A good chunk of our time and an even greater portion of most women’s budgets is applied to our appearance. Hair, makeup, brows/lashes, nails, and clothing are just a few of the expenses that we contribute to. While there is nothing wrong with this, we also need to step away from the mirror and look at what it doesn’t show. Yes, sometimes a heart check is in order.
Proverbs 4:23 warns us to guard our hearts: “Above all else guard your heart, for it is the well spring of life”. The passage that I share below is based on this verse. As you read it examine your own heart, for your well-being and very life depends on the condition of your heart.
What would you give up to be happy? A lot of people think gaining a particular thing will result in happiness… a career, a relationship, a car, a house, etc. Sometimes it’s not what we need to gain, but what we need to give up in order to live happier lives.
I love every single inch of it
Though it is not perfect and sometimes there is more of it than there used to be
It is mine and I embrace it
There are scars, each with its own story
When I fail to get enough sleep there are dark circles
Sometimes I cover them with makeup, other times I wear them proudly
Although unwanted, they are still a part of me
As I have gotten older the one mole that I had in my youth has multiplied into a family of moles
I embrace them, they add character
Sometimes my eyebrows are perfectly arched, other times I embrace my natural brow and let the hair grow thick and wild
Pimples used to freak me out, sending me on missions to get rid of them or looking for ways to hide them
Now I accept them as just another slight imperfection
Flaws, scars, blemishes, and all, I love every single inch of this skin I’m in
This one’s for the ladies who proudly wear that big “S” on their chests…… The superwomen. The ones who are always taking care of others, putting the needs of others before their own; the early morning risers, the late night toilers, the supporters, encouragers, the “you can lean on me” women, call on me at anytime and I’ll be there type of females, the “I got six jobs and I don’t get tired” crew. We take pride in being everything to everybody, but in doing so we often forget to take care of ourselves. That TLC that we spread to others, often misses us. So ladies, keep doing what you do best; however, let’s remember to take that cape off every now and then. Give yourself some of that same love that you so generously share with others.
We’ve all heard the saying you can’t compare apples to oranges. Comparing yourself to another is just as fruitless, as we are all unique. From the inside out, we all differ in attitude, mentality, personality, character, and physical attributes. This is a beautiful thing. We would surely find life to be a little less exciting if we were a population of clones. Rejoice in your differences, for we are all “fearfully and wonderfully made”