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Thursday, March 25, 2010

"This is as good as it gets..."

Have you ever watched the movie Princess Diaries?  In one scene, she is getting ready for school and once she is ready to leave her room, she stands in front of her mirror for one last inspection.  Her comment is something like, "As usual, this is as good as it's gonna get."  I can completely relate to that comment these days!  Can you?

I hadn't stood in front of a mirror for a long time because it was just not fun anymore.  This is in contrast to those teenage years when I never left the house unless I looked in the mirror to make sure everything was " in place".  Then my mind begins to wander and I wonder...perhaps looking in the mirror once a day wouldn't hurt...and maybe I wouldn't be where I am today if I had.  **sigh**  What in the world happened when I wasn't looking?

Of course, as soon as my thoughts tend to run along the lines of berating myself and saying things that are defeating and unnecessarily harsh, two people come to mind - my friend Tammy and my sister Kim.  They both have a way of putting things into perspective for me and I am glad for their kind and encouraging voices!

 When I am having one of those days when I want to put a burlap sack over my entire self and not leave my house, it's during those times the voices of these wise women come into my mind.  Tammy has said to me more than once, "hey, you are fearfully and wonderfully made!  Repeat it after me!"  Tammy is also the one who is gently training me to stop calling myself an "idiot".  I truly appreciate her friendship in so many ways. When she reminds me of these truths, she is encouraging me in my walk with the Lord.  She is right on both counts.  I know that in my head.  It's my heart that doesn't believe it.

During my recent visit to Georgia, my sister Kim and I were having lunch together.  Out of the blue, she tells me I am pretty!  It was such a wonderful compliment and I know she meant it.  It brought tears to my eyes to hear her say it.  I am so thankful to have her in my life. 

So, what is my point?  I must continue to remind myself that although I have allowed my physical body to get to a place that isn't acceptable to me, that isn't the way the Lord created me.  His work is not to be questioned.  He gave me my body shape, my talents, and my passions for a reason.  It's my flesh that continues to get me in trouble.  I think I just might have to post this verse in a few places around my house. 

"I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well."  Psalm 139:14

'Tis good for me to be reminded that in God's Word there are verses that apply somehow to every area of my life.  I am thankful for loving friends and my Sister.

I hope you'll be able to say today, "I am wonderfully and fearfully made" instead of "this is as good as it gets". 

My best to you,