Beauty, Culture, Your True Identity

Finding Your True Identity in Christ

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Identity. What is it? Where does it come from? Where can we find it?

For most, it’s beauty. Its the loads of makeup. The designer outfits. The expensive shoes. The dyed hair. The height.

For others, it’s social status. It’s the number of likes on a post. The envious glances of others. The number of followers on Instagram.

Or maybe it’s education. It’s the highest grades. The best scores. The straight A’s.

Its the economic status. The amount of money. The size of house. The brand of car.

And for others, it’s health. The working out. The diets. The perfect body.

And the horrible truth is, that’s what people find their identity in. To our culture, that’s what is supposed to satisfy. It’s all outward. People may look perfect on the outside. It may seem they have it all together.

But that’s not true. Inside, people are a mess. Their relationships are disasters. They don’t have strong bonds with family. Their lives may look put together, but in reality, they’re in shambles. Why? Why is this happening?

Because people are looking for identify – for beauty and satisfaction – in the things of this world. In fashion. In fitness. In academics. In wealth. In status. And if one thing doesn’t satisfy them, they move on to the next. It’s an endless cycle of unhappiness and fake living.

That’s not how we’re called to live. That’s not what we’re made for. All those things I mentioned are nothing compared to knowing Jesus Christ and living your life for His glory.

I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death. Philippians 3:8-10

Knowing Christ is so much more worth it than getting a hundred likes on a picture. It’s so much more lasting that having loads of money. It’s so much more rewarding than getting highest honors.

Finding your true identity in Christ is so important. This doesn’t mean that you can’t use makeup or do your hair. Or that you can’t get good grades. Or that you can’t try and live a healthy lifestyle.

Remember Who you’re looking good for, Who you’re ultimately trying to do well in school for, Who you’re living a healthy lifestyle for. It’s for the One who created you. You’re beautiful, smart, and absolutely perfect in his eyes. 1 Corinthians 6 exhorts us to glorify God with our bodies. Ultimately, we’re to live for His approval, not the approval of others.

It doesn’t matter what others think of you, because He thinks you are perfect. There’s no guidebook to success. There’s only God’s word, which is THE best instruction manual on living a life of true beauty. Read it. See what He has to say about beauty. The next time you look in a mirror, think about these amazing truths from God’s word.

  • You are created in His image (Genesis 1:27, Ephesians 2:10).
  • You don’t have to look like that girl on the magazine cover. (1 Peter 3:3-4).
  • Your ultimate purpose is to please your King, not others (1 Samuel 16:7).
  • Your heart is more important than your style (1 Timothy 2:9-10).
  • Your inward appearance is far more important than your outward (1 Timothy 4:8).
  • Your identity is found in Christ, not in the acceptance of others.
  • Your life is on display in front of the whole world – are you fearing the Lord God and living for Him with all that’s in you (Proverbs 1:7, 31:30)?

It’s your choice. Will you live like the world, or will you be transformed by the word of God and live up to His standards, not theirs?

Rebecca

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Beauty, Courage, Friendship, Purifying the Mind, Body, and Spirit, Relationships

Your Inward Beauty…

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Hey there, girls! How are you all doing?

So if you can’t tell by the title, this post is about letting your inward beauty shine just as strong or stronger than your outward beauty. As a teenage girl, I know sometimes I get caught up in my looks too much. My OUTWARD looks…

But I came to realize that I wasn’t actually looking for attention on my outward appearance. You see I was..and still sometimes am, but it didn’t give me the kind of satisfaction that I wanted when someone told me that I looked pretty…

Okay, so let me explain a little bit- don’t worry, I’ll try to make it short and not boring. So, I have long hair. Thick too…. and I get quite a few compliments on it. Now I like that, don’t get me wrong. But I was with someone for about a week and when it came time for us to write on things and say how we felt about each other, she said my hair was pretty. It shouldn’t have, but that kind of HURT. Not because she complimented my hair, but because she DIDN’T complement my INWARD actions. I wanted to hear “You’re a wonderful person. You’re loving, kind, and energetic.” Instead, it was “you have pretty hair.” Don’t get me wrong, that was really nice of her to say, and I’m glad she did… because it helped me to realize what I was truly looking for. I didn’t want attention on my outward appearance! I wanted people to think of me and how I really was, not how I looked. I know sometimes we get so caught up in our outward appearance that we forget about how important it is to have inward beauty. Let God’s beauty shine through you!

