The Face of Beauty: Me

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

Linda Crawford

For far too many years I could not call myself beautiful.

Today I’m going to say it publicly for the first time.

I am beautiful.

Because God says so, and has since the time I was fearfully and wonderfully knit together in my mother’s womb.

Since my birthday.

Which just happens to be today.

This year, unlike past years, I really want to celebrate it.

I want to embrace the gift of joy, give thanks for the beauty of God, count my blessings, and celebrate LIFE.

I want to put on a silly birthday hat, blow a noisemaker, and let the world hear me sing of what Jesus has done for me:

I once was lost . . . now I’m found.

I believed I was worthless . . . now I’ve found my worth in Him.

I looked for love in all the wrong places . . . now I’ve been found by His love.

I hid in darkness and shame . . . now I shine in THE light.

I spoke harsh words against myself . . . now I listen to His words of worthiness.

I suffered my pains alone . . . now I am healed by THE Healer.

I truly was blind . . . now I see.

I really see.

What Jesus has done for me.

Beauty for ashes, a garment of praise for a spirit of heaviness . . .

I was a captive–now set free!

In celebration of my birthday I’m sharing my story of finding Beauty in the Dark at Internet Cafe Devotions. Click here to read.

I hope you’ll join in the party.

Here’s a party hat–let’s celebrate all that Jesus has done!party hat

It truly is a very, very Happy Birthday for me.  🙂

Linda Crawford

 

 

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