I Am Beautiful
I am beautiful.
I am beautiful because I am made in the image of God who knows the desires of my heart. I am beautiful inside and out, for He didn't just make my soul but my body, too. All of me, body and soul, in His image.
I am beautiful because my smile is wide and joyful, my eyes are bright and changing: just as I hope to be joyful and bright!
And because I can wiggle my ears. :)
I was beautiful when I would hide in my room and put every single piece of play jewelry on that I owned.
I am beautiful because my face is full of pimples and scars and my stomach seems to just loooove holding on to a little extra fat.
I am beautiful like a perfect cup of coffee in Paray-le-Monial (an amazing, quaint little town in France) on a late Spring day.
I am beautiful when I smile.
I am beautiful when I receive Holy Communion and while praising/worshipping Him in Adoration. I am beautiful when I laugh and when I mourn, and when I pray the Hail Mary, whispering "blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus" to Her who is so beautiful.
I am beautiful when I wear my twirling orange dress with a great pair of earrings!
I was beautiful even when I did not see it. Even though I've cried when staring at my face, thinking how disgusting I am, I was beautiful.
I am beautiful still.
I don't know whether my eyes are doves behind my veil, or my hair like a flock of goats descending from Gilead. But in my own way, in my own Jen-way, I am beautiful. Perhaps, I am beautiful like a black and white photograph or like the setting sun over the ocean.
I am definitely not beautiful because I am perfect. I am not perfect, inwardly or outwardly. I have flaws enough.
But, I am beautiful.
For I am loved by God, and love is in my heart, and where there is love:
there is beauty.
*Just so you know... this was a much harder exercise than I was anticipating. To make yourself actively think that you are beautiful when you struggle so much with it is quite draining. But, I am so glad I did this. Thank you, Laura! Thank you for reminding me that I am indeed beautiful, no matter what. :) I encourage you all to fill in the blanks, as well! :)