Look, I’m a teenager! I get it!!! So… I’ll share something kind of personal with you girls so that you know just how much I get this…

I had a boy tell me I was beautiful recently. I’ll admit it made my heart flutter a little bit. It’s not easy for me to confess this. I know I’m way too young to have a boyfriend, and I DON’T want to date yet!!! But there is a feeling that comes with someone – especially a really cute, nice boy- telling you that you are beautiful…and you know they mean it. I’ll also admit that I thought about that for a while… it made me realize just how much I HAD been wanting to hear something like that… But… I would much rather have someone like me (a boy) because he likes how I am on the inside, not just how I am on the outside, so I learned not to keep dwelling on it. Because it’s not that important. Also though, you need to know that it’s not a sin to like a boy. To think he’s cute, or to have a crush on him! Now if you let it get too deep, then yes, it very well can be a sin, but simply thinking someone is cute isn’t a sin. I used to think it might be…but I’ve since realized that it’s a natural girl behavior… SO don’t worry a ton about it… now on to the next topic…

Am I saying we have to appear ugly to everyone so that our inward beauty is able to be seen? Not at all!! But we have to be careful on how evident it is that we want to be seen with amazing outward appearance. It’s not bad to be pretty! But if your outward beauty outshines your inward beauty, then… you might want to examine yourself a little more closely…

Girls….you’re all so beautiful. You might say “how would you know? I don’t even have my face in my profile picture!” I know because you are reading this right now. I KNOW, because you follow this blog. I KNOW BECAUSE YOU LOVE JESUS CHRIST! I KNOW BECAUSE YOU WERE MADE BY GOD!!!! And the SAME ONE WHO MADE THE STARS, THE NEWBORN BABIES, AND THE SAME ONE THAT FORMS EVERY SUNRISE AND SUNSET

MADE YOU.

He made you! So you are BEAUTIFUL! Girls… be beautiful on the inside..AND THE OUTSIDE! This isn’t a lecture, it’s an encouragement.

Now, some helpful tips on this… (tips, not orders)

  • Watch what you wear

Now I know this one is hard sometimes… Now I’m not saying you have to dress like a hobo…but you can be cute without wearing clothes that show too much skin, or the exact shape of your body. Now if you believe that this is fine…that’s alright. I won’t judge you…but girls, this world is a crazy place..and it’s better to be safe than sorry. What I always tell myself when I think about this, is “Do I want my future husband to be attracted to me because of how I’m dressed or how I look? Or do I want him to notice my smile, my laugh, and my actions?” For me, definitely the latter.

  • Watch what you surround yourself with

This one is a struggle for me sometimes. I have to remember that looks aren’t all that matter. If you have friends that all dress a certain way, or criticize what you wear, it’s hard to stay modest and focused on your inward beauty. I find myself wanting to wear things that I think make me look skinnier or curvier (as weird as that sounds), but then I remember how much I love my friends that don’t dress like that too. Because of who they are on the inside. The people I look up to the most, I look up to because of who they are, not because of what they look like, or because of their clothes. So I remind myself to surround myself with people that are more focused on God, and inward beauty, and surround myself less with people who are focused too much on outward appearance.

