Over the last few days, I have been reading the stories of women that were actually told that they were ugly when they were young. It is so evil and sad that any person would spew those lies to a child or young woman. It is devastating.
I feel compelled to share this post from a few years ago with you:
Today I am especially feeling the loving touch of the Holy Spirit through my whole being. And through that Spirit, I am being led to share some loving words from our Heavenly Father. This is a love letter to you, His precious daughter.
Beautiful one, this is for you:
When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you pick apart each facet of your physical body, and compare yourself to other women? Do you feel inadequate or inferior; sometimes even feeling as though you are hideous in one way or another? Do you sometimes feel ugly inside, like if people really knew you, they would realize how ugly you truly are?
The next time you look into the mirror, I want you to try something different.
I want you to see yourself through MY Eyes.
You were loved long before you were formed in your mother’s womb. Each detail of what makes you “you” is like a brushstroke on the canvas of a great masterpiece. You were bathed in my loving light as you developed and grew in exactly the way you were meant to. You are my special and lovely jewel.
You are beloved.
When you were born, heaven rejoiced! Such a beautiful, sweet baby you were, my daughter. Did you know the angels held you, and you were comforted by the tender love of Jesus? In your helplessness and vulnerability, you were being loved and carried by a power so loving and beautiful, that sometimes you couldn’t help but smile or sigh. Such an exquisitely beautiful baby you were!
As a little girl, you grew and brought me such joy. Your zest for life, and your amusing antics. The way your hair caught the light when you were playing gleefully, or the way it matted up after your nap. Your beautiful innocence was shown through your bright, clear eyes. Those eyes that touched me deeply because they showed the honesty of what was inside your heart.
Then you grew, and ready or not, you were a teenager! I know those were difficult and confusing years for you. I was right there with you, through everything. When you were trying to fit in, and not seeing or feeling your true worth, you sometimes wondered where I was. There were times when you were hurting, confused and lonely. I was there, holding you in my arms, and loving you, even when you did not feel me with you. You were a beautiful bouquet of so many special characteristics that are yours and yours alone.
You didn’t see it at the time, however, all of what you were then was evidence of the beauty that was already a part of you, deeply rooted in your heart and the love I have always had for you. That beauty was about to spill over, illuminating your physical being…laying the foundation of the woman you are now.
What do I see when I look at you?
I see a beautiful woman of strength and character. You have enjoyed many happy moments in your life, and also suffered through deep pain and anguish. You have felt so weak and powerless at times…that is exactly when I carried you through. If only you can fully realize that every single detail of you is beautiful and deeply loved. You were not meant to be anything else. You were created simply to be YOU.
Do not look to the world to see your true beauty, for the world’s view is veiled and tainted.
Look to Me.
Let go, and allow yourself to rest in my peace and love. Submit yourself to me…all of who you are. All of your strengths and weaknesses. Your joys, your sorrows. Your accomplishments, your failures. Trust me – I will work all of the brush strokes of your life into the great masterpiece of my Divine Plan.
You are my beloved daughter, sparkling with a beauty more dazzling than the most precious gem imaginable.
You are loved.
Your Heavenly Father
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. Psalm 139:14
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Jeremiah 1:5
Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. 1 Peter 3:3-4