Flashback to this time 4 years ago: Beauty
So one of the most amazing women on Earth, Amy B, and I were walking through some things and she asked me about a blog that I had written on women seeing themselves as valuable and how to be the best version of you you can be in order to be used to the fullest by our Father and Savior. SO, I searched and searched and ended up heading back to my old blog on blogspot (which by the way is not the one she was talking about because I’ve only known her for 2 or so years). However, before I met Jon, shortly after I had met Allie S (who we just adventured to Thailand with), and before the health challenges that I have faced, this is what I found from June 2nd, 2014:
“I started a blog post almost two weeks ago about modesty and what it meant to me, but I was just NOT satisfied with it. I didn’t like the tone that was coming across, so I put it away to sit on it and pray. I was frustrated. I had a message and an opinion, but was completely blocked from writing. Until today…
Without losing the importance of modesty, there is something bigger and more important that needs to be said, women: YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. God knit you together in your mothers womb He created you in His image, and he did NOT make a mistake. He loves everything about you; your hair, your eyes, your height, your build, your smile, your life. He created it all and he loves every detail of YOU.
He loves you more than you could ever imagine and you don’t need acceptance from things of this world to be whole. Jesus, and only Jesus, makes you whole.
Read and sit on this verse in 1 Corinthians:
19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.~1 Corinthians 6:19-20
You’ve probably heard it a million times, but I want to explore this a bit more. The Holy Spirit dwells inside you. The all powerful, perfect creator, and our Savior lives inside everyone that believes. You should want your body to be a place pleasing to the Lord. Modesty is only part of that, taking care of yourself with exercise and eating right, and staying sexually pure are equally as important, among other things!
Eating disorders are taking over our women these days; jokes about weight, constant comparisons among women, and men who are not valuing us as a perfect creation of The Creator are taking a toll on the millions of young women growing up in the US today. My amazing and beautiful cousin, Laura, works with a great organization up in Kansas City called Rebel; they work on changing young girls opinions of what culture tells them they should be to what they really are which is beautifully unique. But ladies this is a HUGE problem, we are all unique but we are all equally as beautiful, and I want every woman to believe that!
Think about this for a minute: “you were bought at a price”; meaning: YOU ARE WORTH IT. God didn’t die for the select few, He died for everyone, because He loves everyone, and He made everyone uniquely perfect! He wanted you to be the you you are, because He has really big plans for that you. Trust and believe and He will make your paths straight. Grow in His word and lean on him because he will do immeasurably more with your life, because you are so very worth it to Him.
“Honor God with your bodies”, here, I want to talk about modesty. First, honor your Creator by loving his creation and that’s you. He made you beautiful, I mean seriously gorgeous, we were created in His image after all. All you need is God’s opinion of you, but when you are looking for attention and opinions of this world you will lose that respect for yourself and your Creator. Second, honoring God means also honoring your brothers, they really like beautiful things like women, and while I agree there needs to be control on their end, we need to respect them by doing our best to remove that temptation. Cover up ladies! There are beautiful and stylish ways to dress and be modest.
One of my amazing friends, Allie is serving women in this way and she’s launching her clothing shop NEXT MONDAY, June 9th! If you want some ideas for what stylish modesty looks like here’s the link to Marquis Modest Apparel: http://marquemodestapparel.com/. Cannot wait to see the ways Christ works through her and this store to express His love for his children and what He thinks about them!
Satan is great at convincing women that they are not enough, and fighting those attacks can be so hard, and sometimes we give in. We need encouragement and we need accountability from other sisters because we all know what those attacks feel like. If you are looking for ways to plug in to a place where women love on each other, whether you struggle with an eating disorder, have watched someone struggle, have a hard time believing that Christ finds you beautiful or just want a place to be loved or love on others, The Grove at Passion City Church is a place just for women to be encouraged and refreshed. If you want more information click here http://passioncitychurch.com/thegrove/. Next one is June 16th!
The last thing I want to say is that no matter where you are or what you’ve done you are beautiful. God forgives, purifies and refreshes all that call on His name. Believe it. There is nothing you could ever do to make Him love you less, and there is no damage done that He cannot restore to its original beauty.
Remember ladies your Creator did NOT make a mistake, you are loved and beautiful and worth it!”
So I read these words on the page and jaw dropped, because the timing of finding this was so perfect. Especially in-spite of my facial injury and the regular battles I face with body image and health! God loves the you that HE CREATED and that truth will never change!