today you get to meet beth from | oak & oats |
beth is one of those all-around encouraging bloggers that cranks out original and beautiful content.
her heart is captivated by Jesus and it is contagious.
i am constantly smiling, humbled, and encouraged through each of her posts.
there is just something lovely about her.
enjoy hearing her story today.
This post has been a long time coming. Amy reached out to me asking if I would participate in her You are lovely series and I said yes. That was in January. Seven months later I still had not gotten around to creating the post. I had a million reasons – lack of time, work, other projects, my social life, sleep, and everything else. It wasn’t until this week that it hit me, I didn’t want to share my flaws. I can talk about hard times, the struggles, the sin that I have overcome but the stuff I am in the middle of is too raw and too real.
My husband Bruce took that picture when I was enlisting him to help me with a picture of me at my Stitch Fix box. He kept getting the camera so close to my face and telling me to smile. The alarms started going off in my heart – “That lense is so close to my face – the pimples, the wrinkles, the uneven tones, the gaps in my teeth, THE PIMPLES” I told him to stop playing around and take a picture of me and my mail! His response snagged at my heart because he simply said ” I can’t! You are so beautiful, I just want to keep taking pictures of your face!” and my gut reaction was, “that cannot be true.”
Sweet ones, this is a huge deal because I heard my heart. I felt the frustration of a camera so close to the pimples on my face. I cringed at my reflection in the mirror when I got that close and only assumed everyone else did as well. I let him take his pictures and went on with my day.
Later as I was uploading them to my computer, I felt the overwhelming urge to post it to instagram. This picture that created so much angst in me needed to be shared. My husband is not the only one to tells me that I am beautiful, my Savior does too. I am chosen, loved, worthy, valuable, and precious. When my heart called Bruce a liar, I also called the Lord a liar. I sat there with my instagram ready to be published and asked forgiveness.
I have a story of body image issues and some days I am riding high on grace & truth and other days I cry over a pimple. This world throws so many words, expectations, and ideals our way. It is hard to not let them sink in even when we are surrounded by encouraging people (shout out to my amazing husband!!) and even when we are seeking the Lord.
Today I want to tell you that you are lovely. I want to be the person to speak truth into the darkness and into those lies. I want to encourage you because it is a journey. Sometimes my negative self talk is too much to handle but sometimes my heart finds hope & peace in the Lord. Chose truth today over the lies. Don’t let Satan steal your beauty. Let your light shine through, let your love speak volumes, and let you smile light up the room. Because you are beautiful. You are loved. and you have the power to share truth just by being you.
If you have not had the chance to watch Colbie Caillat’s new music video “Try,” I encourage you to do so now. You might need a tissue, I sure did! It is wonderful to see a bit of light shine out of such a dark, fake world.
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6 comments on “you are lovely | beth”
Colbie's video makes me cry every single time. It's just so beautiful.
Thanks for the reminder about our beauty today. Beth showed me that verse in Isaiah during our camp days and I have never forgotten it and remind myself of it frequently.
Love this! One of my favorite photos of me is the one The Hubs took without me looking while I was driving a few weeks ago. No makeup… just me. Like you said… how he sees me, and how Jesus sees me!
What a fun surprise this morning!!! I'm still NOT tired of You Are Lovely. 🙂
Beth, your approach to this topic was perfect! Thanks for sharing and reminding and putting the truth out there for us. We make sucha big deal out of stuffthat just isn't even noticed by the people around us. 🙂 Glad you have God and Bruce reminding you, that you ARE lovely!
I love that song so much!!! Women are under so much pressure to be "beautiful" and "perfect." It's unrealistic and unattainable. Once I came to that realization my self image and the things I focused on changed.
I would love to be part 🙂 this is such a great series. Beth's picture is so pretty! It's so funny and sad I guess how we see ourselves and how other people see us.
I love how those who love us see our beauty so clearly. 🙂