Sunday, February 09, 2014

Be-YOU-tiful

In a world were beauty is constantly "debated" about, I am striving to raise children who understand their divine worth and individual beauty and understand that God defines that, not the world.

I think this is especially important to teach my daughter.
There will always be magazines, people, movies, and many other things telling her that she is not good enough, that she is not "beautiful enough". I want her to know that everything she is, is beautiful to God, to me and that she should see herself that way too. 
I want her to know that she is beautiful simply because she is a daughter of God. 
I want to teach her that she should see her own divine beauty and to help her see that in others.


I want her to know that Beautiful is not something that is up for the world to debate or to define.
Beauty is on the outside but most importantly it is on the inside.
I want her to know that being who you are, being a daughter of God and standing up for who YOU are is the most beautiful thing in the world.

I want to strengthen her as she walks through this scary world.
I want to teach her to be in the world but not of the world, to walk a higher path.
I want to teach her these things so that when the day comes when I am not standing by her side to help her that she can stand on her own and learn to lean on the Lord.
I want her to learn to turn to him to help her define her beauty.


I love the song that Mercy River sings called "Beautiful for Me." 
These are some of my favorite lines.

There's a whisper in the noise, can you hear a little voice? And he says, "Has anybody told you you're beautiful? You might agree if you could see what I see, cause everything about you it's incredible, you should have seen me smile, the day that I made you beautiful, for me."

If its true that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, I want my life and whats inside to give him something to behold. I want a heart that's captivating.

Close your eyes, look inside, let me see the you that you've been trying to hide. Long ago I made you so very beautiful, so I oughta know, you're beautiful.




I made these blocks to put into Aowyns room so that she can have a constant visual reminder to be herself and that she is beautiful just the way she is.

I bought the wood and painted the blocks white.
I used modge podge to attach the scrapbook paper.
And then I added the vinyl.

Her shelf is full of things handed down from her ancestors and things made for her by women who are very dear to my heart.
I want her to know of her beautiful heritage.
I often come and stare at this hutch when I am missing my grandmother and great grandmother.
There are so many beautiful memories on these shelves and I can't wait till the day when I can tell her all about these great women who helped me realize my own divine beauty.


I hope that each of us are able to see our own individual beauty through the clouded world we live in. Our Father in Heaven made each of us, and he made you so very beautiful.
I need to work a lot on making sure that I know my own divine worth and beauty so that I can teach my sons and daughter to find their own.
I need to stop being so critical of myself every time I look in the mirror.
I need to remember that when I look and seek to find all my "imperfections", that I am telling my Father in Heaven that his work of art was not good enough.
I know that I am good enough, that he made me just the way I am. And that he made me very beautiful.

You can go read another one of my posts along the same lines here.
I am a constant work in progress. 

1 comment:

Ashley Frederickson said...

What a beautiful, beautiful post. I can tell you are an amazing mother!! I admire you so much for teaching your daughters what truly matters. They will grow up to be confident and know that they are Daughters of God and that is what truly matters.