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Why Can’t I Be Accepted As Imperfect?

Blameless Because He Lives

Because He Lives, I Can Face Tomorrow!

Imperfections and All

There was this amazing piece roaming around Facebook that one of my beautiful girlfriends posted.  She is as stunning and beautiful physically as her compassionate heart.  She’s not afraid to post things that promote the truth and/or validity of her cause, nor does she relent while crying over spilled milk. That is called a tender heart… A beautiful heart… One that is highly imperfect and yet still beats!

This post was actually quite simple and silly, really…  Along with requiring a picture of yourself above the proclamation (can’t run and hide now) in being imperfect, it was just acknowledging through admittance that we, as women, moms, sisters, grandmothers, sometimes fail.  Not only that, but we don’t always say or do the right things or have any answers to interject.  Moms may know it all, but… We just plow through each day offering our love and support, whether it’s enough, right or wrong.

We admit that we don’t walk around with hourglass figures tucked in nicely (tucked??? more like smashed in) under our Spanx shapewear or even have perky breasts that our underwire push-up bras present. Those days are long past.  The only thing perky after birthing and nursing children is our blessed children themselves.  And when you look into their eyes, they’re far more valuable and worth every sagging inch of the bosoms resembling utters. Talk about a beautiful distortion; imperfection and all.

It’s okay and rather fulfilling to acknowledge that, admittedly, I’m not the most beautiful woman in the world, but I am me and I am a Beautiful Beloved.  Beauty lies in the mind of the Be-Loved and how she makes others feel!  And there is only one me with all my unique qualities and characteristics that radiates this love and light into this dark world that is so needed.

Even with this admittance, I have secrets that I’m somewhat ashamed of, but they have made me the Beautiful Beloved I am today. With all these battle scars delivered during these wars and costs of imperfection, it has given me a history that ushers me into the direction of those who need loved on.  It is because of my Lord’s Great Love (1 John 4) that I can face tomorrow.  That’s the meaning behind:

There is no shame in our game; Jesus is His Name!

I am imperfect and I accept that.  Even promote that!  How about even proud of that?  I am not ashamed that I am quite different than anyone else, nor am I ashamed of my gender and who God designed and created me to be.  I am a voice of reason for those who have lost theirs; that’s beauty and significance right there.  All due to my imperfections.

I have a big mouth and oftentimes the deliverance is not appropriate and/or filtered.  This allows me the opportunity to learn humility by apologizing and acknowledging my need for forgiveness when my imperfections have gotten the better of me.  Isn’t that called growth anyways and how we learn?  Why do we always have to be perfect?  Who defined perfect anyways?  Is that the meaning behind, “It’s my way or the highway”?

I love to be silly.  Girls just want to have fun, you know!  And even though I’m getting older, it doesn’t mean that the silly little girl inside of me doesn’t emerge from time to time and loves every minute of it.  As Cyndi Lauper sings, “Girls just want to have fun…” and I’m following right alongside of her dancing without any mercy.

I refuse to live another day putting on this “image” or “facade” any longer, but rather walking confidently knowing I’m made in God’s image.  There’s freedom in loving the Beautiful Beloved God designed and created us to be.  I am who I am, who God created, and I make absolutely no apology for who I am.  You can either love me, like me or sadly even hate me. 

One thing is certain:  My love is unconditional and if I love you, I will love you with my whole being and heart, but that will entail acceptance of imperfection!

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow, imperfections and all!  Thank you, Jesus!

Until next time…

Thank you for being Beautiful You!

 

This post was first published on Medium.com.  I am merging venues that are compatible to make my life simpler in this daily challenge of writing… ♥♥

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Find The Gold In Everyone! Tammy Tangent Tuesdays

It’s Easier Than You Think!

He who seeks good finds goodwill,

but evil comes to him who searches for it.

Proverbs 11:27

Hello Beautiful!  I pray your heart is overflowing with joy and love this week as you saw how easy it is to be the hands and feet of God bridging the gap from last week’s challenge.  The simple random act of that little boy laying his life down creating a bridge so the little girl could walk over safely was eye opening, wasn’t it? 

