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Swimsuit Season

I love this post by Amanda Carpenter.

4 Verses to Memorize Before Getting Into Your Swimsuit

Most of the time when people email or direct message me a question regarding faith or my own personal testimony, I have answers that come easy. It wasn

t until recently when I was questioned by a middle

-

school girl, after speaking at her church youth group, that I felt extremely unqualified and incapable of answering questions surrounding faith. Here I thought I would pour an enormous amount of wisdom onto her life, but she stumped me.

She asked everything from,

How do you forgive yourself when you really screw up?

to

How did you stop turning to boys for love?

to

Why am I ugly? And

Why couldn

t God have made us all perfectly gorgeous?

A fleeting prayer I thought as she finished muttering her final question

Lord, help me to speak. You know what she needs to hear. This is not what I expected.

Of course just about anyone

s first response to a young, middle

-

school girl

who

s in the most awkward phase of her life

is going to be

Oh stop, you

re not ugly! You

re gorgeous!

and I

m pretty sure that

s the first thing that came out of my mouth. I said a bunch of other stuff, but nothing as profound as what I would tell her today, now that I

ve had weeks to reflect on it.

I wish I could tell her, and all young girls, that

Beauty isn

t about having straight teeth, luscious hair, or a clear complexion.

Beauty isn

t about being a size 2 or having the perfect curves.

Beauty isn

t what the covers of magazines tell you it is.

I know it seems like those things are beauty, but as I mature and as my relationship with Christ deepens, the easier it is for me to see beauty and the more often I recognize it.

We need to be praying for eyes that see what He sees; not only in others, but in ourselves too.

There

s beauty in nature, beauty in the imperfections, beauty in the scars and stretch marks left from children.

It

s in the way we treat others, speak, and carry ourselves.

Beauty is deeper than our eyes can see.

Have you ever met someone who wasn

t model

-

status, but you were captivated by them simply because of their contagious joy, laughter, or kind soul? 

It simply comes down to what

s in our hearts.

And naturally, what

s inside (our heart and our thoughts) will flow out from our mouths.

So if you

re talking down to yourself or about somebody else, that

s proof you need to check your heart. 

While looking into the eyes of this impressionable girl as I declared her beautiful and told her to go confidently, praising The Lord for how beautifully He created her, I felt a twinge of guilt burning within my soul. A conviction that I could do better. That I, too, need to quit picking myself apart. I decided to be proactive, diving into scripture, and memorize 4 verses.

| find out what the 4 verses are on her blog |