"The King is enthralled by your beauty." Psalm 45:11
In a world that is constantly trying to tell us that we don't "measure up"...
......in lots of ways....
I'm not "good" enough....
I'm not pretty enough...
I'm not skinny enough....
I'm not smart enough....
I'm not a good enough mother...
I'm not good enough because I don't have a husband.
I'm not good enough because I don't have a career.
I'm not good enough...
I'm not enough!
....God tells us something entirely different.
Before the creation of the world, I chose you! (Eph. 1:4)
I knew you before I formed you in the womb. (Jer. 1:5)
I created you with such care and wonder. (Psalm 139:14)
I know you completely, inside and out, like no other. (Psalm 139:1-3)
You are the apple of My eye. (Psalm 17:8)
You are beautiful to Me. (Psalm 45:11)
You are radiant and your face is never covered with shame. (Psalm 34:3)
You are a display of My splendor. (Isaiah 61:3)
I have counted every hair on your head. (Luke 12:7)
I rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)
I surround you with songs of deliverance. (Psalm 32:7)
I hem you in before and behind. (Psalm 139:5)
I watch over your coming and going both now and forever. (Psalm 121)
I redeem your life from the pit. (Psalm 40)
Your name is written on the palms of My hands. (Is. 49:16)
You are a new creation. (2Corinthians )
I have clothed you in robes of righteousness. (Isaiah 61:10)
You are clothed with strength and dignity. (Proverbs 31:25)
You wear a crown of beauty instead of ashes. (Isaiah 61: 3)
I crown you with love and compassion. (Psalm103:4).
And there is no where you could ever go to escape My love for you. (Psalm 139:7)
We have got to get a hold of WHO we are as His Beloved....His precious daughters....and rest in the security of being HIS.
As I was researching facts on beauty and advertising for my talk, I came across this Youtube video. It is HEART WRENCHING and I wept after I watched it. Please know it is graphic, but it is NOTHING you would not see in a Victoria's Secret commercial on TV. I think sometimes we can so insulate ourselves in the Christian community that we aren't always aware of what is going on in the "world." Many women and young girls are watching secular TV and see these commercials daily. Many watch the reality shows that some of these images came from. God has placed such a burden on my heart for our generation and the next generation of young women.....this is what they face daily. The video is called "Onslaught" and it is very appropriately named.