Lately, I've gotten increasingly self-conscious of my face. You know, when you're having a conversation with someone and you're looking at them, and they're looking at you. And all you can think about it is how you don't like how you look. You know, like the wrinkles, the shape of your nose, the age spots or broken capillaries, the moles or freckles on your face, the bags under your eyes, etc..... And all of those insecurities get in the way of truly listening and connecting with another person as you talk face to face with them.
So, lately, I've been asking the Lord to free me from those insecurities and to help me to embrace my face. To learn to love those things about me that make me unique and special. To be free to be ME.
Does anyone know what I'm talking about?? I felt like I needed to share this little personal struggle I'm having with y'all because I am pretty sure I'm not alone. It's easy to say, "I am fearfully and wonderfully made." It's another thing to really believe it in your heart and walk in that freedom! I want to teach my children, especially Miss Ruthie, to believe that she is beautiful. To know that she was created in the image of God. That she was made and sculpted by Him with love and tender care.
Help us, Lord, to embrace our faces. To walk in the complete knowledge that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. To love who you created us to be! And to be examples of that to our children.
"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."
"Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it."
(same verse, New Living Translation)
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