Day 11: Appearance isn’t everything

hair colorEven though there are days that I go to work or out and about without putting on makeup, I still don’t leave the house without making sure every hair is in place. My stylist used to tease me because I had trouble getting my hair appropriately messy for a certain style I wore for a while.

We women try so hard to put together the perfect appearance. Right clothes, right hair, right accessories. Isn’t it exhausting?

Are you ready to crush this kingdom of appearances?

God sees us as beautiful. It’s true, no matter your age or body shape. We are imago dei – made in the image of God.

Two years ago, as part of the 31 day series, Prayers for the Hurting, I wrote the post, When You Believe the Lies are True:

Really, though, the issue runs deeper than just how we look. It’s more than our size, shape, hair color, nose, etc. that we see distorted. To us, the scars we carry (physically, emotionally, mentally) mar any remains of beauty that may have once existed.

We often fight to believe that God has forgiven us of all our sins. Especially, you know, that really bad thing.

Do you ever find yourself arguing with God about who you are? Mandisa’s song, “The Truth About Me,” reflects that struggle. In a short, but powerful video, Mandisa explains the story behind the song.

You say, “LOVELY.”
I say, “broken.”

I say, “guilty.”
You say, “FORGIVEN.”

If you click over, you can read a prayer that I wrote to accompany this post and the video of “The Truth About Me.”

Dear Friend, see past the lies that are so easy to believe and the society/culture that says we must look a certain way to belong. Crush this kingdom of appearance. Trust the One who calls you beautiful.

Day 11 of the #write31days series:

crushing your kingdoms

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  1. I used to do my hair each and every day, now a ponytail is often as good as it gets!

  2. Love this! Yes, I am so ready to let go of what my idea of beautiful is for what God sees!
    Well said 🙂 Thank you!

  3. Amen! This is an issue I’m passionate about, living out our true (not made up, not “perfect”) beauty. Thanks!

  4. Beautiful post! We all need that reminder!

  5. Lovely post! I wrote a post last week about beauty within as I think it is so important to instill this kind of thinking in today’s youngsters.. Thank you!


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