The reason I put “Watch WHAT you surround yourself with”, is because there are things other than people that can be unhealthy. For me, one of those things is romance books. When I read too many, I start thinking only about guys, and hardly at all about praying, God, or reading my Bible. Also when I listen to certain songs, it can make me really sad or almost lonely, and cause my inward beauty to become less. Now I’m NOT saying that it’s bad to have friends that don’t ALWAYS focus on inward appearance. That’s not bad! You must be friends to them too! But you need to surround yourself with positive influences too, people to keep you accountable. In the same way, I’m not saying books or songs are BAD, you just have to limit yourself and ask yourself “Is this healthy for me?”.

  • Strengthen your walk with God

I can’t possibly stress how important this is! Girls, when you have a strong bond with the Lord…it literally makes EVERYTHING SO MUCH EASIER AND MORE FUN! You will be overflowing with God’s joy without even TRYING! This one is super important! And praying, reading your bible and such all go along with this too!!

  • Feel free to talk to us

We care about you! I – we – can relate to what you’re going through..and even if we can’t, I can promise we’ll pray for you as you’re going through whatever it is. It’s hard, yeah, but with someone to talk to, it can be SO much easier..

SO pretty much what I was trying to get across on this post was:

  1.  Let your inward beauty (aka God) be brighter than your outward beauty (aka clothing, looks).
  2. Strive to be noticed for your faith and attitude (in a good way) rather than for your looks and clothes.
  3. Look, you can still be a girl. And be pretty! Let God shine through you too though!!! He wants people to see him through you! And pretty soon, your inward beauty will OVERWHELM AND BECOME YOUR OUTWARD BEAUTY!
  4. Girls, believe me when I say this, even though it might not seem like it- there is DEFINITELY more to being a teenager than drama, looks, and boys.

I will now end with some verses for you all to ponder:

1 Samuel 16:7b

For the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

1 Peter 3:3-4

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.

Matthew 5:8

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

I love you, girls! SHINE FOR GOD!!!!!!

And FEEL FREE TO TALK TO US!!!!

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Beauty

Works of Art

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Did you know that you are a work of art? You are a work of art created by the Greatest Painter.

Have you guessed who the Greatest Painter is?

That’s right, it’s God.

You are unique in every way, and God made it that way. Wouldn’t it be boring if everyone was the same? I think it would be.

One thing that I tell myself all the time when I look in the mirror on a bad day and put myself down by telling myself that I’m ugly is that I’m the way God wants me to be. I am exactly the way he wants me to be, from the tips of my toes down to the last strand of hair. And it helps, and then I pray.

So if you’re having a bad day, just tell yourself that you are a work of art. And pray.

Have a great week,

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Beauty, Courage, Faith

10 Quotes for Christian Girls

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Hello, ladies!

Are there ever times when you feel like you’re not worth it? Or like you’re not loved? I have some amazing quotes here to encourage you today. I hope these make you feel happy or encouraged!

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I hope that these quotes encouraged y’all today! If you want some more encouragement, you can find the amazing Girl Defined quotes board that I got most of these from HERE.

Stay Beautiful,

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Beauty, Courage, Kindness, Love

You Matter

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Hello everyone! K.A here today with you! Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted. Life gets busy, things happen, you forget… you guys know how it goes! This probably won’t be a super long post, but I just wanted to give you a word of encouragement today.

All of us go through a time when we feel like no one cares. Like we don’t matter to the world. Everything around us is a blur, and even though we love the people we know, it seems like they’re so far away, and you wish for things you don’t have. There are so many “ifs” filling your life that every time you try to run away, you’re faced with a different one. Should I go to college? Will I get married? You know what you want in life, but what if you have this or have that? What if you want to be a stay at home mom, but you really want to have a job as something else? There are so many options today, so many things spinning around and around you, putting a fog between your questions and the answers. We all go through this time in our lives when we’re figuring things out.

