Beautiful you…

I was walking into the locker room at the gym the other day when a woman passed me, smiled, and said out of the blue,

“You’re pretty.”

I did sort of a double take, thinking she was talking to someone behind me, but there was nobody there.

By the time I realized she was talking to me, she’d turned the corner and disappeared.

There I was, in all my post-workout glory–sweaty, messy pony tail,

very less than pretty–

and yet,

that’s exactly what she said I was.

Those words from a total stranger made me smile (especially because I felt so un-pretty at the moment she said them).

But you know what, friends?

That’s how God sees us, ALL the time.

Even more-than-pretty…

he sees us as beautiful.

Regardless of how we look (because it is SO not about that anyway!).

Regardless of how we feel.

Regardless of what the world often says,

or what mistakes we’ve made.

He says we are beautiful.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. -Psalm 139:14

So, if nobody has told you that today,

You are.

Your heart, how you’re made, your character, your dreams, your gifts…

all unique,

all you,

all beautiful.

Take a minute to listen to this song, “Beautiful,” and let the words soak your heart today.

(If the video doesn’t come up, click here to listen.)

5 Responses to Beautiful you…
  1. Deb
    January 31, 2013 | 9:39 am

    Genny, You are beautiful. Thank you for reminding us that we each are unique, beautiful, and loved.

    • Genny Heikka
      February 4, 2013 | 9:47 am

      Thank you for your sweet words, Deb. Hugs! 🙂

  2. Missy
    January 31, 2013 | 4:56 pm

    Genny – this is exactly the sort of encouragement that speaks right into my “feeling unbeautiful” moments. I’m also reminded of Monk and Neagle’s “Beautiful You” as we are made in God’s image.

    • Genny Heikka
      February 4, 2013 | 9:48 am

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a note and share, Missy!

  3. Dawn
    February 6, 2013 | 9:41 pm

    Sweetness. Like a gentle reminder from Him. Lovely thoughts, Genny! I think every girl needs to hear these words more often than they do and also believe them…from the core.