...just as you are.
The theme behind my designs for the Stitchery Club in September is "inspire".
Whether that be to inspire others, or to be inspired, we all need a healthy dose of truth to lift us when life has brought a burden to bear in our heart or on our shoulders.
Harsh or cruel words spoken over us as children, teens or adults, can leave deep ridged scars that distort the way we see ourselves and who we are. Dear one, you are PRECIOUS.
I had harsh things thrown at me when I was growing up and right into my young adult years and I did not know until many years later how deeply etched they had driven themselves into the fabric of my emotions and my personal view of 'self'.
To be frank, I loathed myself. The mirror was my nemesis, reflecting an image that made me want to hide from the (imagined) horror I saw myself to be; an ugly and tainted shell of a human not having any value that I could see or hope for.
God had to dig deep over decades to expose the gnarled and hateful roots that were the cause of my personal abhorrence but the more I allowed Him to excavate in my darkness, the more His light shone bright to dispel it.
I still have the occasional dark day, usually when I've run myself too hard with work or overcommitments and my emotions are weak and depleted, but most of the time I find joy in being me.
There was a release from the chains of the past when I embraced this delight in being the beautiful me HE made me to be.
Just as I am. Just as He envisioned me when He made me in my mother's womb.
Dearest one, take this to heart.
People can be cruel with their words and opinions for many reasons, and you may be wearing the scars of that, but it doesn't make it true. Can you honestly trust the judgement of that person? Were they speaking in your best interests? I doubt it.
So why believe the lies they spoke over you? Don't walk under a cloud of lies anymore.
Walk free because YOU are beautiful, just as you are. Just as He made you.
You may need a special hug and a prayer today so please know I'm sending both to you, beautiful lady.