We are looking for someone to tell us everything that is going to happen, and exactly what turns to take in the years ahead. Well, sorry, but it doesn’t always work like that. Sometimes, there isn’t a clear answer for the things ahead. Sometimes, we have to rely on God to help us know what we need to do now, and deal with the future when it becomes the present. When you just need someone to talk to, to cry out to and spill your problems to, there are people there. You can talk to your parents, animals, and even your journals. But no matter how far away he might seem, God is always right there next to you waiting for you to give him your burdens. You can even come and talk to any one of us here at YLFC. There are so many people in the world that love you. Even when you don’t think anyone cares, we do! I love you, and more importantly, GOD loves you. There are so many doubts that are killing people’s good thoughts about themselves. You don’t want to be prideful, but it doesn’t help to tell yourself that you are the ugliest being on the earth, either. I know what it’s like.

There are so many critics in the world today. But you know what? GOD LOVES YOU LIKE YOU ARE!! Every one of us was made special by God’s own hand. I heard a song recently that said “Those hands that carried the cross are now the hands that carry us.” (Held in your hands, by Rush of Fools. I don’t know that I’ve heard the entire song).

God loves you. He made you with His hands. He formed you, and he loves you. The hands that made this world are the hands that made YOU! He made you different than any other person in the whole wide world. You are special. Whether you feel like you’re in a deep pit, and no one notices, or you feel like you’re invisible to the world around you, you are never invisible to God. He doesn’t care if you wear the latest fashions, he doesn’t care if you’re a blonde. He loves everyone, the perfect and imperfect alike.

Matthew 18:12-14 says:

12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?

13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.

14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

Luke 15:4 says:

What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

See? He loves us. When you don’t feel like anyone notices you or anyone cares about your future, when you’re lost and confused and can’t think about anything but how no one loves you no matter how hard you try, remember that God loves you. And He is so strong and courageous that he can give you the power to fight, and he can easily get you through whatever you’re going through. God will help you know where to go in time, and He’ll give you hope for the future! Meanwhile, get in your Bible! You’ll find more evidence of his great, great love for us sinners. Jesus loves you!!! You MATTER to Him. God will reveal what you need to know in time. But for now, let Him fight the war in front of you. He gave you this life so you could enjoy it, but also use it to live for and glorify HIM!

YOU MATTER.

This is one I just heard yesterday. It was really good, because I could really relate to it with some of the feelings I’ve had lately. I hope it helps you. This one nearly makes me cry. It’s not the type of song I would usually listen to a lot, but I really like this one!

Another one I heard yesterday on the radio. It’s a very good reminder that God is right there, and He cares about you!

One last one for you all. You are More. I’ve liked this one for a while. It’s definitely worth listening. And another slightly sad hanky-jerker. You don’t have to listen to any of these, I just thought I’d put them on if you did.

Oh wait, there is one more. 😉 Whoops. Here you go:

I just came across it and had to put it on. Our music group has sung this before for people. It’s a really good song.

I hope this gave you an extra hope for tomorrow. You do matter, and God cares about every one of you out there. I hope that you’ll remember that there are other people going through hard things, too and that you would give them an extra hand up. Tell them that they matter too, and that they are loved by God. Help them know they’re not alone. I love you all. Don’t feel scared to talk to any of us here at YLFC. We’re always here for you guys. We want to talk. You are all so precious to God. Remember that. Remember to lift others up with your words this week. I love you guys so much.

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Beauty, Faith

It’s Your Choice…

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Something I’m sure every one of us knows and has heard a thousand times is that every fingerprint in the world is different. There are no two that are the same. Even for identical twins. You’ve probably all heard that from a young age in your science books, or from your parents. I know I did. But that’s not all God made different. It’s not just your fingerprint, your eyes, your hair, or your scars that are different. It’s your heart. It’s your personality, your characteristics. God made each one of us SO different.

I’ve gone through many times of saying “Why can’t I look like her?” or “Why can’t I have as pretty of a voice as that person?” I’m sure we’ve all compared ourselves to others before. We’ve wished that we could be like them. But, there’s one thing that will never ever change through your life. It doesn’t matter what the choices you make are, where you go, what you do… you will always ALWAYS be you. Just you! You may make yourself act like others or look like others. You may have surgery changing you to be different. But that never really changes you. Even if you go to try and be like someone else, God made you just the way he wanted you! That’s who you’re supposed to be!

