When I was in my final year of high school, my English teacher used to greet us each day: Hello my Beauties!
To start with, this seemed kind of strange.
Because when you’re 17, you definitely don’t always feel beautiful.
But we all endured this term of endearment, because our sweet teacher seemed so genuine in her use of it.
Fast forward 20 years, and as an adult, I’ve often reflected on being called Beauty.
Turns out, as an adult, we don’t always feel beautiful either.
And yet, the Bible shows us so clearly that God sees us as Beautiful… like right back in Genesis, when God created man and woman IN HIS IMAGE.
I’m sure you’ve all read, or heard this passage of Scripture before (Genesis 1:27), so why is it so hard for us as women to grab hold of the beautiful promise contained within it?
Well, that would be because a few verses later, the serpent got into Eve’s head and got her questioning everything she knew. And Beauties – he’s still at it.
That voice in your head that whispers – or sometimes shouts – things at you like: you can’t do that.
You’re not good enough.
Only skinny women can wear those jeans.
You’ll never be able to … until …
That voice is still trying to steal God’s promises from us.
And Beauty – the great tragedy is: We’re letting him!
But it’s time to shut this voice down. It’s time to get our sass on and silence Satan. Stop giving him space in your head and a seat at your table.
Because Beauty: you have the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords on your side. The Alpha and the Omega. And He has laid out so many promises for you through His word, the Bible.
Let’s consider Proverbs 3:26
For the Lord will be your confidence and keep your foot from getting caught.
Claim the promise, Beauty.
Say it with me: I am confident.
Or what about Deuteronomy 6:7
For you are a holy people, who belong to the Lord your God. Of all the people on earth, the Lord your God has chosen you to be His own special treasure.
What’s the promise here Beauty? Claim it!
I am confident.
And we can’t forget Song of Solomon 4:7
You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.
God sees you as beautiful.
Beauty, you are worthy of claiming all of these promises of God and more for your life.
But you have to decide that you’re going to take a stand and interrupt the narrative that’s been a part of your experience for too long.
So if right now you’re thinking: Yes! I love this! I’m going to do this! But… how?
Can I suggest that you start to incorporate journaling into your self-care routine?
As you immerse yourself in God’s word, look for those promises, and claim them for yourself by turning each one into an ‘I am’ statement, just like we did above.
Declare it to yourself in the mirror each morning, and keep doing this every day until it doesn’t feel weird or uncomfortable anymore.
And be sure to record your progress and your conversations with God in your journal. Not only will it be an extremely cathartic experience, but you’ll have the added bonus of being able to look back over your entries and see how far you’ve truly come as you step into the beauty you’re being called to as a daughter of God.