I've been meaning to write this blog for a while now; it's not one of my typical "what we've been up to" blogs, but something I've been thinking about for a long time, and now that I have two more little girls living in my house, I've been even more aware of the subject of beauty, and how our self esteem affects our daughters.
I first began thinking about this when I was very pregnant with Eli. I would often (jokingly) say "I'm too fat to do that", and then one day I asked Sophia (2 years old at the time) to clean up her blocks and she replied "I can't, I'm too fat." At the time I sort of laughed it off, thinking, "she's too young to know what that means, she's just copying me." But then I realized.... she is copying me! She hears what I say and then repeats it in the same way. If she constantly hears me put myself down, what is that teaching her to do to herself???
Then, on Wednesday, Pastor Thomas spoke about strongholds in our lives, and how we can accidentally pass these strongholds on to our children. Our culture puts so much emphasis on physical beauty, and (as hard as it may be) it's important to raise our girls with a high self esteem. God made each of us special, with no exception to the way we look. I can't imagine how He feels when He hears us say "I'm too fat" "I'm too ugly" "I'm too wrinkly".... I can only compare it to the way I would feel if I heard one of my precious children say these words... heartbroken.
So here's to looking at myself through God's eyes today and saying "I AM BEAUTIFUL!!" :)