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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Need to Feel Beautiful

OK, I've got to confess.  My Facebook profile pic and blogger picture are not me.  Well, actually, they are me but not the me most people see. 
This picture is from years ago, 1994 to be exact.  My skin was glowing, my face was radiant and I was pregnant. I was wearing someone else's clothes and others had done my hair and make-up.   I felt so pampered.  That's not a feeling I'm used to.

     The problem is, I suspect this is how others see me...    but it's probably more like this is how I see myself when I look in the mirror... tired, old, grey and frumpy. 

     The young woman inside me tries to remind me of who I am and the older woman I see on the outside reminds me daily of all the bumps along my road and the toll they've taken. 

     Well, I refuse to sit idly by and so I'm gonna color my hair.  Yeah, I know, big whoop, women do it all the time so what's the big deal?  Well, it's not that it's a big deal... it's just something I'm doing for myself.... a way to remind myself that I can be beautiful.  

     As I'm having to wait for the color to be sent to me (I ordered it online) I'm realizing, as a woman, I have a need to feel beautiful.  

That's not a vanity thing though it can become one.

     A woman's heart cries out for someone to love her the way she should be loved and to be looked upon by the "love of her life" as HIS "beauty." 

     But sometimes, it's not so much how others look at us as it is how we see ourselves and what we are willing to believe.

May God daily remind us that 
He is the "LOVE OF OUR LIFE" ...

that he chose us, he loves us and he calls us "beautiful."

God help each and everyone of us 
to see ourselves the way you see us.

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