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The other day I told a dear friend,

“You are beautiful.”

I followed it with,

“And I need you to hear that and believe it.

As those words came out of my mouth, I realized that I needed to hear them too.

He didn’t mess up on me.

I remember when Andy and I were dating.
Wasn’t that long ago.

He said to me,

“You look gorgeous.”

I shrugged and walked away.
I don’t take compliments well.

My sister-in-law pulled me aside.
Lovingly she reminded me,

“You need to accept his compliments and love him back when he loves you in that way, or he’s going to stop telling you how beautiful you are.”

Deep down, I don’t want him to stop.

Sometimes when God’s trying to tell me I am beautiful, I shrug.  I walk away.
Sometimes I even put my fingers in my ears and sing la-la-la.

He didn’t mess up on me.

I’ve written before about believing the wonderfully made.

I wish I could say it was a one time fix.
A day marked in my history.

A day I look back on and think,

“I never doubted it again.”

But the truth is, sometimes I still do.

When I look at photos, I find the flaws.

But He didn’t mess up on me.

I want my children to believe that it is true.
And they need to see their mommy believe it too.

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You.  You are beautiful and wonderfully made.

Please believe it.

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