You have the choice to make you into whoever you like. But people see you as you. If you choose to be a doctor, that’s what people see ‘You’ as. If you choose to be a stay-at-home mom, that’s what people see ‘You’ as. You can form yourself, you can decide to an extent who you want to be. But God made you different than others. Sure it’s hard not to want to impress people, to make them think you’re amazing. I’m a teen (almost). I know what it’s like! You want to be cool, you want people to notice you and how responsible you are, or how much you have to show off. Our flesh can’t help but want that.

To a certain extent that’s not a bad thing, but you have to keep control of it. You have to keep from blending in with the crowd too much. It’s okay to stand out every now and then. Don’t you think Noah stood out? He thought water was going to fall from the sky! But he TRUSTED GOD. He didn’t go with trying to please others. To act like he knew better than to trust God! He did what he was told. He stood out, but wasn’t it worth it? Sure, you might not be in the middle of the flood, but you have choices you can make to for yourself.

In the midst of trying to please your flesh, remember that God is always more important and he doesn’t love you more when you wear make-up. He doesn’t prefer you when you have some amazing hairstyle. I’m not saying this stuff is bad, but sometimes you have to zoom out and remind yourself that God doesn’t think you need all of this. It’s not bad to want to please others, or to want others to think of you as responsible. Those are good qualities. But you have to make sure that they don’t go to limits of doing things that you know wouldn’t please God, just so that you could please others. Cause in the end, it’s not worth it. You want to serve God. You don’t have to go down the same path as others. You can take the narrow road. God made you just the way you are, and just the way he wants you to be.

God made each one of us different for a reason. Not just so that we could spend 24 hours a day trying to be like everyone else. So, what I want you to get from this is when you form your character, when you’re making your personality, rely on God to help you. I’m not saying that friends are bad, and it’s bad to rely on your sibling and parent’s help. No, not at all! But when you feel your conscience saying that you’re around bad influences, listen to it, and most of all, listen to God. He loves you. No matter how pressured you feel to be someone you aren’t, don’t give in, and remember that God loves you, and he wants you to follow and love him.

And if you do, then you’re already on the right path. Sure there’ll be struggles, don’t doubt that. Just because you have God by your side doesn’t mean you aren’t going to get the thorns in the rosebush. But you’ll have him by you to help you every step of the way. It’s your choice who you want to be. What do you want to be? What are you going to choose? Who are you going to make yourself into? Are you going to go with the flow of others, or are you willing to take the risk to stand out? Are you going to choose the hard right over the easy wrong?

It’s your choice…

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Beauty

True Beauty

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What do you consider to be the definition of true beauty? For me, it is not the outside that matters.

To me, (and God,) what matters is the inside.

There might be a girl at your school who is remarkably beautiful. She is the popular girl because she doesn’t ever have a breakout of acne, she is the popular girl because she can apply make-up beautifully, even though she doesn’t need it, and she is the popular girl because she always wears the latest fashions.

But she is not a kind girl. She bullies people that she doesn’t think are pretty enough, she bullies people with disabilities, and she hurts animals. She also does not listen to the teachers and her parents.

Even if she is beautiful and popular, she does not have true beauty. You could have all the beauty in the world, but if you had a cold heart, none of it would matter.

Then there might be another girl at your school. She is quite homely, and is not very popular, but she had true beauty.

She is kind to everyone she meets. She stops to talk to the girl who needs help with her math, and maybe even offers to help that girl with her math. She brings home animals she finds on the street, and helps them in any way she can. She is obedient, or at least she tries to be.

Which of these would you like to meet? The popular girl? Or the girl with true beauty?

I hope you are all having a great week and spring break!

