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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Embrace the face

I never felt pretty until after I had Grace. I was never very comfortable in my skin. I was always down on myself.
Once I hit High School I started feeling better about myself because I learned how to make myself look presentable. Even with looking better, I never felt good about myself. I compared myself to the other girls. They always seemed so much prettier. I never felt good enough.  In the culture we live in, it’s so easy to compare ourselves to others women. I always feel like someone looks prettier than me or does their hair or make up better than I do. I am slowly learning to love the person God made me to be, my face and all.
In college, I went through a phase where I was really down on myself. So much so, that I couldn’t even look in the mirror. One day I realized that this was not the life God called me to live.  I started to do a small exercise (which was a big step for me), as I was looking in the mirror I would say: Psalm 139:14
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Instead of focusing on how everyone is much prettier than me. I focus on the person God made me. He made me beautiful in my own way. He made others beautiful in their own way. If I saw someone who was beautiful or pretty, I thanked God for the amazing creation He made.
Instead of comparing myself to other’s I try to praise God for His creation. This gives God the glory, not myself or anyone else.
There are many times when I meet someone who doesn’t have a model or movie star look but the beauty that radiate from within them makes them breathtaking.
My desire is that God would soften my heart and I would become more like Him. That way His glory and beauty shines through me.

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At December 11, 2011 at 10:39 PM , Blogger Megan Berkey said...

Thanks for this post. It takes courage to write this. It took me getting married to begin to realize how damaging my self-image had become. My husband has been so great to walk through this with me.

I began blogging about my struggle and my sweet husband here:

Coming over from Life Made Lovely and am your newest follower =)!

At December 12, 2011 at 12:40 AM , Blogger Erin said...

We all have gone through moments where we feel this's true that we need to be confident in the person God made us to be! :) You're gorgeous inside and out!

At December 12, 2011 at 7:06 AM , Blogger the hollie rogue said...

such a beautiful reminder! and yes, you are so pretty!

At December 12, 2011 at 2:16 PM , Blogger Katie said...

I think this post proves that you are beautiful inside & out :)

Have a wonderful week!

At December 12, 2011 at 2:30 PM , Blogger Kristen @ Confessions of a GDS said...

You're beautiful Melanie! :)

At December 18, 2011 at 6:28 PM , Blogger Krystyn said...

What a great reminder, and a great verse to say to yourself. I hope out children don't go through this same feeling, but I have a feeling they will. We have to remind them as we always say "you are a beautiful blessing from God!"

Thanks for joining in! I hope you'll link up again.


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