Just As You Are

Miss America, 2011

Next to having my dear friend Anna Kate Prum come to visit, one of my weekend highlights had to be the Miss America pageant.  I mean, we’ve got sequins, clogging, ventriloquism, a choreographed dance number, AND our favorite television host, Chris Harrison, giving us up-to-the-minute details—what’s not to love?

Yet behind all the glitz, spray tans, and air extensions, I would venture to say that at the end of the day, many of the girls are left feeling the way I do—a longing to be fully loved and accepted just as I am—on my good days and my not-so-good days.

Sunday, I wrote thank you notes while watching Bridget Jones and as usual, my heart stopped when Mark Darcey follows Bridget as she flees the dinner full of “smug married couples” and says, “I like you, very much. Just as you are.” 

Anyone else reminded of a catchy pop song?  I wasn’t sold at first, but Bruno Mars “Just The Way You Are” continues to grow on me…

When I see your face
There’s not a thing that I would change
Cause you’re amazing
Just the way you are

No matter what your romantic status may be, what girl wouldn’t adore to hear those words from someone, “Just the way you are.” 

The rewarding and freeing truth of being in a relationship with God is that He is One who loves and adores us “just the way we are.” 

He is enthralled.

“The king is enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.”
Psalm 45:11

He delights. 

“He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”
Zephaniah 3:17

He sees perfection.

“All beautiful you are, my darling; there is no flaw in you.”
 Song of Solomon 4:7

Today, may you rest and delight in the Truth that you are fully loved—just as you are!


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