Do You Think I'm Beautiful?

Do you think I'm beautiful? 

No really, do you honestly think that I am beautiful?? 

^ I struggled with that question for a long time and to be honest, I still do, but I don't think about it as much.  Now this is something I KNOW that every single girl has asked herself as well as others. I know that I have asked my mom and dad that question countless times and even though they always told me yes it was never good enough for me. Even if my friends, a stranger, or some guy told me that I was beautiful it would bring a smile to my face for about 30 seconds but it always went away because I didn't believe them. I couldn't believe them. I couldn't look in the mirror and see my worth and my unique beauty, all I could see was every little thing that was "wrong" with me. I would look at every girl and recognize the beauty that they possessed and believe that somehow, I didn't have what they had. 

Now I'm not saying this to make you pity me but rather to show you how real this issue is between all girls and that you are definitely not going through this problem alone (or didn't go through this alone.. whatever your situation).

In our society we are shown how we should look, act and dress just to be under the category "beautiful" or better yet - "accepted". And the sad part is, is that we actually believe what they say rather then believe in ourselves and what Christ says about us. We try so hard to be skinny enough, to be pretty enough, to have the perfect look, hair, clothes, EVERYTHING. 
-(By the way if you look up beauty on google or any search engine you will find all of these women who have been airbrushed and are advertising make up. Sorry society, you got it all wrong. So sad.)-

Dove understands how messed up "beauty" is.

Why do we try so hard to obtain all of these things and for WHO? is the question. I believe that we think the ONLY way for us to become beautiful is in the eyes of others and then we will start to believe that we are actually beautiful. But that's totally the opposite way around. We first have to look at ourselves as beautiful and worthy - and that's only made possible through the eyes of Christ. Once we acknowledge our unique beauty,  we look at others, and instead of seeking our own beauty in them, we start to find their true beauty and realize how precious they are to Christ, as well as your own self. 

Why do we even bother to maintain all of those vain things anyway? I mean just look at the religious sisters!!! They are completely gorgeous and they don't even try! They don't wear make-up, their habits are not revealing (other than revealing their true identity), the only man they rely on is Christ, and they can light up a whole auditorium with just a smile. The only approval they seek is that of Christ and they find it and are completely satisfied. They are filled with Christ-like beauty and joy, which is contagious, and which you can also obtain. 

Now this is just crazy. I went to Imagine Sisters Facebook page to look for pictures of sisters and I was like, PERFECT, A picture with true beauty. AND LOOK WHO IS IN THE PICTURE! If I'm not mistaken, the one in the middle is Sr. Fleur de Carmel. WHAT?!?

So here it is girls, the perfect example of true feminine beauty - MARY. There are many ways as to why but the one aspect of Mary I always strive for is her 'yes'. Just to give everything totally and completely to God and trust in Him is beauty beyond compare. When you do that, you understand your worth and beauty in Him and don't need any reason to look further. 

If only we could see ourselves the way Christ sees us. (I couldn't imagine…) 

I encourage all women to look upon the gifts they have been given and not on the flaws. I saw this quote about how we are all beautifully flawed, and it's true. Our flaws are what makes every individual unique, therefore beautiful and their own. We should cherish that and rejoice because of God's unique way to love us individually. 

Maybe you would take this more to heart if a guy wrote this, I know I probably would, but a guy didn't. I mean all of this with my heart and soul. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! Go no further, Christ thinks you are beautiful:) Just look:

"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

"Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." - Proverbs 31:30

"Those who look to Him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed." - Psalm 43:5

"He has made everything beautiful in it's time." - Ecclesiastes 3:11

I know it is hard to live a modest, beautiful, and becoming life in this society but Jesus has overcome the world and so can you. Something I'm personally doing to help myself see beauty is stop wearing make-up. I only wore mascara but it's crazy just how much I relied on that tube of black gunk to make me pretty. Don't get me wrong, I'm still trying to get accompanied with it and it's hard. I feel like I'm naked when I go out in public when I don't have my make-up on. Maybe its weird to you, but I believe that doing this will help me look at MYSELF in the mirror and see beauty (not with the help of make-up).  Maybe I look like the ferocious beast or maybe I look like cute little Maggie (get it?) but at this point in time, I don't really care. I know that Christ has made me beautiful, as with all women/girls/young ladies, you just have to accept it. ;)

I just found this video today while searching for things to put on this post and found it very appropriate to share. She also has a blog called True Beauty if you go search for it. She has video documents on matters such as these, also. Her name is Lisa Chan and is trying to get the world to identify themselves in Christ. So glad she is doing something about this :)

May God bless you abundantly and may you find rest and peace in Him.

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