Laying down one’s life is exactly what Jesus did for us and can be mirrored when clothing ourselves daily with courage and kindness.  It’s that time again; it’s Tammy Tangent Tuesdays!

Why is it so hard for us Beloveds to encourage, inspire and compliment one another and even be the recipients of such blessings?  Why do we push these gifts away while being suspect of motive?  It appears we’ve become more concerned with spending exhaustive amounts of time looking for the dirt in others instead of seeing the golden nuggets that they are.

If we clothe ourselves daily with compassion and human kindness, we won’t have to look very far or even closeup to see the gold in other beloveds.  Encouragement through compliments and support is something we all desire and need on a daily basis and yet, it is becoming suspect when one chooses to speak words of affirmation.

I love to spend time meditating on the Word because I need daily (more like minute by minute) inspiration and guidance so the Lord can spread His umbrella of protection around my heart.  I’m a Beloved just like the rest of us who can turn at a moment’s notice and hiss at others while allowing my attitude to destroy and tear down others instead of building them up.

My jolts of joy need building and that takes a lot of time with my Lord.  When I leave His presence, I am filled with His Love knowing I am precious in His sight, I am His masterpiece, and I was designed meticulously with unique qualities that no one else has or could offer, so I leave feeling refreshed, restored and beautiful.  With this blanket of love and confidence, I get to change the atmosphere and do so by identifying all beloveds as Beautiful. 

I mean, come on, who doesn’t want to be addressed and affirmed as beautiful, right?  I know I can never hear it enough.  And since I’m single, that means I need a double dose of being called beautiful so I can absorb and reciprocate it with the spreading of love. 

People that know me or have met me embrace the gift that they’re going to be referred to as beautiful whether they like it or not.  This includes whether I am walking into a meeting, church, or even at my doctor’s office.  I try to sprinkle love by welcoming beloveds with a smile and the greeting of “Hi Beautiful!” 

We’re in a culture and society now where the fertile soil is ripe for receiving seeds of encouragement and love which will blossom into beauty through the depositing and cultivation of celebration.  This can be done through the power of words.

What is sad, though, with all the darkness and division today, rarely do beloveds get to hear building words of inspiration from a stranger or even their friends and family that they’re considered beautiful.

Why are we suspect when someone calls us beautiful?  Why do we feel uncomfortable and almost awkward when receiving not only the Truths about ourselves, but positive reinforcement as to who God designed us to be?

I will admit, some of the initial reactions from Beloveds are quite comical.  When I say hello for the first time saying, “Hi Beautiful, how are you,” they look confused and perplexed.  They have even become somewhat suspicious or awkward by such a greeting.  You would think I had leprosy or was some weirdo dangling a you’re-being-robbed note by their expressions initially, but then that fear turns into a beautiful softening of their aura.

 

 

We need more of God’s outpouring of Love to blanket others especially when being referred to as beautiful creates fear.  I don’t know about you, but when we feel treasured and pursued, the world becomes a more beautiful place and we’re able to radiate His Love and change the atmosphere.  Being told we’re beautiful changes everything!

Can you imagine a world where beloveds are running around and engaging with one another confident?  How about even celebrating each others’ lives as beautiful?  Talk about powerful.  The comparing, the competing, and the criticizing could be turned into supporting, celebrating and encouragement instead.  Now that’s a beautiful world!

Blameless Proverbs 11.27

Weekly challenge:   Let’s challenge ourselves to be an inspiration to ALL BELOVEDS we cross paths with this week by identifying them as “Beautiful.”  Let’s encourage each other with words of Truth, words of praise, words of encouragement and support.  Let’s shock and change the atmosphere everywhere we go.  This domino effect will usher the world into the presence of what the kingdom of God is like this side of heaven wherever that love travels to.  That’s an easy bridge to construct, all in the name of Love.

Where’s the love?  Let your words release the brightness of the Lord and let it fly. 

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Until next time…

Thank You For Being Beautiful You!