Where Beauty Hides

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Oh, this crazy world and its crazy standards. This world is ugly and messed up. And despite its ugliness, it has an incredibly loud voice. It tells us that beauty hides in size 1 clothes, that it hides behind makeup and being the center of attention and photoshopped images.

But that’s not where beauty hides.

Beauty hides in joy. Beauty hides in brokenness made new. Beauty shines through the woman who faced her fears. Beauty radiates in the soul of those who are brave. Beauty lives in those who choose to not believe the lies the world tells them. Beauty hides in a servant’s heart. Beauty lives in the heart of those who confront their insecurities. Beauty shines through those who believe the truth about themselves. Beauty lives in you.

“You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.”

[1 Peter 3:4 NLT]

P.S.: Here’s a little poem I wrote as a reminder for you 🙂

beauty does not come
in lipstick tubes,
in concealer,
in eyeshadow
and liquid eyeliner.

beauty isn’t
perfection,
beauty isn’t
fashion,
beauty isn’t
grabbing everyone’s attention.

beauty hides in
the soul of she who faced her fears
beauty hides in
the heart of he who is brave
beauty hides in
a joyful heart
beauty hides in
brokenness made new.

P.P.S: You are beautiful- not because of your looks- but because of your heart.

Identity

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It’s easy to forget who we are in Jesus Christ, when we are overwhelmed by trials and people who hurt us. We are loved and special and set apart. We are justified and blameless and whole. We are alive and free and redeemed!

Jesus is the only one who your identity depends on. Your worth doesn’t come from you, nor does it come from what others think of you. Your worth comes from Christ alone- and no one can take that from you.

Who Could Love You?

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You are loved.

Maybe you don’t believe me because you’ve stopped believing in others.
Maybe your heart’s been broken too many times.
Maybe you live in a broken home.
Maybe your mother’s told you that you’re ugly.
Maybe you’ve lost all hope.
Maybe no one listens to you.
Maybe people have told you you’re useless and ugly and unlovable.
Maybe you feel like you’re not worth it.
Maybe you think you’re not worth loving.
Because you think you’ve sinned too much.
Because you think you’re not pretty enough.
Because you’re overweight.
Because he dumped you.
Because you’re bullied.
Because you’ve messed up.

Who could love you?

I’ll tell you.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
-John 3:16

About 2,000 years ago, a man named Jesus died on a cross for you and me. He died for you out of love. He didn’t have to do it. He chose to. Do you understand that? He chose to! He was beaten and bruised for you. He bled for you. He carried your guilt, your pain and shame and he put it on his shoulders so you could live.

He loves you with a love like no other. He loves you more than anyone ever could. He made you. The same Being that made the beautiful heavens and earth made the beautiful you. And you belong to him.

There is nothing you could do that could make him love you less. He loves you in every season of your life and He always will.

“‘Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the LORD, who has compassion on you.”
-Isaiah 54:10

Even when you’ve done the unthinkable. Even when you’ve made mistakes. Even when you’ve messed up.

You are precious and honored in God’s sight because He loves you.
You don’t have to try to be lovable.
You don’t have to do anything to be worthy of love.
You are lovable.

Your worth doesn’t come from you- your successes, your failures, the heads you turn and the heads you don’t turn when you walk by, your sin, your weight, your beauty- your worth comes from God. You’re worthy because of his love for you.

And no one can take that away from you.

Who could love you?

Jesus does.

Every Bit of Lovely

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You’re every little bit of lovely. You’re fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139). You are made by the same God who made the endless skies, the beautiful flowers, and glorious oceans. There is no one else like you. God made your gorgeous smile, your lovely heart and beautiful soul. You’re every bit of lovely.

You Are More

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I’m not the brightest when it comes to math, but this is an inequality I understand pretty well.

You are more. You are more than your sin. You are more than your mistakes. You are more than ALL the things you’ve done wrong. You are more than the consequences of your actions. You have been remade. He is making you new. He is making you more.
There have been so many times in my life where I’ve felt so useless and unworthy because of my actions and decisions. Every time those feelings of guilt make their way into my head, I’m reminded it’s not about me. It’s about what God has done for me. It’s His grace.

“This is not about what you’ve done, but what’s been done for you.” [You Are More, Tenth Avenue North]

Rest in His love. His grace.

You are Loved

As a teenager who’s known love since birth, it breaks my heart when I read or hear about girls and guys who feel like they aren’t worth it, that feel unloved and unworthy. Many people don’t know they’re loved. People need to know they’re loved. Because they are.

Maybe you need to know you’re loved, too.

I wish I could be where you are right now, sit with you, hug you, and let you know you’re loved.
But I can’t. So I’ll settle with writing this and hope you’ll read it.

About 2,000 years ago, a man named Jesus died for you and me. He died for you out of love. He didn’t have to do it. He chose to. Can you understand that? He chose to! He loves you with a love like no other. You are loved. You are loved and made by the same Someone that created heaven and earth. Isn’t that amazing?! You belong to Him! Even when you feel undeserving or unlovable, He loves you. His love is forever. He loves you in every season of your life and He always will. He loves you when you’re happy, and He loves you when you’re sad. Even when you’ve sinned, even when you’ve done the unthinkable, even when you’ve made mistakes, HE LOVES YOU! His grace is there to reach you and save you. He will never let you go. Open up your heart and let Him come inside. Abide in His love.

And if you still don’t believe me, here’s some more proof:

“‘Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the LORD, who has compassion on you.”
-Isaiah 54:10, emphasis mine

“The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”
-Zephaniah 3:17

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
-John 3:16, emphasis mine

Do you believe me now? The list goes on and on, there are so many verses I could write about how much God loves you.

Guess what?
You are loved.

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