I grew up in a loving environment surrounded by relatives and friends that would always tell me, "Kristen you are beautiful!" When they would tell me that, I began to question if that statement was true because I didn't believe it myself.
This is something I've found myself struggling with for many years. I'd use things like tanning, wearing lots of makeup or even dating the right guy to cover up my pain, thinking it would make me feel beautiful.
A lot of times, I would compare myself to other women wishing I could look like them. I would continually beat myself up on a daily basis, struggling to take my thoughts captive.
I found myself wanting to be what I thought everyone else wanted me to look like and not who Christ had created me to be.
When my husband and I first started dating, I had a lot of baggage that I had carried into our relationship. I was able to open up and share the struggles I had been dealing with my whole life with him. He challenged me to take some time to fast and seek the Lord about my true identity and knowing who I am in Christ. Through that time, the Lord opened up my eyes to see that I am a beautiful daughter of Christ and that He created me to be more than what I was identifying myself as.
For those of you who are reading this and find yourself relating to my story, Christ wants you to know that you are beautiful even though the world may tell you otherwise. He wants you to stand with confidence in front of the mirror and see yourself the way that He sees you! The Lord made each one us unique and with a purpose.
The most beautiful thing to the Lord is our obedience and willingness to please him in all that we do.
As a daughter, wife and mother I want to show my family, friends and everyone else around me to find more value in Godliness than things that are temporary.
1 Peter 3:3-4 says: "Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious."
Proverbs 31:30 says: "Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."
Remember to take each thought captive and allow the Holy Spirit to transform you into the image of Christ.
You are beautiful.