Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought that you weren't sure if you liked what you saw or even knew what you saw looking back at you? And no, I am not not talking about that huge zit on your forehead saying 'Surprise! I found you!' for the whole world to see. Truthfully, it was years before I could honestly look at myself in the mirror and say, "Hey - I know you!" and have the confidence of knowing that I knew exactly who that reflection belonged to and being proud that it was ME. So much of the outside world comes in and corrupts our thoughts and minds about who we are and what we look like on the inside out. It shouldn't have to be that way. It really doesn't. Some would say, 'a strong woman wouldn't have that problem'. OH Puulleeasse! Gag me. Since when is it up to a female to be strong. Girls, yes, we are a strong species.... we have a protective and nurturing nature about us when it comes to our families and what we value. However, our hearts are lovely, beautiful, tender and long for intimacy and adventure.
It is not up to the world, per say, to define our reflection in the mirror. It is what we allow to define our hearts and our minds. Does this surprise you? It shouldn't. The voices we allow ourselves to hear say, 'Try harder', so we bury our hearts and try to get on with life. Yet, that's not the wise thing to do, scriptures tell us that the heart is central.
"Above all else, guard your heart, for is the wellspring of life" Proverbs 4:23
Your heart is the core of who you are. Your heart as a woman is the most important thing about you. It is what defines your femininity - truly. Today, as you are folding a load of laundry or doing the dishes... take a moment to ponder on what is in the inner most part of heart. What are your dreams or deepest desires? What makes you shine and radiate beauty? Do not be afraid to take a moment for YOU. You are worth every moment of every day and you are of tremendous value to the world. Without you, the world around you would not be the same.
“You should be known for the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. -1 Peter 3:4