My love tank is really full today thanks to people saying some really nice things and it reminded me how important words are – they can build up or tear down.
A hairdresser puffing on a cigarette outside her salon stopped me to compliment this skirt and ask where I bought it. I told her it was a $10 Caroline Morgan bargain I found in the city. Then she said “oh I love your jacket, and your hair, oh maybe it’s just you really!”. We had a giggle and I walked away with a big smile.
Earlier, one of the grandmother’s from school said I was fashion forward and daring – exactly how she was at my age – and she said I should be on television. Loving the words of affirmation!
I spend a lot of time banging on about fashion because I love it and after all, wearing nice things makes you feel good and that’s important. But what you may not realise is I actually spend a lot more time working on the insides (yes it’s true!). Every day I pray and meditate. By that I mean I spend most of the day chatting to my heavenly father (not out loud or people might think I’m a nut-bag!). The meditation is equally important – I spend time reading scriptures (from the Bible) and when something touches my heart I’ll close my eyes and just marinate in it – repeating it over in my head. This soul food has kept me going through some ridiculously tough times.
In the Word for Today it aptly states that while it’s good to look your best, God never intended our looks as a statement of our value to Him, or to others. It goes on to say that resenting your looks just puts you at odds with God – he made us and he knows what he’s doing! Resenting your looks results from false comparisons (with unattainable ideals such as airbrushed models). “Unhappiness over your appearance results from ignorance of God’s marvellous and creative purpose for you.”
If someone has said something great to you this week then soak it up. If that hasn’t happened yet, try looking in the mirror and telling yourself you are beautiful and God’s perfect workmanship.
“But my mouth would encourage you; comfort from my lips would bring you relief.” Job 16:5.