Welcome regular Wednesday readers and to those of you who popped over here from the Proverbs 31 Devotional that's running today called Beauty Wounds. I am thrilled you decided to visit with me. I write this blog only on Wednesdays and this is where you'll find fashion connecting with faith.
We take time here each week to remind ourselves that God made each of us real beauties and this is the place I help you dress the beautiful body God gave you, no matter your size or shape!
In this week's devotional you'll see I addressed the issue of Beauty Wounds. We all have them but some of us have wounds that cut much deeper than others. We remember things that were said to us, how they were said and exactly where we were when they were said. We also remember WHO said them to us and for many of us, we still sting when we think of that person.
If you haven't read the devo today, I encourage you to do that and you can click here to read it.
There is another form of beauty wound that we inflict on ourselves and I want to offer you a chance to look inside yourself and see if you are doing the wounding, as Tracy has done. Prayerfully, she's on her way to healing from that.
Tracy made a comment in last week's blog after she read my new book
Here's what she had to say: (I'm going to paraphrase, if you want to read her entire comment, go to last week's blog comments and read it there.)
I purchased your book at my local Borders (Pennsylvania) a few days ago and devoured it
(I have four kids so that is no mean feat). I *LOVE* this book.
It was obvious that you have great courage and that it wasn't easy to put this information out there in such an honest way. I myself struggle daily with the issue of where my heart's desires intersect with the LORD's, especially in this delicate area of personal appearance and material prosperity. I think you knocked it out of the park because God really wanted this word to go out to His girls, many of whom are really hurting and not reflecting His glory they way we are intended to.
I immediately began to implement your advice and when I came downstairs for church yesterday, my hubby said, "you look great" and my friend said, "you look so pretty". I am a gal who has gained 40 pounds in the last 7 years, so I went from doing some modeling and being highly praised to being completely ignored. As I was reading your opening chapter, tears were just streaming down my face because I realized how much I had just stuffed the hurt away and decided that it was a "sacrifice" I made for the privilege of having my beautiful children. But secretly I was so ashamed and guilty because I really missed that attention and praise!
So I gave myself permission to try to find a new beauty that was deeper and more lasting than the old one, by combining the beauty I have in Christ on the inside with the beauty still to be discovered on my outside. Love, Tracy
I share this with you because today, I want you to take a new look at yourself. I want you to realize that you are pretty. Really, really pretty. I want you to realize that your body is okay. Just the way it is. I want you to stop comparing yourself to other women. And I want you to remember that true beauty starts deep down inside, with God at the center. And then I want you to go to your closet and put something on that makes you feel good. And then walk out the door with confidence. I know confidence doesn't happen overnight, but when you have the tools to dress for the body you have now, not the one you wish you had, then confidence starts to exude from us a little more each and every day.
I love you girls! We're gonna have fun with the blog comments today so keep on reading.
Make sure you enter the Makeover Sweepstakes!
A special thank you to Tracy for taking the time to write the comment last week and for blessing so many others this week by your honesty. I love you.
Will you do something this week in the comments below? Will you leave a comment and tell someone they are beautiful? Here's how it's gonna go: The very first person to comment will tell us what she doesn't like about herself and what has always made her insecure.
The second person to comment is going to compliment the FIRST commenter. The third commenter will compliment the second commenter about her insecurity, and so on and so on and so on....can you imagine how much fun we can have with this? Let's build each other up, let's build a chain reaction.
And help us NOT to be ignored anymore by others, whether we have gained 40 pounds or 400 pounds. Let's make a pact today to not only compliment each other on this blog, but continue it through out the week and compliment other women everywhere you go. And NOT just the pretty ones that society says are pretty. Because, girls, EVERYONE has something you can compliment them about. Everyone. Don't forget the person in the drive thru lane at McDonalds. Don't miss a soul. Okay, let's start! Who's first? (It might happen that a few people are writing their comment at the same time, so make sure you check back and no one gets missed!)
You guys are the best!