This Week’s #Devotingmothers Devotional: Beauty

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Each weekday on our FaceBook page you’ll find a prayer, reflection, or Bible verse centered around a weekly word. Each Friday we will share the recap of our FB posts here on our blog. Our hope is that we band together to devote our pregnancies, birth experiences and parenting to God our creator.

We want this to be a place for all of us to share our hearts, thoughts, blessings and challenges. Please comment and share so that we can together benefit from becoming #devotingmothers.

Beauty

I vividly remember standing in a department store dressing room four weeks after having my first child. I was crying. Not whimpering – no, I was full-out balling. It was over clothing two sizes too large….and they didn’t fit. They were too small. I needed to go up another size. Way beyond what I saw as acceptable.

I have a hunch that I haven’t been the only new momma losing it in a dressing room.

What got me through was having my own mother with me. She gently talked me through it, brought me more clothes in bigger sizes, and confidently told me that when we got home she’d cut the tags out and I would be okay. She got to work as soon as we returned to my house. And, she was right, I was okay without those horrible double digits staring at me.

It sounds silly, but in the moment, it isn’t. If you are there right now my friend, feel my solidarity with you. You are beautiful just as you are. No number defines you.

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Jesus came and stood among the disciples and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.” John 20:19b-20

Motherhood mars us. Our skin stretches, our breasts sag, our internal organs shift for goodness sake! We are changed after having a baby. Some women “bounce back” quickly, some take months to regain their physical appearance, and other women never fully return to where they were before pregnancy. But we are in good company. We only have to look to Jesus himself. For after His resurrection and return to the right seat of God in heaven, His scars remain. He was permanently changed, and He wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Prayer

Lord,

The saying of old speaks truth, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Beauty is fleeting and subjective to humanity, but You see beauty all together differently. Your Holy Word, in I Peter 3:3-4 explains, “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”

Father, help us to live with your definition of beauty forever in our mind. When we are swayed to culture’s definition of beauty, please remind us of what You find worthy. Forgive us when we berate our own bodies; cutting down what You have fearfully and wonderfully made. And, help us to teach our children to value true beauty instead of the cheap facade we repeatedly buy into.

Thank you for all that You give.

Amen

Reflection II

The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.  I Samuel 16:7

God is the creator of beauty. The Bible makes it clear that God appreciates and values perfection, but His view seems to be much wider and vast than ours. He made beauty in the serene landscape of a rolling meadow, as well as beauty in a raging, powerful storm. Likewise, He sees beauty in the face of a slim, young, outwardly pretty girl, as well as beauty in the face of a wrinkled, wise, time-worn senior citizen.

Remember

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