In Christ,

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Beauty, Short Stories

Reflection

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            I entered my room and slammed the door behind me. I had a rough day at school. I thought I fit in, but apparently not. I thought I looked pretty, but I guess I’m not good enough for everyone else.  What does it matter anyway? I’m just the girl who sits in the back of the classroom, alone. Nobody pays any attention to me, so why should I even bother trying to prove myself good enough for those kids? If they don’t like me as I am, then I shouldn’t have anything to do with them. Yet, my heart longs to.

            I walk over to the full-length mirror hung on the wall.   I see a girl. A girl of the age fourteen, her auburn hair in a messy bun, her sea green eyes on the verge of tears. I know she’s asked God so many times in her life why can’t she be excepted? Must she put on a mask and be someone nothing like herself to fit in? To be excepted by her peers? Or was fitting in or being excepted by the world around her even that important? No. She knew it wasn’t.

That girl in the mirror, that girl is who I am. That’s my reflection. When will my reflection show who I am inside? It doesn’t matter about the outside. I guess I try too hard to be different, to be nothing like my normal self. I try so hard to be like other people in my society I am ignoring who God is calling me to be. He wants me to be who he intended me to be. He wants me to be myself. No matter how hard I try I’ll never be able to be somebody else. I can put on all of the makeup, I can dress the way they dress, I can talk and act like them, but I could never be someone other then me. Myself. I need to be who God has called me to be.

I need to put aside all thoughts I ever had of how to fit in, or how I can be excepted. For I already am, by God. By my creator and my Savior. The one who made the stars. The one who already has my life planned out. The one who guides my every step. Now, it’s my choice as to whether or not I am going to listen and except his guidance and instruction. I say yes. Yes, I’ll listen to You, God.

I don’t need the world and the things and the people in it to make me feel happy, or excepted. I need you, God. For you love me just as I am. I don’t need to be like anyone else but me. That girl in the mirror, she’s just my reflection. Not who I am inside.

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I wrote this a little while ago.  It kind of reflects on the post I did a little bit ago, Verse of the Week, 1/3/17.  It was on the verse Proverbs 31:30.  I feel that in this day and age, in society so many girls (and guys alike) feel the need to have to fit in.  As long as they’re looking cool and hanging with the “in” crowd it’s all good.  But no, it’s not.  Who cares about fitting in or being excepted by the people around us, when we’re already excepted by God?  As the quote goes, “I would rather stand with God and be judged by the world, then stand with the world and be judged by God”(Unknown).  Like I’ve said before, it’s all about the heart.  Make sure you’re right with God before anything else. He’s the real judge.

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Beauty, Faith

Good Enough

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We try so hard to fit in.

We give up so much to be accepted. We surrender our purity, our confidence, our joy, our morals, our identity, the very core of who we are. We erase our faces, physical and spiritual, to draw a facade that matches theirs. We force our hearts to beat a certain rhythm, our feet to move a certain way, our lips to spill certain words, and our bodies to fall into the line which they’re all following, a line which leads to a horrible darkness shrouded by fake smiles. We sacrifice all that is good and holy and beautiful in ourselves, all that we have been blessed with, an identity worth more than anything this world can give.

Beautiful, you were not created to blend with the crowd. You were not created to live up to their expectations, to strive to fit the mold they demand for you, to live a life blinded of the loving Father and Savior who died for you.

You know that burden society presses upon your shoulders? Don’t pretend you haven’t tried to meet it before. We all have, at some point in our lives.

All of us have been tempted to believe the lies:

You must be pretty enough. You must be smart enough. You must act like this, talk like this, walk like this. You must do this, be that. You must be accepted. You must be good enough.

But the haunting whisper always follows:

You have failed. You will never fit in. You will never be good enough.

These lies push us to shame. They leave us in the dirt, confused, shattered, and having lost sight of our identity. There is the lingering question: Do I have any purpose at all?

