Runway Ready

Changing Seasons luncheon at UVA with Trish Ryan

Okay, so it’s easy to say that we shouldn’t be concerned with our outward appearance, but it’s a another thing to actually live that.  Even with the best of intentions, I can’t help but wonder how others see me and I’m constantly comparing myself to others.  I had the joy of hearing Trish Ryan speak to a group of girls on Friday and at the beginning of her talk, she put it this way:

“Whenever you bring a group of women together, no matter how cute you felt when you walked in, immediately we start to look around the room and find someone who is prettier, skinnier, younger, or more pulled together than we are.”

Yesterday, I was on the phone with my 23 year-old sister and we were discussing our emerging wrinkles…really?!  Wrinkles?  27, maybe, but not 23… So the fact is, there are always going to be people who I think look better than I do (including my beautiful sisters), but the Truth is that in God’s eyes, I’m perfect.

On some level, I will always struggle with comparing myself to other women, but rather than focusing on what I’m not, or what I’m lacking, why not try to focus on what is?   

Based on the fabulous promises found in God’s Word, here’s what God thinks of us:

The king is enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.
Psalm 45:11
All beautiful you are, my darling; there is no flaw in you.
 Song of Solomon 4:7

I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
   your works are wonderful,
   I know that full well.
Psalm 139:14

I have loved you, my (daughter), with an everlasting love.
      With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.”
Jeremiah 31:3 (NLT)  
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“Draw near to Me, and My presence will envelop you in Love.”
-Jesus Calling based on James 4:8 (NKJV)