I woke up this morning and spent some time with Jesus, then I went live and did a devotional with y'all. Thanks to those who joined me. While I was on the live, I was using my phone as the camera, and so constantly looking at myself. How many of y'all know that can be a hard thing to do. Looking at yourself and giving yourself words of affirmation is even harder. When I look at myself sometimes I don't see what I want to see, and then there are moments like today.
Today while I did that live, and when I went back and looked at the video I actually saw some youth. I saw some beauty, and I saw some good qualities. I liked seeing the good because heaven knows Satan wants us to focus on the bad. As we grow older, and that image in the mirror changes, I think it's normal to not especially like what we see. For a woman to continue to love what they see as time goes by can be really hard, especially for some of us. If we're being honest, women have a hard time loving themselves regardless of age, so when age comes, grey hair pops up, wrinkles embrace our faces, and age spots and random hairs appear, we struggle to see the good, but that's not a problem for Jesus.
Jesus loves us just the way we are today, and when we look different in a few years, He'll love us just the same then. He doesn't care what our hair looks like, or what we're wearing. He doesn't care if we have put on a few pounds, or if we don't have any makeup on. (Side note, my entire adult life I have rarely worn makeup.) He loves us through and through, and it has zero to do with how we look. We need to take some notes from Jesus and learn to love ourselves the same way He loves us, with no regard for our outer appearance, but man that' s a tough one.
Keep in mind as you look at your face, your body, yourself, that you've been through a thing or two in your life. You've had some struggles, and you've got some battle scars. I've had six babies, and all six were c-sections. That takes a toll on a body folks, I promise you. I had so many stretch marks after my first child was born that I sat and cried when he was a few days old just because my body was so ugly to me. My body was a shell of the body I had before my son was born, and it never returned for me back to my pre-baby body. That was devastating, but guess what I have learned over the years? My worth isn't in my body. It's not in my stomach and whether it's flat or not, and it's not in my skin whether marked by stretch marks, or free from them. None of that matters to Jesus, and it shouldn't matter to me. I can tell you it doesn't matter to my husband, because he sees my worth in so much more than what I look like, and for that I am thankful. He doesn't even call me Jen, he always calls me "beautiful"...how's that for some esteem building? I love that man.
You too may have battle scars. Maybe you've had surgery, maybe you have dark circles, maybe it's something more, but whatever it is, it's nothing, and don't let Satan convince you it's something. You're not your imperfections, you're an amazing, talented, loving, caring, vibrant, individual who has a Godly purpose on this earth, and it's important to embrace it. I want to be an encouragement to you today to embrace who you are from head to toe, and don't get hung up on things like aging, which is what I tend to see when I look in a mirror. This morning when I looked at myself I didn't see an aging face, I saw a beautiful face. I loved seeing myself in a different light first thing, without having negative thoughts upfront. I feel like all that talking to Jesus about this has really helped me because I'm starting to let go of my imperfections and just embrace it and go on with my life.
So today if you're holding on to your imperfections, let go of them, and grab a hold of Jesus instead. He's awesome, and with your focus on Him, you'll be less focused on the many things about yourself you may not be the biggest fan of. I'm not perfect folks, I'm actually so far from perfect it's scary, but I'm perfectly made in His image, and I'm grateful for it. Embrace Jesus and not your imperfections today, and be blessed as you step into a future of worrying less about your appearance, and more about the Lord your God who created you to be the person you are.
Until we chat again, be blessed y'all.
Hi I'm Jen, and I'm so glad you're here. I have a passion for Jesus, my family, and connecting with a more simple way of life. I love to write, and enjoy many creative avenues. I look forward to sharing so much with y'all so come back often!
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