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My friend, I cannot measure your purpose. I cannot even begin to express the enormity of the life in store for you. You cannot even dream of the plans He has for you. There is so much goodness, so much accomplishment, so much joy that your mind cannot begin to fathom it.

Guess what? You can live that life. You can discover your true purpose, behold the unbelievable plan He has for you. You don’t have to try to meet society’s impossible expectations. You don’t have to sacrifice all that you are, strip away your identity and your true beauty, in order to be another face in a crowd. You don’t have to wear a fake smile.

Instead, you can trade it for a real one.

You are good enough. Darling, you are more than simply “good enough.” Why? Because you have been created by the Creator of every ounce of beauty, of magnificence, of brilliance, in the entire universe. You have been created by the Creator of the mountains, of the sky, of the ground, of every living thing and every mystery even science has yet to understand. You have been created by the hands which cradle the stars, the hands which bled for you.

The face you see when you look in the mirror? The face behind layers of makeup you may hide it behind? There is absolutely nothing wrong with that face. There is nothing wrong with those features, no matter what the world tells you. There is a reason behind everything God does, and God does not make mistakes.

This is what makes you beautiful. Society has such a twisted definition of “beautiful,” and you are not to believe it. Beautiful is not just a word, not a social label. Beautiful is what we all are, beneath our masks. Beautiful is you. Beautiful is what society calls your “flaws.” Beautiful is the face you should have no shame to hide.

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You know, people like to tap you on the shoulder and brightly reassure you, “How you look on the outside doesn’t matter! The inside is what’s truly beautiful!”

Only the outside actually does matter, just not how society claims it should. It matters because God created your outside to appear exactly the way it does. Please, do not believe you are “ugly.” Don’t even joke about it. You are unique, sculpted by the King to be just who you are.

However, the inside is what matters most. It takes a beautiful person on the inside to recognize that they are a beautiful person on the outside, and not just that but why they are a beautiful person on the outside. A beautiful person on the inside is a person who has given their life to Jesus, a person who has sacrificed their fleshly desires to live the spectacular life in store for them. A heart that has been given to Jesus transforms you from the inside out, leading you to live that life. 

Yes, Jesus does tell us over and over that there will be suffering involved in this life. There will be sacrifice. There will be pain. Despite this, Jesus promises that He will never leave us. His joy, His peace, and His love are always right there beside us, even in the worst of tribulation. This tribulation is not eternal, but will someday end, and when it does there will be an ultimate reward in store for us.

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You, my sister, are beautiful. You are loved. You have a purpose.

You are not alone, and you are worth it.

Please, do not believe the lies pressured upon you. Instead, turn to your Savior. His arms are always open for you. You don’t have to be “good enough,” because you are so much more than that.

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.”

1 John 3:1-2

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Beauty

You’re Gold

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Megan stared blandly at herself in the mirror. She fingered the freshly clipped ends of her hair and sighed. All of a sudden, she wished she hadn’t cut her hair so short. 

Her clothes weren’t in style, in the words of her “friends”, and the color of her hair was too brown. At least her “friends” said so. But they weren’t really friends, anyway.

I’m not beautiful, Megan thought. I never have been and never will be.

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I’m sure that all of us have felt like this at some point in our lives.

You’ve had “those thoughts” in your head before. You’ve felt like you’re worth nothing, not loved, but overall, not beautiful.

But, you are.

You’re the most beautiful person in the world, in His eyes. In His eyes, you’re a Princess; you just need a little rescuing from the pit of despair first.

In His eyes, you’re Gold.

No.

You’re more than Gold. 

You’re the most precious gem in the ocean. All of us are.

So, whenever you feel like you’re not beautiful in the eyes of sinful, imperfect men, just remember that to the most perfect person to ever walk this earth; who lives up in HEAVEN, you’re beautiful.

And isn’t that a lot better than having the sinful people of the world judge you – including yourself?

Never think that you’re not beautiful. Because you are, have been, and always will be; on the inside, and out.

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