For a small project for school, I need a picture of my family. Doesn’t seem like a big deal, but with two teenage daughters, it seems the four of us are never in the same place at the same time.
I told my kids this morning to plan that after school, we will be taking a quick picture outside. I’ll have my Dad come over, take a few shots, I’ll pick the best one and send it on. No big deal.
Or so I thought….
Right away I got push back.
“You are NOT taking my picture!”
“They are going to post that picture everywhere!”
I was annoyed, but when I really started to think about what was actually going on here, my heart broke.
My girls are teens growing into who they are in a heavily filtered, almost animated digital world.
None of their selfies are without a filter. They know exactly what side of their face looks best, they know how to stand, they know what faces to make.
But when I see their camera reels, none of these pictures look like my beautiful daughters. They look like fake versions of themselves, and it makes me really sad.
But this is not how God created us to live.
One of my favorite verses in the Bible is a great one to live by:
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.
Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
1 Peter 3:3-4
Don’t be afraid to be who God created you to be! And please don’t be ashamed to be who you are. Because even better than the perfect O.O.T.D., you are clothed in strength and dignity that comes from God’s Spirit living inside of you. And that is far more valuable than even any filter.
Proverbs 31:25 says of a Godly woman that she is:
“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.”
We all need a little reminder
How many beautiful women do you know that need to be reminded of just how strong and dignified God created them to be?
I’ve gotten some new tools in my workshop recently, and with those tools I’ve been free to create some beautiful things that I hope will inspire you to reflect on and remember the truth that we find in God’s Word.
It’s been so much fun coming up with ways that I can use the gifts and tools God gave me, and create things that I hope will fill your heart, your hands and your home with the promises that God makes to you in the Bible!
I’ll leave you today with just a few of those promises ♥️
You are loved.
You were created with a plan and a purpose.
You are never separated from God.
You are worth more than rubies.
You are cherished.
You are redeemed.
It’s a beautiful day here today, so we’ll see if the family picture happens. But I’m thinking even more important than the picture, I need to remind my girls of this truth. (And maybe myself,too!)